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The Best Travel Booking Credit Card Promotions Singapore 2018

MoneySmart logo MoneySmart 10/5/2018 Clara Lim
a woman sitting on a bench next to a bag of luggage: agoda expedia credit card promotions online © Catapult Ventures Pte Ltd agoda expedia credit card promotions online Unless you’re a time-traveller from 1995 or an auntie who exclusively travels on Chan Brothers guided tours led by your favourite MediaCorp celebrity, you probably do your travel bookings through aggregators like Agoda, Expedia, Booking.com, etc. What you might NOT be doing, however, is using the RIGHT credit card to book your hotels and flights. With these credit card promotions, you can save 10% on every booking you make. Here’s a handy table to summarise which bank’s credit card you should use for each booking website.
Booking website Best credit card Promotion details
Agoda HSBC 10% off via www.agoda.com/hsbcsg
Expedia HSBC 15% off via www.expedia.com/hsbcsale
Zuji Maybank, OCBC 10% off with respective promo codes and landing pages
Booking.com American Express 1 year GENIUS membership for 10% off via www.booking.com/amexgeniussg
Hotels.com Standard Chartered 10% off with promo code SCBSG10 (min. spend $350) via www.hotels.com/scb
To get that discount (or miles) you will need to book through the dedicated landing page stated, and when you get to the payment page, enter the promo code if any. You also have to make sure that your booking falls within the stipulated travel period. Okay, with that PSA out of the way, let’s jump into the best credit card promotions for Agoda, Expedia, Zuji, et. al.  

Agoda promotions 2018

Credit card Discount Book by Travel by
HSBC 8% off via www.agoda.com/hsbcsg  31 Dec 2018 --
UOB 8% off hotels in Australia, NZ, Korea, Japan and 6% off elsewhere via www.agoda.com/uob 31 May 2018 30 Jun 2018
OCBC 8% off hotels in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and 5% off elsewhere via www.agoda.com/ocbc 31 May 2018 31 Dec 2018
American Express 8% off hotels in Europe, USA and 5% off elsewhere via www.agoda.com/amex 20 May 2018 30 Jun 2018
Citibank 8% off selected destinations every month via www.agoda.com/citispecials Up to 7% off all other bookings via www.agoda.com/citibanksg 31 Dec 2018 --
Maybank 8% off selected destinations every month 5% off elsewhere via www.agoda.com/maybanksg  31 Dec 2018 31 Mar 2019
Agoda is probably the most popular booking site out there, which explains why there are only a precious few promotions for Agoda bookings. The best credit card to use is an HSBC credit card, which gets you the highest discount of 10%, though of course the selection is limited and changes every couple of weeks. Winner: HSBC credit cards  

Expedia promotions 2018

Credit card Discount Book by Travel by
HSBC 15% off with promo code HSBC15 via www.expedia.com.sg/hsbcsale (31 May 2019) 10% off with promo code HSBCEXPSG via www.expedia.com.sg/hsbc 31 Dec 2018 31 Mar 2019
Maybank Discounted rates + additional 10% off via www.expedia.com.sg/maybankhol 31 May 2018 31 Aug 2018
10% off with promo code MAYBANKHOL via www.expedia.com.sg/maybank 31 Dec 2018 31 Mar 2019
American Express 10% off with promo code AMEXSG10 via www.expedia.com.sg/amex 30 Jun 2018 30 Sep 2018
$15 off Expedia Flight + Hotel Package with promo code AMEXSGPKG via www.expedia.com.sg/amex (min. spend $500) 31 Jul 2018 31 Oct 2018
Citibank 10% off with promo code CITIEXPHOL10 via www.expedia.com.sg/citibank 31 Dec 2018 31 Mar 2019
OCBC 10% off with promo code OCBC10HOL via www.expedia.com.sg/ocbc 31 Jan 2019 30 Apr 2019
DBS/POSB 10% off with promo code DBS10EXP (min. 2 nights) via www.expedia.com.sg/dbs 31 Jan 2019 30 Apr 2019
UOB 10% off (min. 2 nights) with promo code UOBEXPSG17 via www.expedia.com.sg/uob 31 Mar 2019 30 Jun 2019
Almost every bank in Singapore has a credit card tie-up with Expedia so you can easily get 10% off on your hotels. The current best promotion is HSBC's 15%, but it's only until the end of May. (FYI, the HSBC Premier Mastercard has an unbeatable 15% off on Expedia, plus Expedia+ Gold Membership. But I’m omitting it as it’s for high-income Premier banking customers only.) Winners: HSBC, Maybank, Amex, Citibank, OCBC credit cards  

Booking.com promotions 2018

Credit card Promotion Book by Travel by
American Express 10% off with 1-year GENIUS Membership via www.booking.com/amexgeniussg 31 Mar 2020 --
Citibank Up to 6% off with Shopback 31 Dec 2018 --
If you like using Booking.com, American Express credit cards have a pretty good deal - you can get a year’s worth of GENIUS Membership (Booking.com’s loyalty programme) which gives you 10% off hotels plus exclusive deals. Winner: Amex credit cards  

Hotels.com promotions 2018

Credit card Promotion Book by Travel by
Standard Chartered 10% off with promo code SCBSG10, min. spend $350 required via www.hotels.com/scb  31 Dec 2018 31 Mar 2019
All Visa cards 8% off with promo code VISA8 via www.hotels.com/visa 31 Dec 2018 31 Mar 2019
All Mastercard 8% off with promo code MASTERCARD via www.hotels.com/mastercard 31 Dec 2018 31 Mar 2019
Citibank Up to 6% off with Shopback 31 Dec 2018 --
No matter what credit card you use - unless it’s an American Express - you can always get an 8% discount on Hotels.com. Standard Chartered credit cards give you a marginally better 10%, but only if you hit a minimum spend of $350. (The premium Standard Chartered Visa Infinite gives you 12% off, min. spend $500.) Winner: Standard Chartered credit card if you can meet the minimum spend  

Zuji promotions 2018

Credit card Promotion Book by Travel by
Maybank 10% off with promo code MAYBANK10HOTEL via www.zuji.com.sg/maybank 31 Dec 2018 30 Jun 2019
OCBC 10% off with promo code OCBCHOLIDAY15 via www.zuji.com.sg/ocbc 31 Jan 2019 --
Citibank Up to 6.5% off with Shopback 31 Dec 2018 --
Only 2 banks work with Zuji, and both give the same 10% discount with their respective promo codes for bookings made on the landing page. Winners: Maybank, OCBC credit cards  

Airbnb promotions 2018

Credit card Promotion Book by Travel by
HSBC Premier Mastercard 5% off if you book via Airbnb landing page 30 Jun 2018 --
Unfortunately, Airbnb doesn't really work with credit cards these days. The only card that gives you a discount is the HSBC Premier Mastercard - even then, it's only a measly 5%. Besides, if you qualify for this top-tier credit card, that few bucks you save is hardly going to matter.  Winner: HSBC Premier Mastercard  

Which credit cards have the best travel discounts?

Travel booking promotions like these are an excellent way to save money if you don’t travel very frequently - especially if you don't travel often enough to warrant getting an air miles credit card. The best credit cards for travel promotions are HSBC, Maybank, Amex and OCBC credit cards, which are very aggressive on the travel front. Other banks like Citibank, Standard Chartered and DBS/POSB aren’t as competitive. Alternatively, you can consider using an online shopping credit card. Just make sure that the online spending categories include travel bookings, and that you have no trouble meeting the minimum spend if any.  

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