The Conrad Centennial Singapore is currently running a Year End Getaway promotion that offers up to 20% off the Best Available Rate. As I wanted to take advantage of a number of promotions for the stay, I've decided to go with a two night stay sometime in December 2015 and was offered the following rate of S$300++ per night (total of S$600++ for two nights) for a Classic Room. As I was fiddling around with the dates, I realised that it is actually cheaper to book the two nights separately instead.
If I were to book the two nights separately (one night each), I will pay only S$276++ for the first night and S$300++ for the second night - a total of S$576++ instead of S$600++. Sure the S$24++ savings isn't particularly significant but I was surprised to see an internal rate error like that.
After making the room reservations separately, I then emailed the Conrad Concierge to combine my reservations (in order to benefit from the two night stay bonuses). This is probably something you should take note of when booking with hotels - wouldn't hurt to break down the room nights into one-night reservations. Another benefit from making one-night reservations is the ability to shorten your stay with minimal financial impact (applicable to non-refundable rates only).
Planning a getaway soon? Hilton is currently offering up to 35% off all participating resorts in Asia-Pacific if you book by 19 March 2019 - travel must be completed by 02 February 2020. There are quite a number of properties in China that are participating in this promotion and if you are planning to checking them out, do note that you will have to book them before 15 March 2019 for travels that conclude before the end of 23 January 2020.
If you work in the CBD (or even if you do not), Waitrr is an incredible app that allows you to not only skip the long queues but also to save money on food. I have been using the app for a while now (and no, I am not paid or commissioned to write these articles) and it has been brilliant. Waitrr is currently running a promotion to give you S$3 off all orders until 18 May 2019 when you pay with OCBC Pay Anyone. If you do not already have an account, using my promo code 'MAR94817' will give you S$3 off your first order regardless of payment method.
Make an eligible hotel reservation on Kaligo between 13 February 2019 (8:00AM Singapore Time) to 15 February 2019 (8:00AM Singapore Time) for stays before the end of 30 April 2019 to earn double the amount of miles and points on your chosen loyalty programme!
I am a firm believer of loyalty programs but lately some of them have been far from attractive. In any case, one can always do with a promo code or two for hotel bookings made on Expedia (especially when they do not belong to a strong loyalty program). The following table summarises all the known promo codes for hotel reservations and at the time of writing, OCBC cards offer the best deal at 12% off. You will also find year-round promotions (10% off hotel bookings) by most banks here in Singapore.
I have always been a strong advocate for Chope (and I still am!) - it costs absolutely nothing for you to use, the UI is beautiful and the extensive range of restaurants have helped to make difficult decisions over the years. Obviously getting Chope-Dollars (which convert into both vouchers and KrisFlyer miles) with every fulfilled reservation makes a huge difference as well. Quandoo is a competitor and honestly, it looks nothing like Chope - the reservation flow is terrible and navigating the site is a pain. However, the partnership with ShopBack unlocks an opportunity to earn S$4 cashback with each fulfilled reservation.
One of the greatest benefits of having the American Express Platinum Card (and the Centurion of course) is the ability to book Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) rates - selected hotels that meet the strict criteria that American Express sets out will be able to participate in this program. For us members, this translates into a range of benefit that typically include a guaranteed 4PM late check-out and usually a USD 100 property credit that can be utilised during the stay.
While I do not generally purchase IHG Rewards Club Points, they can be quite attractive when utilised on high-demand periods (e.g. New Year’s Eve). Members can now purchase IHG Rewards Club Points with a 75% bonus when they complete the transaction between 28 February 2019. If you have immediate demand for these points, now is a great time to purchase them but if you do not have any plans for them, a 100% bonus runs from time to time (but this is not a fixed promotion).
Honestly, I feel like I have written about this way too many times but Alaska Airlines is currently running a 40% bonus on purchased miles until 22 February 2019. All accounts should be targeted with this promotion but the number of minimum miles required to trigger the bonus will vary from account to account.
Now that the merger of loyalty programs is almost complete, members can start looking forward to more unified promotions in the year ahead. Ebates is currently offering a massive 10% cashback for all stays at eligible Marriott properties and this includes legacy Starwood Hotels & Resorts brands like The St. Regis, Four Points and Westin just to name a few.
Purchase World of Hyatt Points before the end of 22 February 2019 to get 30% more (minimum of 5,000 points is required). It is worth repeating that World of Hyatt members are now required to pay 'more' for free nights using Points + Cash since the cash component is pegged to 50% of the standard rate. However, if you are in need of World of Hyatt Points, now may be a good time to purchase them since you got 30% more.