Episode 4. An eventful week.
After teasing us at the start of the week SQ finally announced the it was shuffling routes and adding a direct flight to San Francisco on one of its new Airbus A350s to compete more directly with United’s new UA1 direct flight. Unfortunately Suite fans lose that experience on the SIN-LAX route as the existing A380 is swapped for a new 777-300ER. Flights to Sao Paulo will also end in October as SQ is struggling to sell tickets in the teeth of a worsening Brazilian recession. Tickets still available for the Olympics though!
Last week DBS horrified mile collectors by sneaking out revised terms for its popular Woman’s World MasterCard (men also can). This week DBS have tried to placate customers by insisting the changes are just a clarification and their backend is not changing. Time will tell…
AirAsia and Hilton are running a 250K+250K points giveaway over the next four months. No stay required, just be a member and register.
The UK EU ‘brexit’ referendum grinds on. Time to buy pounds if you are visiting this year?
Have a great weekend everyone!
Episode 3. A week of sorrow.
DBS withdrew the 10x online bonus that the Woman’s World MasterCard from a bunch of categories including pre-paid top ups and bill payments. The blogosphere was unimpressed.
What made the change particularly egregious was that DBS slipped out the change apparently in breach of the ABS’ Code of Conduct.
If you’ve not seen it do yourself a favour and watch this amazing time lapse of Singapore.
Episode 2. That was the week that was the first week in June.
The Straits Times noticed that credit cards can earn miles, and thanks to consulting the MileLion got some of it right.
In sad news for mile hackers EZ-Link brought Imagine top-ups to an end. If you have money loaded spend it by the end of August or claim a refund as a limited form of manufactured spend.
Cathay Pacific took delivery of its first Airbus A350
Standard Chartered begun offering to pay savings interest in the form of KrisFlyer miles.
Virgin Atlantic flights between the UK and US will no longer earn KrisFlyer Elite miles. Delta was unavailable for comment.
Garuda announced they will begin daily flights from Medan to SIN on 14th June. I had to look up Medan, but it actually looks like an interesting weekend destination as an non-touristy Indonesian city.
United UA1 made the longest commercial flight by a US carrier to link SFO directly to SIN. SQ were unavailable for comment – probably in transit at Incheon. Still two years until their ultra long range A350s show up…
Every Friday 103 East will review the week’s news for stories relevant to the Singapore travel hacking community. Lets start right now with Episode 1.
As the dust settled from last week’s Premium Economy reward availability Cheerful Egg wrote a widely syndicated piece on the accompanying devaluation.
Apple Pay launched with Visa and Mastercard on the local banks. 103 East reviewed the rebate launch offers.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer announced that their miles can be spent at their own KrisShop, though at an unfavourable rate compared to plane tickets. High Tech Flight pointed out that this provided a great opportunity to use up orphaned miles but 103 East was unimpressed with the value put on KrisFlyer miles.
The MileLion set off on a round the world journey posting trip updates and reviews from Taiwan and the US. Cow Card then piped up with a guest post explaining how he could have paid less money by starting in Japan.
FlyStayTravel reported that United miles are on sale and can be used for cheap Star Alliance redemptions.
What else did I miss? Comment below.