Everyone should hold a DBS Woman's World MasterCard - that's right, even guys! DBS has revealed new terms and conditions for the ever-popular credit card and before we get too worried about losing 10X points on online purchases (even in very grey areas), let's have a look at the new T&Cs document.
Thankfully, the DBS Woman's World MasterCard WILL STILL give you 10X DBS Points for every S$5 online retail spend (up to S$2,000 each month). The only exception is that DBS has included a list of exclusion now:
- Payments made via telephone or mail order
- Payments to government institutions
- Payments to financial institutions (including banks and brokerages)
- Payments to insurance companies
- Utility bill payments
- Payment of funds to prepaid accounts and merchants who are categorized as “payment service providers”
- Payments to schools, hospitals, professional service providers and payment for parking lots
- Payments made via AXS and SAM online/ibanking bill payment transactions, EZ-Reload (Auto Top-Up) transactions and eNets transactions
- Any other transactions determined by DBS from time to time
While it used to be common knowledge that the DBS Woman's World MasterCard can be used to top up prepaid cards like the Imagine Card or FEVO card, this benefit has now been cancelled with the amendment of T&Cs.
I visited the City of Sails back in November 2016 for work and as much as I wanted to stay in the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (check out my review HERE!), the hotel was running high on occupancy and the room rates were way above the rates that I paid back in 2015. Since the meetings were primarily going to happen in The Langham, Auckland, I decided to stay in the property itself since it meant being able to sleep-in and get to the meetings on time. Check out my stay in a Superior Room at The Langham, Auckland.
While checking out room rates this evening on the Hilton HHonors app, I noticed something a little different - the first result is the Hilton Garden Inn Serangoon which is apparently coming soon (first Hong Kong, now us?!). I did not actually know (assuming this is right) that there is a Hilton Garden Inn opening in Singapore (this could be great news for us Hilton HHonors members) and with a little digging, I found a little more proof to back this speculation.
The 1865 Membership by Langham Hotels & Resorts has just been refreshed with some improvements (alongside a name change). The newly-refreshed 1865 Privilege will now allow qualification (and renewal) by eligible room nights instead of just eligible stays. The names of the different tiers are staying the same but travellers are now rewarded for staying longer.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) introduced Business Rewards back in 2015 which allows users and professionals to be rewarded for booking accommodations as well as meeting spaces for others. The Double Play Double Points promotion which is currently running (between 01 January 2017 and 15 April 2017) allows users to earn up to 6 IHG Rewards Club points (instead of 3) per US$1 for events and stays up to 31 August 2017.
Indulge in a selection of gourmet delicacies that have been handpicked this Lunar New Year (2017) at the 10 at Claymore (located within the Pan Pacific Orchard). The Spring Time Oyster Rhapsody will feature five varieties of freshly-shucked oysters alongside prominent dishes that are often consumed during the Chinese New Year.
Last month, I shared how easy it is to basically earn money for each fulfilled dining reservation that you make via Chope. If you are the kind that enjoys making dinner reservations for yourself (or even for your family and friends), you should check out Chope since it is essentially a free service that rewards you with 100 Chope-Dollars (equivalent to S$3 in dining credit) each time you make an eligible booking. In fact, for a limited time only, earn up to 300 Chope-Dollars (equivalent to S$9) when you sign-up and use Chope for the first time.
On my last trip to Tokyo, I checked out the 777-300ER Business Class product on Singapore Airlines when I flew from Singapore to Haneda. Since it was a pretty early flight, I decided to spend the night before at what is perhaps the best transit hotel in Singapore in Terminal One - the Aerotel Singapore. Since Tokyo is notorious for her average room rates (especially when you stay in an internationally-branded hotel chain), I decided to redeem some of my Hilton HHonors Points at the Hilton Tokyo - the rooms are generally 50,000 Hilton HHonors Points a night but you do get the fifth night free so my five-night stay at this centrally-located hotel in Shinjuku costed me only 200,000 Hilton HHonors Points (as opposed to an average room rate of S$650 a night during the month that I visit).
Wah Lok at the Carlton Hotel Singapore is one of the most underrated restaurants in Singapore. Located on the second level of the hotel, Wah Lok serves up delicious Cantonese fare that had stood the test of time over the years. There is also a really decent room package over the Lunar New Year (2017) period here at the Carlton Hotel Singapore which starts from just S$188++ a night.
Emirates has just announced an expansion of its European network - it will connect Dubai to Zagreb (ZAG), the capital of Croatia beginning 01 June 2017 and this new route will be served by an Emirates Boeing 777-300 aircraft, the only wide-body service operating to/from Zagreb.
At the start of 2017, some significant changes have been made to the Le Club AccorHotels program but if you are a Platinum member, you will still be able to earn up to 8.8% rebate (in equivalent points) on all eligible stays. From now until 18 January 2017, earn up to 8% in rebate when you make an eligible booking for any participating hotels by AccorHotels via ShopBack.