From 22 January 2019 to 28 February 2019, enjoy 5X KrisFlyer miles on all eligible spend made on Mileslife - this is capped at 1,000 bonus miles per user and a maximum award pool of 5 million bonus KrisFlyer miles for the aforementioned campaign period. If you do not already have a Mileslife account, signing-up for one using my Mileslife referral link will get you 1,000 bonus miles after making your first eligible transaction.
Under this promotion, you can earn up to 15 miles per dollar on dining and if you factor in the miles that you earn from your credit card, you are looking at a ridiculously-high earn rate of 19 miles per dollar (the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa Card should give you 20 miles per S$5). If you have participated in the Mileslife Christmas 2018 campaign, you may have a few more promo codes for bonus miles leftover (they should all expire on 31 January 2019) so make sure you check that out to make sure you get the most out of your spend.
Personally for me, I have a promo code for 500 additional miles (with a minimum spend of S$49) and therefore, if I were to charge S$50 at a restaurant that offers 3 miles per dollar, I will be earning a total of 1,250 KrisFlyer miles from Mileslife under this promotion. Additionally, I will also be able to earn 200 miles from my credit card which brings the grand total of 1,450 KrisFlyer miles (from spending just S$50!) - this averages out to 29 miles per dollar which is simply ridiculous so I highly recommend all of you to take advantage of this promotion where possible.
Planning a getaway soon? Hilton is currently offering up to 35% off all participating resorts in Asia-Pacific if you book by 19 March 2019 - travel must be completed by 02 February 2020. There are quite a number of properties in China that are participating in this promotion and if you are planning to checking them out, do note that you will have to book them before 15 March 2019 for travels that conclude before the end of 23 January 2020.
If you work in the CBD (or even if you do not), Waitrr is an incredible app that allows you to not only skip the long queues but also to save money on food. I have been using the app for a while now (and no, I am not paid or commissioned to write these articles) and it has been brilliant. Waitrr is currently running a promotion to give you S$3 off all orders until 18 May 2019 when you pay with OCBC Pay Anyone. If you do not already have an account, using my promo code 'MAR94817' will give you S$3 off your first order regardless of payment method.
Make an eligible hotel reservation on Kaligo between 13 February 2019 (8:00AM Singapore Time) to 15 February 2019 (8:00AM Singapore Time) for stays before the end of 30 April 2019 to earn double the amount of miles and points on your chosen loyalty programme!
I am a firm believer of loyalty programs but lately some of them have been far from attractive. In any case, one can always do with a promo code or two for hotel bookings made on Expedia (especially when they do not belong to a strong loyalty program). The following table summarises all the known promo codes for hotel reservations and at the time of writing, OCBC cards offer the best deal at 12% off. You will also find year-round promotions (10% off hotel bookings) by most banks here in Singapore.
I have always been a strong advocate for Chope (and I still am!) - it costs absolutely nothing for you to use, the UI is beautiful and the extensive range of restaurants have helped to make difficult decisions over the years. Obviously getting Chope-Dollars (which convert into both vouchers and KrisFlyer miles) with every fulfilled reservation makes a huge difference as well. Quandoo is a competitor and honestly, it looks nothing like Chope - the reservation flow is terrible and navigating the site is a pain. However, the partnership with ShopBack unlocks an opportunity to earn S$4 cashback with each fulfilled reservation.
One of the greatest benefits of having the American Express Platinum Card (and the Centurion of course) is the ability to book Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) rates - selected hotels that meet the strict criteria that American Express sets out will be able to participate in this program. For us members, this translates into a range of benefit that typically include a guaranteed 4PM late check-out and usually a USD 100 property credit that can be utilised during the stay.
While I do not generally purchase IHG Rewards Club Points, they can be quite attractive when utilised on high-demand periods (e.g. New Year’s Eve). Members can now purchase IHG Rewards Club Points with a 75% bonus when they complete the transaction between 28 February 2019. If you have immediate demand for these points, now is a great time to purchase them but if you do not have any plans for them, a 100% bonus runs from time to time (but this is not a fixed promotion).
Honestly, I feel like I have written about this way too many times but Alaska Airlines is currently running a 40% bonus on purchased miles until 22 February 2019. All accounts should be targeted with this promotion but the number of minimum miles required to trigger the bonus will vary from account to account.
Now that the merger of loyalty programs is almost complete, members can start looking forward to more unified promotions in the year ahead. Ebates is currently offering a massive 10% cashback for all stays at eligible Marriott properties and this includes legacy Starwood Hotels & Resorts brands like The St. Regis, Four Points and Westin just to name a few.
Purchase World of Hyatt Points before the end of 22 February 2019 to get 30% more (minimum of 5,000 points is required). It is worth repeating that World of Hyatt members are now required to pay 'more' for free nights using Points + Cash since the cash component is pegged to 50% of the standard rate. However, if you are in need of World of Hyatt Points, now may be a good time to purchase them since you got 30% more.