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The Milelion was started as a passion project and it’s the most amazing feeling in the world to know that people are able to use the information here to travel better for less.

As The Milelion grows and continues to (hopefully!) attract more readers,  I think it’s about time to open up a one-stop ask anything service that helps people with their personalised circumstances.

So if you have questions on

Please reach out to us- questions can be sent to [email protected], left on our facebook page or simply put in the comments section of any article.

We’d love to help you- just let us know how!

 

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Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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LCF

Hi Aaron

2 questions for you

– if ordering through food panda or deliveroo apps would this be classed as online spend?
– have you used krisflyer spree much, I noticed redmart is in there which we use a bit, if you follow the link but then open the app via link at the top do you know if this will still be tracked for the points?

Vin

Hi Aaron, maybe you could cover a post about complimentary travel insurance from all the credit cards?

I remember a time when we travelled down under with a particular LCC, and our luggage ended up in the land of the rising sun. Not surprisingly, we got nothing out of them. But we also weren’t able to charge the trip on the right CC so we didn’t have travel insurance then.

Vin

Awesome. Thanks, Aaron! Looking forward to it 🙂

@C

How about a summary on the various lounge access feature by the cc? Could be a topic on its own too 🙂

Anon

Is there a way to do MS in Singapore? :/

Anon

What’s the best card for 1. getting a diamond ring 2. planning a wedding

A

Are Jewellery shops considered shopping for 10 time rewards? Hmmm…

Cornelia

Hi Aaron, thank you for this hugely informative website! I’m wondering what you think of the HSBC Visa Infinite card? I gather it’s for the higher-end market, are there other competitors in its field?

Wong

Hi,

Does topping up fevo card still classified as online spending for DBS Woman card?

A

Hi Aaron
How would u advise ppl to best maximise their business class ticket? what sort of freebies can you ask the stewardesses to provide? Teddy bears? Champagne? What type of champagne do you ask for? Do you ask for it every hour? Every half hour? Anything you can think of which is not obvious? Caviar? Oysters? Hope u got some tips to share on this!

S8K

Have a comparison query.
WW>Fevo vs Altitude for general spending.

With the 1% topup fee but 4M, compared with 1.2/2M earning.
Which do you propose? Any pros and cons for this 2 other than the mentioned 1%?

A

Hi Aaron

DBS Altitude will provide two free passes a year to selected lounges. After applying for Priority Pass any idea how Long it will take for the two lounge vouchers to arrive?

A

Oh? I m not so familiar as never apply before. So meaning after I apply I just show the lounge staff my membership pass will do?

NBxDDR

After applying you will get a digital copy of your PP first while waiting for your pp card to be mailed to you.. You can use the digital copy to access the lounge as well.

A

Thanks! Does this mean I just show them my digital member card and I can access the lounge free for me and one guest if it is my first time using?
Also, after one year is up do I need to apply again or is it auto renew?

Spk307

1) Yes. you don’t need to wait for the physical card if you have the app.
2) Auto renew. Just watch out for the renewal date.

A

If auto renew that means they will auto charge membership fees to the DBS altitude card?

Spk307

Your PP membership is complementary as long as you haven’t cancelled your altitude Visa card.

A

Hey Aaron
Can I purchase a stay at a Starwood property via Expedia and still get it counted as one night in the spg program? If this is not possible then how do you take advantage of the 6 miles per dollar promotion by Citibank/uob?

Phil

I think I can answer this. You can’t earn 6miles booking from an OTA like Expedia and get SPG points. An SPG hotel may honor your status (if any), you just will not get points.
You can get 4miles/$ though by booking with SPG and paying with UOB Visa Signature. This assumes you hit $1K minimum FCY spend and that you are actually overseas.
Cheers,
Phil

Spk307

Agree with Phil. 4 miles with DBS WWMC. Plus any offers from SPG. Triple points offer going on.

Phil

DBS WWMC might not earn 4miles/$ booked on spg.com even if its a prepaid rate. A lot of hotels process the payment offline.

A

Hmmm… But is it worth it? Book Expedia get 6 miles.
Book with uob visa signature at spg website directly get 4 miles. Convert the spg points earned to miles will get 2.14 miles assuming gold preferred status. 6.14 vs 6?
Hmmm… Are my calculations correct?

Spk307

You get to use spg status benefits. And SPG points transferability is better (compared to DBS). More choices of airlines to transfer to.

A

And another thing… We need one night stay at spg to get preferred gold using the worldmastercard offer. Can this one night stay be purchased from ota like Expedia?

Phil

@A Technically no. You pay the OTA who pays SPG, so there’s no way to track that you paid with a World MasterCard.
However, you may get lucky. I had a work stay that I payed for with corporate AMEX that triggered the offer after I registered my DBS WWMC. I believe that many hotel payments systems do not tell SPG head office what card stays were paid with – which is good. It would probably be in breach of PCI DSS.

Phil

Yep, that sounds right.

Spk307

No benefits if you book through OTAs.

A

I can’t find any saver award for sin-jfk… Business or first!
Aaron… How did u manage to find that award space for ur recent trip there on suites? You checked the website Everyday?

A

Hi Aaron… When u redeem DBS points to kris miles, how Long does it take between deduction of points and crediting of the miles? do they deduct ur dbs points first then credit the miles a few days later?

A

would also like to double check with u as u mentioned before when u make purchase in Starwood website you get 4 miles per $ using uob ppv? Starwood should be categorised under MCC code for travel so shouldn’t they earn just 0.4 mile per $?

a

Hi Aaron
The promotion on SPG website regarding buy 2/3 nights get one night free, do you know how often do they have it?
If I have a trip next year and the current promotion is only until 31 Dec, in your experience when would the next promo be run?

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