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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 …

A look at the UOB Krisflyer Credit Card – is it any good?

After launching the UOB Krisflyer account with some flak and tweaks down the road, UOB has most recently launched yet another co-brand card: the UOB Krisflyer credit card. Now, UOB is only the second financial institution to launch a Krisflyer-branded card, after American Express. The short list Income requirement: S$30,000 p.a. for Singaporeans, S$40,000 p.a. for foreigners. Annual fee: S$192.60, waived for first year Renewal gift: 10,000 miles when annual fee is paid Sign up bonus The sign-up bonus is essentially in two tiers, one for all customers who apply for the card, and one for new-to-UOB customers. For all applicants, if your card application is approved by 30 June 2019, you will receive 5,000 bonus Krisflyer miles if you spend at least $5 within the first 60 days of getting your card. For this bonus, you will first receive 3,000 miles in your Krisflyer account within the next month after the first spend, while the remaining 2,000 miles will be posted by 31 October 2019. If you are new to UOB (i.e. this is …

Get 20% more Qantas Points when you transfer your DBS points

There is no cap on the number of bonus points you can get as long as you transfer before 30 June 2019. DBS has introduced Qantas Frequent Flyer as a partner not too long ago, and now they are offering a promotion, offering an additional 20% bonus points for all conversions made from now until 30 June 2019. DBS points need to be converted in blocks of 5,000 points for 10,000 Qantas points, with no cap on how many points you can transfer in each transaction. Note that the conversion fee of $26.75 will apply for each transfer. The 20% bonus points will be credited on the 14th of each subsequent month. For instance: Good redemption rates for Australia, Emirates With Singapore Airlines devaluing their miles earlier this year, Qantas Frequent Flyer is now competitive in the redemption rates. For instance, it will cost you 60,000 Qantas points for a one-way business class ticket to Sydney, as compared to Singapore Airlines’ 62,000 miles. At the time of writing, there is also no easy way to …

Alaska Mileage Plan sale is now on again: up to 50% bonus miles

Buy at least 40,000 miles at USD$0.0275 each and get 50% bonus miles. If you are into the miles game, you will know that Alaska Mileage Plan is kind of a stray horse here that gives incredibly good value. They also run regular promotions that gives bonus miles when you buy miles from them. The promotion From now until 19 May 2019 11.59pm Pacific Standard Time, which is 20 May 2019 2.59pm Singapore Time, earn between 20 to 50% bonus miles when you buy miles. The bonuses go up when you buy more miles: Under 10,000 miles – no bonus 10,000 to 19,000 miles – 20% bonus 20,000 to 39,000 miles – 35% bonus 40,000 to 60,000 miles – 50% bonus If you want to buy more than 60,000 miles, you will need to make a new transaction. Note that Alaska Mileage Plan limits members to a maximum of 150,000 miles bought each year (this includes bonus miles), unless you hold status with the programme. What are they good for? For the uninitiated, Alaska Air …

You can now redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points with your DBS points

DBS has quietly added Qantas as a frequent flyer redemption partner last week, making it only the fourth partner one can transfer DBS points to. The exchange rate is 1 DBS point to 2 Qantas points, at a rate similar to Krisflyer miles and Asia Miles. Redemption has to be made in blocks of 5,000 DBS points to 10,000 Qantas points. Each transfer will incur an administrative cost of $26.75. What can I use my Qantas Points for? Apart for redeeming for Qantas flights, you can also use Qantas points for oneworld partner flights. You can also use your Qantas points for Jetstar flights (PSA: don’t do it) and more importantly, for Emirates flights. Comparable rates to Krisflyer miles for redemptions For a while now, Qantas has been known to have very generous earn rates, but terrible redemption rates and availability when compared to competitors flying on the same route, or even across oneworld frequent flyer programmes. Ever since Singapore Airlines has devalued its Krisflyer programme (once in 2017, and a second time in 2019), …