I’ve written previously about Travel with OCBC, a portal that lets OCBC cardholders spend credit card rewards points on flights, hotels and rental cars. The rate for flights in particular is excellent, with up to 3.06 cents per mile the last I last checked in November 2021.
There’s now an additional reason to book via Travel with OCBC. From now till 24 June 2022, targeted customers who pay for a Travel with OCBC booking with OCBC Pay Anyone will receive a complimentary Burpple Beyond Premium Membership worth S$99.
Free Burpple Beyond membership for Travel with OCBC bookings
From 25 April to 24 June 2022, targeted customers who receive an eDM from OCBC will receive a one-year Burpple Beyond Premium Membership when they pay for a Travel with OCBC flight, hotel, or rental car booking using OCBC Pay Anyone.
There is no minimum spend required. A maximum of one complimentary membership can be earned under this promotion, and will be fulfilled according to the following timeline:
|Eligible Booking Made||Fulfilment Period|
|25 Apr-24 May 2022||By 30 Jun 2022|
|25 May-24 Jun 2022||By 31 Jul 2022|
Eligible customers will receive a redemption code via email, which must be redeemed within one month on the Burpple website or mobile app.
A Burpple Beyond membership, for the uninitiated, offers 1-for-1 dining deals at more than 600 restaurants and cafes including TungLok Signatures, LINO, Brotzeit, La Scala and The Coffee Academics (blackout dates apply). Members also get priority access to SG Restaurant Week Events in 2022.
The T&Cs of this offer can be found here.
Recap: Travel with OCBC
|Travel with OCBC|
Travel with OCBC works like any other OTA, with one key difference: you can use your OCBC rewards points (OCBC$, Travel$ or VOYAGE Miles) to pay for an airline, hotel or rental car booking.
To redeem OCBC rewards points and enjoy preferential hotel rates, remember to sign-in using your OCBC internet banking credentials.
In this post, I’ve taken a closer look at the value you get when redeeming points on Travel with OCBC. tl;dr: points are more valuable when redeemed for air tickets instead of hotels or rental cars, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard the hotels feature altogether.
Travel with OCBC can offer competitive pricing depending on where you’re searching, with additional promo codes sweetening the deal. On my recent trip to New Zealand, I booked a three-night stay at a hotel in Queenstown for NZ$567, versus NZ$630 on the official website.
When booking hotels, don’t forget to use the code OCBC50 to save a further S$50 off a minimum spend of S$400.
As a side note, OCBC credit cards can be used via Pay Anyone, so you can still earn miles as per normal. In fact, even without this promotion I’d still recommend PayAnyone as the default method of payment for Travel with OCBC, since it does not incur cancellation fees for hotel bookings.
|⚠️ Travel with OCBC Fees|
Hotels: No changes can be made to bookings, even if flexible. You will need to cancel and book again, and a service fee of 2.5% of the refundable amount applies. This fee is waived for payments made with points or via the OCBC Pay Anyone mobile app (where you can use your OCBC credit card to pay, and still earn rewards)
Flights: Changes are subject to a S$50 fee, in addition to any fare differences and fees charged by the airline.
Rental Cars: Changes are subject to a S$20 fee, in addition to any rate differences and fees charged by the rental car company.
Travel with OCBC is offering a complimentary Burpple Beyond Premium membership to targeted customers who make an airline, hotel or rental car booking of any amount by 24 June 2022.
It’s well worth checking out, especially if you’re looking at a hotel that doesn’t participate in a loyalty scheme (and hence has no incentive to book direct).