I came across this thread on MilePoint.com for 4,500 Free Club Carlson points by MilesMomma. You get 4,500 free Club Carlson points just for signing up with the Club Carlson program. She said she received the offer in a targeted email so it may or may not work for you, but there’s nothing to lose by trying the sign up offer: Offer Link
Club Carlson is not my primary hotel choice but I’m a fan of their program. They had some interesting promotions in Q4 of 2011 like 50,000 Club Carlson points for a one night stay and 9,000 Club Carlson points for an award stay.
When you travel a lot, you need an inexpensive way to access you cash because if you don’t have one, the fees can add up. There are 4 main ways to access your money:
1) Credit Cards
Pros: Convenient and good rates. Most credit cards have competitive exchange rates but make sure your credit card doesn’t have a fee for international charges.
Cons: Not all places accept credit cards. You need to be vigilant of fraudulent charges, especially overseas.
2) Traveler’s Checks
Pros: If lost or stolen, can be replaced.
Cons: You usually get a lower exchange rate than with cash. Not accepted everywhere.
3) Exchanging Cash
Pros: Cash is king. Everybody take cash.
Cons: I would not be comfortable carrying around large amounts of cash for an extended period of time.
4) Debit/ATM Card
Pros: Most banks will offer a competitive exchange rate.
Cons: The ATM fees can add up; Not all ATM’s are free to use.
Changi Airport Terminal 2 Staff Canteen.
In my previous post, I wrote about what to do during a layover in Changi airport. One of the options I wrote about was finding the staff canteen and trying the food there. The food in the staff canteen is definitely cheaper than the food in the airport but generally not as tasty as the food you’ll find in the city.