Author: Shane

REVIEW: DoubleTree Northbridge Perth City, Twin Guest Room

Perth, as the only major city on the western shores of Australia, suffer more so given it’s relatively low population base. Hotels in Perth are pretty sparse, with many of the bigger names, including Crowne Plaza and Hilton, built more than two decades ago and hardly refurbished. As such, it was pretty refreshing to see a new infusion of hotels into the city, including DoubleTree by Hilton and Westin as part of Tourism Western Australia’s push to revitalise the state as a preferred destination. The hotel I stayed in this time round is the DoubleTree Northbridge in Perth. Those familiar with the DoubleTree brand will know it’s by Hilton and have been popping up rapidly around the world in the last half decade or so. The hotel DoubleTree Northbridge opened in September 2018. Decked out with 206 rooms over 15 floors, the hotel offers 4 room types: Regular guest rooms, regular guest rooms with panoramic view, executive rooms and deluxe executive rooms. Each of these room types come with either a King-sized bed or twin …

Singapore Airlines to take over Silkair’s Singapore-Busan services

The daily A330-300 service will see an increase of 76% in seat capacity between the two cities. Singapore Airlines will operate an A330-300 service between Singapore and Busan, taking over the existing SilkAir service from 28 October 2019. The transfer will enable Singapore Airlines to increase seat capacity on the route by 76% to meet the growing travel demand. SIA will operate flights to Busan four times per week, maintaining SilkAir’s current flight frequency. The revised schedule will be as follow: Route Flight Departure Arrival Flight time Days Aircraft SIN-PUS SQ616 2310 0635(+1) 6h 45m Mon, Fri, Sat Airbus A330-300 2310 0630(+1) 6h 40m Wed Airbus A330-300 PUS-SIN SQ615 0800 1325 6h 25m Tue, Thu, Sat Airbus A330-300 0810 1325 6h 15m Sun Airbus A330-300 The route will be served with the A330-300 aircraft with 285 seats, consisting 30 Business Class and 255 Economy Class seats. The A330s can accommodate up to 123 more passengers per flight than SilkAir’s 162-seat Boeing 737-800s which currently serve the Singapore-Busan route. If you are familiar with SIA’s A330, you …

PSA: 10 days to use your Qantas Points before the new chart kicks in

Back in June 2019, Qantas made a big announcement on how the Qantas Frequent Flyer programme was going to be ‘enhanced’, unlocking ‘more benefits’ for members. It was a particularly interesting announcement insofar as the award charts are concerned: while the premium cabins (premium economy, business and first) redemption requirements are going up between 12.9% and 15% from 18 September 2019, those for economy have actually been reduced immediately since the announcement by up to 10%. Of course, the increase comes with a slight decrease in the charges and fees you have to pay on top of the points, although it’s nowhere as low as what Krisflyer charges in terms of fees. I want to fly business or first class. Is it worth redeeming now or later? If you have plans to travel within the next year, it’s definitely better to redeem them now, even though the fees associated are higher now. For Singapore to any Australian destinations on the east (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney) on Qantas or Emirates, you will need to fork out 8,400 …

OCBC launches new miles card: OCBC 90°N Card

Earn up to 8mpd for hotel bookings and 4mpd for flight bookings OCBC is the latest to jump on the miles card launches, unveiling yet another miles earning card for the Singapore market. An entry level card that has a A glance at the headline earning figures will sound pretty attractive: up to 8mpd for hotel bookings, and 4mpd for flight bookings. So what are the key perks of the card? An overview of the card: Income requirement: S$30,000 p.a. for Singapore citizens and PRs, S$45,000 for foreigners Annual fee: S$192.60 for principal cardmembers, waived for the first year; S$96.30 for supplementary cards, waived for the first year Annual fee gift: 10,000 miles (in the form of 10,000 Travel$) Earn rates: 1.2 mile per dollar spent (mpd) locally; 2.1 mpd overseas; see promotions below for special launch promotion earn rates Foreign currency transaction fee: 3.0% Most importantly, miles don’t expire. The base earn rates are pretty average: BOC Elite Miles give you 1.5mpd for local spend, and 3mpd for overseas spend. Plus, there are an assortment of other cards that …

REVIEW: Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport, King Suite

An extended long weekend in Singapore usually means that the city will be half empty, with plenty of folks heading out to nearby destinations for the four-day break. Given that I was not planning to jet off, I decided to check out Crowne Plaza Changi Airport for a holiday at home. The hotel Opened in May 2008, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is Changi Airport’s first full service hotel, with direct access to Terminal 3. The hotel first opened with 320 rooms, and a second extension was built in 2016, adding another 243 rooms to the hotel for a total of 563 rooms and suites. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is owned by OUE Hospitality Trust. The hotel is touted as a five-star hotel, complete with two restaurants, a sports bar, lobby lounge, meeting and banquet facilities. Recreational facilities include an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness centre, as well as an on-property spa. The hotel also offers a club lounge. In recent years, the hotel has consistently won Skytrax’s best airport hotel award, having won the award five …