In celebration of the brand new Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts mobile app, there is currently an opportunity to earn triple Golden Circle points for all stays booked and consumed between 22 January 2018 and 30 April 2018. Members (both new and existing) will also be able to earn 100 Golden Circle points for simply signing-in during the promotion period.
Do note that in order to earn triple Golden Circle points during the promotion period, you will need to satisfy two main conditions:
- Book an eligible stay using the App during the promotional period
- Check-in OR Check-out with the App during the promotional period
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As you might already remember, all members earn 1 Golden Circle point per USD 1 spent on eligible charges - 10 Golden Circle points is worth USD 1 (in terms of redemption) so each point really is an approximate 10% 'cashback' if you use it on dining (and this is the way to maximise the points in the case of this loyalty program). Therefore, under this promotion, you are looking at an approximate 30-35% cashback (depending on Elite Status) on the amount you spend on stays!
It goes without saying that I am a huge advocate for ShopBack - I have gotten more than S$3,000 worth of cashback from using it over the last couple of years and I have recently discovered ShopBack GO which allows you to earn cashback even when you dine out and pay with your credit card(s). I have recently relocated somewhere closer to the city and realised that Eatigo offers plenty of great dining discounts at restaurants that I typically frequent anyway.
I have recently completed an amazing stay at the W Taipei where I was upgraded into a Marvelous Suite as a Platinum Elite member. However, when I looked at my Marriott Bonvoy account this morning, I realised that the points posted here approximately 14% lower than what I was expecting - it is always a good idea to calculate an estimated ballpark figure for the number of points you will earn from each stay and then reconcile it afterwards.
Hyatt has now enhanced their Best Rate Guarantee program to offer members the opportunity to pick 5,000 World of Hyatt Points over a 20% discount. Effective immediately, members can now file for a Best Rate Guarantee and choose between getting an additional 20% off or 5,000 World of Hyatt Bonus Points (which will typically cost USD 120 to purchase) when it is approved. Remember, these additional benefits are on top of your newly-matched room rate.
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.
One of the greatest perks of the American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card is the complimentary 3D2N stay at any participating Frasers Hospitality property worldwide each Card Membership year. Even though the annual fee of this card is S$214 more than the American Express Platinum Credit Card, it does come with a few nice perks that the latter card doesn't. If you are planning on getting the American Express Platinum Credit Card (which you can eventually upgrade into a Platinum Reserve Credit Card), signing-up using my referral link will get you 15,000 more Membership Rewards (MR) points.
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).
If you frequent Starbucks often enough, hitting Gold status on the Starbucks Rewards program is not an incredibly difficult thing to you - you just have to spend S$300 each year to achieve this top-tier status. Over the weekends, Starbucks has unveiled some new perks and benefits for Gold members which include things like bonus stars upon renewal (and upgrade) as well as free drink customisation.
OCBC introduced some changes to the 360 Account back in November 2018 and one month after the new changes took effect, the bank awarded a bonus interest of 2.0% (instead of the 1.6% which was initially advertised) on balances between S$35,000 and S$70,000. This promotional interest rate was supposed to end after March 2019 but it appears that the bank has now made this positive change permanent.
OCBC has just updated their website to enhance the limousine benefit for OCBC VOYAGE cardholders (this is actually a real enhancement so good job OCBC!) - cardholders are now able to unlock a free limousine ride by spending just S$1,500 (instead of S$3,000) in a currency other than SGD each month!
A number of changes to the InterContinental Ambassador membership have gone live and it has gotten significantly more expensive (in terms of IHG Rewards Club Points at least) over the years to renew. I am now once again faced with the situation of potentially renewing my membership - the two options that I have on the table are either to pay US$200 or 40,000 IHG Rewards Club Points.