All Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members now have the opportunity (probably the last one before the merger of the SPG and Marriott Rewards program happen) to purchase Starpoints at 35% off from now until 31 May 2018. Do remember that you are only allowed to purchase up to 30,000 Starpoints per calendar year and in the event that you do not use them before August 2018, these will be converted into Marriott Rewards points at the end of the period.
For every 20,000 Starpoints at you convert into airline miles, you will get a 25% bonus - this means to say that if you were to convert 20,000 Starpoints into Alaska Airlines MIleage Plan miles, you will get 25,000 miles which is sufficient for two Business Class intra-Asia flights on Japan Airlines (you may check out my review of JAL's SKY SUITE III product HERE!). On a regular day with no promotion, you can purchase 25,000 Alaska Airlines MIleage Plan miles for approximately USD 739 (inclusive of tax recovery fee). If you do manage to take advantage of the 40% bonus on Alaska Airlines MIleage Plan miles, the cost of acquiring 25,000 miles is approximately USD 528.
In comparison, purchasing 20,000 Starpoints at 35% off now (which converts into 25,000 Alaska Airlines MIleage Plan miles) will only cost you USD 455 which is significantly cheaper. Regardless of what you actually intend to do with these Starpoints, purchasing them now at 35% off is a great idea and I highly recommend checking out the award charts on partner airlines to see if you can find a sweet spot for an amazing redemption.
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).
Earlier this month, I wrote about the opportunity to convert your DBS Points into Qantas Points and if you are planning to do so, you can now earn 20% more Qantas Points on transfers between 15 April 2019 and 30 June 2019. 5,000 DBS Points typically convert into 10,000 Qantas Points but under this promotion, you will be getting 12,000 Qantas Points instead.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles require no introduction - it is simply one of the most valuable mile currency around in the market and you can easily use it to get from Singapore to Japan on Business Class for cheap. You are currently able to get a whooping 50% bonus on miles purchased from now until 19 May 2019.
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.
If you are a few points short of your dream vacation or you would simply like to stockpile on your point reserve, you can now purchase Marriott Bonvoy Points at 25% off. From now until 15 May 2019, purchase Marriott Bonvoy Points at 25% off.
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!
If you are planning for a quick getaway (and an affordable one too), you may receive the 4th night free for all eligible stays between now and 15 May 2019 at all participating Hyatt Regency properties. While the properties under this brand may not be luxurious, I have had plenty of good experiences across some of these properties (including the Hyatt Regency Tokyo and the Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa.
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'.
The Citi Rewards Card is one of the best credit cards to have in Singapore since it enables you to earn 10X Rewards (equivalent to 4 miles per dollar) on all your shopping spend locally and overseas. Today, Citibank has announced an enhancement to this card - cardholders will now earn 10X Rewards (equivalent to 4 miles per dollar) on all online purchases (except mobile wallet top-ups and travel-related transactions).