It has just come to come to my attention that from 15 December 2015, the conversion of Travel$ to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Programme must be done in blocks of 5,000 Miles (5,000 Travel$) instead of the previous 2,000. Suppose you have 99,000 Travel$ in your account right now, you will now be able to transfer only 95,000 Travel$ (instead of 98,000 Travel$ under the old system).
This is similar to the standards that UOB already has and the administrative charge of S$25 stays the same for each mile conversion request. Also, it does seem like you can still convert your Travel$ in blocks of 2,000 if you are transferring to Asia Miles but I will confirm as soon as possible.
OCBC has just unveiled a brand new payment facility for OCBC VOYAGE Card Members - you will now be able to apply for the facility (which allows you to pay for anything that requires a bank account deposit instead of credit card payment) and earn 1 VOYAGE Miles per S$1. Now the only catch is this - you will have to pay a 1.90% or 1.95% admin fee depending on whether your transaction amount is S$150,100 and above or between S$10,000 - S$150,000.
The new KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card looks great but the only caveat is this - all the 'Accelerated Miles' will only post AFTER your card's membership year. This means to say that you will only expect to see your bonus miles next year!
Singapore Airlines and UOB have just announced a brand new credit card which offers an attractive earn rate of 3 KrisFlyer miles per dollar on Singapore Airlines (including SilkAir and Scoot) expenses, online shopping, transport and most importantly, dining. The brand new KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card is now available for application online and you can do it very quickly (takes just a minute!) if you have internet banking set up with UOB.
If you are looking for a new credit card and would like to snag up a free Nintendo Switch while you are doing it, tomorrow is a great day to sign-up with SingSaver (with a few caveats you should take note of).
From now until 09 October 2019, cardholders of the American Express Platinum Credit Card (including Platinum Reserve) can enjoy 5 Membership Rewards points per S$1.60 spent at Harvey Norman on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. There is no limit to the number of Membership Rewards points that you can earn from this partnership but you should definitely pick one that is located in a shopping mall with a strong membership program to double-dip on promotions.
American Express has been extremely aggressive in capturing market share here in Singapore - they have unveiled the brand new metal Platinum Charge Card late last year and have continued to roll out amazing deals like the latest Hilton one which gives you S$200 back for spending S$500 (40% cashback!). Today, new-to-American-Express customers can get the American Express Platinum Credit Card for free - this card offers great discounts like 50% off dining discounts as well as complimentary free drinks at some of Asia's best bars.
Last year, American Express offered selected cardholders the opportunity to get S$150 statement credit for simply spending S$500 in a single transaction at Marriott properties. Today, American Express has unveiled a brand new offer for selected cardholders to get S$200 back in statement credit for spending S$500 at participating Hilton properties in the region - this is a whooping 40% cashback!
American Express has unveiled a list of participating merchants where holders of the American Express Singapore Airlines Credit Cards can earn additional miles every month. You might remember that there was an offer that was release a number of weeks back that allows eligible cardholders to earn 4 bonus KrisFlyer miles per S$1 spent with mobile wallets - I visited Watsons the other day to find out if both of these promotions stack.
Most credit cards points and equivalent miles convert mostly to KrisFlyer (KF) Miles and Asia Miles (AM) in Singapore. It appears that DBS has added Qantas Frequent Flyer (QFF) as a Point Transfer Partner - members can convert their DBS Points into QFF Points at the same rate as KF and AM (5,000 DBS Points = 10,000 Miles).
New applicants of the Citi Prestige and Citi PremierMiles will receive their credit cards with a brand new card face soon. The new card faces of the two aforementioned cards are introduced to standardise the way cards look and feel across countries. At the time of writing, it is unclear whether new (or changes to existing) benefits will be introduced with the new card face but the Citi Prestige will come in a ‘premium hybrid metal material’ from 15 April 2019.