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The smart traveller’s guide to a happy – and hassle-free – family holiday this year-end

Here’s how to plan the perfect vacation without breaking the bank. Brought to you by Citi

The smart traveller’s guide to a happy – and hassle-free – family holiday this year-end

Smart planning and savvy spending can help you reach your dream destination sooner than you think. Photos: Shutterstock

Everyone loves a vacation but not everyone can plan a holiday that the entire family enjoys. There’s the need to factor in work and school commitments and plan activities that the young and slightly less young can enjoy.

From finding the right hotel for your budget to choosing the right travel solution, here’s how you can maximise your mileage while minimising the hassle on your next trip abroad. 

SAVE FOR YOUR VACATION WHILE SPENDING

Throughout the year, as the kids count down eagerly to the start of the school holidays – and the adults look forward to their annual leave – don’t forget that you can start saving up for your big trip months before you’ve even started planning it. And you don’t even have to dip into the piggy bank.

Just use your Citi PremierMiles Visa Card for your family’s daily expenses. Every S$1 spent locally gets you up to 1.5 Citi Miles^ while every S$1 spent on foreign currency transactions earns you 2 Citi Miles. While you shop for groceries and pay the bills, your Citi PremierMiles Visa Card is helping you to get closer to your dream destination, dollar by dollar.

There’s no expiry date on Citi Miles, so they can be saved up and redeemed whenever you want. At popular frequent-flyer partner programmes like Krisflyer, Asia Miles and Qantas, one Citi Mile is equivalent to one airline mile. First-time customers of the Citi PremierMiles Visa Card get a welcome gift of 40,000 Citi Miles* from now till Jan 31, 2020. Apply now if you don’t have a Citi PremierMiles Visa Card yet.

REWARD YOURSELF BEFORE YOUR TRIP

Once you’ve decided as a family where to travel this year, it’s time to take advantage of all the rewards available, so you have more money left over for shopping and souvenirs.

You can choose to exchange your Citi Miles for flights, hotel stays and car rentals or explore Citi World Privileges online. Travel-specific promotions include 10 per cent off on Expedia hotel bookings, up to 8 per cent off Trip.com hotel bookings, an additional 8 per cent off hotels at selected destinations on Agoda and many more.

These deals are valid till Dec 31, 2019, leaving you enough time to enjoy more savings if you haven’t booked your trip. You’ll also get to save up to 40 per cent off+ on travel insurance when you pay with Citi Cards.

SHOP LIKE A LOCAL

You’ve got your luggage, passports and family members large and small. Your out-of-office email’s been set, and you’ve purchased overseas data for your phone.

Before you turn your phone to airplane mode, be sure to activate your Citi Cards for overseas usage, turn on your Citibank Global Wallet and top up your foreign currency account on the Citi Mobile App. The Citibank Global Wallet allows you to access up to 10 popular foreign currencies – such as the euro, US dollar, Australian dollar and yen – without paying transaction processing fees and currency conversion charges with your Citibank Debit Mastercard. Get 10-per-cent cashback~ when you perform S$350 equivalent of foreign currency spend from Nov 1 to Dec 31, 2019.

No more doing complicated math or trying to look up the latest exchange rate online. You can focus on what really matters: Your shopping list.

DEALS AT YOUR DESTINATION

Let the fun begin! Whether you’re shopping along Shinjuku in Tokyo or exploring hip laneway cafes in Melbourne, you can keep track of your purchases on the Citi Mobile App. Treating the kids to a local dessert or your parents to a meal in one of Ginza’s fabulous restaurants is easy, with a wide array of international dining, shopping and travel deals available on Citi World Privileges.

And if you’re already thinking about that next vacation, rest assured that while you’re out of the country, you’ll replenish your Citi Miles by earning 2 Citi Miles for every S$1 on foreign currency spent with your Citi PremierMiles Visa Card. Going on holiday has never been so rewarding.

Citi’s suite of travel essentials can help you maximise your mileage and minimise the hassle when you’re traveling overseas. Don’t have a Citi PremierMiles Visa Card yet? Apply now and get 40,000 Citi Miles* as you spend.

*Only for new Citi customers. This promotion is valid till Jan 31, 2020. Subject to meeting spend requirement and payment of first-year card annual fee. Terms and conditions apply.

^Citi PremierMiles Visa Card –1.5 Citi Miles on local spend promotion is valid till Dec 31, 2019. Terms and conditions apply.

+Promotion is valid till Dec 31, 2019. Terms and conditions apply.

~Citi Cardmember needs to activate Citibank Global Wallet to be eligible for the 10-per-cent cashback. Cashback is capped at S$50 and limited to the first 3,000 Citibank Global Wallet activated cardmembers who meet the minimum spend requirement. Terms and conditions apply.

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