Spend And Save With These Chinese New Year 2018 Credit Card Promos

Spend And Save With These Chinese New Year 2018 Credit Card Promos

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Despite being a joyous occasion, its mere mention can invoke anxiety in some Singaporeans, who dread forking out for big festive season expenses.

Last year, 500 Singaporeans said as part of a survey that they expected to spend S$2,503 each during Chinese New Year. Of course, if you’re giving away ang pows or hosting guests this year, your costs could be much higher.

If you’re trying to keep tabs on your CNY budget this year but don’t want to skimp on the festivities, here are some of the best credit card promotions and discounts that can help you save this season.

Dining

 About one fifth of your Chinese New Year budget will go to food – at least according to last year’s spending trends. Here are promotions and discounts to help you reduce spending costs in this category.

1. 4-for-3 Prosperity Buffet at Café Mosaic, Carlton Hotel

Looking for a Chinese New Year buffet that won’t break the bank? Spending your Lunar New Year Eve at Café Mosaic will cost you only S$88 per adult, plus you’ll get a 4-for-3 promotion if you happen to be a DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB or Citibank credit cardholder.

Café Mosaic’s menu includes dishes like Braised Fish Maw Soup, Roasted Whole Suckling Pig and Steamed Seabass Fillet. For an extra S$35 per person, you could celebrate in high spirits with free-flow beer, red, white and sparkling wine.

 
Lunch
Dinner
Lunar New Year Eve
(Feb 15, 2018)
none
6pm – 10pm

Adult: S$88
Child S$42
Lunar New Year Day
(Feb 16 & 17, 2018)
12pm – 2.30pm

Adult: S$68
Child S$34
6pm – 10pm

Adult: S$78
Child S$39

Address:
76 Bras Basah Road
Level 1
Carlton Hotel
Singapore
189558

Phone:
+65 6311 8195

Website:
https://www.carltonhotel.sg/dining-offers.html

2. Get up to 50% off at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Whether you opt for a la carte or buffet dining, using your at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel will get you discounts up to 50%.

The only catch is that this promotion won’t be available during the eve of and on public holidays, including the 15 days of Chinese New Year. Fret not, though – the discounts are valid until the end of the year, so you’ll have plenty of feasting opportunities before and after the Lunar New Year festivities.

HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card

  • Participating restaurants include Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Marriott Café, Crossroads Café, Pool Grill and Lobby Lounge
  • 25% off when dining alone
  • 50% off when dining with a guest
  • 33% off when dining with 2 guests
  • 25% off when dining with 3 guests
  • 20% off when dining with 4-9 guests
  • Not valid on the eve of and on public holidays, including the 15 days of Chinese New Year
  • Valid until December 31, 2018

HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card

Interest rate: 25.9%
Annual Fee: $650
Feature Highlights:

  • Up to 50% discounts on dining at participating restaurants in Singapore Marriot Tang Plaza
  • 15% off on dining bill at selected European restaurants
  • Receive 40,000 air miles or 100,000 HSBC Rewards Points as a welcome gift upon signup
HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card

HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card

Up to 50% discounts on dining at participating restaurants in Singapore Marriot Tang Plaza

Receive 40,000 air miles or 100,000 HSBC Rewards Points as a welcome gift upon signup

3. Get 15% savings on Chinese New Year goodies and takeaways at Intercontinental Singapore

Chinese New Year is a time for feasting with friends and family – but if we’re being honest, half of that feasting takes place away from the dinner table, as we surreptitiously pop yet another pineapple tart.

If you’re hosting guests this Chinese New Year, you’ll want to stock up on CNY snacks and goodies. Intercontinental Singapore offers goodies like pineapple tarts, almond cookies and nian gao, as well as delicacies like smoked duck and roasted suckling pig. You can get 15% off on these items by using your Citibank credit card.

Citibank credit cards

  • 15% savings for Chinese New Year goodies
  • Free delivery for purchases of S$1000 and above
  • S$80 delivery fee for purchases below S$1000
  • Self-collection available
  • Valid until March 2, 2018

Recommended credit card

Citi Rewards Card

Interest rate: 26%
Annual Fee: $192.60
Feature Highlights:

  • Up to 10% off your dining bill with Citibank Gourmet Pleasure
  • Get $120 cashback with minimum spending of S$200 each month (promotion ends 30th June 2018)
  • Travel deals with discounts up to 35%
Citi Rewards Card

Citi Rewards Card

Up to 10% off your dining bill with Citibank Gourmet Pleasure

Get $120 cashback with minimum spending of S$200 each month (promotion ends 30th June 2018)
Pro tips on using your dining credit card
  • Credit cards can be a great way to save on big dining bills, but many promotions may not be valid on the eve of or on public holidays – so remember to read the fine print before choosing a venue for occasions like Chinese New Year.
  • If you want to save on dining expenses without being tied to specific promotions, you can get 10% cashback on general dining spending with CIMB Visa Signature.
  • Choosing to cook at home instead of spending outside? Save on your grocery spending by getting 5% cashback with HSBC Visa Platinum.

Travel and transportation

For most of us, Chinese New Year is a time to be with loved ones – this could mean coming back from abroad to Singapore, driving across the city to visit friends and family, or even flying out for a family vacation. Here are two promotions that can help you save on travel spending this season.

1. Get discounts on hotel bookings worldwide

If you count yourself among the increasing number of Singaporeans who are spending their CNY abroad, you’ll want to make use of these deals.

UOB credit cardsAgoda: 8% off (Malaysia and Thailand) and 6% off (worldwide) hotel bookings

Booking must be made via http://www.agoda.com/uob

Valid booking period until December 31, 2018

Hotels.com: 8% off hotel bookings

Promo code: UOB8

Booking must be made via www.hotels.com/uob-sg

Valid booking period until March 31, 2018

AirAsiaGo.com: 10% off hotel bookings

Booking must be made via www.airasiago.com.sg/uob

Valid booking period until March 31, 2019

Expedia: 10% off hotel bookings

Booking must be made via www.expedia.com.sg/uob

Valid booking period until March 31, 2019
Maybank credit cardsAgoda: 5% off hotel bookings

Booking must be made via www.agoda.com/maybanksg

Valid booking period until December 31, 2018

AirAsiaGo.com: 10% off hotel bookings

Promo code: MAYBANKAAG10

Booking must be made via www.airasiago.com.sg/maybank

Valid booking period until December 31, 2018
Maybank Mastercard credit cardsExpedia: 12% off hotel bookings

Promo code: MASTER12EXP

Booking must be made via www.expedia.com.sg/mastercard
Citibank credit cardsExpedia: 10% off hotel bookings

Promo code: CITIEXPHOL10

Booking must be made via www.expedia.com.sg/citibank

Valid booking period until December 31, 2018

2. Get 20% cashback on Uber rides globally

If your Chinese New Year schedule is packed with visits to friends and family all over the city, make commuting a breeze by taking advantage of Standard Chartered’s Uber promotion.

Standard Chartered credit cards20% cashback on Uber rides in Singapore and abroad

S$50 monthly cashback cap

S$900 monthly total retail spend

Valid until September 20, 2018

Prefer to drive instead? Use Citi Cash Back Card for big discounts on petrol:

Citi Cash Back Card

Interest rate: 26%
Annual Fee: $192.60
Feature Highlights:

  • Up to 20.88% savings on petrol with Esso & Shell
  • 8% cashback for other petrol stations
  • 8% cashback on Grab rides (ends on 6th April 2018)
Citi Cash Back Card

Citi Cash Back Card

Up to 20.88% savings (Esso & Shell) and 8% cashback (other petrol stations)

8% cashback on Grab rides (ends on 6th April 2018)

Shopping

Shopping for new clothes and Chinese New Year gifts can take a toll on your wallet. Here’s how you can save this year while still joining in the festivities.

1. Get up to 20% off Zalora purchases

Skip the crowds and long queues this year by shopping online instead. With these credit cards, you can get up to 20% off at Zalora.

UOB credit cardsGet 20% off with a minimum spend of S$120

Additional S$5 off with every 2 pieces of CNY collection purchased

Cardholder must use the promo code UOBHUAT20

Valid until February 28, 2018
HSBC credit cardsGet 20% off with a minimum spend of S$130

Cardholder must use the promo code CNYHSBC20

Valid until February 28, 2018
American Express credit cardsGet 18% off with a minimum spend of S$120

Cardholder must use the promo code AMEXSG18

Valid until March 31, 2018

Recommended credit card

HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

Interest rate: 25.9%
Annual Fee: $180.00
Feature Highlights:

  • Up to 5% cash rebates at all major supermarkets
  • Up to 5% cash rebates on petrol and 16% instant discounts at Shell and Caltex
  • Up to 2% cash rebate on dining bills

HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

Get 20% off at Zalora with a minimum spend of S$130

Up to 5% cash rebates on petrol and at major supermarkets

2. Get up to 30% off for Eu Yan Sang gift sets

Out of gift ideas? Tired of giving away mandarin oranges that you suspect will end up being regifted? Then level up your gifting game this year by giving away these bird’s nest gift sets. This season, Eu Yan Sang is offering discounts of up to 30% for selected gift sets.

UOB credit cardsPearl & Ginseng Bird's Nest Gift Set at S$88 (original price S$131.90)

Assorted Bird's Nest Gift Set at S$78 (original price S$110.90)

Valid at all outlets

Valid until February 28, 2018

Recommended credit card

UOB ONE Card

Interest rate: 25.9%
Annual Fee: $192.60
Feature Highlights:

  • Up to 5% rebate on shopping, dining and groceries spend
  • 1-for-1 dining deals at participating restaurants
  • Fuel savings up to 20.8% (Shell) and 24% (SPC)

UOB ONE Card

UOB ONE Card

Up to 5% rebate on shopping, dining and groceries spend

1-for-1 dining deals at participating restaurants

 3. Get 15% off at GNC

Show your loved ones that you care by giving them the gift of good health. If you happen to be a Maybank cardholder, you’ll get 15% off on regular-priced items at GNC.

Maybank credit cardsGet 15% off on regular-priced items at GNC

Valid at all GNC outlets

Not valid with other promotions, discount cards and vouchers

Valid until 31 December 2018

Recommended credit card

Maybank Platinum Visa Card

Interest rate: 15%
Annual Fee: Free
Feature Highlights:

  • Up to 25% discounts on food bill with Foodpanda
  • Up to 3.33% cashback on petrol and groceries
  • 3% cashback on overseas spend
Maybank Platinum Visa Card

Maybank Platinum Visa Card

Up to 25% discounts on food bill with Foodpanda

No annual fee and low interest rate of 15%
Pro tips on using your shopping credit cards this festive season
  • If you’re planning to really spend this season, make use of OCBC Robinsons Group Credit Card, which offers 5% cashback across 18 brands (including Robinsons, ZARA and Ted Baker). Best of all, this card has no monthly cashback limits.
  • For general online shopping, DBS Live Fresh Card offers a 5% cashback with a S$60 monthly cashback cap.

With these credit card promotions, we hope you’ll be on your way to a prosperous New Year. Remember to stack these credit card promotions with other cashback and money-saving tools for even greater savings!

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