[Deal] Takashimaya 10% Rebate

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Last week, we mentioned about Tangs’ 12% rebate day on anyday of your choice here. That is still available. From today, another deal will start till this Sunday. Takashimaya 10% rebate. That is on top of existing rebate of up to 6% for Takashimaya card members.

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Takashimaya 10% Rebate

There are a lot of products on sale and you can earn rebates at the same time. So good time to do your Chinese New Year purchase right? Definitely! Do go to both Tangs and Takashimaya to compare prices before purchase. See which side gives you better savings.

I have been shopping at Takashimaya mostly for Nespresso capsules (Unless I am in my Nespresso heaven in Europe.) or SodaStream syrups. (I am a drinks person at home.) So I do hold a Takashimaya Credit Card for that: DBS Takashimaya American Express Platinum Credit Card.

This card will earn you 6% rebate and additional 10% rebate on special days. Every SG$500 spent at Takashimaya will earn you 100 points which can convert to SG$30 Takashimaya voucher. You can also get SG$3 parking credits by spending SG$120 at Takashimaya. In Takashimaya Japan, you can also enjoy 5% discount. As a DBS card, it also entitles you to DBS points. Every SG$5 gives you 1 point so use that to redeem anything you want. DBS privilages islandwide is also applicable to this card. American Express SELECTS is also applicable to this card.

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DBS Takashimaya American Express Platinum Credit Card

[Travel] Booking Hotel Through Agoda: Dorsett Mongkok

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As mentioned in previous post here, you can use your credit card to earn yourself some discount off your next hotel stay by booking with Agoda. So as a person who walk the talk, I booked my next hotel stay in Hong Kong via Agoda Citibank portal using Citibank PremierMiles Visa Signature Credit Card.

Before making booking, do your research. Few pointers:

  • Location! Location! Location!
  • Budget.
  • Facilities.
  • Loyalty Program.
For research, I depend on tripadvisor. (http://www.tripadvisor.com) So far, I have booked hotels in tripadvisor’s top 10 ranking in cities like Hong Kong (#4: Hotel Icon), Taipei (#3: CityInn Hotel-Taipei Station Branch II/#4: Dandy Hotel-Tianmu Branch) and Tokyo. (#10: Hotel Ryumeikan) So far, they have not disappoint.
However, for this trip to Hong Kong, I decided to make a return to Dorsett Mongkok. (Ranked #67 in Hong Kong.) Why?
  • Location:
    • Centralize in Mongkok.
    • Near to places that I want to visit.
    • Good as a base.
    • Free shuttle bus service to many places. (Langham Place/Ladies Street, Temple Street, Star Ferry and Elements-Kowloon Station.)
  • Budget:
    • Bang for buck.
    • SG$204.79 for 2 nights!
    • Free WIFI. (Must have!)
    • Free smartphone provided for use!
      • Unlimited data! (With tethering support!)
      • Free IDD call to Singapore!
      • Navigation on Google Maps.
      • Can do whatever you are doing with your own smartphone!
  • Facilities:
    • Room is clean and neat.
    • Dorsett Lounge available with a basic gym.
  • Loyalty Program: Not applicable to Dorsett group.

With that, I will be posting pictures and review of Dorsett Mongkok during my trip. It will be my 2nd time there. Hopefully I will be able to see them maintaining their standard or even better it.

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Agoda Booking with Citibank discount

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Citibank PremierMiles Visa Signature Credit Card

[Travel] Singapore Airlines (SQ) Suites/Economy Class SIN-HKG: Booking Award Flight

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Singapore Airlines (SQ): “A great way to fly”. Pride of Singapore and one airline that I feel lives up to its slogan. (Way better than an airline that used to brag that they are a World’s 5 stars airline. They have dropped that slogan BTW.)

Usually I try to fly via SQ if possible. However, I am also ok with their subsidiary Scoot (Not TigerAir though. I hope SQ kills it.), Jetstar, British Airways and United Airlines. So far I had good experiences with these airlines. But nothing beats complete package of SQ. As their recent campaign says: “No detail is too small”. Their cabin is quite well maintained even on older aircrafts like A330 and service from Singapore Girls and Gents are impeccable.

From 25th to 27 January 2016 (Next Monday to Wednesday), I will be making a trip from Singapore to Hong Kong with a visit to Guang Zhou in between using train from Hong Kong. So I started booking my air tickets with SQ using my KrisFlyer miles.

I have a total of 44,625 KrisFlyer miles in my account which is sufficient for Suites one way on A380 and return via Economy Class. So I booked my flight out on Suites so that I can enjoy The Private Room in SQ SilverKris Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 3.

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SQ Suites Miles (Save SG$2,760.)

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SQ Suites Cost

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SQ Economy Miles (Save HK$3,830. SG$719.19.)

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SQ Economy Cost

From pictures above, you are able to see amount of KrisFlyer miles and surcharges required. SQ Suites cost me 31,875 KrisFlyer miles with surcharge of SG$38.50 while SQ Economy class cost me 12,750 KrisFlyer miles and HK$194. (SG$36.43.) Total saving amount to SG$3,479.19. However, I have selected a Preferred Seat (Exit Row.) on my Economy Class flight. That cost US$40 (HK$310 or SG$58.21.) and so total savings drop to SG$3,420.98.

You may be asking how come there are Saver, Standard, Full and how come miles required is stated to be more than what I have mentioned. Airlines usually set quota for amount of seats offered via award with Saver given least amount of seats as it has lowest miles requirement. As for miles required, even though box stated that miles required is 37,500 for Suites for example, it works out to 31,875 miles as a 15% discount is given for online redemption. Redemption offline via SQ Call Centre or Service Centre at Ion Orchard will be charged at full. Do that only if you are redeeming an award flight operated by another Star Alliance airline or trying to do up a super complex itinerary. (Looking at my friend at Global Travelogy. LOL!)

Next, you may ask what is waitlist. It simply means waiting list. That means quota is full for that level and you will be put on a waiting list if you choose that. Waitlist bookings may only receive confirmation as late as 24 hours before flight and miles will only be deducted when you decide to book when available. Alternatively, you can check for award availability on Star Alliance partner airlines (For same amount of miles without discount.) via SQ Call Centre/Service Centre or book an award of higher level.

Hope that gives you a good introduction to redeeming flights with miles. Will be sharing more about miles in future posts. Watch for them.

[Membership Card] Palate

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Update! (22 January 2016): New merchants added!

Yesterday, I have covered the FAR CARD Classic which is a good dining benefit membership. Here’s another 1: Palate.

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Discount tiers are slightly different from the FAR CARD.

 Palate the FAR CARD Classic
  • Single adult: 15% Discount
  • Two adults: 50% Discount
  • Three adults: 35% Discount
  • Four adults: 25% Discount
  • Five or more adults (Up to 20.): 20% Discount
  • Beverages: 15% Discount
  • Single adult: 10% Discount
  • Two adults: 50% Discount
  • Three adults: 33% Discount
  • Four adults: 25% Discount
  • Five or more adults (Up to 10.): 20% Discount
  • Beverages: 25% Discount

Here are the participating merchants (Discount rate as above unless otherwise stated.):

  • Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
  • Argo
  • Atrium Restaurant (Buffets only)
  • Bobby’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Bottura
  • Breeze Beer Garden @ Link Hotel Singapore (Closed for renovation. 15% off beverages.)
  • Burlamacco Ristorante
  • Buyan Russian Restaurant and Caviar Bar
  • CATO
  • Dean & DeLuca
  • Escape Restaurant & Lounge (Buffet only)
  • Fabrika (15% off beverages.)
  • FRESH! (15% off beverages.)
  • InterContinental Singapore
    • Lobby Lounge (15% off beverages.)
    • Victoria Bar (15% off beverages.)
  • Kinki Restaurant + Bar
  • Lawry’s The Prime Ribs (New!)
  • Lime House (NEW!)
  • Mad For Garlic
  • Napoleon Food & Wine Bar (15% off beverages.)
  • Nabehide Japanese Hot Pot Dining
  • Pepenero
  • Pind Balluchi Bar & Grill
  • Praelum Wine Bistro
  • Senso Ristorante & Bar (New!)
  • Shima Restaurant
  • Song of India
  • Sopra Cucina & Bar
  • The Clan Restaurant
  • The Marmalade Pantry
  • The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
  • TungLok Group (Minimum 4 pax for weekend a la carte.)
    • Dancing Crab
    • Lao Beijing
    • Lingzhi Vegetarian
    • Shin Yeh
    • TungLok Heen
    • TungLok Seafood
    • TungLok Signature
    • TungLok Teahouse
    • TungLok XiHé Peking Duck
  • Xin Cuisine

Blackout dates:

  • Eve of Public Holidays
  • Public Holidays
  • Special Occasions: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
  • Chinese restaurants:
    • Eve of Chinese New Year
    • 15 days of Chinese New Year

Sounds like a good deal right? Palate used to be an independent program but now they are exclusively under American Express Platinum Credit Card! Just pay using this card at participating merchants listed in this post to enjoy benefits.

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American Express Platinum Credit Card

You can also use Cardable mobile application to monitor deals offered by Palate. Read more about Cardable here.

[Membership Card] the FAR CARD Classic

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Nowadays there are a lot of dining membership programs which gives discount in following format:

  • Single adult: 10% Discount
  • Two adults: 50% Discount
  • Three adults: 33% Discount
  • Four adults: 25% Discount
  • Five or more adults (Up to 10.): 20% Discount
  • Beverages: 25% Discount

One of such membership program is the FAR CARD Classic membership.

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It provides following benefits:
Fairmont Singapore Swissôtel The Stamford Swissôtel Merchant Court
Dining (Discount rate as above unless otherwise stated. 50% Discount for 5 adults every Monday at restaurants!)
  • Alligator Pear
  • Mikuni
  • Szechuan Court (20% Discount on dim sum buffet. Not valid for Set lunch at Szechuan Kitchen and Chinese New Year Eve.)
  • Prego (10% Discount at Prego Deli.)
  • Asian Market Café
  • Anti:dote (20% Discount for a maximum of 10 people.)
  • Kopi Tiam
  • Café Swiss
  • Equinox Restaurant
  • City Space (20% Discount for a maximum of 10 people.)
  • Introbar (20% Discount for a maximum of 10 people.)
  • New Asia (20% Discount for a maximum of 10 people and complimentary entry for 2.)
  • Lobby Court (20% Discount for a maximum of 10 people.)
  • Ellenborough Market Café (Not valid for Chinese New Year Eve.)
  • Blue Potato
  • Crossroad Bar (10% Discount for beverages.)
 Accomodation 10% Discount off Best Available Rate 10% Discount off Best Available Rate 10% Discount off Best Available Rate
 Spa Willow Stream Spa (15% Discount off a la carte bookings of spa treatments excluding nail/hair treatment from Monday to Friday excluding eve of public holidays/public holidays.)  NA Spa and Sport (15% Discount off a la carte bookings of spa treatments excluding nail/hair treatment from Monday to Friday excluding eve of public holidays/public holidays.)

Regional dining and accommodation benefits:

  • Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Bangkok
  • Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Upon membership onboarding, you will also receive a set of vouchers:

  • 1 50% off total food bill for 8 to 10 persons at Asian Market Café, Ellenborough Market Café, or Café Swiss Voucher
  • 2 Complimentary Cake or Bottle of House Wine Vouchers
  • 1 Weekend Rate of SG$230++ per night at Fairmont Singapore Voucher
  • 1 Weekend Rate of SG$200++ per night at Swissôtel The Stamford Voucher
  • 1 Weekend Rate of SG$190++ per night at Swissôtel Merchant Court Voucher
  • 5 Complimentary Room Upgrade Vouchers

Sounds like a good deal right? Normally you will have to pay to get this membership. But you can get it for free with American Express Platinum Credit Card! Just pay using this card at participating merchants listed in this post to enjoy benefits.

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American Express Platinum Credit Card

You can also use Cardable mobile application to monitor deals offered by the FAR CARD. Read more about Cardable here.

[Deal] Booking hotel through Agoda

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I have been on trips to Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo and London previously for leisure. Planning trip is always something that I enjoy. Especially looking for deals for air tickets, attractions, hotels, food, shopping and transports.

In this post, let’s look at hotel booking. 1 of my frequent website for hotel booking is Agoda. They have pretty low rate for hotels and good loyalty reward program which gives you points that can offset your next booking with them. However, most people may not know that they have tie up with several banks and membership programs to offer discounts for credit cards or perks for members. You got to book via special portals on Agoda website and make payment by using specific bank’s credit card to get discounts or specify membership number to get perks.

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Credit Cards/Membership Cards Portal  Discount
Citibank http://www.agoda.com/citibanksg
  •  8% Discount for:
    • China
    • Taiwan
  • 7% Discount for others.
DBS http://www.agoda.com/dbssg
  •  8% Discount for:
    • Japan
    • Korea
  • 7% Discount for others.
OCBC http://www.agoda.com/ocbc
  •  8% Discount for:
    • Hong Kong
    • Macau
    • Singapore
  • 7% Discount for others.
UOB http://www.agoda.com/uob
  •  8% Discount for:
    • Thailand
    • Malaysia
  • 7% Discount for others.
BOC http://www.agoda.com/boc
  • 5% Discount.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer http://www.agoda.com/singaporeair
  •  2 KrisFlyer miles/US$1.
Changi Rewards http://www.agoda.com/changirewards
  • 1 point/SG$1 for Member.
  • 2 points/SG$1 for Gold Member.
  • 3 points/SG$1 for Platinum Member.

Hope this helps you in planning your next trip or staycation.