I've written about the opportunity to get Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Gold Status with just one stay instead of 20 nights on multiple occasions. All you have to do is to simply register here with an eligible World MasterCard that is issued in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) and then make one eligible stay at any property in the region - you will then earn instant Gold Preferred Guest status for a year. This amazing deal has now been extended until 14 July 2017 but do note that this upgrade offer is a one-time upgrade per member.
Generally speaking, if you do achieve SPG status after February, you will get it for the rest of the year and the following year. Meaning to say, if you do take advantage of this promotion now, the Gold Preferred Status should expire on February 2018. Take advantage next year from March 2017 and you should have the status until February 2019. Do note however that the SPG program is expected to merge in with the Marriott Rewards (following the acquisition) so the benefits may change in the future. For Singaporeans, you may choose to consider any one of the following cards (please let me know if I have missed any out) to take advantage of this promotion.
- UOB - PRVI Miles World MasterCard
- DBS - Woman's World MasterCard
- CIMB - World MasterCard
- Maybank - World MasterCard
- ANZ - Optimum World MasterCard
- Citibank - DIVIDEND WORLD MasterCard
- Standard Chartered - MANHATTAN World MasterCard
- HSBC - Premier MasterCard
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.
American Express Singapore Airlines Credit Cardholders can now earn an additional 2 KrisFlyer Miles for every S$1 spent at participating merchant, up to S$200 each calendar month. In addition to the 2 additional KrisFlyer Miles that members already earn on eligible Grab transactions, cardholders are now able to earn this extra bonus across merchants that have been identified by American Express as 'daily essentials'.