Wyndham Worldwide who also owns the Wyndham Hotel Group (alongside all 15 brands) has recently announced a brand new loyalty program - Wyndham Rewards. With the introduction of four distinct levels of loyalty, members will be able to take advantage of a range of tangible benefits. There are currently two Wyndham properties in Singapore - Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park as well as Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park.
1. Membership Levels - Blue, Gold, Platinum and Diamond
There are four membership levels in the Wyndham Rewards programme that ranges from Blue to Diamond. The top-tier requires 40 eligible room nights and it comes with the possibility of a suite upgrade (even on award nights), welcome amenity benefits as well as the ability to give someone instant Gold.
2. Free Nights at Fixed Rate - 15,000 Points
Unlike all other hotel loyalty programs that I know of, Wyndham Rewards offer a fixed redemption rate - you can redeem for a room night at any Wyndham property for 15,000 Points. Since you earn 10 points per US$1, you get a room night with every US$1,500 spent - depending on what you redeem for, this may actually be pretty decent.
3. Free Local Experiences
Whenever you redeem points at one of Wyndham Rewards' top 25 global destinations, you will receive either special discounts or engaging local experiences at no additional charge - this ranges from indoor skydiving in Orlando to breakfast with the Orangutans at Singapore Zoo.
The signature dining establishment at The St. Regis Singapore, Brasserie Les Saveurs, has just unveiled a brand new lunch experience for Saturdays (12:00PM to 2:30PM). Starting from just S$68++ per person, the Bon Appétit Singapura experience offers a refreshed menu that features refined Singaporean and French delights through the use of unique regional spices and ingredients.
If you love gin and you are looking for a reason to indulge over the weekends, the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore is offering a special staycation package that includes a Full-sized Bottle of Brass Lion Distillery gin (for you to take home or to enjoy) as well as a guided tour for two persons to the Brass Lion Distillery (transportation is included!).
Discover the best of Thai culture and hospitality with The Siam's new Short Villa Escape Promotion - stay in one of the property's luxurious Courtyard Pool Villa or Riverview Pool Villa and enjoy a range of benefits during your stay.
As you may already know, Mastercard has partnered with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and TransitLink to launch Mastercard contactless payments on buses and trains. Commuters are currently able to use their credit and debit card (with Mastercard contactless function) to make fare payments - you will not need to top-up your card since transactions will be processed, accumulated and charged to your relevant credit or debit card. From 06 June 2019, Visa cards will also be supported and in case you are wondering, mobile wallets (e.g. Apple Pay) are supported as well.
Boutique hotel brand, Lloyd's Inn, has just announced the official opening of its second property - Lloyd's Inn Bali is located on Jln. Arjuna in Seminyak (just a short 300m stroll to the famous Double Six Beach) and it builds on the success of Lloyd's Inn Singapore. The brand focuses on location (the Lloyd's Inn Bali is located near plenty of eateries and shopping spots) but offers a tranquil immersive experience at the same time.
The birthplace of William Shakespeare is a magnet to visitors from around the world - many of them make the pilgrimage to visit this historic market town and also the marvel at one of the most famous theatres in the world, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Today, IHG has announced the opening of the Hotel Indigo - Stratford upon Avon which is set to open in the heart of this historic market town.
The full-service lifestyle brand of Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, is making a debut in Malaysia with the planned opening of Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu. Slated to open in 2021, the brand new hotel will be situated in the heart of the city and offer convenient access to the commercial district, shopping malls, restaurants as well as other local attractions.
Planning to head down to the southeastern coast of South Korea in Ulsan Metropolitan City? The Mercure Ambassador Ulsan has recently opened and it is the first internationally-branded hotel to make its debut along Jeongja Beach. Located close to the industrial powerhouse of South Korea, the hotel is a short walking distance to major shopping areas and coastal beaches.
While the rest of Singapore is excited over the brand new KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card (which offers a stunning 3 KrisFlyer miles per dollar on dining and other categories), Grab has announced and introduced four new service tiles to the Grab app to cater to Southeast Asians’ everyday needs. You will notice that some of these tiles are already available on your app but some of the functionalities are only expected to roll out in coming months.
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.