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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 …

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 …

All you need to know about American Express Krisflyer bonus miles promotions

3 key promotions that you need to know about. Amex is not my top choice of card when it comes to earning miles – their base earn rates are pretty crap at 1.2 mile per dollar spent (mpd). But with the regular promotions that Amex is running, this may not be the case, although you have to keep a tight watch over how much you are raking up with your Amex cards given that the caps are pretty low. (1) Daily Essentials promo – Earn up to 3.3 mpd Earn up to 3.3 KrisFlyer miles per S$1 spent with your Amex Singapore Airlines-branded cards, on what Amex term as “daily essentials”, which are the following merchants: Starbucks Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf MacDonalds Subway (except stores in hospitals and schools) Deliveroo Foodpanda Unity (except outlets in FairPrice) Watsons Sistic There’s a cap of S$200 spend per month. That’s enough to cover 1 Starbucks drink or a MacDonalds meal a day, so drink away and earn up to 660 miles per month along the way. (2) …