Author: Shane

Plan your last-minute June holidays with Singapore Airlines Spontaneous Escapes

Singapore Airlines have unveiled its offerings for the June edition of Spontaneous Escapes. Surprisingly for a school holiday month, there seems to be a bumper crop of destinations on offer, although there are also plenty of restrictions. As again, the promotional mileage is 30% off the usual redemption rates applicable. Bookings must be made by 31 May 2019, for travel between 1 to 30 June 2019, barring blackout dates. Key offers Some of the more prominent call outs include: Bali is back on the list, with business class redemptions available both ways Surprising number of flights to Australia available for redemptions, including business class flights to and from Brisbane and Melbourne Two fifth-freedom America routes are available for redemption, from Hong Kong to San Francisco (one-way) in economy and from Manchester to Houston (one-way) in business Full list of offers are below: Singapore Airlines Sector Economy Class Premium Economy Business Class Restrictions Southeast Asia Between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur 5,250 – 13,300 Except SQ106, SQ117, SQ119 Jakarta to Singapore 5,250 – – Except 1 to …

Citibank introduces more payment categories for PayAll

Now you can also ‘buy’ miles at 1.5 to 2 cents per mile for payments for taxes, condo management fees and utility bills The PayAll service has been an excellent solution in plugging the gap in the miles game and now it has gotten even better with the introduction of more categories. Remember, PayAll can only be accessed through the Citibank mobile app, so be sure to download the app first (from Apple Store or Google Play Store). New categories When PayAll was first introduced earlier this year, Citibank only limited the payments to education and rent payments, although I’m still skeptical as to how they would enforce it. In this recent development, Citibank has now expanded the list of payments to include tax payments to IRAS, condo management fees and electricity bills. Unlike the first rollout of payments for rent and education, there is a fixed list of payees this time round. You will need to specify the MCST that you are paying to, for instance. Recap: Cost per mile Here’s the cost per …

Mileslife suspends operations in Singapore

Announcement made last night through the Mileslife app, although not unexpected. Mileslife last night put out a sudden announcement that it was suspending operations in Singapore: ‘Suspended temporarily’ While Mileslife did say it’s a ‘temporary’ suspension and said they are hoping to return by July, it remains to be seen if they can even successfully return to the market. If you have been following their development closely, you will have come across many signs of issues brewing with Mileslife since several months ago. It started with this case of a merchant in China complaining about the non-payment of dues owed, and following that, a spate of ‘temporary suspension’ of partnerships by several airlines including Singapore Airlines and British Airways. There were also reports of Mileslife merchants who had verbally told customers that they were not accepting Mileslife payments anymore, including Crystal Jade group of restaurants. It’s worthwhile to note that while Mileslife has suspended operations in Singapore, from online reports it seems like they are still working well in Hong Kong and China, although the …

LOUNGE REVIEW: Ryurin Lounge, Naha International Airport, Okinawa

On my way home to Singapore from Okinawa with Cathay Pacific today, I had the chance to check out the Ryurin Lounge at the airport. One good perk of having Marco Polo Club status – even just with Silver – is that you will get access to a lounge as long as you are flying with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon. Naha International Airport is largely a domestic airport with a small international terminal. The last time I was here, the international check-in area was a tiny two-row space, but it has since been moved to a larger hall on the third floor of the terminal to accommodate the growth in international air traffic. Despite the number of international flights coming into Okinawa, there is still only one lounge: the Ryurin Lounge which effectively serves all airlines and their premium customers. At the time of writing, the lounge serves customers of the following airlines: China Airlines Hong Kong Airlines Asiana Airlines Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon Air China Korean Air EVA Air China Eastern The …