Grab unveiled an enhanced GrabRewards platform earlier this month and your points will now no longer expire so long one eligible transaction is made at least once every six month. Now that it is finally July 2019, members have until the end of December 2019 to earn and retain their status with the GrabRewards program. In order to qualify for the highest membership tier (e.g. Platinum), members will have to earn 4,500 points in this period - this translates into approximately S$750 worth of Grab rides if you are already a Platinum Member. However, if you tend to visit Malaysia often, you can essentially keep your platinum status for approximately S$125!
Late last month, I wrote about how Grab is trialing a GrabPay Mastercard which allows users to use their GrabPay balance throughout Southeast Asia without incurring any additional transaction and FX fees. If you do not already know this, members can still earn GrabRewards Points for all Grab rides taken across Southeast Asia and these points are awarded based on the points earn rate in the country you are visiting. Platinum Members in Singapore earn 6 points per S$1 while platinum members in Malaysia earn up to 12 points per RM1 on JustGrab rides!
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All members are required to hit 4,500 GrabRewards Points to retain Platinum Status for another 6 months after it expires and doing so in Singapore will require you to spend at least S$750 on Grab rides. However, since the earn rate in Malaysia is that much higher (12 points per RM1 on JustGrab rides and 9 points per RM1 on all other Grab rides), you will only be required to spend approximately RM375 (S$125) to earn 4,500 points! This means that you will be able to earn and retain your Platinum status 6X as quick (and potentially snag up more miles along the way!).
Now, this is not to say that Grab users in Malaysia ‘have it better’ due to the higher earn rate but Grab users in Singapore who travel to Malaysia should definitely take advantage of this while it lasts. GrabRewards Points also expire quicker (3 months in Malaysia versus 6 months in Singapore) so it is unfair to compare these two programs on a similar level. With so many new hotels in Kuala Lumpur and the relatively affordable flights between the two cities, there is very little reason why you should not head over for a mattress run over the weekends (the food there is amazing too!).