Happy Anniversary!

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This site was started 1 year ago to share about what I know and love.

How to use credit cards to earn your next trip?
How to travel in style with the least money?
Where are the good deals?
What gear am I using?
What membership cards are useful?
What mobile applications are making my life easier?

Here’s a video to wish this site Happy Anniversary with many more years to come.

[Mobile Application] United Airlines

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Followers of my site will be aware that I will be flying with United Airlines to San Francisco on UA2 from Singapore today. So I have just taken United Airline’s mobile application on a spin and like it. It provides very clear information on your flight with them and that is good.

United Application Splash Screen

United Application Splash Screen

United Application Main Screen

United Application Main Screen

United Application Wallet

United Application Wallet

United Flight Menu

United Application Flight Menu

United Application Reservation Details

United Application Reservation Details

United Application Reservation Details 2

United Application Reservation Details 2

United Application Reservation Details 3

United Application Reservation Details 3

United Application Flight Status Details

United Application Flight Status Details

United Application Flight Status Details 2

United Application Flight Status Details 2

United Application Flight Status Details Seat Map

United Application Flight Status Details Seat Map

United Application Flight Status Details Standby List

United Application Flight Status Details Standby List

United Application Flight Status Details Upgrades List

United Application Flight Status Details Upgrades List

This application is available for FREE without ADs on Android Google Play and iOS App Store.

Google Play APP Store

[Mobile Application] iChangi

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Firstly, congratulations to Changi Aiport for winning Skytrax World’s Best Airport Award for four consecutive years. It is a place that can make a hardcore westlander like me travel all the way to east on my own accord.

Having stayed overnight at Changi Airport to wait for my morning flight a few times, I can really say that Changi Airport is a home away from home for travelers. There are just so many things that I can do other than staying in lounge. Walking around the 3 terminals to explore shops, cafes, restaurants, gardens, decorations, watch movies, play games on gaming console and powerpoints everywhere to charge gadgets. Most importantly, feel safe there.

So how do I get around in Changi Airport and get updated about my flight? (Like gate changes etc.) iChangi Mobile Application!

iChangi Logo

iChangi

iChangi Splash Screen

Splash Screen. Got to be proud that we win this four times in a row. Sorry Incheon and Middle East airports. Cannot fight lah!

iChangi Arrival Search

Arrival Search.

Departure Search

Departure Search.

Departure Search Flight

Departure Search Flight Number.

Departure Search Flight Result

Departure Search Flight Result. Click Add Flight # to My Flights to monitor.

Departure Flight Search Added

Departure Flight Added.

Monitored Flight

Monitored Flight. Notifications will update you on any changes.

Current Arrival Flights

Current Arrival Flights.

Current Departure Flights

Current Departure Flights.

Menu

Menu.

Flight Info Menu

Flight Info Menu.

Terminal Maps Menu

Terminal Maps Menu.

Shop & Dine Menu

Shop & Dine Menu.

Airport Info Menu

Airport Info Menu.

Settings

Settings.

1 thing I hope to see in this application soon is integration of Changi Rewards membership management.

This application is available for FREE without ADs on Android Google Play and iOS App Store.

Google Play APP Store

[Mobile Application] WorldMate Gold

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How many of you used a Palm OS device before? I have been through Palm OS, Pocket PC, then smartphones like iPhone and Android. One mobile application that has been with me through this entire journey is WorldMate.

Worldmate Logo

WorldMate Logo

WorldMate is a travel management application. It helps you generate and monitor itinerary for your trips. Just forward your itinerary (Sent via email from carrier.) via email to WorldMate’s mailbox and you will see information appearing nicely in WorldMate application with little modification required.

WorldMate Gold

WorldMate Gold (Paid tier with premium services like flight alerts/status, calendar synchronization etc. US$9.99 per year. Book hotel or car with WorldMate to get 3 months free WorldMate Gold.)

WorldMate Home

WorldMate Home. (Upcoming trip showup here.)

WorldMate My Trips

WorldMate My Trips

WorldMate Trip

WorldMate Trip Information

WorldMate Flight

WorldMate Flight Information

WorldMate Hotel

WorldMate Hotel Information

WorldMate Booking

WorldMate Booking

WorldMate Tools

WorldMate Tools

This application is available for FREE without ADs on Android Google Play and iOS App Store.

Google Play APP Store

[Mobile Application] Agoda

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On my recent trip to Hong Kong, I also made use of Agoda mobile application to manage my hotel booking.

Agoda Mobile Application

Agoda Mobile Application

Once launched, you will see this landing page where you can search for hotels and make booking. (Book from website to get discount and additional points.)

Agoda Landing Page

Agoda Landing Page

By selecting menu on top left hand corner, you can access other functions.

Agoda Menu

Agoda Menu

My Bookings

My Bookings

Booking Details

Booking Details

Booking Details 2

Booking Details (More)

This application is available for FREE without ADs on Android Google Play and iOS App Store.

Google Play APP Store

[Mobile Application] Singapore Airlines

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On my recent trip to Hong Kong with Singapore Airlines, I used Singapore Airlines mobile application to test its function. Singapore Airlines mobile application has been improving over time and it is very polished and functional.

Singapore Airlines Mobile Application

Singapore Airlines Mobile Application

Once application is executed, you will see this. You will be able to see your KrisFlyer status and miles.

Landing Screen Without Trip

Landing Screen Without Trip

Landing Screen With Trip

Landing Screen With Trip

When you scroll down on landing screen with trip information, you will see this. From this screen you can manage Check-in.

Trip Details

Trip Summary

On left hand corner, you can select menu for more functions.

Menu

Menu

My Trips

My Trips

Trip Details

Trip Details

SQ Boarding Pass

Boarding Pass

This application is a good complement to their website and it is powered by Amadeus which is a widely used system in airlines for ticketing.

This application is available for FREE without ADs on Android Google Play and iOS App Store.

Google Play APP Store

[Membership Card] Changi Rewards Gold

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When travelling, some membership cards are worth bringing. Even if I have them virtually on my Perkd application, I will bring physical cards along just in case technology fails or a staff rejects my virtual cards.

Other than my Priority Pass membership card that I must bring along as they only accept physical card, I do bring along some other membership cards as well. Here is 1 of them that I will bring along.

ChangiRewardsGold

Changi Rewards Gold

  • Qualified by spending SG$4,000 at Changi Airport. (Spending requirement waived off courtesy of American Express KrisFlyer Gold Credit Card. Promotion no longer available.)
  • 2 Points for every SG$1. (Normal tier 1 point for every SG$1.)
  • 500 Points = SG$5 rebate.
  • 7% GST savings at participating outlets in Changi Airport public area.
  • 5 Lucky Draw chances per SG$30 spend. (Normal tier 1 Lucky Draw chance.)
  • Points convertible to KrisFlyer miles. (3,000 Points to 1,000 Miles.)
  • 2 Points for every SG$1 at Agoda.

[Mobile Application] Perkd

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Have shared about Stocard previously here and mentioned that I will cover another application Perkd. So what is different about Perkd?

Perkd Logo

Perkd Logo

Basic function remains. Both allow you to digitalize your membership cards. However, there are some additional functions in Perkd. It has a better experience in creating custom membership cards not available on their database compared to Stocard. You can capture image of membership card for custom membership cards in Perkd for easy identification.

Perkd List

Perkd List

Perkd Custom

Perkd Custom

Other than custom membership cards, Perkd also have merchants tie-up which is lacking in Stocard in Singapore. Perkd is official membership card platform for Timberland and The Body Shop. They will send out offers and track rewards using Perkd application. So if you frequent these shops, Perkd will be good for you.

Perkd Timberland

Perkd Timberland Card

Perked Timberland Offer

Perked Timberland Offer

Perkd also has a good collection of membership cards on their database. So you need not put in too much effort to do custom cards.

Perkd Categories

Perkd Categories

So how do I use Perkd and Stocard? I use Stocard just for Starbucks payment with my Sony SmartWatch 3 as it has wearable support and Starbucks Card barcode support which are not present on Perkd. (Update 27 March 2016: Developer of Perkd has reached out to update that Perkd now supports Starbucks card barcode and many others. Tested and works. But I still like to use SmartWatch to pay at Starbucks!) I use Perkd for almost all of my other membership cards.

This application is available for FREE without ADs on Android Google Play and iOS App Store.

Google Play APP Store

[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.

Palate

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.

Amex Platinum

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.

Amex Platinum

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.