As of 1 April 2018, Changi Airport has revamped their Changi Rewards loyalty programme. There are still three membership tiers based on spending – Regular, Gold (S$4,000) and Platinum (S$8,000), and the amount needed for tier upgrade has remained the same.
So what’s the difference between the old and the new programme?
- Accrual of points
- Previously the accrual of points was based on per $1 spend, that means if you spend $39.90, you get 39 points as a normal member. However, right now, you get 30 points if you spend $39.90 since it is based on a per $10 block
- Devaluation of points
- Previously, to get a $5 voucher, you simply spend $500 to get 500 points to redeem the $5 voucher. Right now, the cashback rate has been halved, and for a normal member you need to spend $1000 to get a $5 voucher
- Parking Privileges (Gold and Platinum only)
- This is available only in Q3 18, and valid for gold and platinum members only
- 1 for 1 dining vouchers with Entertainer App (Gold and Platinum only)
- This is a special tie-up with Entertainer App. If you are a HSBC cardmember, you can get it for $5 only (see here)
- Global Lounge Access (Platinum only)
- You get 2 free visits/year, but people who have the Priority Pass have the same perks as well.
Special promotions now
- Sure-Win Game (Starts 16 April 18)
- Win bonus points or premium gifts when you play the Sure-Win game (Earn a chance with every transaction of minimum nett spend of S$30). Starts from 16 April 2018! Game tokens will be credited to your account from 1 April 2018 for every qualifying purchase.
- Double points for all purchases in Apr 18
- 2X points is capped at $150 accumulated nett spend from 1 to 30 April 2018, per member. Changi Rewards card/e-Card must be presented during purchase.
Unfortunately this is an exclusive programme with no competition, so it’s either you take it or leave it. It’s a pity the accrual rate has gone up to per $10 from the usual $1 (why not $5 like what DBS or UOB do?). Not to mention that there’s a devaluation with the points redemption. However, the programme does reward its premium Platinum customers well with up to 3% cashback, on top of the tax free price! If you travel frequently, sign up for the card and get the free points and see if you can redeem for either the voucher or some other redemption goodies.
However, do note that the points expire every year (at the end of the financial year), and if you didn’t accrual enough points by that deadline, that’s it. Your points are effectively useless. For example, you accrual 990 points by 31 Mar 2019, so you will not be able to redeem the $5 voucher even if you spend $10 on 1 April 2019 (as that’s another qualifying period) so that’s another problem with the programme.