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Emirates’ New First Class vs Singapore Airlines’ New Suites

What a series of events lately in the battle of premium cabins from the top airlines. After Singapore Airlines launched the new cabins on November 3rd, Emirates was trailing with the revamp cabins on Dubai Air Show on November 12th. Both airlines, in my opinion have wowed so many eyes and each has distinct features. Singapore Airlines’ new Suites on new A380s When Singapore Airlines first introduced its first Suites in 2007, it was a game changer. Imagine having a double bed on an airplane, having your own private suite, or choosing between Dom Perignon or Krug. So after 10…

Singapore Airlines Confirms The New A380 Debut in Sydney

Singapore Airlines will show off its new Airbus A380 products on November 2nd. The new cabin products will include Suites, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. Singapore Airlines will debut the first flight to Sydney in mid-December. https://www.instagram.com/p/BavoRs6heHy What an incredible journey for Singapore Airlines. After exactly 10 years ago, when the Airbus A380 make its first debut to Sydney. I still remember when Singapore Airlines first flew the double deck plane, a one of its kind. After 10 years in service, the A380 will get a cabin ‘facelift’. All cabins including the Suites will get a refreshed look.…

Singapore Airlines Promo – Krisflyer Spontaneous Escapes

From time to time, Singapore Airlines releases limited redemptions for certain destinations. From now till 31st October 2017, enjoy up to 30% discount Krisflyer miles redemption discount for selected Singapore Airlines flights. The only drawback is you have to travel between 1st and 30th November. Without further-ado, this is the list of discounted Singapore Airlines Business class routes. You can check out the current Singapore Airlines promo here. From Miles required for Business Class Original Miles Discount Blackout Period South East Asia Singapore to Jakarta, v.v 12,250 17,500 30% — Singapore to Ho Chi Minh, v.v 14,000 20,000 30% —…

Garuda Indonesia First Class No More??!

What a sad news to hear. Garuda Indonesia is considering discontinuing the First Class service to cut losses. Currently Garuda Indonesia serves First Class to certain destinations, such as London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Jeddah. This comes to a shock as well, considering recently Garuda Indonesia announced direct flights to London on the Boeing 777-300ER. It seems the strategic plan for Garuda Indonesia under the new CEO is service cuts and less expansion. The service cuts will aim at lowering the burgeoning operating cost. It includes cutbacks to the in-flight products, smaller portion meals, beverages options cut on business class. The airline…

Citibank PremierMiles credit card features

I just recently got my Citibank PremierMiles and I want to share with you some of the card features. I would not say Citibank PremierMiles to be the best credit card, but it has some uniqueness compared to other banks’ credit card. Citibank PremierMiles credit card is a travel credit card, and comparable to other travel credit cards, such as ANZ Travel Signature and Standard Chartered WorldMiles. Pro. PremierMiles can be redeemed for more than 60 airlines and 8500 hotels affiliated with Citibank worldwide Also PremierMiles do not expire. Cons. Miles earning (1 PremierMile = IDR 8,750) is not too…

Kartu Kredit Citibank PremierMiles

So the other day my friend Daniel asked me about which credit card has large bonus sign up and thought would be a good idea to share to you guys. There are many credit cards out there to choose from and getting the right cards will be crucial. Remember the idea is to maximize your credit card points. Hence it is a good idea when signing up a new credit card, look out for current promotion and join if there is a significant bonus miles. Kartu Kredit Citibank PremierMiles Similarly, my other friend asked, ‘Gimana dengan kartu kredit Citibank?’. Well…

Mandiri Visa Signature & why you need to have it

Although I have post few times regarding Mandiri Visa Signature, I have received a lot of questions about this particular credit card. So I decided to make a dedicated post on Mandiri Visa Signature. What is Mandiri Visa Signature? Mandiri Visa Signature is the latest credit card offering by Mandiri Bank, dedicated for the upper class segments. Mandiri Visa Signature caters for travel, lifestyle and shopping for the niche market. Visa Signature itself is a step above Visa Platinum. Mandiri Visa Signature and Mandiri World Elite are the top tier credit cards by Mandiri Bank. What are the main features…

Credit card that offers supplementary Priority Pass card

Priority Pass can be beneficial if you are travelling frequently in Economy class. With Priority Pass you can have access to lounge at the airports. Currently, Priority Pass has over 1000 airport lounges worldwide and features some of the best lounges in the world. Recently, Premier Lounge in Bali (DPS) received award as one of the best Priority Pass Lounges in the world. If you frequently depart from Bali, this could be  a good use of Priority Pass membership. Also don’t forget, Priority Pass offers $36 dining credit in some of the airports in Australia. Priority Pass membership is $399 per…

How to avoid airport Custom Duty & Tax

Recently, topics surrounding Customs tax are trending on social media. In particular, this video where a lady had to pay some 20 Millions Rupiah in Custom tax for bringing a branded bag. This is the video for the curious one. https://www.facebook.com/lilly.tsang/videos/10155042151731819/ I feel the pain whenever I see people that know nothing and get fined in the Airport Custom. I do not encourage ‘smuggling’, but knowing what you can bring in and what you can’t, will save you a lot of money. My personal experience with Soekarno Hatta’s Customs. There were countless times when I see white chalk marks…

Sydney Airport SkyTeam Lounge and Priority Pass

On the way back from Sydney to Jakarta, I made sure to bring my Priority Pass and will share later in the story the perks I have gotten out of it. We also visited SkyTeam Lounge, as Garuda Indonesia does not have its own Lounge at Sydney Airport. Check-in at Garuda Indonesia counter We arrived at the Sydney airport at 8am. Garuda Indonesia flight from Sydney departs at 11.40 am, so we had ample time to explore. Check-in was a breeze as I used my GarudaMiles Platinum and beat the long queue. After check in process was complete, she handed…

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