It’s time for an update for this article since the last version was published in Jul 2014 and there have been many changes since then.
As you may have realised, in general, the amount of money that you need to spend to get a free limousine ride has gone up over the past year. No more $500 spend. The minimum is $1000 in a quarter using UOB PRVI Miles AMEX which needs to be chalked up overseas (note – online transactions or “no-card present” transactions are excluded). And note that you get a $45 rebate this time when you book from http://www.maxicab.sg/uob. The cheapest service is $50 for a white mercedes for a departure transfer and $60 for an arrival transfer. That means you will effectively be paying a minimum of $5 for the departure transfer and $15 for the arrival transfer (excluding other surcharges).
The next best is Citi Prestige where you get a free ride with $1500 spent in foreign currency within a quarter. For frequent travellers, HSBC Visa Infinite still offers the best deal with its unlimited limousine service when you spend $5000 a quarter.
In contrast, the OCBC Voyage Visa Infinite is definitely not offering a good deal since the bonus miles of 2.3 miles per $1 are awarded for dining or foreign currencies and hence not the best card to use for travel related purchases.
Buying your air ticket
DBS Altitude AMEX is definitely the best in the market now for all flight related purchases since they offer 3 miles per $1 (and an additional 50% more miles for your first 6 months – which will make it 4.5 miles per $1).
ANZ Travel Visa Signature is good for booking flights on Qantas or Jetstar since you get 2.8 miles per $1. Not to mention that they give 1.4 miles per $1 on local spend, which is the best apart from UOB PRVI AMEX 1.6 miles/$1 (but AMEX is not readily accepted in all places).
Citibank Premiermiles AMEX offers 2 miles/$1 if you buy tickets from SQ or Silkair, which is the same rate as Maybank Horizon Visa.
The JetQuay CIP Terminal is an elite Airport terminal at Singapore Changi Airport which opened in September 2006. It serves mainly VIPs who come in private jets and also provide dedicated airline check-in and immigration clearance, a well-appointed lounge to wine and dine, as well as a limousine service that escorts elite guests to and from their aircraft. Their services are available to any passengers travelling on full-service carriers, on any class – arriving, departing or transiting through Terminals 1, 2, and 3. HSBC Visa Infinite has stopped providing complimentary access to JetQuay, leaving OCBC Titanium/World/World Elite & Maybank World MasterCard as the only cards with complimentary access to this VIP terminal.
Do let us if you have any other considerations when it comes to booking an overseas trip and we will consider it during our next revision!