Posted at 1:50 pm , on December 28, 2015
I shall switch my focus to credit card for today’s post. Citibank Prestige card is one of the best card for miles earning with many benefits that come with the card. It may not be the best card if we are to judge it based on the number of miles earned on spending alone (that accolade belongs to ANZ Travel card, among general consumer cards).
Posted at 12:12 pm , on December 24, 2015
My first Singapore Airlines premium class, do I need to say more? The step up from Economy Class to Business Class is indeed exhilarating! Back in 2012, I barely know much about the miles game, what more how to maximize it. Nevertheless, I decided to make use of what I had in my account to try out the Business Class.
My initial plan was to redeem SIN-TPE. I managed to get a pair of tickets to Taipei but I was unable to secure any return tickets. At 4.5 hours, Taipei is probably the best sector to fly to at 23,375 miles. However, availability is usually scarce (as compared to Hong Kong). Eventually I settled on Hong Kong as I was able to get the return tickets. I was initially booked on SQ860 (which uses the old 777-200 but with the regional business class seats). I managed to waitlist myself on SQ856 (on A380-800). One week out, my waitlist cleared and I managed to get myself on SQ856.
Posted at 3:52 pm , on December 23, 2015
As a kid, I used to hold Malaysia Airlines in high esteem and would feel proud whenever I get to fly on MAS. But those flights were limited only to short haul flights on their old regional workhorse, the 737-400 (back then, flying was really expensive!). My first redeye flight on MAS was on a 777-200ER to Melbourne in 2002. It was quite exciting going on a 777 back then, although the 2-5-2 arrangements in Economy wasn’t exactly my favorite (but hey, getting to travel on a plane back then was already a luxury). My first and only long haul flight with MAS was in 2007 to London and my experience on that flight was far from satisfactory. By then, MAS was a shadow of its former self and was nowhere near their glorious past. It took me another 6 years before I gave MAS a try again. The trip was on MH73 from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur on one of their brand new A380-800 followed by MH 609 back to Singapore on a 737-800.
Posted at 2:22 pm , on December 22, 2015
Date: 30 November 2013
Flight: SQ 866
Seats : 3C/3D
Plane: A380-800 (unsure of built)
Photo taken: Nikon D5100
Posted at 10:43 am , on December 22, 2015
The Haven by Jetquay is a lounge located in the arrival hall of Terminal 3. This is one of the partner lounge of Priority Pass and unlike the other lounges in Changi Airport, this lounge is actually located on the landside! This allows one to access it even without the need of a boarding pass. This lounge will come in useful for those who:
- Has a Priority Pass Card (especially those who has an unlimited entry card)
- Need a place to laze around while waiting for a flight
- For those who arrives in Changi Airport at a horrible timing (e.g. visitors into Singapore arriving on SQ15, SQ11 etc) and need a place to spend overnight
Posted at 10:42 am , on December 21, 2015
Hi there, this is a contribution from my friend H.C. who recently traveled to Penang in December 2015.
*Note : Pictures will be uploaded soon
Posted at 10:26 am , on December 21, 2015
Date : 22 to 26 November 2015 (4 nights)
Price : SGD $900 (including tax)
Type of room : King room
Inclusive : none
I booked this room utilizing Citibank Prestige’s 4th night free. I chose this hotel mainly for the convenience, Amtrak Thruway Bus (continuation from my Amtrak Coast Starlight trip) stops right in front of the hotel. I definitely do not want to lug my luggage around San Francisco at 10:30 pm. I had wanted to book the Club room but as I will be spending most of my time away, I decided to just go for the King Room without any additional options (including breakfast).
The hotel is located conveniently at the junction of Market Street, California Street and Drumm Street and just next to Embarcadero. The BART, Electric Street car, MUNI Metro and cable car is just at the doorstep of the hotel! This makes traveling around the city extremely convenient. The San Francisco Ferry building is just a stone throw away. Using the above transport options, one can go to Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Chinatown, Union Square and other places easily. There are eateries nearby with Walgreens and 7-Eleven nearby too.
Posted at 4:11 pm , on December 20, 2015
Date : 19 to 22 November 2015 (3 nights)
Price : SGD $899 (including tax)
Type of room : Studio Suite
Inclusive : Breakfast
Residence Inn in Downtown LA is located at one of the newest part of downtown, named L.A. Live. The hotel building is actually 2 hotels in 1 (i.e. Residence Inn and Courtyard, both under Marriott Group). I booked this hotel via Expedia (for the 6 miles per dollar under Citibank promo) as it was cheaper than booking with Marriott directly.
Posted at 1:16 pm , on December 20, 2015
Date: 18 to 19 November 2015
Price: SGD $160 (inclusive of tax)
Type of room: Queen Room
We had to stay overnight in Pearson as our flight to Los Angeles the following day (AC791) departs at 8:00 am. With the US Border pre-clearance in Toronto, I had to make sure we arrive in Pearson by 5:30 am. There are many hotels around Pearson but the 2 most convenient hotels are Sheraton Gateway (at Terminal 3) and ALT Hotel at Viscount Station.
Posted at 9:23 pm , on December 19, 2015
Date: 17 to 18 November 2015
Price: SGD $239 (inclusive of tax)
Type of room: King Jacuzzi
Addition: Club Sheraton access (CAD$40) – club access with noon tea and breakfast