I have been on a mission to obtain Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Platinum Status ahead of the upcoming program merger in August 2018. Since I have not really stayed over at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach before, I decided to book myself into a weekend stay - I have booked a Deluxe Room since SPG Platinum Status would give me guaranteed lounge access (which also includes breakfast) for the stay. Last evening, I received an email from the reservations team upselling me breakfast and club lounge access for this stay - this is not the first time that I have actually received this, so I wanted to share a couple of thoughts regarding such upsells.
The rate that I have booked at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach is the Marriott Rewards Member Advance Purchase Rate for a Deluxe Room - this was priced at S$266++ and breakfast is not included in this rate. If I had wanted a breakfast-inclusive rate, it would have been S$314++ for that same day. This was the email that I have received yesterday regarding an upsell for breakfast and club access.
|Online||Final Price (Online + Upsell)
|Room with 1 ABF||S$314++||S$298++|
|Room with 2 ABF||S$314++||S$330++|
|Room with Club Access||S$327++||S$356++|
As you can see in the case of JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, even though a S$90++ upcharge is reasonable for club access (especially when it is a dual-occupancy room), it is actually cheaper for you to book a Deluxe Room with Club Access from the start. The difference in price between a Deluxe Room with Club Access and a Deluxe Room with Breakfast is just S$13++ and you actually get up to 4 hours of evening cocktails at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach's Executive Lounge. It is always worthwhile to compare room rates before committing - at the time of check-in, if you decide that you would like to upgrade your room, it doesn't hurt to ask how much club access or breakfast would cost as well (you'll never know when a hotel is running promotions!).
There are no lack of beach clubs in Bali and it is no secret that the Island of the Gods is one of my favourite weekend destinations - I have already clocked five separate visits and counting this year alone! Check out one of Uluwatu’s newest and most happening beach clubs - the Ulu Cliffhouse!
Here's a rare opportunity to get plenty of bang for your buck when you triple dip on promotions that are currently running. If you have been thinking about using your S$400 Lodging Credit from The Platinum Card or a staycation in Singapore, now might just be the best time for you to do it. As I have mentioned in my previous article on Fine Hotels & Resorts, the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is currently running a third night free offer and if you were to time it with Golden Circle's 8th Anniversary bonuses, you will be walking away with plenty of value for your stay.
If you are one of the lucky ones to have gotten a brand new Platinum Card from American Express (yes, I am referring to the metal ones!) then you should definitely consider using your S$400 Lodging Credit in conjunction with a Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) booking since this maximises the value out of that lodging credit (especially when you combine it with a third night free offer).
A number of years ago, I wrote about the Chillax benefit for American Express Platinum members when I held the American Express Platinum Credit Card. It has been slightly over two years since my last official credit card with American Express and I have only recently gotten the brand new metal Platinum Card. As such, I decided to revisit the list of merchants and I was pleasantly surprised at how little I had to do to get a free drink (usually it involves buying another).
Citibank has the most number of airline partners in which you can convert your Citi Miles into airline miles. From 01 October 2018 to 31 December 2018, cardholders of the Citi PremierMiles Visa card will be able to earn 2.4 (instead of 2.0) Citi Miles per Dollar on all eligible retail spend charged in a foreign currency other than SGD - this is 20% higher than what is usually offered to cardholders.
In conjunction with Infinite Journeys' second anniversary, Singapore Airlines as well as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts are offering members double rewards between 04 October 2018 to 31 October 2018. The double rewards only affect point conversions between KrisFlyer Miles and Golden Circle (GC) Points (and vice versa) - all the other benefits (e.g. fast track to KrisFlyer Elite Gold) remain status quo at the time of writing.
It has been almost a year a half since OCBC 360 introduced any changes and this is set to change (again) from 01 November 2018. I have done multiple comparisons between this account and other competing products offered by other local banks in Singapore and the OCBC 360 is still the account that I have been sticking with throughout the years. From 01 November 2018, OCBC 360 will be introducing a new tier of bonus interest rates for balances between S$35,001 and S$70,000. While there is perhaps one negative change to the total bonus interest that one can get out of this account, it appears to be largely positive if you are currently maxing out the bonus with an average monthly balance of S$70,000.
As I have recently pointed out, the number of required IHG Rewards Club points for a reward night at the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay have fallen from 60,000 to 50,000. In addition to that, there is a new addition to the list of properties here in Singapore - the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon.
You have just gotten your brand new Platinum Card from American Express and after spending S$1,712 on the annual fee, it is understandable that you wish to get the most benefits out of it as soon as possible. Here are five benefits that you should activate immediately with rewards to your new Platinum Card from American Express!
One of the most unique perks of The Platinum Card here in Singapore is exclusive access to PLATINUM VIBES. This exclusive lounge for Centurion and Platinum members is located in Marina at Keppel Bay (above where Privé is) and the pop-up location serves food by Michelin Chefs from Saint Pierre (one Michelin star) and Shoukouwa (two Michelin star). Additionally, members will also be able to select from a curated wine list that been created exclusively for this venue by Park90, in partnership with Robert Parker Wine Advocate - you will find a list of over 100 wine labels (many of which are rated over PR90) that are available here at retail price.