If you follow The Shutterwhale on Facebook, you should have seen my rant this morning on the changes to the ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card's unlimited Airport Lounge benefit that came into effect this morning. One of the last few benefits of this card used to be the unlimited access to Veloce lounges all over the world but now that has been taken away and been replaced with a conditional DragonPass access instead.
Starting today, you will no longer be able to access Veloce Lounges without restrictions anymore. In fact, you will now be required to spend S$10,000 per calendar quarter in order to get two complimentary DragonPass Airport Lounge access passes. Supplementary cardholders who used to get complimentary Veloce Lounge access will not be able to benefit from this arrangement but any qualifying card spend on the supplementary account will be accumulated on the principal cardholder's account.
In addition to all that, every lounge visit under this new scheme is up to a maximum of 3-hour duration - while this should not matter to most travellers since we get there approximately 2 hours prior to the flight's scheduled departure, this may cause frustration to travellers here on a longer layover.
With the ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card, you will receive a maximum of 2 complimentary passes per calendar quarter up to 8 passes in a calendar year - so spending S$50,000 in a quarter will still give you two passes only. Personally, I think that the ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card has fallen from where it used to stand two years ago. It is disappointing but it is what it is and I guess it's time to cash out on those miles and close my ANZ account altogether (especially since I've ditched my Optimum World MasterCard a few months ago)
Now that Citibank's 8 miles per dollar promotion is coming to an end, it may be a good time to consider another bank's promotion. Standard Chartered is giving all eligible cardholders the opportunity to earn up to S$30 cashback between 16 July 2018 and 15 October 2018 when they use their credit cards via a contactless transaction (Apple Pay rewards you the quickest!) - registration is required and this is only limited to the first 25,000 cardholders during the promotion period.
Following the premature ending of 10X OCBC$ for mobile payments made using the OCBC Titanium Rewards card, OCBC has just announced that they will be removing the option for OCBC VOYAGE Cardholders to purchase 500,000 VOYAGE miles for S$10,000. The last day to take advantage of this offer is 31 August 2018 and following that, OCBC VOYAGE Cardholders will only be able to renew their VOYAGE Card by paying either S$488 or S$3,210 for 15,000 and 150,000 VOYAGE Miles respectively.
It goes without saying that the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card is one of my favourite credit cards in Singapore and it has earned its rightful place in my (digital) wallet since last year. While the card is supposed to offer 10X OCBC$ (which translates into 4 miles per dollar) on all mobile payments (e.g. Apple Pay) until the end of the year, I noticed yesterday that the benefit has been amended to end on 04 August 2018 instead.
It is no secret that Citibank is currently offering 8 miles (20X Rewards) per dollar on all eligible transactions made on Apple Pay - this promotion is valid until 31 July 2018. For now until 08 July 2018, enjoy 20X Rewards (which is equivalent to 8 miles per dollar) when you shop on Lazada.
The American Express and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer suite of co-branded credit cards launched back in 2016 but it was fairly unimpressive to earn its spot in my wallet (click HERE to check out which credit cards I physically hold in my wallet). While I was booking a flight this morning, I realised that there is currently a tender exercise for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Co-brand & Corporate Co-brand Credit Cards. The closing date for this tender is 22 June 2018 and according to the request for proposal, 'the targeted launch date of the new products is in early 2019'.
Standard Chartered is once again offering you the chance to win up to S$100 cashback when you pay Spin The Wheel Game between 16 May 2018 and 15 July 2018. There is also the opportunity to win S$3,000 cashback in a monthly lucky draw (total of 50 winners!). Strangely enough, the bank is also offering a S$5 cashback towards coffee purchase when you spend any eligible Standard Chartered Credit Cards overseas in foreign currency.
OCBC Bank is currently running a limited time promotion with Emirates to offer 20X Rewards (equivalent to 8 miles per SGD) on all eligible flights booked via this specific landing page. This promotion is capped at S$1,000 (meaning to say you can only earn up to 8,000 bonus miles) and you will have to book it between 15-21 May 2018. Additionally, eligible OCBC Cardholders will also be able to enjoy up to 12% off on Flex and Flex Plus (10% off Saver) Economy Class fares.
The long wait is finally over - you can now add all your eligible Citibank credit cards to your Apple devices and you will earn up to 20X Rewards (that's 8 miles per dollar!) on all Apple Pay purchases made between 26 April 2018 and 31 July 2018. According to the terms and conditions posted on the site, there is no mention on the maximum number of bonus points that you can earn through this limited-time promotion so it is definitely a good idea to add it to your wallet and start raking up those miles!
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.
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.