Author: Shane

Hotel loyalty programmes updates 2021: How many nights do you need to clock to earn or keep your status?

Hilton Honors, Marriott Bonvoy, World of Hyatt, Accor ALL: See which programmes have reduced their normal requirements and which have yet to announce anything Hilton Honors 50% reduction in requirements, lower milestone bonuses Hilton Honors members will be pleased to know that they will only need to achieve 50% of the usual qualification requirements in 2021 to earn or keep their status. The requirements for 2021 are: Silver: 5 nights / 2 stays / 12,500 base points Gold: 20 nights / 10 stays / 37,000 base points Diamond: 30 nights / 15 stays / 60,000 base points This means that you will earn Silver status for as little as two stays in 2021, although that is hardly worth anything, given that the real perks kick in only when you reach Gold when you hit 10 stays or 20 nights. If you recall, Hilton will also be rolling over all the nights earned in 2020 to 2021, counting towards the reduced number of nights required to earn status. Note that only nights will roll over, and …

REVIEW: One Farrer Hotel, Skyline Room

Let’s face it: when you are a local resident, a staycation in the heart of Little India is never top of mind. Why nest in the heart of a heritage site when one has plenty of choice in the Marina district, waking up to a view of the iconic Singapore skyline? While Little India is home to many backpackers hostels and smaller, independently-run budget hotels, many newer, more upscale hotels have also found their roots in the area in the last decade or so, including One Farrer Hotel. In this post:• About the hotel• Booking & check-in• Car parking• The room• Skyline Lounge• Lunch• Afternoon tea• Evening cocktails• Breakfast• The facilities• Final thoughts Truth be told, while the hotel opened to much fanfare back in 2014 as a premium medical facility in a bid to boost medical tourism, it didn’t appeal as a choice for a staycation. Room rates were sky-high then for the location: imagine a $200++ rate for a base-level room? Madness. Six years on with Covid-19 in the air, the hotel was …

Singapore-Hong Kong ATB will not proceed until 2021

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore officially announced yesterday (1 Dec 2020) that the Air Travel Bubble will be further delayed Singapore and Hong Kong have further reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, and given that local unlinked cases are still high, both parties have decided to defer the commencement of the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) to beyond December 2020. The exact start date of the ATB arrangement will be reviewed in late December. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, 1 December 2020 Second deferment The ATB was originally scheduled to launch on 22 Nov 2020. However, Hong Kong started to see a new wave of Covid-19 cases, and at the eleventh hour, authorities from both countries announced late on eve of the inaugural flights that the ATB will be postponed by two weeks, with details to be announced this week. Fast forward two weeks later, we are now looking at an early 2021 launch, given that the cases in Hong Kong remain high, with the seven-day average of unlinked cases …

Accor Black Friday sale now on, till 30 Nov 2020

SO Sofitel from S$174 nett, Sofitel City Centre from S$191 nett and more (fully refundable) Accor has launched its Black Friday sale, offering up to 50% off hotel stays. Plus, earn double rewards points for Accor ALL members if you register before your stay. Offer details The Black Friday sale runs between 26 and 30 Nov, and booking must be done directly with Accor either through their website or mobile app.  The base discount is 40% off the Best Available Rate, with an additional 10% off for Accor ALL members (more on that later). For stays in Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia, your stays must be between 7 Dec 2020 and 8 Dec 2021. If you’re staying in Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau, stay period must be between 7 Dec 2020 and 14 Mar 2021.  Rooms booked under these rates are fully refundable if you cancel at least 72 hours before arrival.  Accor Plus members will enjoy additional 10% off for a total of 50% off. Great deals at SO Sofitel and Sofitel City Centre SO/ Sofitel Singapore has earlier announced that it will be …