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One day only: $8.63 off a $50 Amazon order

Amazon just got rated #1 in some corporate reputation survey that I couldn’t care less about.

To celebrate, they’re offering $8.62 any purchase of $50 or more (86.27 being their score in the survey which, as said before, I couldn’t care less about). All you need to do is key in BIGTHANKS at checkout to get it.

I know what you’re thinking- not much of a deal for us in Singapore because of the shipping costs.

Well, there’s some truth in that, but you can use the code to buy digital gift cards. I took this opportunity to load up on AirBnB credit at an effective discount of 17%.

Amazon.com gift card design

(EDIT: Air BnB gift cards can only be applied to US-based accounts. I got around this restriction by (1) Changing my address to a US-based one and (2) adding a US payment method to my account. The UOB VirtualPay AMEX is a good idea as it has a US billing address)

There are also other useful gift cards you might want to consider, however, including

  • Hotels.com gift cards
  • Hyatt gift cards
  • Southwest/American Airlines gift cards (assuming your travels are taking you there soon)

Enter BIGTHANKS at checkout and you’re all set. It’s limited to one use per account but if you want to create a few accounts…I won’t judge you.

Offer expires 11.59pm Pacific Time on 22nd Feb. So act fast

T&C here-

Today only, get $8.62 off your purchase of $50 or more when you apply promo code BIGTHANKS at checkout. (Actually, we’ll round up from 8.627, so your discount will be $8.63.)

  • Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. (PT) 2/22/2017.
  • Offer only applies to products sold by Amazon.com.
  • Offer does not apply to digital content, video games, or Amazon Gift Cards.
  • Offer does not apply to orders placed through Alexa, Prime Now, Amazon Restaurants, or any mobile application other than the Amazon Shopping App.
  • Offer limited to one per customer and account.
  • Offer may not be combined with other offers.
  • Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address.
  • Taxes, shipping and handling, and gift wrap charges do not apply when determining minimum purchase amount.
  • Shipping charges and taxes may apply to discounted promotional items.
  • Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.
  • Offer discount will be allocated proportionally among all promotional items in your order.
  • If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies.
  • If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.
  • Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time.

Skip the game, get the deals: SQ’s Prosperity Tree CNY fare codes

Singapore Airlines has recently launched this new series of Singapore Air games. I’ve written about it before during the Christmas period where they had Santa’s Gift Grab game. I think it’s only fitting to repeat the section below-

The idea behind Singapore Air Games is that various games will be available all the way through April 2017, and that there’s an ongoing leaderboard that rewards those who persistently play. The top 3 scorers when the games period ends on 15 April 2017 will get Krisflyer miles equivalent to their game points scored. Now before you get all excited, note that the fine print reads-

*Free trip is based on round-trip Economy Class Saver award ticket on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights only. Taxes, surcharges and fees are applicable in addition to the required redemption mileage and must be separately paid by the passenger. The KrisFlyer miles will only be valid for 1 year from the date on which it is credited into the KrisFlyer member account of the winner of the KrisFlyer miles, and no extensions will be permitted. The KrisFlyer miles are not negotiable nor transferable, either in part or in full. The KrisFlyer miles must be used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the KrisFlyer programme.

So yeah, don’t get excited.

Now, the main attraction of this promotion to me isn’t about scoring and accumulating points for the leaderboard, it’s about the economy fare deals that SQ gives out to players.

TL;DR here are the cheatcodes that you can get from playing the game that give you discounted economy class fares to selected destinations. The number in the code is the price you pay. I’m going to include in square brackets at the end how much these fares were during the Santa Gift Grab game for comparison. You enter these codes at the booking screen when it asks you if you have a special code.

  • Ho Chi Minh: CNY188S [$188]
  • Colombo: CNY388C [$388]
  • Beijing: CNY388B [$388]
  • Paris: CNY808P [$808]
  • Melbourne: CNY588M [$588]
  • Bali: CNY228D [$228]
  • Hong Kong: CNY228H [$228]
  • Bangkok: CNY188B [$188]

As you can see, all promotional prices are the same as last time. The main difference is they don’t have Manchester this time round ($808 during the Christmas sale). These fares need to be booked by 31 January for travel till 31 March 2017. My pick of the deals? Bangkok and Beijing seem to be fantastic value. Seats are limited, so if you’re thinking of booking you’d better do so sooner rather than later.

Now save yourself time by not playing the game. I mean, look man, I love my games. I think Bioshock Infinite is a work of art, a grandiose exploration of themes like American exceptionalism, manifest destiny, predestination and the illusion of choice, constants and variables and how you building a floating city to avoid the Sodom below might not be the best idea. I love the Last of Us, Psychonauts (it’s really your fault that all the games now are military FPS derivatives), the Fallout series (maybe not New Vegas) etc etc.

I suppose it is unfair to demand something similar from SQ . But couldn’t they at least make sure the game works properly? Here’s my experience playing The Prosperity Tree.

This is the loading screen. I was concerned there was no intro cut scene as this not only reflected corner cutting, it also made it difficult for me to identify with the protagonist of the game.

I was then taken to the launch segment. The premise of the game was explained to me in clear and simple English. I was excited at the epic quest I was about to embark on. Maybe I’d find, on this quest, elusive rare items like saver space on SQ25/26, an SQ website that lets me make online changes to tickets after the first leg’s been flown, or maybe the ultimate rare Pokemon, an op-up!

Or you could just give me these. Yeah, that’s cool too.

Too quickly I was thrust into the heat of battle. I panicked because I felt unready. Don’t most games usually have an in-game tutorial where the first mission’s just learning about your basic moves? How was I supposed to rescue the princess? Which was the jump button? And would the Konami code do anything?

It was evidently too late to think about that as the game began. I gave the tree several half-hearted shakes, swiping my IBM trackpad mouse to the left and the right. I imagine this game would be more fun with a gamepad. The fruits fell. The game told me to quickly click on them to grab them. I complied dutifully and was excited to see what bounty I had gathered.

At this point the whole game hung and refused to reload.

Maybe this is a deliberate glitch, I thought. I mean, it ‘d be like a cool cliffhanger setup for The Prosperity Tree 2- Maximum Overdrive.

I waited 30 minutes in anticipation of an easter egg.

Nope, still broken.

At this point I had given up trying to understand the plot and simply looked for a walkthrough. By which I mean I went to the comments section and took the codes from P, a helpful reader.

Do tell me if you manage to defeat the final boss though.

8 Miles per $1 with Citibank Rewards and Amazon (edit: extended to March 2017)

From now till 31 October, Citibank Rewards cardholders can get 8 miles per S$1 spent on Amazon.com. (EDIT: Extended to 31 March 2017. The T&C have been updated to reflect this)

No registration is required for this. The maximum bonus you can earn is 8,000 miles or S$1,000 spend per statement period (which may or may not be calendar month).

I know everyone is holding out for the Black Friday sales on Amazon in November. No worries, you can prepay your Black Friday balance by buying an Amazon Gift Card now.

The cap applies per card, not per account. What this means is that if you have both the Citibank Rewards Visa and MC you can get up to 16,000 miles per statement period (spending $1,000 each on the Visa and MC).

The downside of Citibank is that they make it difficult to pool your points for redemptions. I understand that if you dial in you can ask the CSO to pool your points so that you only pay one conversion fee but I’ve not tried this before.

If you need someone to mule your Amazon purchases back home, try AirFrov.