Business travel divides people. Some see it as an exciting opportunity to visit new places on someone else's dime. Others see it as a headache, and a hindrance to family life. Regardless of which side you fall on, we can all agree on one thing: if you need to travel for work, you might as well make it as painless (and profitable!) as possible. I worked as a management consultant in my previous life. The long hours and gruelling work weren't fun, but on the bright side, I learned a whole lot of tricks on how to hack business travel. HACK #1: DITCH THE CORPORATE CARD (IF YOU CAN) If your company policy dictates you must use a corporate card, you'd best play along. However, if given a choice, there's absolutely no reason to use a corporate card instead of your personal credit cards. That's because corporate cards weren't created with rewards in mind; they're meant to benefit companies, not individuals. It's quite telling that when you read the webpage of a corporate card, you see benefits … [Read more...] about 5 hacks to rack up miles on business travel
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From destination bachelorette parties to custom-made formal wear, being in a wedding party has become an expensive affair. In fact, these commitments have become so expensive that roughly one third of wedding party members go into debt as a result. We researched a number of ways for you to avoid racking up too much debt without sacrificing your participation in these special events. BOOK FLIGHTS EARLY For long-distance friends or relatives of jet-setting brides, travelling for a bachelorette party may be simply unavoidable. If you're paying for your flight and accommodations, it is possible to strategically limit your total travel cost and still be able to attend. First, if you are flying, it is important to book your flight in advance. Our research indicates that travellers can save hundreds of dollars by booking their flight a few months in advance. On the other hand, lodging rates are not necessarily cheaper or more expensive several months in advance. Therefore, while it is helpful … [Read more...] about 5 tips for being a financially savvy bridesmaid
Just because the Orchard Road malls are getting no love from Singaporeans doesn't mean there are fewer shopaholics around. People are just taking their money and spending it online instead. Unfortunately, shipping costs can be really annoying when you want to get a good deal online. There's nothing worse than your shipping fee being more expensive than the cost of your purchases. If you hate paying for shipping or meeting insane minimum spend requirements to get it waived, here's a list of 13 online retailers that offer free shipping to Singapore: Type of retailer Online shopping site Min. spend for free shipping Books Book Depository — Better World Books — Gifts Naiise S$60 Fishpond — Beauty Beauty Bay S$88 Sephora S$40 Strawberrynet S$50 Fashion ASOS S$45 Love Bonito — Luisaviaroma €300 (S$462) Modcloth US$75 (S$101) Shopbop US$100 Uniqlo S$60 Zalora S$40 Wellness iHerb US$40 BOOK DEPOSITORY (BOOKS) Every Singaporean bookworm should … [Read more...] about 15 online shopping sites with free shipping to Singapore
The significant advantage of a frequent flyer programme is obviously the miles. With these programs, frequent flyers receive perks such as free flights, upgrades and other travel-related perks. Luckily, there is no limit on how many programs you can join. But to get as many frequent flyer miles as you possibly can, it doesn't make sense to enrol in every single airline's programme. When selecting an frequent flyer programme, go for the airline that has the most flights out of Singapore or the one that serves the destinations you are likely to visit more often. FLY OFTEN, SAVE BIG When choosing the best airline rewards programme for you, there are three factors you should take into consideration: - How easy (or not) it is to earn a flight with your miles and rewards. - Whether you get extra perks other than flights. - Whether blackout dates apply to the programme. - How soon do the miles expire. - And, how easy it is to achieve a higher status (silver, gold, elite, etc.). WHY ARE … [Read more...] about Best frequent flyer programs in 2019: Are they still worth it?
Online shopping not only offers an unparalleled level of convenience, but it can also give you savings that you might not enjoy if you shop in-store. You may have heard of some well-known hacks, such as signing up for first-timer discounts, or using referral promo codes, but these strategies have limited mileage. To enjoy consistent, reliable savings each time you tap the checkout button, follow these simple steps. 1. SIGN UP FOR SHOPBACK Want to get cashback on everything from fashion to home furnishings to supplements to food delivery to travel and even insurance? With a ShopBack account, every time you shop at a participating online merchant, you will be entitled to further savings in the form of cashback. Ranging from a fixed value to a certain per cent of your spend, you can quickly rack up savings across purchases - on top of whatever other discounts and promos your merchant is offering. However, some merchants may disqualify ShopBack transactions from earning rewards, such as … [Read more...] about How to save money while online shopping in 7 steps