Thanks to the kind folks over at HWZ's forum (specifically phayze), I found out about the launch of a brand new Visa Infinite card by the Bank of China in Singapore. Information is still not available readily on their website so I wanted to share as much as I know here. One of the major advantages of this new credit card is the 1.5% transaction fee waiver (usually associated with all foreign currency purchases on the Visa Infinite).
The card in itself is pretty weak as much as I know. It offers a flat 1% cashback on all spending with no limit and no minimum spend (much like the CIMB Visa Infinite Card). Please see below for a quick summary of the BOC Visa Infinite Card features:
- 1% (Unlimited) Cash Rebates
- Waiver of 1.5% Currency Exchange Fees
- Plaza Premium Lounge Access (Twice Yearly)
- Visa Infinite Dining Benefits
- 24-hour Lifestyle Concierge
- Complimentary Travel Insurance
- Complimentary Purchase Protection
A brand new Hilton property has just opened in Taipei and it marks the brand’s return to the Taiwan market after 15 years. Located in New Taipei City, the 31-story Hilton Taipei Sinban offers 400 upscale rooms and it positions itself as an optimal choice for business travel and gatherings with extensive meeting facilities and convenient connections to traffic hubs.
Chef Ku at Golden Peony (Conrad Centennial Singapore) has just unveiled a brand new selection of dim sum items for both weekday lunches as well as weekend brunches. The new array of dim sum is created to showcase both traditional Cantonese as well as local flavours. Family dining with children will also be delighted to find a handful of specially-created items for the restaurant’s younger guests.
After a recent break-off with Oasis Collection home rentals, Hyatt has announced today that it is buying Two Roads Hospitality for US$480 Million. This international lifestyle hotel management company currently owns luxury lifestyle and boutique brands like Alila Hotels & Resorts, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels and tommie.
Slightly over a year ago, Singapore Airlines introduced a series of PPS Rewards for their PPS Members (find out what the difference between KrisFlyer Elite Gold and PPS here) and these rewards are basically incentives (think of them as milestone bonuses) for reaching certain levels of spend - double KrisFlyer miles, redemption discounts, as well as one-class cabin upgrades. While these benefits have been exclusive to top-tier members, a brand new selection of KrisFlyer Elite Gold Rewards will become available to KrisFlyer Elite Gold members from 09 October 2018.
The launch of the e-boutique platform for Le Club AccorHotels in Asia-Pacific has just been announced. The platform is already available in France and Australia but now loyalty members residing in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, The Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam will now have the opportunity to earn and redeem their loyalty points on the digital shopping platform.
Manhattan at Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel, has been making heads turn since its opening back in 2014. This 19th century-inspired bar has been Asia’s Best Bar for two consecutive years on Asia’s 50 Best Bar List so it is no surprise that it has recently made its way to top three at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 Awards - a first for a bar in Asia!
Capella Hotel Group and China Gezhouba Group Real Estate will bring the much-awaited Capella Sanya to the southern coast of tropical Hainan Island. Located in the secluded TuFu Bay, Capella Sanya pays homage to a Silk Road legend surrounding its location. The property will feature 190 exquisitely-designed rooms and villas amid lush gardens that overlook the South China Sea.
The premature ending of the 4 miles per dollar promotion on mobile payments has left a bad taste in my mouth. In fact, I personally know of a handful of cardholders who decided to cancel the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card just because of that. This morning, I noticed that the very same card is offering 30 OCBC$ (equivalent to 12 Miles) per S$1 spent on ShopperBoard from 1-28 October 2018 - this is capped at S$1,000 which means the most you can earn from this promotion is 30,000 OCBC$ or 12,000 Miles.
The Hoshino Resort KAI Ito in Shizuoka Prefecture is slated to reopen in December 2018 after completing a complete renovation of its large public hot spring, lobby, and guest rooms. All 30 guest rooms in this beautiful property will come in four varieties and they will be relaunched as locally-themed rooms known as “Ito Hanagoyomi no Ma” (Ito Floral Calendar Rooms), KAI Signature Room.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has just unveiled her first property in Lombok, Indonesia - the Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok is an all-suite resort that offers both one and two-bedroom suites with complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, kitchen facilities and generous bathroom with shower and oversized bath.