Your SPG Starpoints could be worth a lot more (or less) from 01 March 2016! In case you haven't heard, Starwood will be implementing some changes to the 2016 Award Category for hotel room night redemption.
|Hotel||Old Category||New Category|
|Increase in Category|
|The Westin Singapore||5||6|
|W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak||6||7|
|The St. Regis Osaka||5||6|
|Sheraton Samui Resort||3||4|
|Decrease in Category|
|Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane||4||3|
|Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran||4||3|
|The St. Regis Bangkok||6||5|
Here are some properties to take note with the upcoming changes (especially if you have plans to redeem for room nights). Within Singapore, The Westin Singapore will move from Category 5 to Category 6, making it a bad idea to redeem for room nights since it is relatively affordable on weekends. The redemption for Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane is a good move however since room rates in Brisbane may fluctuate quite a bit depending on occupancy.
The new changes do not seem like a good move to us folks in the Asia-Pacific region especially with the uncertainty that lurks with the SPG programme now that Marriott has acquired the company.
Log-in to your DBS Lifetyle App and sign-up for the Lunar New Year 2019 Promotion to get up to S$128 back in voucher or cash credit. All you have to do is to be amongst the first 15,000 principal cardholders to successfully register participation via the app and hit the personalised spend goal by 03 March 2019 to trigger your tailored reward.
Earn 10 miles per dollar (or more specifically, 50 miles for every S$5) on Expedia when you book hotels, selected flights and packages on Expedia using a UOB PRVI Miles Card. All bookings will have to be made via the special landing page by 31 March 2019 for travel until 31 July 2019.
United Airlines is currently offering a bonus for MileagePlus Miles purchased between now and 01 February 2019. Members will be able to get up to 70% more miles and it even comes with a chance to win 1,000,000 MileagePlus Miles and USD 10,000 (only open to eligible U.S. residents residing in the 50 U.S. & D.C.).
American Express Platinum Members (including those holding credit card versions) have long been getting either a complimentary welcome drink or 1-for-1 beverages at selected bars in Singapore via the Chillax programme. Late last year, four new bars from the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach have been added to this growing list. In view of the 2019 contract renewals, Smoke & Mirrors now imposes a S$20++ minimum spend requirement before an American Express Platinum Member can take advantage of the Chillax benefits.
Earn extra IHG Rewards Club points when you complete certain tasks between 15 January 2019 and 30 April 2019. Previously know as the Accelerate offer, IHG Rewards Club members will now be able to earn at least 40,000 bonus points for eligible stays that have been consumed within the promotional period - registration needs to be completed before 15 March 2019 so just do it right now in case you forget.
There is currently a number of promotions that are running for Hilton Honors members - earn triple points at Conrad and Waldorf Astoria properties (double points for every other participating property) until 03 January 2019 and if you stay at a participating Asia-Pacific property from now until 31 December 2018, you will also earn double points for these stays. Hilton is bringing back the Points Unlimited promotion from 04 January 2019 to 05 May 2019 where you will be able to earn 2,000 bonus points per stay and 10,000 bonus points every 5 stays or 10 nights (which ever comes first!).
The first two days of the Lunar New Year will be on 5-6 February 2019 and while it is great to catch up with your extended family from time to time, some of you may be looking for a little escape (whatever your reason is!). Whether you wish to indulge in the Lunar New Year festivities or want some time for yourself, Carlton City Hotel Singapore has got your back with a Spring Reunion Getaway package (valid from 1-10 February 2019) that comes complete with daily buffet breakfast for two adults.
American Express is currently running a ridiculously attractive promotion for all eligible members across all participating Marriott properties - spend S$500 and get S$150 back in statement credit. There is now the opportunity to receive one S$50 credit for spending S$300 or more (in one or more transactions) at participating Pan Pacific Hotels Group properties before the end of 31 January 2019.
I recently wrote about the amazing opportunity to get S$150 back for simply spending S$500 at participating Marriott hotels in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand between now until 31 January 2019. If you have not signed up for this promotion, you should definitely do so because getting 30% cashback on your stays is amazing (and probably a very rare opportunity)! I recently completed a stay at The Westin Singapore and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the S$150 credit posted.
In conjunction with Black Friday celebrations, Kaligo is running a double miles and points promotion for all eligible bookings made between 23 November 2018 and 26 November 2018. Stays have to be completed anytime between now and 30 June 2019 in order to qualify.