In partnership with CapitaLand Mall Asia, CapitaLand, American Express has launched Singapore's only multi-mall loyalty credit card - the American Express CapitaCard. Back by CapitaLand's rewards programme CAPITASTAR, cardholders of CapitaCard will be able to enjoy the highest STAR$ earn rates in the market - these STAR$s can be redeemed for free CapitaVouchers and parking privileges in participating CapitaLand malls.
Earn Rate - 20 STAR$ per S$1 on CapitaCard (up to S$1,200 per month)
You can easily earn 20 STAR$ per S$1 when you spend at any participating CapitaLand mail retailer with your CapitaCard - you do have to scan your receipts using the CAPITASTAR app or any one of the self-service kiosks though. Since you can exchange for a S$5 CapitaVoucher with 5,000 STAR$, this is essentially a 2% rebate on your purchases (since you would have to spend at least S$250 to get a S$5 voucher).
Park for Free at CapitaLand Malls
If you spend at least S$1,200 per month on your CapitaCard, you will enjoy up to three hours of complimentary parking in each one of the participating CapitaLand mall per day. Spend at least S$1,800 per month and you will even get access to the reserved bays for privileged parking.
Welcome Bonus - 50,000 STAR$ (S$50 CapitaVoucher)
Simply get approved and spend at least S$1 to receive a welcome bonus of 20,000 STAR$. If you spend at least S$888 within the first six months, you will receive another bonus of 30,000 STAR$ - total of 50,000 STAR$.
From now until 05 October 2018, purchase Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles and get up to 50% bonus miles - these miles are great for Business Class and First Class flights but it does require some creative routing. I have written about these bonuses a few times now and they are usually capped at 40% for most members so make sure to log-in to your account to see whether it is targeted for the 50% bonus!
The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is a 18-storey hotel that has two floor above ground and 16 floors below the ground (this includes two floors underwater!). Slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2018, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is poised to welcome guests with an amazing landscape in a deep pit of a former quarry in southwestern Shanghai.
Siem Reap is one of those cities where it can sometimes make sense to use your miles for a free Economy Class flight (there are not many destinations where this is justified!). If you are planning to visit Siem Reap from Singapore, you only have two options - Jetstar and SilkAir - so no points for guessing which one I went with on my latest visit. Since I was traveling in Business Class on SilkAir, I had access to the Plaza Premium Lounge here at the Siem Reap International Airport (REP). The airport lounge is also a member of the Plaza Premium Group and you will be able to access it with your Priority Pass card or the right credit card.
Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has just introduced the first of The Chef's Table series and this monthly affair will feature different dishes that are based on the inspiration of the award-winning Executive Chinese Chef Mok Kit Keung as well as the supply of seasonal produce. Priced at S$128++ per person, The Chef's Table series will be hind in Shang Palace's private dining room (with a private lounge area) where guests can embark on a six-course epicurean journey with Chef Mok as he shares personal stories and inspirations behind his cooking.
From now until 31 December 2018, fast track to Hilton Honors Gold (which gives you bonus points, complimentary breakfast and upgrades amongst other benefits) in just two stays instead of the usual 20 stays. If you do not have a Hilton Honors account, sign-up today to get 2,500 bonus Hilton Honors Points after your first stay! This offer is only valid for eligible Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders in the Asia-Pacific (except Taiwan and Visa Signature in Korea).
Launching on 11 October 2018, the world's longest flight will be operated by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and New York (Newark) - the flight time is 18 hours and 45 minutes. Singapore Airlines and Canyon Ranch, the world’s premiere integrative wellness brand, have forged a partnership to re-invent ultra-long-haul travel with a focus on wellness cuisines, rest and relaxation, and general well-being on the world’s longest flights.
After a series of Business Class flights on Emirates, I have finally achieved MVP Gold status on the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program. I have previously written about how crediting flights to the right program makes a world of difference - on my Business Class flights from Singapore to New York, I would have gotten only a one-way Economy Class flight from Singapore to Perth if I had credited it to Emirates Skywards. However, since I chose to credit it to my the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account, I had almost enough miles for a return-flight (somewhat even though a short detour is required) to Tokyo in Business Class.
Eligible Standard Chartered cardholders used to be able to enjoy 20% cashback on Grab rides previously but that promotion has expired on 31 July 2018. From now until 31 December 2018, you will be able to enjoy up to 15% cashback on Grab rides in Singapore (and overseas!) when you charge at least S$900 of eligible retail spend each month to your Standard Chartered Credit Card - the cashback is capped at S$30 per month per cardholder.
If you are planning to travel to the US next year, it may be a good idea to lock-in attractive USD/SGD rates well before your trip - especially when the DBS Multi-Currency Account (MCA) is offering a promotional interest rate of 2.50% p.a. from September to December 2018 on eligible fresh funds deposited in the account. The MCA comes with a range of different benefits, so if you are expecting to transact in USD in the year ahead, you will probably want to take advantage of this promotion to lock-in the attractive interest rates and save up for your upcoming expenses in the meantime.
The Citi Rewards Card is one of my recommended credit cards to hold in Singapore - up until last month, this credit card was offering a massive 8 miles per dollar on all Apple Pay transactions! Now that the promotion has ended, cardholders are still able to earn up to 10X Rewards (4 miles per dollar) when shopping for clothes, bags or shoes or at department stores or online shopping websites at eligible merchants. As you already know, the 10X Rewards is capped at maximum of 120,000 Rewards points per card anniversary year - this is about to change on 04 October 2018.