Marriott Bonvoy members who have Platinum Elite and higher status (i.e. Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite) now have more reasons to bring their children along with them on stays. While it is fairly common for a hotel to provide complimentary breakfast for children under the age of 6, children of Platinum Elite and higher members will now enjoy complimentary breakfast until the age of 12 at all participating Asia-Pacific hotels.
While Marriott Bonvoy members have always been able to enjoy up to 20% discount on F&B expenses across all participating hotels in Asia-Pacific, this new perk is highly valuable for families traveling together (especially in resorts where breakfasts can be quite costly). Do note that up to 2 children per occupied room by an eligible member will get to enjoy the aforementioned benefit.
If you typically stay in luxury hotels (e.g. St. Regis and W Hotels), it may be a good idea to consider getting the American Express Platinum Card since it gives you access to Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) rates which typically come with USD 100 credit which you can use during your stay. If you are interested in getting the card, using my referral link will give you 40,000 more Membership Rewards Points with your charge card.
I recently booked the IAP Rate for Singapore Airlines in Business Class online and did not get 5X MR Points awarded - these have now been adjusted retrospectively but is this just a one-off gesture?
SCORE has made a number of changes to Grab benefits that members used to enjoy - find out what changed (for the worse) and decide whether it is still a viable option for you.
The American Express Chillax Program needs no introduction - Platinum (including credit card) members get to enjoy 1-for-1 drinks at some of the best bars and restaurants in Singapore. Just to be clear, this benefit is extended to holders of The Centurion Card, The Platinum Card, The American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card and The American Express Platinum Credit Card issued in Singapore. Today, Amrith by The Song of India has joined the ranks of the other merchants to offer a similar benefit.
Gone are the days in Singapore where your savings accounts only attract a 0.05% p.a. interest rate. While I have always advocated the use of OCBC 360 for a young working adult, the newly-enhanced DBS Multiplier Account looks comparatively attractive now that I have greater expenses and commitments. The bonus interests applicable to the DBS Multiplier Account is capped at S$100,000 (S$30,000 more than the OCBC 360) but more importantly, it rewards you based on the total value of eligible transactions each month.
OCBC has just unveiled a brand new payment facility for OCBC VOYAGE Card Members - you will now be able to apply for the facility (which allows you to pay for anything that requires a bank account deposit instead of credit card payment) and earn 1 VOYAGE Miles per S$1. Now the only catch is this - you will have to pay a 1.90% or 1.95% admin fee depending on whether your transaction amount is S$150,100 and above or between S$10,000 - S$150,000.
Let's face it - Starbucks serves terrible coffee (especially when you are a black coffee drinker) but it does offer convenience and occasionally a nice environment to sit in (sans students studying and taking up the entire real estate). You should already know that the Citi Rebate benefit has been discontinued yesterday (25 April 2019) and you have only until 03 May 2019 to utilise any outstanding balance.
Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways are now participating airlines in the American Express International Airline Programme and when I compared the IAP to public rates a couple of days ago, Business Class tickets on Singapore Airlines were 28% cheaper (but on average they are approximately 10-15% lower which is still an amazing deal!).
The Platinum Card from American Express offers plenty of benefits and with the recent inclusion of Singapore Airlines in the International Airline Programme (IAP), this card has gotten a lot more useful for me since I can now book Business Class flights at a significant discount (and still earn miles/PPS Value from them)! If you have been on the fence about this charge card, check out my previous article on how I actually rationalised paying for the S$1,712 annual fee.
The new KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card looks great but the only caveat is this - all the 'Accelerated Miles' will only post AFTER your card's membership year. This means to say that you will only expect to see your bonus miles next year!
When I wrote about the changes to the International Airline Programme for American Express Platinum Members earlier today, I did not expect the savings to be drastic. If you have not seen that article, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways have essentially joined the IAP and American Express Centurion as well as Platinum Members now have access to discounted Business Class and First Class fares (that is not publicly available).