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DBS Altitude is offering 8 Miles per $1 with Expedia, but beware the T&C

DBS has launched a new promotion with Expedia that offers Altitude cardholders the chance to earn 8 miles per $1 on online hotel and flight transactions till 30 August 2016.

Remember that under the baseline T&C of the DBS Altitude card, you earn 3 miles per S$1 on online hotel and flight transactions, capped at S$5,000 per month

This promotion tops that up with

  • 3 miles per S$1 if you spend less than $2,500 in a single transaction
  • 5 miles per S$1 if you spend $2,500 or more in a single transaction

So TL;DR version- spend $2,500 or more= 8 miles per S$1, spend less than $2,500=6 miles per S$1. The maximum bonus you can earn is still capped at S$5,000 of spend, meaning you max this out at 40,000 miles (or if you broke your transactions into amounts less than $2,500, you’d max this out at 30,000 miles).

Very important points to note about this promotion

  • Registration is required and can be done here. You must use this link to book your travel
  • If you’re booking a hotel, you must prepay your reservation at the time of booking. If you pay at the hotel, you will not get your bonus (this does not mean you can only book non-refundable rates. You can also book refundable rates but must provide your card details at time of booking)
  • If you’re booking flights, Expedia must be the “merchant of record” on the transaction. What that means is slightly unclear to me, but the list of “approved” airlines is provided in the T&C and includes
    • Air France
    • Air India
    • Finnair
    • EVA
    • Air China
    • Cathay
    • China Southern
    • Ethiopian Airlines
    • Garuda
    • Transasia
    • Gulf Air
    • Air Astana
    • Korean Air
    • KLM
    • Latam
    • Malaysia Air
    • Silkair
    • Air Niugini
    • Qatar
    • Lao Airlines
    • SIA
    • Turkish
    • Thai
    • Vietnam Airlines

If you have both the DBS Altitude Visa and the DBS Altitude AMEX, you can register both cards and enjoy a combined cap of $10,000.

Of course you might always want to check out Kaligo, which gives 10 miles per $1 on hotel spending. I’ve often found Kaligo’s rates to be much higher than other OTAs, but still worth a check.

Minor DBS Altitude devaluation

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This shouldn’t raise any undue alarm bells but I thought you should know that from 1 June 2016 DBS has revised the earning rate on the DBS Altitude card.

The new earn rates are as follows

Online flight and hotel transactions Overseas Spend (foreign currency) Local Spend
3 miles
(Capped at S$5,000 per month)
2 miles 1.2 miles

The main change has been highlighted in red- the cap used to be S$10,000 per month, this has been revised downwards to S$5,000. I imagine most people won’t be spending anywhere near S$10,000 per month on flights or hotels, so this shouldn’t affect the majority of cardholders. But for those of us who do, well, tough luck.

If you do intend to spend >S$5,000 per month on online flight and hotel transactions, I would recommend you put S$2,000 of that on your DBS Woman’s World Card (at 4 miles per $1- for hotels remember that you need to pay online using your card, ie buy a prepaid rate. if you only use the card to secure your reservation and pay separately at the hotel it will not count).

If you’re buying SQ/MI airtickets you can conserve your S$5,000 Altitude limit by putting that spend on your UOB PRVI Miles card (at 3 miles per S$1)

My heart did skip a beat when I saw the emailer from DBS, because I’m using the Altitude as my primary card for forex-denominated Paypal transactions. Fortunately nothing else has been touched.

Remember that the DBS Altitude income cap was recently reduced to $30,000, and the AMEX version has a very generous double miles sign up bonus for sign ups till 30 April.  So if you’re thinking of signing up for this card, you should still go right ahead