So I am currently at the Ibis Sydney Thornleigh and WiFi access is chargeable at AU$10 (or AU$15 for premium) per 24 hours. Earlier this year, I purchased the Microsoft Work & Play Bundle for US$149 and it came with unlimited Skype WiFi access (amongst a ton of other things) - apparently this is the ONLY way you can get UNLIMITED Skype WiFi but I never thought much about it since WiFi is usually readily available.
When I opened up the Skype WiFi app on my iPhone at the Ibis Sydney Thornleigh, I was surprised to find out that WiFi was complimentary due to my unlimited Skype WiFi access. If you do not have access to unlimited Skype WiFi, you can still use the service which is chargeable at a per-minute basis.
This is not a bad service to consider if you travel a lot. I will show you how you can get complimentary WiFi around the world with your American Express card next!
You know the drill - from now until 30 November 2018, enjoy 30% redemption discount on selection routes across the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network for travel between 01 December 2018 and 31 December 2018 - blackout dates apply. This 30% discount is also applicable to travel to the USA (San Francisco and Los Angeles only) from 01 January 2019 to 31 January 2019.
If you have not jumped on the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan bandwagon yet, it is not too late to do so but I definitely advise doing it as soon as possible since there is no telling when the Japan Airlines or Cathay Pacific deal would be pulled out. From now until 21 December 2018 , purchase Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles and get up to 50% more miles - this effectively reduces the cost per 1,000 miles from USD 29.56 (inclusive of tax recovery fee) to USD 19.71.
As if there is a better time to be an American Express cardholder - the promotions are constantly coming in and now the first 15,000 successful registered cards will be able to get S$150 back for spending S$500 at over 480 participating Marriott hotels in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand between now until 31 January 2019! In fact, every eligible cardholder will be able to earn this shocking cashback 10 times so you can essentially spend S$5,000 and get S$1,500 back! If you do not hold an American Express card, do consider applying for The Platinum Card which comes with a shocking annual fee but the perks are seriously impressive - read about my rationalisation here!
Etihad Airways is currently extending up to 10% off selected flights for eligible American Express Cardholders (The Platinum Card members are obviously eligible) until the end of 30 June 2019. This exclusive discount is applicable to selected flights in First, Business and Economy Class for travel until 30 June 2019.
Singapore Airlines unveiled KrisPay a number of months ago - this platform allows KrisFlyer members to convert their KrisFlyer miles into KrisPay miles which they can then use for everyday expenses like petrol, food, gadgets or phone bills just to name a few. New users will be able to earn 500 free KrisPay miles for simply logging in to KrisPay in the month of November 2018 for the first time.
In conjunction with Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena’s first anniversary celebrations, guests can take advantage of an exclusive room rate at just S$111++ for Saturday check-ins in the month of November 2018 - this is only available to the first 33 bookers so make sure you book it now!
AccorHotels will be rewarding all Le Club AccorHotels members with an Asia Pacific Sale that offers up to 50% off room rates as well as the opportunity to win 500,000 Le Club AccorHotels Points (which is equivalent to €10,000!). AccorHotels will be giving away 15 million points altogether and there will be 30 winners under this promotion. Bookings have to be made directly with AccorHotels in order to be eligible.
Thinking about using your World of Hyatt points for a stay but do not have enough? Purchase World of Hyatt points from now until 27 November 2018 to get 40% more - you will have to commit to a minimum of 10,000 points to trigger this offer. Each eligible World of Hyatt account can purchase up to 55,000 points per calendar year and these bonuses tend to max out at 40%.
It is always a good idea to book directly with a hotel chain (or via an approved luxury travel agent) when there is a proper loyalty program in place. I have previously written about the Fine Hotels & Resorts program that American Express Centurion and Platinum members can take advantage of - you typically get at least USD 100 worth of Spa or F&B credit that you can make use of during your stay on top of other FHR benefits. While searching for hotels this morning, I noticed the option to sign-up for a Four Seasons profile and upon doing so, it appears that 'members' are now able to receive USD 100 (or equivalent in local currency) Food & Beverage Credit with each stay.
From now until the end of 31 December 2018, earn double Hilton Honors Points for all eligible stays at participating Hilton properties in Asia Pacific that have been booked and consumed during the aforementioned periods. This offer is only valid when you book direct and pay with a Visa Infinite or Visa Signature card only. If your card was issued in Australia, China and Japan, a regular Visa Platinum Card will suffice.