If you find yourself itching to get out of Singapore before the year ends, these last-minute travel deals will send you to Cloud 9.
If you ask us, it’s never too late to book a holiday. There will nearly always be an attractive travel deal out there to suit your needs, even at the last minute. And, in some cases, it might even benefit you to hunt for travel deals not long before you’re set to fly.
Don’t believe us? Well, if you suddenly find yourself itching to get out of Singapore at the end of 2016, we found some travel deals that might just interest you and be in your savings account’s best interest.
Cheaptickets.sg has a bunch of tempting last-minute deals on airfares, helpfully organised on one page. Think Penang from under a hundred bucks, or Hong Kong for S$232 (conditions apply). But you’ll have to act fast, as these deals probably won’t last long. DBS credit cardholders also enjoy exclusive offers.
Expedia Last-Minute Deals
Expedia.com.sg also organises its last-minute deals on a single page, which is nice and helpful. From flights to hotels, you could easily assemble an entire holiday in one visit to the page. Thankfully, stated promo prices are inclusive of taxes and booking fees, so there are no nasty surprises at the checkout stage.
Some examples of a tempting deal: Return fares to Bali for S$255 all in, with a decent hotel package on those same dates amounting to S$43 per night. Another example: Return fares to Hong Kong on a budget airline go for S$350 or so, but conditions do apply in all cases.
Remember, you can save even more when you check out with the right credit card! These Expedia credit card promotions give up to 12% savings on hotels.
Zuji is offering a number of attractive package deals, with an extra S$120 rebate if you book by December 11. Think flight + hotel deals to Hong Kong starting from S$365 per person, with accommodations near to popular points of interest.
There is a drawback though, and it seems that the travel dates for this and other offers are predetermined for sometime next year. But if you’re looking for a way to spend your annual wage supplement, this is definitely worth looking into. Book as early as possible to profit from the biggest savings — we found a package deal to Bangkok amounting to S$213 per pax, with direct flights at reasonable hours (although travel, slated for next January, would have to be on a weekday).
Air Asia Go
AirAsiaGo.com has its own last-minute deals page, making it convenient for travellers to book flights and hotels in one easy spot. Better still, you can decide between last-minute deals for travel this week, or for next week, arranged separately for your convenience. Being affiliated directly with budget carrier Air Asia, this portal seems to offer some astonishing deals — with a 4D3N package deal to Bali, for example, going for less than S$388 per person inclusive of direct flights, hotel room, taxes and fees. Best of all, AirAsiaGo claims not to charge any booking fees of any kind. Certainly worth a look for holiday deals to destinations within the Air Asia network.
Credit Card Deals
Bank of China credit card members can enjoy a 4D3N package to Taiwan from S$499 per person, inclusive of Cathay Pacific airfare and hotel with daily breakfast. Book now until December 26 to travel by December 29. Taxes and peak period surcharges may apply. You can compare Bank of China credit cards if you don’t have one yet!
OCBC is offering up to 35 percent savings on AirAsiaGo flight + hotel packages with MasterCard. This deal is valid for travel dates until December 31. You can apply for an OCBC credit card at SingSaver.com.sg.
UOB indicates up to 75 percent savings with hotel booking site Agoda. Furthermore, UOB is offering additional savings of 8 percent on hotel stays in Japan in Korea, with booking to be made by November 30, and travel dates between now and March 31, 2017. View all UOB credit cards here, or compare air miles credit cards to find one that’s right for you.
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By Alexa Fang
Alexa is a pop-culture vulture. She lives to read, write and travel, and decided long ago that life is stranger than fiction. When she’s having croissant, she thinks in French. “31 Rue Cambon” is her favourite address, and she believes that money one enjoyed spending is never money wasted.