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SingapoRediscovers Vouchers: How to Redeem & Where to Use Them

MoneySmart
·10-min read

For the first time ever, almost all Singaporeans are staying put on our claustrophobic island for the year-end break. Depressing, huh?

But thanks to the $100 free SingapoRediscovers vouchers that the gov has kindly given us, we can finally stop moping and play tourist!

Here’s a guide to maximise your Singapore Rediscovers vouchers and the best places to visit with your free cash.

 

What are SingapoRediscovers vouchers?

It’s no secret that the tourism industry is suffering from the impact of COVID-19. Without incoming tourist spending, it’s now up to the unlikely heroes — Singaporeans like you and me — to save the establishments from sinking.

The only obstacle? To convince stingy-ass Sinkies to spend money. But, as usual, the best way to coax us into any action is to give us free money. Hence, the SingapoRediscovers vouchers scheme was born.

Starting from 1 December 2020, all Singaporeans will receive $100 SingapoRediscovers vouchers to offset ticket purchases and hotel stays at participating establishments.

 

Who is eligible for SingapoRediscovers vouchers?

All Singapore citizens aged 18 and above as of 2020 will receive their SingapoRediscovers Vouchers in denominations of $10. (PRs are not eligible.)

Parents, grandparents, relatives and legal guardians of minors can also purchase up to six child or youth tickets, at $10 off per ticket.

Don’t assume that ah gong is dumb and you can start acknowledging strangers as relatives. The adult must declare his/her familial relationship and have at least $10 left in their SingapoRediscovers vouchers balance.

There are also some restrictions to prevent cheeky Singaporeans from exploiting the scheme:

  • Vouchers cannot be stacked or combined with another person within the same redemption

  • The merchant has the right to deny a transfer of product (e.g. ticket or hotel stay) from one person to another

  • Vouchers may be used for retail and food only if they are part of an approved package including a hotel stay, attraction visit and/or tour

 

How to redeem SingapoRediscovers vouchers?

Online and offline redemption starts from 1 December 2020 to 30 June 2021.

You can redeem your vouchers via SingPass online through five authorised booking partners:

Changi Recommends, GlobalTix, Traveloka, Trip.com and Klook. These booking platforms will also mark out eligible products with the SingapoRediscovers vouchers icon.

It’s easy peasy with the following steps:

  • Add your desired “Singapoliday” experience to cart

  • Select the amount of SingapoRediscovers vouchers to use

  • Activate child/youth subsidies if applicable

  • Voucher code will be generated for you to copy and paste this at the booking partner’s checkout page

  • Pay the outstanding amount (if any) and checkout within 10 minutes

For technology noobs, fear not — authorised booking partners will provide assistance at 69 locations across Singapore (located in close proximity and within community centres). Selected malls and Singpost locations will also have booking counters run by Changi Recommends, GlobalTix, Klook and UOB Travel.

A point to note is that every booking partner and counters have different packages. So it’s best to know which packages you want before making a wasted trip down to the nearest counter.

 

Using SingapoRediscovers vouchers on staycations

We all know that Singaporeans are one of the most overworked people in the world. A nice hotel with good food will mend your soul and allow it to break again later. Over 170 hotels across the island allow the use of SingapoRediscovers vouchers.

Currently, the easiest way to scroll through staycation bundles is through Klook. Here are some of the most popular staycation bundles for a 1-night stay:

Hotel

Price

Free meal

Additional perks

lyf Funan Singapore

From $100

None

$60 F&B credit OR Funan shopping credits

Ascott Orchard Singapore

From $200

Breakfast

20% off at Kith Café and complimentary 1 x carpark coupon

InterContinental Singapore

From $280

Breakfast OR weekend brunch OR afternoon tea

Welcome amenities basket for pet OR gingerbread house making kit OR 20% discount at hotel restaurants

Sofitel Singapore City Centre

From $293

Breakfast

Club lounge access OR afternoon tea

Andaz Singapore

From $300

Breakfast

$100 F&B credit per room

The Fullerton Hotel

From $330

4-course set dinner

Complimentary bottle of house wine and late check-out at 2pm

Fairmont Singapore

From $359

Breakfast

Miffy merchandise OR $100 F&B credit

The Warehouse Hotel

From $385

Breakfast

$50 OR $100 F&B credit

Shangri-La Hotel

From $400

Breakfast

Garden Picnic Experience or 3-course dinner or Splash Zone playtime

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

From $566

4-course set dinner OR afternoon tea

Complimentary bottle of house wine

If you are not sure if the hotel qualifies for the use of SingapoRediscovers vouchers, you can always check this link for more information.

 

Using SingapoRediscovers vouchers at attractions

We totally get it if you think that it’s a waste of money to stay in a Singapore hotel when you live in Singapore.

An alternative way to use up your SingapoRediscovers vouchers is to use them at touristy attractions. This is great if you have hyperactive kids and don’t wish to be confined with their screaming in a small hotel room.

Here’s how much the top places to visit in Singapore cost in vouchers:

Do take note that some of the attractions might require you to book in advance so that they can manage the crowd.

 

Using SingapoRediscovers vouchers on local tours

If the above places seem a bit too lame and touristy for your tastes, the SingapoRediscovers vouchers are also eligible for selected local tours.

Some of the tours are a bit done-to-death, such as the underwhelming DUKW (Duck) tour and the typical primary school cultural tours at Kampong Glam, Chinatown and Little India.

But we found some unique tour packages you can consider:

 

Pro tips on maximising your SingapoRediscovers vouchers

Start your planning by going to Singapore Tourism Board’s official website. There are 2 ways to explore:

  • By precinct: Choose 1 of 10 precincts and plan your “Singapoliday” itinerary

  • By category: Search for promos under accommodation, tours, dining, shopping and attractions categories

After shortlisting what you’re interested in, click on “book now” to redirect to the vendor’s site.

However, the STB website does not list out all the deals from all five vendors — and it turns out that similar packages can be priced differently on different booking websites.

So you should also compare deals across all booking sites before settling on one.

 

Best credit cards to use on your travel bookings

At the end of the day, the best way to win this voucher game is to offset the package entirely with your vouchers so you don’t have to pay a cent in cash.

But if you do need to top up in cash, we suggest making payment with these credit cards that give you cash rebates for online travel bookings, provided you hit the minimum spend:

UOB logo
UOB logo

UOB YOLO Credit Card

on Online, Grab, Dining and Entertainment spend

Up to 18%

Cash Back Cap per month

Up to S$80

Min. Spend per month

S$600

Apply Now

More Details

Key Features

  • 8% cashback on weekends and 3% cashback on weekdays for Grab, Dining and Entertainment transactions

  • 3% cashback on Online Fashion Transactions and Online Travel Transactions

  • 0.3% cashback on all Other Spend

  • Free Travel Insurance Coverage (Up to $500,000)

  • Up to 2.5% p.a. interest with your UOB One Account when you spend on UOB YOLO (Insured up to S$75,000 by SDIC)

See all card details

OCBC logo
OCBC logo

OCBC Frank Card

Cash Back on Online Spend

6%

Cash Back Cap per month

S$75

Min. Spend per month on Total Purchases

S$600

Apply Now

More Details

Key Features

  • Minimum Total of $600 Spend

  • Up to 6% Cashback for Mobile Payments

  • 6% Rebate on FX Spending

  • S$75 Cap Monthly with $25 per Sub Category as per TNCs

  • 2 Years Fee Waiver for Principal Card, Subsequent Years Waived with Min. Spend of S$10,000 p.a.

See all card details

DBS logo
DBS logo

Online & Visa Contactless Spend

DBS Live Fresh Card

Cash Back on Online Spend & Visa Contactless

Up to 5%

Min. Spend

S$600

Cash Back Cap

S$60

Apply Now

More Details

Key Features

  • Earn up to 5% cashback on Online & Visa contactless spend with a minimum spend of S$600 per calendar month

  • Earn 0.3% cashback on all other spend

  • All-in-one card: Use the same card for your bus and train rides, and ATM withdrawals

  • Enjoy 1-year annual fee waiver

See all card details

Alternatively, here are some credit cards that give you 10X rewards points on travel bookings. No minimum spend required.

HSBC logo
HSBC logo

Online Promo

Earn Points for Everyday Spending

HSBC Revolution Credit Card

Rewards

S$1= 10 Points

Rewards

S$1= 4 Miles

Min. Spend

S$0

Online Promo:

Get a Samsonite Prestige 69cm Spinner Exp (worth S$670) OR S$150 Cashback from HSBC with min. spend of $800 in first month of card approval + S$30 worth of Lazada vouchers!

Valid until 31 Dec 2020

Apply Now

More Details

Key Features

  • No annual credit card fees

  • Get 10X Rewards Points, equivalent to 4 air miles per dollar spent

  • Redeem your rewards points for home, dining, retail, travel, or charity cash vouchers online or offset cash rebates on transactions online via rewards catalogue or the HSBC mobile app

  • Travel Insurance: Enjoy up to S$300,000 coverage when you charge travel expenses to card

See all card details

DBS logo
DBS logo

DBS Woman's World Card

Online Spend

S$5 = 10 Points

Base Earn Rate

S$5= 1 Point

Min. Spend

S$0

Apply Now

More Details

Key Features

  • 10 DBS rewards points per S$5 local and overseas online spend

  • 3 DBS rewards points per S$5 overseas spend

  • 1 DBS rewards point per S$5 spent on all other categories

  • Online hotel booking and staycation deals with Agoda and Klook

  • Beauty deals with Laneige, Skin Inc, Strip, Browhaus, High Brow etc.

  • Online shopping promotions with Fayth, Her Velvet Vase, The Closet Lover, and Senreve etc.

  • Activate SimplyGo to use your card as an EZ-Link. Bus and MRT fares are charged directly to your card, so you don’t even need to top-up or set up auto top-up arrangements

  • DBS Points earned can be redeemed for Apple products via the DBS Apple Rewards Store, NTUC, and Takashimaya vouchers, Golden Village movie tickets, and more

See all card details

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