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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.

$5 off 9 Grab rides and 10th Ride free with Android Pay

From now till 1 Jan 2017 Grab is offering $5 off your first 9 Grab rides and the 10th ride free (up to $15). All you need to do is link an Android Pay account to your Grab account and put it as the primary payment method.

The discount is automatic and no code is required. I started using this today and saw the discount removed in my final receipt (somewhat confusingly, the initial quote on the Grab app does not factor into account the $5 discount).

A few caveats to note

  • Campaign runs till 1 Jan 2017 (23:59 hours).
  • Eligible for usage on all vehicle types except GrabHitch.
  • Valid on Android mobile phones only.
  • Valid only with the Android Pay payment method.
  • Cancellation of a successful booking disqualifies you from the promotion.
  • Only eligible on latest version of the app.

I’m personally an Uber man but I’m not about to say no to $5 off. Anyway, all AndroidPay transactions are eligible to earn 4mpd with the usual suspect cards (DBS WWMC etc).