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Singapore's Promo Ad is Justifiably Called One of the Worst

April 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is being described as the "most embarrassing tourism ad ever," and also as "so bad it will go viral," and also as "cringe-worthy," and also as a bunch of other similar things. We've watched it - once, and only once - and those are all fair descriptions. It might literally be the worst bit of travel advertising we've ever seen. It's so bad that it goes around to being good, but then it comes back around to being bad, and then it gets stuck at bad. It's painful to watch.

The source of this travesty is the Singapore tourism board, and the backlash they faced was very immediately and very public. In what might be described as an understated public climb-down, the board admitted that the video "was not resonating well with audiences" and that "some aspects of it could have been done better." So of course they took it down, and of course you can find one of its many online copies embedded below.

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Spending Money at Singapore's Airport Just Got Much More Rewarding

Where: Singapore
April 9, 2014 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We consider ourselves pretty darn familiar with things related to travel loyalty programs. From airlines to rental cars we know most of the ins and outs about points, miles, and free credits. However, we do need to hit the books and study up on one of the latest options, as airports getting in on the loyalty scene is certainly new to us.

It’s the airport awesomeness that is Singapore’s Changi Airport that is changing up their Changi Rewards Program. Membership is free, and you’ll earn points for every dollar you spend.

Like most other loyalty programs, the folks at Changi have set up three levels: member, gold, platinum. Travelers can reach gold status by spending $4,000 within the year, and it’s a platinum card if you throw down over $8,000 (which can be easily done if you're in the market for duty-free luxury goods). The program offers up coupons and what not during the year, and the deals and discounts get better as you climb the loyalty ladder.

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Really, Singapore Isn't All That Expensive.

Where: Singapore
March 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Economist Intelligence Unit has just named their "most expensive cities" for 2014 and, knocking Tokyo from the top, the year's winner is Singapore. As the headlines around this ranking circulate, we feel it's important to note that this is for living in a city, and not simply traveling there. Singapore is actually one of the more affordable city destinations, and caters to all budgets.

For example, travelers can pay over $400 per night for a stay at the historic Raffles Hotel, or to splash in the famous infinity pool of the Marina Bay Sands. On the flip side, a night at one of our favorite hostels, the 5footway Inn, is only $25-$40. A room in a great boutique hotel will average $130 per night, but the big chains love to go luxe in Singapore with a $225 average.

Airfare is on par with average fares to London or Paris, even though with a trip to Singapore, you get thousands and thousands more miles for your money. Budget travelers should even keep a look-out for Singapore Airlines' occasional flight deals, like a recent one which offered US to Singapore in the airline's award-winning economy class for $999 roundtrip.

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The Next Destination for the British Airways A380 is...

February 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yet another exciting destination is being added to the routes the latest British Airways aircraft are flying: the Airbus A380, which premiered at LAX in September, will be starting services from London Heathrow to Singapore Changi (SIN) on October 28.

Initially operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (with the return to London the following day), the route will go daily A380 from February 9 next year. Why Singapore? Heathrow to Changi is an important route for both corporate and leisure traffic and competition is intense, with the original A380 flyer - Singapore Airlines - offering several double-decker services a day between the two cities.

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ASEAN: A Recap of the 2014 Meeting of the Minds in Southeast Asia

February 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last month, the 33rd annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) was held in Kuching, Malaysia (Borneo) and drew delegates from around the world. The ten member countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam - were all represented by their ministries of tourism. The conference takes place each year but its location rotates through the member countries. This year’s host, Malaysia, opened the gathering by highlighting ATF’s vision of “Ten Countries, One Destination.”

“I hope that this forum will chart the strategic directions to expedite the growth and development of tourism in ASEAN and enhance our collaboration towards projecting ASEAN as an attractive and multi-faceted single destination,” said Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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Americans Are Really Going to Love the Proposed Malaysia–Singapore High Speed Rail

January 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Will is on the ground in Kuching at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Follow along as he dishes on the latest travel news from Southeast Asia.

One of the major current and long-term goals of ASEAN is to further connect the ten member countries, marketing the region as "ten countries, but one destination" for travelers. Considering the long travel time, visiting multiple cities across a handful of countries makes total sense for those coming to Southeast Asia from the States.

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Go Here in 2014: The Six Big Cities for Events

January 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The start of a new year means a zeroing-out of frequent flier qualifying miles and hotel loyalty program balances. Thus, there's no better time to plan for 12 more months of travel. To help with some inspiration, we're sharing the places and events we're most excited about for 2014.

More new months in the year means more chances to party at the buzziest events or simply witness a historical occurrence. Keep this list handy as you map out your itineraries for this year:

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Singapore Airlines Hopes You Won't Be Able to Tell You're in an Airport Lounge

Where: Singapore
December 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (2)

Singapore Airlines is consistently ranked tops for luxury when it comes to their planes, service, and even their airport lounges. After this summer's announcement of a major update for seats in all cabins, it was only a matter of time until the carrier announced plans to similarly freshen up the environment of the lounges.

SIA unveiled the new concept for their airport oases at Sydney International. Tucked behind a customized batik screen and designed by ONG&ONG, the SilverKris lounge is modeled to convey a sense of "home away from home" with living room, kitchen, and dining room areas.

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Sprint Up Skyscrapers and See the World with 'Vertical Marathons'

December 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lace up your runners and stretch out your hamstrings because though it might be winter outside, we have a good reason to keep up your fitness through the season and throw in some travel as well. From New York to Singapore, there are more options to race your heart out with Vertical World Circuit's stair running world tour.

Here are the details: the seven-race circuit of events begins in New York and circles the globe as racers ascend the stairs of some world's most iconic skyscrapers, all in the name of fitness and to have a crack at coming in first place.

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Singapore's Changi Airport Only Plans to Get More Awesome by 2017

Where: Singapore
November 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM | by | Comments (2)

At this point everyone knows that Singapore-Changi Airport is consistently ranked one of the best airports in the world. They’ve got a movie theatre, they’ve got slides, and of course they have plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

As if it could get better, the airport has announced another expansion. This time it’s all about Terminal 4, as plans are heading off the drawing board and into construction mode. The fresh construction won’t be quite ready for your next flight through the region for some time, as the new airport expansion is looking to make its appearance at some point in 2017.

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What It's Like to Fly for 18 Hours on the Longest Flight in the World

Where: Singapore
September 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

9,500 miles on one fell swoop. Welcome to the longest commercial flight in the world, Singapore Airlines non-stop between Singapore and Newark. As much as we hate the word "bucketlist," that's what this is—a superlative experience with an entry in the history books and, sadly, an expiration date.

The planned distance of flight number SQ 22 is 9,525 miles with a scheduled flight time of 18:55h. The return, SQ 21 from Newark to Singapore, is a tad longer depending on winds, but we count them together. Even the aircraft is special; it's an Airbus A340-500 arranged with only 100 seats, all Business Class. The 1-2-1 configuration means comfort and relative privacy for both solo travelers and couples.

November 23, 2013 is the final flight of SQ 22, and Singapore's route from Los Angeles (the second longest flight in the world) is also due to end, on October 20, 2013. You have been warned. This season is the last chance to get onboard the world's longest flights, but a white glove experience comes with a premium price; a roundtrip starts from $7,500 during these finale months (but they do accept Star Alliance miles for award bookings).

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And the Latest Airline to Create a Child-Free Zone is...

Where: Singapore
August 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even in the middle of our Family Travel Week, it seems like some airlines are going the opposite direction of catering for the littlest flyers. Exiling children in the air started with Malaysia Airlines and then AirAsia, when both of the carries announced they will create a section of their long-haul aircraft specifically designed for travelers that choose not to be around children; in Malaysia's case, they've even banned children from flying in the first class cabins. Now, the newest child-free zone comes from Scoot.

Singapore's favorite canary yellow low-cost carrier is now reserving a portion of the economy cabin for those traveling without children. The ScootinSilence cabin has banned under-12s from sitting in rows 21 to 25 to make room for passengers coughing up $18 SGD (about $14 US) to have the privilege of sharing an armrest with someone closer their age.

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