In partnership with CapitaLand Mall Asia, CapitaLand, American Express has launched Singapore's only multi-mall loyalty credit card - the American Express CapitaCard. Back by CapitaLand's rewards programme CAPITASTAR, cardholders of CapitaCard will be able to enjoy the highest STAR$ earn rates in the market - these STAR$s can be redeemed for free CapitaVouchers and parking privileges in participating CapitaLand malls.
Earn Rate - 20 STAR$ per S$1 on CapitaCard (up to S$1,200 per month)
You can easily earn 20 STAR$ per S$1 when you spend at any participating CapitaLand mail retailer with your CapitaCard - you do have to scan your receipts using the CAPITASTAR app or any one of the self-service kiosks though. Since you can exchange for a S$5 CapitaVoucher with 5,000 STAR$, this is essentially a 2% rebate on your purchases (since you would have to spend at least S$250 to get a S$5 voucher).
Park for Free at CapitaLand Malls
If you spend at least S$1,200 per month on your CapitaCard, you will enjoy up to three hours of complimentary parking in each one of the participating CapitaLand mall per day. Spend at least S$1,800 per month and you will even get access to the reserved bays for privileged parking.
Welcome Bonus - 50,000 STAR$ (S$50 CapitaVoucher)
Simply get approved and spend at least S$1 to receive a welcome bonus of 20,000 STAR$. If you spend at least S$888 within the first six months, you will receive another bonus of 30,000 STAR$ - total of 50,000 STAR$.
Staying in a traditional Japanese inn (otherwise known as ryokan) is something that everyone should at least experience once. I have fond memories of a particular ryokan that I stayed in with my family when I was a lot younger and therefore, I decided to stay at KAI Nikko which is operated by one of the most well-known luxury ryokan brands in Japan, Hoshino Resorts. On this very same trip, I also checked out the luxurious modern ryokan which is right smack in Tokyo's Otemachi financial district - the HOSHINOYA Tokyo.
One of the most common mistakes that people who are new to flying make is crediting their flights into the wrong Frequent Flyer Program (FFP). As many of you would already know, crediting your flights into the right FFP can make a huge difference and I just wanted to highlight this point on a number of flights that I have taken recently. If you have been following me on Instagram, you would have noticed that I travelled to the USA recently on Emirates Business Class - this is a return Business Saver ticket from Singapore (SIN) to New York (JFK) via Dubai (DXB).
Citibank PremierMiles cardholders can now earn up to 9 miles per dollar on all eligible spend made on Agoda from now until the end of 15 May 2018 - this is valid for stays up to 31 July 2018. Eligible cardholders will be able to earn an additional seven Citi Miles per SGD on top of the base spend - you can get up to 2 Citi Miles per SGD for foreign transactions.
The Emirates Lounge in Terminal 1 of Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) undergone refurbishment last year for five months and the new First and Business Class lounge was unveiled in 2017. The last time that I visited this lounge was back in 2014 when I still held Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status and the lounge was looking a lot more dated then. Since I was traveling to Dubai from Singapore in Business Class, I had access to The Emirates Lounge - this is also accessible to passengers traveling in First Class as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members travelling in Economy Class.
I recently travelled to Florida for a work trip and I travelled on Delta Air Lines' First Class (Domestic) for the first time between New York and Tampa. Check out my review of flight DL2593 on Delta Air Lines’ First Class (Domestic) from JFK to TPA.
With the upcoming Grab-Uber merger on the horizon, there is no better time than now to revisit the best credit cards and platforms to use for Grab rides (especially with the recent introduction of new membership programs). This article aims to highlight a combination of promotions and offers that you can use to get most value out of your Grab rides in Singapore (even though some of them apply to rides taken overseas as well) and while it may not be exhaustive, it will definitely help you save more money on your Grab rides on the whole.
I wrote about the best credit cards to use on Uber and Grab previously and my credit card of choice was the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card which gives 20% rebate (capped at S$50 cashback per month) on all Uber rides when a minimum of S$900 in retail transactions were made in each calendar month. With the upcoming Grab-Uber merger on the horizon, Standard Chartered has now ported over this benefit to the Grab platform - eligible cardholders of eligible credit cards issued by Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited can now earn 20% cashback on the Grab App from 01 April 2018 to 30 April 2018 with a minimum spend of S$900 in total retail transaction.
The OCBC Titanium Rewards Card is on my list of credit cards to hold in 2018 and there is currently the opportunity to earn up to 6 miles per dollar by using this credit card on the Mileslife app from now until 30 June 2018. If you are not familiar with the Mileslife app, it basically rewards you with additional miles (on top of what you would typically earn on your credit card) for making payment via the app - this means to say that you can earn up to 11 miles per dollar on specific spends on the app.
All Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members now have the opportunity (probably the last one before the merger of the SPG and Marriott Rewards program happen) to purchase Starpoints at 35% off from now until 31 May 2018. Do remember that you are only allowed to purchase up to 30,000 Starpoints per calendar year and in the event that you do not use them before August 2018, these will be converted into Marriott Rewards points at the end of the period.
Everyone knows about the acquisition of SPG by Marriott International and as most of us would have expected, all three loyalty programs which are operating independently today (even though they are linked and points can be transferred freely between them), will come together to form one powerful program. Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards as well as the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) programme will be unified in August 2018 to offer loyalty benefits across all 29 brands that are under the Marriott International portfolio - a brand new loyalty program name will only be unveiled in 2019.