There will be some upcoming changes to the number of IHG Rewards Club points required for a Reward Night this year. Additionally, a higher category of hotels will be introduced and these properties will be priced at 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night - this is 10,000 more points than the highest requirement of 60,000 points right now.
A brief look at all the upcoming changes (even though it is unclear at the time of writing when these changes will go into effect) reveal a general increase in required IHG Rewards Club points in the Asia-Pacific region (with the exception of China and Indonesia). Within Singapore, two properties along Orchard Road will soon require 5,000 more IHG Rewards Club points per Reward Night:
- Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre from 40,000 to 45,000 IHG Rewards Club Points
- Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road from 30,000 to 35,000 IHG Rewards Club Points
|Singapore Property||Required Points
|Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong||20,000||20,000|
|Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay||30,000||30,000|
|Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road||30,000||35,000|
|Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium||35,000||35,000|
|Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong||40,000||40,000|
|Crowne Plaza Changi Airport||40,000||40,000|
|Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre||40,000||45,000|
|InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay||60,000||60,000|
Click HERE for a full list of changes that will be happening in 2018.
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.