InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland to Open in Q4 2018 - 16 Floors Underground!

The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is a 18-storey hotel that has two floor above ground and 16 floors below the ground (this includes two floors underwater!). Slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2018, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is poised to welcome guests with an amazing landscape in a deep pit of a former quarry in southwestern Shanghai.

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Lounge Review: Plaza Premium Lounge - Siem Reap International Airport (REP)

Siem Reap is one of those cities where it can sometimes make sense to use your miles for a free Economy Class flight (there are not many destinations where this is justified!). If you are planning to visit Siem Reap from Singapore, you only have two options - Jetstar and SilkAir - so no points for guessing which one I went with on my latest visit. Since I was traveling in Business Class on SilkAir, I had access to the Plaza Premium Lounge here at the Siem Reap International Airport (REP). The airport lounge is also a member of the Plaza Premium Group and you will be able to access it with your Priority Pass card or the right credit card.

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The First Chef's Table at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore's Shang Palace with Chef Mok Kit Keung

Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has just introduced the first of The Chef's Table series and this monthly affair will feature different dishes that are based on the inspiration of the award-winning Executive Chinese Chef Mok Kit Keung as well as the supply of seasonal produce. Priced at S$128++ per person, The Chef's Table series will be hind in Shang Palace's private dining room (with a private lounge area) where guests can embark on a six-course epicurean journey with Chef Mok as he shares personal stories and inspirations behind his cooking.

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Fast Track to Hilton Honors Gold in 2 Stays - Status Valid until March 2020 and 2,500 Points for New Members

From now until 31 December 2018, fast track to Hilton Honors Gold (which gives you bonus points, complimentary breakfast and upgrades amongst other benefits) in just two stays instead of the usual 20 stays. If you do not have a Hilton Honors account, sign-up today to get 2,500 bonus Hilton Honors Points after your first stay! This offer is only valid for eligible Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders in the Asia-Pacific (except Taiwan and Visa Signature in Korea).

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Singapore Airlines and Canyon Ranch to promote Wellness and Relaxation on the World's Longest Flight

Launching on 11 October 2018, the world's longest flight will be operated by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and New York (Newark) - the flight time is 18 hours and 45 minutes. Singapore Airlines and Canyon Ranch, the world’s premiere integrative wellness brand, have forged a partnership to re-invent ultra-long-haul travel with a focus on wellness cuisines, rest and relaxation, and general well-being on the world’s longest flights.

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What does MVP Gold on Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Program mean for Someone based in Singapore?

After a series of Business Class flights on Emirates, I have finally achieved MVP Gold status on the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program. I have previously written about how crediting flights to the right program makes a world of difference - on my Business Class flights from Singapore to New York, I would have gotten only a one-way Economy Class flight from Singapore to Perth if I had credited it to Emirates Skywards. However, since I chose to credit it to my the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account, I had almost enough miles for a return-flight (somewhat even though a short detour is required) to Tokyo in Business Class.

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15% Cashback on Grab Rides with Standard Chartered Credit Card

Eligible Standard Chartered cardholders used to be able to enjoy 20% cashback on Grab rides previously but that promotion has expired on 31 July 2018. From now until 31 December 2018, you will be able to enjoy up to 15% cashback on Grab rides in Singapore (and overseas!) when you charge at least S$900 of eligible retail spend each month to your Standard Chartered Credit Card - the cashback is capped at S$30 per month per cardholder.

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Travelling to US Next Year? Earn 2.5% p.a. interest and Lock-in Attractive Rates for USD Transactions in 2019

If you are planning to travel to the US next year, it may be a good idea to lock-in attractive USD/SGD rates well before your trip - especially when the DBS Multi-Currency Account (MCA) is offering a promotional interest rate of 2.50% p.a. from September to December 2018 on eligible fresh funds deposited in the account. The MCA comes with a range of different benefits, so if you are expecting to transact in USD in the year ahead, you will probably want to take advantage of this promotion to lock-in the attractive interest rates and save up for your upcoming expenses in the meantime.

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