8% on Hotel Bookings via Otel.com (until 18 August 2016) - Promo Code Inside!

Take 8% off already discounted rates on Otel.com when you book between now and 18 August 2016 with a special promo code. While I generally do not advocate using an online travel agent as bookings made here do not earn you eligible room nights that count towards retaining or obtaining loyalty status(es), it is always wise to check whether the price savings make it worth it (especially if you are staying in a boutique property!). 

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Twice as Nice - Le Club Accorhotels ‘Get Double’ Offer

Less than one month after unveiling its more generous points program, Le Club Accorhotels has launched a ‘Get Double’ campaign for its Asia Pacific hotels that will provide registered members with double points for eligible stays until 1 November 2014. The promotion includes more than 500 of Accor’s Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Sebel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis hotels across Asia Pacific, from luxury city-centre hotels to relaxed beachside resorts.

Le Club Accorhotels announced on 1 July that it was increasing its earning capacity for all members, offering up to 25% more points per stay. Now with this ‘Get Double’ campaign, members can enjoy one of the highest earning rates in the program’s history.

Le Club Accorhotels is the only hotel loyalty program which allows members to use their points anywhere in the world, without any date or availability restrictions.  For every €10 spent, members earn 25 points, and as soon as they reach 2,000 they can get a €40 voucher  that they can use towards future stays or convert into privileges with one of the program’s many partners (airlines, car rental firms, etc.).

“More than just providing points for stays, Le Club Accorhotels is about truly recognising our members with VIP services and exclusive special offers that make their stay even more special,” says Cedillo-Espin. “For example, Silver members receive a welcome drink and access to late checkout; Gold members are offered a room upgrade and early check-in and each of our brands offers special touches depending on member status to reward our guests’ loyalty.”

Members must register to be eligible for this offer and the campaign is valid at eligible hotels for stays from 24 July to 1 November 2014, only for bookings made online at www.accorhotels.com

Joining Le Club Accorhotels is simple and anyone who has not already signed up can do so before making their booking to enjoy this special double points offer. For full information on the program go to: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/leclub/

Dining in Singapore (Part I): A Credit Card Guide

No matter what you are interested in (miles or cash back), there's always a card that gives you optimal returns for dining expenditures. Depending on your goal at the end of the day, find out which card should you get to benefit the most from eating out. 

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Hilton HHonors 2x/3x Points (01 August to 31 October 2014)

Update: You may now sign up for up to Triple Points on stays at an eligible property between 01 August to 31 October 2014 now! Click the following link to sign up! 

Click HERE to sign up for up to triple points on all eligible stays.

The current Hilton HHonors Promotion valid for stays between 01 May to 31 July is ending soon. In this promotion, you will receive double base points (although the bonus points are non-elite qualifying) or double miles depending on your choice.

If for some reason you have not signed up for this and will be staying at a participating property during this period, please click HERE to sign up for it now! Remember you can only make your selection once so choose wisely (go with the points!).

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The Triple Your Trip promotion will run from 01 August to 31 October 2014 after the current promotion ends so there's no gap in bonus earnings. The registration link was initially provided (alongside a list of non-participating properties) but this was taken down by Hilton HHonors and it will be provided as the date draws nearer. 

Under the new promotion, you will earn 2x or 3x the usual Hilton HHonors points at a participating property depending on the day of week. 

Weekday Nights: Monday to Thursday (20 points per US$1)
Weekend Nights: Friday to Sunday (30 points per US$1)

Remember that if you are going to be staying in a participating Conrad or Waldorf Astoria property, be sure to sign up for this promotion (click HERE to access it) which will give you 2,000 bonus points per eligible night.

Also, sign up HERE to get up to 10,000 bonus points when staying at a Conrad/Waldorf Astoria for the first three times. 

1st Stay: 2,000 Bonus Points
2nd Stay: 3,000 Bonus Points
3rd Stay: 5,000 Bonus Points


Take 13% off Hotels on Zuji (HSBC Credit Card Members)

Zuji Singapore is once again running a promotion for discounted hotel stays. If you own a HSBC Credit Card, you are in luck! Take 13% off hotel bookings (no minimum spend required) when you book using an eligible HSBC Credit Card and the promo code HSBCHOLIDAY13. Compared to the OCBC promotion last month (12% off), this is slightly better!

Click HERE to access the promotional landing page.

Booking Period: until 31 July 2014
Travel Period: until 31 December 2014

Terms & Conditions: The Coupon Code cannot be used for hotel reservations at properties belonging to the following chains: (a) Accor Hotels (Accor Hotels, Pullman Hotels and Resorts, Sofitel, Ibis, Mercure, Grand Mercure, All Seasons, Novotel, Mgallery, hotelF1, Formule, Sea Temple, Quay West, The Sebel and Citigate), (b) Hilton Hotels Corporation (Conrad Hotels and Resorts, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton International, Double Tree by Hilton, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts), (c) Intercontinental (ANA Hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Intercontinental Hotels, Special Properties, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites), (d) Marriott International (Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott, EDITION, Marriott Vacation Club, Renaissance Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott, (e) Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (aloft Hotels, Le Meridien, Luxury Collection, Sheraton Hotels, The St. Regis, W Hotels, Westin Hotels and Resorts and Element Hotels), (f) Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts (Shangri-La Hotels, Shangri-La Resorts, Traders Hotels and Kerry Hotels), (g) Marina Bay Sands, (h) Venetian Macau Resort (i) Sands Macao Hotel, (j) Banyan Tree Macau and (k) MGM Macau.


AirAsia Promotion (from S$70 return)

The AirAsia sale is now on until 13 July 2014! Enjoy sale tickets on AirAsia to nearby destinations departing Singapore from only S$41 (all-in fare) one-way. 

Booking Period: Until 13 July 2014
Travel Period: Until 13 November 2014

Click HERE to access the promotional landing page. 


Destination Ideas

For some ideas on where to go, check out my following recommendations! 

Bali, Indonesia (3D2N)

Spend a quiet weekend away from Singapore at a luxury resort in Bali. Fly to Bali under S$300 each - if you're OK with night flights however, it's good to have a look at KLM since they have better flights for a better rate most of the time. My accommodation of choice is the Conrad Bali if you wish to stay in the resort for the full three days.

Read my review of the Conrad Bali HERE

If you wish to stay on Seminyak and would like to do more than just lounging in an excellent resort, do consider spending 4D3N instead! 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (3D2N)

Sale tickets start from S$70 for a return trip and approximately S$85 for flights with good timing - depart in the morning, arrive back in Singapore in the evening. Check out the PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur Hotel that is conveniently located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. While you are there, pay a visit to Feeka - a cafe that serves excellent coffee! 

Le Club Accorhotels - Benefit More!

With over 2,700 luxury to economy properties around the world, Accor upgrades its current loyalty program (Le Club Accorhotels) and rewards the Group's most loyal customers even more. There are four major tiers of status that you earn with the program and they are namely the Classic, Silver, Gold and the Platinum (being the highest of course). Every €10 of eligible spend earns you 25 base points.

With effect from 01 July 2014, you will earn bonus points depending on your membership status with the program. I will be calculating the average cash-back/rebate for each membership tier with the standard conversion rate (2,000 Points = €40). Here's a detailed breakdown of how may points you will earn per €1 (and the average cash-back/rebate in the brackets):

  • Classic Members - 2.5 points (5.0%)
  • Silver Members - 3.125 points (6.5%)
  • Gold Members - 3.75 points (7.5%)
  • Platinum Members - 4.375 points (8.8%)

The above calculations are based on the full service properties that Accor has (since the economy properties have a different earning rate) - Sofitel, Pullman, M Gallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Suite Novotel and Mercure. 

Accrued points in Le Club Accorhotels can also be used for a range of other redemption options which include Airline Points, Partner Points, Partner Credits as well as Charity. 

For more details regarding the specifics of individual membership tiers, please click HERE to access the official website. 

Up to 40% off Hyatt Properties in Asia-Pacific

Enjoy up to 40% off Hyatt hotels in Asia-Pacific using the promo code APF40 in this five-day flash promotion. You will have to enter this code under the "Special Off Code" box when searching for availability. 

Booking Period: Until 06 July 2014
Stay Period: Until 31 August 2014

Click HERE to access more information regarding this offer. 

If you are interested in new Hyatt Properties, feel free to check out one of the following hotels that have opened quite recently: 

Recent Openings:

  • Andaz Tokyo 
  • Park Hyatt Changbaishan
  • Hyatt Regency Changbaishan
  • Hyatt Regency Tianjin East
  • Hyatt Regency Suzhou
  • Hyatt Regency Chongming, Shanghai
  • Hyatt Regency Phuket
  • Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen

Remember that this promotion gives up to 40% and therefore this promotion may differ from property to property. For example the Hyatt Gold Passport 5 Day Flash Sale rate at the Hyatt Regency Phuket is only 30% off the Hyatt Daily Rate. It is however a great deal if you're travelling between 02 July to 31 August 2014! 

If you have an existing status in one of the following programs, it may be a good idea to consider a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Challenge to get complimentary breakfast or a complimentary suite upgrade:

Hilton Honors: Gold & Diamond
Marriott Rewards: Gold & Platinum
Starwood Preferred Guest: Platinum
IHG Rewards Club: Platinum

For more information regarding the Diamond Challenge and some of the cheapest Hyatt properties around Asia-Pacific to complete the challenge, please check out my previous post HERE