The OCBC VOYAGE Card has introduced some changes at the start of the year and despite lowering the earn rate on dining expenses from 2.3 VOYAGE Miles (VMs) to 1.6 VMs per dollar, it is still a really good card to have since it gives you unlimited access to plaza premium lounges (+1 guest) and it also comes with a great VOYAGE Exchange concierge service that you can take advantage of. What caught my eye recently however was the ability to fly on Etihad Airways' First Class with the purchase of any Business Class return tickets to selected destinations - you will have to book between 01 March 2018 and 30 April 2018 for travel between now and 31 December 2018.
This is not the first time that OCBC is offering such privileges and some of you who applied for the card when it first launched might remember a similar promotion sometime around September to November of 2016. These promotional return tickets must originate from Singapore and the complimentary upgrade from Business Class to First Class will only apply to the following destinations - the prices listed here may fluctuate slightly due to currency fluctuation and market fare changes:
- Abu Dhabi / Dubai S$3,418
- Paris S$4,538
- Milan S$4,778
- London S$4,878
- Munich S$5,048
- New York S$6,258
- Washington S$6,378
- Los Angeles S$6,648
Now the Business Class product on Etihad Airways does not seem bad at all but offering a complimentary upgrade to First Class (First Apartment if you are flying on an A380!) is truly impressive. Do note that the payment must be made with the VOYAGE Credit Card and this includes Bank of Singapore VOYAGE Card, Premier VOYAGE Card and the OCBC VOYAGE Card.
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.
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.
Hilton Honors members are able to earn Double Hilton Honors Points on every stay from 01 May 2018 to 31 August 2018. As most of you would already be aware, a number of changes took place early this month and the number of points that you can potentially earn from an eligible stay have been changed. Registration for this promotion is required so make sure you register now before you forget!
IHG Rewards Club members can now register for the latest Accelerate promotion that will be running from 01 May 2018 to 31 July 2018. All you have to do is to click on the Accelerate Q2 landing page and sign-in using your IHG Rewards Club details to reveal a set of tailored challenges which you will have the option of completing during the aforementioned period.
Earn extra Starpoints (or Marriott Rewards Points) on each eligible night (starting from your third night) that you spend at participating SPG hotels and resorts from 16 April 2018 to 20 July 2018 - registration for SPG More Nights, More Starpoints is necessary for you to take advantage of this promotion and you will have to do so by 30 June 2018 (even though you can earn bonus points through 20 July 2018). There is also a similar Marriott Rewards promotion that is running concurrently and it gives you 750 bonus Marriott Rewards Points per night (starting on the third eligible night) during the same period.
Spend at least S$500 on eligible in-app as well as online purchases from 29 March 2018 to 30 June 2018 with your DBS/POSB cards to win either S$50 worth of coupon or cash! Registration is absolutely necessary and you will have to do it via the new DBS Lifestyle App - limited to the first 10,000 registrations only (but at the time of writing there is still plenty).
Fuzzie is one of those platforms in Singapore that have existed for a while now abut no one really talks about it. Even though this is not exactly a deal, I just found out that purchasing gift cards on Fuzzie allows me to double-dip (or even triple-dip!) on promotions and cashbacks. This post is really to get you that free S$5 off promo code on Grab so I shall not veer off topic (even though I am tempted to) - here's how you do it with my referral code.
I have written about Chope on multiple occasions but for those who do not know what it is, it is mainly a platform where you can discover restaurants, make reservations and score great deals (like earning Chope-Dollars which you can then redeem for free dining vouchers). If you do not have a Chope account, signing-up for one using my referral link will give you an additional 200 Chope-Dollars (on top of the 100 Chope-Dollars that you get on every reservation) on your first reservation. Make a reservation with one of the participating restaurants this month and earn up to 4X more Chope-Dollars!