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$.
Now that the integration of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Marriott Rewards has begun, it is possible to get the Marriott Rewards Gold status with just ONE stay if you hold an eligible World MasterCard credit card - they are not hard to get and the lowest income requirement from Citibank requires just S$30,000 income per year (unlike the Visa Infinite ones that start from S$120,000). With this promotion, you will also be able to get SPG Gold and Gold Elite status in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program - all in one stay!
With a total score of 95.9 out of the maximum of 100, Fairmont Peace Hotel has just won the top place in being the best hotel in China at the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards which celebrates the best of the best in travel. This year, travelers from around the globe were invited to vote on their choice of the finest hotels and travel destinations in the world. More than 300,000 travelers took part in the 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey.
Emirates has just announced a partnership with Thales to equip the new Boeing 777X fleet with the Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. The new aircraft is due for delivery starting mid-2020 and it will be enhaced with the state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system. This major investment underscores Emirates’ continued commitment to providing the best possible passenger experience, and its strategy to ensure the best and latest technology complements its young and modern fleet.
Indulge in a selection of classic cocktail infusions at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore's BAY@5 and the Axis Bar and Lounge between now and 31 December 2016. Select from the Mandarin Negroni with citrus notes to the refreshing Ginger Snap at S$26++ each.
I recently traveled down to Cebu in Philippines over the weekend and since there are no Star Alliance flights that operate between Singapore and Cebu, I did not have any lounge access for the trip. Therefore, I decided to make use of the opportunity to check out the relatively new Plaza Premium Lounge in Singapore Changi Airport which I heard was beautiful.
Changes to the Le Club AccorHotels membership program are happening very soon and if you have not updated yourself about the changes, it is high time you do so because it is going to be very much more difficult to earn and retain status beginning 2017 (unless you are a huge spender!). If you have not earned or retained your Platinum status for the year ahead, you can now earn quadruple (four times!) points with the program whenever you make an eligible stay at any one of the participating AccorHotels properties in Asia-Pacific before 28 December 2016 - registration is absolutely necessary.
I visited the city of Yangon in September 2016 and was blown away by the energy and striking contrast between old and new. The former capital of Myanmar has been opening up a lot more in recent years and it is always great to visit a city like that when it is still in its infancy stage of tourism development. After hearing so much about Le Planteur online and from people who have been there, I decided to check it out one afternoon myself to find out why Le Planteur is constantly talked-about as the best restaurant in Yangon.
I wrote about the availability of new U.S. Prime Grade Cuts from Greater Omaha at the Hilton Singapore's Opus Bar & Grill a couple of weeks ago and I recently invited down to the restaurant to check out the menu for myself when I was staying over at the Hilton Singapore last weekend. Remember you can easily get S$50 back in statement credit when you charge at least S$300 to an eligible American Express card.
It has been one year since Ash & Elm was introduced in the iconic InterContinental Singapore which is located along Middle Road in Bugis. From now until 23 November 2016, indulge in a host of dining deals from semi-buffet lunches to daily dinner deals and even a bubbly brunch on Sundays. Find out all about the special dining deals at Ash & Elm now!
When I checked out the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok last year, I was really impressed by (first) the lobby. Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I am a massive Hyatt fan - I love them for having one of the best loyalty programs in the market, the brand consistencies but more importantly, the level of emphasis they put on the food. Read about my experience in the Grand Executive Suite King of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok!