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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…

Park Hyatt Sydney Review

Park Hyatt Sydney is arguably one of the best hotels in the world. I have been looking forward to staying in this hotel all year long. You could say this is the most anticipated hotel stay in 2017 for me. Park Hyatt Sydney is located at The Rocks, just before the Sydney Harbour Bridge. How much does it cost to stay at Park Hyatt Sydney? I redeemed using World of Hyatt point. As Park Hyatt Sydney is a Category 7 property of Hyatt, it costs 30,000 points per night. I redeemed 2 nights of stay on the weekend, which brings…

Garuda Indonesia Lounge and SkyPriority Fast Track

When you fly Garuda Indonesia business class or holder of GarudaMiles Platinum card, chances are you are given fast track pass and lounge access. In case you aren’t familiar with SkyPriority fast track, it allows you bypass long lines at security checks and immigration. There are dedicated lines which marked SkyPriority security checkpoints and signature red carpet. The staff will greet you and check your boarding pass. SkyPriority Fast Track There were long queue on the normal security check points, especially at night time in Terminal 3 where Garuda has flights to Shanghai, Seoul, Sydney, Haneda and Amsterdam. I felt…

Garuda Indonesia Business Class Jakarta to Sydney

Flight Garuda Indonesia GA 712 Jakarta (CGK) – Sydney (SYD) Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 Seat 7D During the Eid al-Adha, I was grateful that I had weekend getaway to Sydney. Also I was particularly pleased that it only cost half of the required miles. Thanks to the promotion from Garuda Indonesia, half price for redemption ticket Jakarta to Sydney on Economy and Business class. Before you know it, Boom! Confirmed two tickets on Business Class to Sydney. The flight unfortunately was not the new business class with Diamond seat. As far as I know, none of the Sydney route features the…

Fly Garuda Indonesia First Class for Free

Yes you are reading this correctly. For a limited time, Garuda Indonesia is running a video competition #FlyMeFirst that encourage users to submit a video that describing their experience with Garuda Mobile App. The lucky winners of total 6 people will get tickets First Class. It does not mention the prize destination, so I assume winners can pick between Jeddah, London, or Narita. As per Garuda website, Win an exciting First Class holiday from Garuda Indonesia! Record your memorable holiday moments to join the #FlyMeFirst video competition and show how you used the Garuda Indonesia mobile app to make your…

Garuda Frequent Flyer Review

I have received a lot of questions from you guys asking about Garuda frequent flyer in details, so I’ll try to be thorough this time. You will learn how you can earn miles, redeem miles for ticket and ultimately how to maximize your miles. Garuda Frequent Flyer (GFF) – The basics Almost every airlines have their own frequent flyer program. Garuda Indonesia has Garuda Frequent Flyer (GFF) or more commonly known as GarudaMiles now. Garuda is part of SkyTeam, so earning or redeeming other SkyTeam alliance flight is possible. GarudaMiles has 4 membership tiers. GarudaMiles Blue. This is the card…

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