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Changi Airport to allow transit passengers again from 2 Jun

The opening of transit facilities come after an all-out ban on transit and short term visitors into Singapore since 24 Mar Singapore earlier this week (19 May) announced that it will officially be ending its ‘circuit breaker’ on 1 Jun, and doing a slow re-opening of the domestic economy in a three-phase approach. Later in the evening, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) also issued a media release announcing that it will be allowing transit passengers through Changi Airport from 2 Jun as well, after local lockdown restrictions ease. Transit visitors banned since 24 Mar Since 24 Mar, Changi Airport has banned transit passengers on top of barring all short term visitors in order to combat the spread of Covid-19. Of course, with no more leisure visitors and the absence of transit passengers, Changi’s passenger movements fell drastically. In April alone, Changi Airport only handled 25,200 passengers, 99.5% lower than the previous year’s 5.58 million passengers. Changi will welcome transit passengers from 2 Jun According to the CAAS announcement, transit travellers will be allowed through Changi …

Bank of China slashes BOC Elite Miles card earn rate from 15 Jun

The revised rates are abysmal, so remember to cash out your points by 15 Jun BOC with its spectacular BOC Elite Miles card, has finally blinked. The card, which has one of the highest local spend earn rates for a general spending card, will be effectively reducing the earn rate of BOC Elite Miles card from 15 Jun, according to a revised terms and conditions document sent out to cardmembers yesterday (via SMS, no less). The keyword here being ‘effectively’ because of the way the change is made. Most other banks will usually change the earn rate of the cards, but BOC has taken the other approach by changing the conversion rate. BOC will be changing the conversion rate of your BOC points to miles from 15 Jun, as follow: Frequent Flyer Programme Currently From 15 Jun Krisflyer 30,000 points to 10,000 miles 45,000 points to10,000 miles Asia Miles 18,000 points to6,000 miles 27,000 points to6,000 miles This means that the conversion cost of your BOC points has gone up by 50%, effectively reducing your …

OCBC Titanium Rewards to award OCBC$ in blocks of S$5 spend

OCBC going down the UOB way. Right after OCBC made changes to the 90°N card, the bank also revised the OCBC Titanium Rewards card to give out points in blocks of S$5 spend from 1 Jun 2020. On top of the earning change, OCBC will also be add more exclusion categories to what will earn you bonus points with the Titanium Rewards card. Earning OCBC$ based on $5 blocks of spending Currently, cardmembers earn a flat 10 OCBC$, or 4 miles, per dollar spent on the Titanium Rewards card when spending on eligible categories (i.e. sclothes, accessories, shoes, bags, electronics and gadgets and babies’ and children’s wear). From 1 Jun, this will have a technical change: OCBC will award 50 OCBC$, or 20 miles, per S$5 spent, rounded down to the nearest S$5. Why this makes a difference Why this change is material to the Titanium Rewards card is because unlike the 90°N card, this card is a specialised spending card (i.e. the bonus applies for spending in specific categories). The difference lies in the …

OCBC adjusts earn rates on 90°N card

Travel$ to be awarded in blocks of S$5 spend from 1 Jun OCBC has made some tweaks to their 90°N card, to be effected from 1 Jun. These changes are not major, but may affect the way you spend if you are still using that as your default card. Travel$ to be awarded in blocks of S$5 spend From 1 Jun, OCBC will award Travel$ in blocks of S$5 spend, meaning: For local spend, every S$5 spend will earn you 6 Travel$, equivalent to 6 miles (i.e. 1.2 mpd) For foreign spend, every S$5 equivalent spend will earn you 10.5 Travel$, equivalent to 10.5 miles (i.e. 2.1 mpd) AXS Pay+Earn will earn you 5 Travel$ for every S$5 spend (i.e. 1 mpd) Previously, OCBC award Travel$ based on dollar spend, rounded down to the nearest dollar. So this means that there will be slight changes to the number of Travel$ you earn after 1 Jun: Transaction amount Local/Overseas spend Travel$ earned before 1 Jun Travel$ earned on or after 1 Jun $4.99 Local 4.8 0 …

Singapore LCCs operating to five cities in April, May

Scoot to operate only two routes in Apr & May; Jetstar Asia offers three routes since 21 Apr While Singapore Airlines maintain a minimum link to key cities around the world, Singapore-based low cost carriers – Scoot & Jetstar Asia – has also quietly recommenced some services this month. Scoot Scoot began suspending flights since February, and subsequently suspended all services since late March. The airline will operate to two cities, Hong Kong and Perth, three times a week in both April and May. The full schedule as follow: Sector Flight no. Days of ops Dep Arr Flight time Aircraft Singapore – Hong Kong TR980 Tue, Fri, Sun 1415 1820 4h 5m B787-9 Hong Kong – Singapore TR981 Tue, Fri, Sun 1920 2315 3h 55m B787-9 Singapore – Perth TR8 Tue 1200 1710 5h 10m B787-9 TR16 Fri 1530 2035 5h 5m B787-9 TR8 Sun 1200 1700 5h B787-9 Perth – Singapore TR9 Tue 1810 2345 5h 35m B787-9 TR17 Fri 2150 0315(+1) 5h 25m B787-9 TR9 Sun 1800 2320 5h 20m B787-9 The airline …