Thursday, November 20, 2014

24 hour Tim Ho Wan


Tim Ho Wan, the famous Michelin Star Dim Sum restaurant from Hong Kong that has been expanding recently in Singapore.

They just opened one up in Kallang (nearest MRT - Lavendar) and it's 24 hours.

12 Kallang Avenue
#01-01/02/03 Aperia
Singapore 339511
Tel: (65) 6684 2000

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday and Public Holiday: 24 Hours



This is Tim Ho Wan from the Lavender Street angle. To the right of it is the monastery. 

The entrance to Tim Ho Wan, and queue on a Saturday morning. It really starts getting crowded from 10am onwards.

A suite of buns, carrot cake, wonton laksa and sponge cake from the breakfast menu

Wonton from the laksa, it's not too bad.

They have a breakfast and supper menu in addition to their normal menu.

Here's a sample of the current Tim Ho Wan menu for you.






Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Insight into the Jetstar Club program - part two

This continues from the previous post where I aim to post the various deals that come through from the Jetstar Club (or Club Jetstar).

This post will feature some screenshots of the Club Jetstar offers and is deals shared only recently. I will share an example of the promotional email informing me of the update, along with the actual pricing of the deals from my simulation.

Test example - Flight from Singapore to Penang
I will use a flight from Singapore to Penang and back as an example. Purchasing the same flight during each sale without baggage.


  • Club Jetstar offer- Quoted price of $69 SGD, and after taxes, etc. Final pricing of $87 SGD


And non-club member promotions:

  • Friday Fare Frenzy offer- Quoted price of $59 SGD, and after taxes, etc. Final pricing - unknown but could be lower after taxes
  • "Return for free" promotion offer - Quoted price of $69 SGD, and after taxes, etc. Final pricing of $85 SGD

Current Winner - Return for free" (non-club member) promotion (though I will update this after I check and screenshot the Friday Fare Frenzy final pricing after Friday this week) for flying from Singapore to Penang.

This may vary route to route, so it's best to check, but overall the pricing does seem very close to each other.

I suspect the Friday Fare Frenzy (non-club member) or the annual only "Take a friend for free" Jetstar Club deal to offer the best fares (example details of the "Take a friend for free" are found in the earlier post here).


Promotion email informing me of the upcoming promotion - shared Nov 11

Day of promotion email - shared Nov 13




Club Jetstar for Nov 13 - Nov 14 2014
Example booking from Singapore to Penang (round trip)

Example booking from Singapore to Penang (round trip) - $87 SGD


This Club Jetstar deal closed on Thursday Nov 14 and the next day the normal Jetstar deals were on offer. So if you wanted to compare this to the normal "Friday Fare Frenzy".

Friday Fare Frenzy - Normal Jetstar example - shared on Friday Nov 15 (non-club member sale)

Normal Jetstar example - "Return for free" promotion (non-club member sale)
Normal Jetstar example - "Return for free" promotion

Normal Jetstar example - "Return for free" promotion  (non-club member sale)
Normal Jetstar example - "Return for free" promotion  (non-club member sale)
Normal Jetstar example - "Return for free" promotion (non-club member sale)
Normal Jetstar example - "Return for free" promotion (Singapore to Penang - round trip) (non-club member sale)

Normal Jetstar example - "Return for free" promotion (Singapore to Penang - round trip) (non-club member sale)


I hope that helps give you good insights into the program. I will share further thoughts on this down the track, as new deals are released by Club Jetstar.

For now, happy flying!

If you have missed it, part one of the series is here:
Insight into the Jetstar Club program - part one 

Insight into the Jetstar Club program - part one

If you're like me you're probably wondering whether it's worth joining any of these budget airline clubs?

Tiger Airways, Jetstar, AirAsia all have a program that you can join, but is it worth joining?

So after ignoring the countless marketing, I decided to try one of the budget airline clubs.

The Jetstar Club membership will be the focus of this post, and I will look to cover the others in subsequent posts as well.



Anyway, the reason for this post, is if you were like me, you have been wondering:
  • Why should someone sign up for Jetstar Club?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What sort of club membership deals do they really have to offer? 
  • How often do they share Jetstar Club deals? 

Why should someone sign up for Jetstar Club?
It depends on how you fly and whether you're comfortable flying Jetstar. I will share why I signed up for Jetstar Club, and that is because I like Jetstar, having flown with them for years in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and into Asia to Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand. I also really like their flexible add-on plan though I buy this only when it makes sense (e.g., dates/time may change, I want food, etc.). 

I find myself in Singapore, so the perspective of these posts will be from Singapore.

So I signed up for $39 SGD especially since they were offering a $40 SGD Jetstar voucher and I was planning to fly with Jetstar anyway. As the economics made sense, as I think that is pretty good to give this offering a try. (Though, it is important to note that the voucher you receive is not immediate, so if you're joining for this voucher, please note that it takes 1-2 weeks to arrive and you will have six months to spend it).

It'll cost me $39.99 SGD as an annual membership fee (after first 12 months).


What are the Jetstar Club benefits?
  • At least 4 member only Club Jetstar sale events, including Take a friend for free each year (Club member must book and be part of the traveling party)
  • $40 sign up voucher
  • Discounts on travel insurance (10% off) and hotels (5% off) sold through the Jetstar portal. Though I find these prices very similar to Agoda, Hotels.com prices (as well as the possible discounts available - if you have the right credit card promotions around)
How often are the Jetstar Club deals? 
I have been a member since May 2014. So far I have received the following offers:

  • May 2014 - no Jetstar Club deals
  • June 2014 - no deals
  • July 2014 - Take a friend for free deal (three months after I joined - details below)
  • Aug 2014 - no deals
  • Sep 2014 - no deals
  • Oct 2014 - no deals
  • Nov 2014 - (four months later - details including screenshots on the next post)


What are the Jetstar Club deals like?
Deals can vary but they can be pretty good, as long as you know the right dates to travel.

Here's the July - "Take a friend for free" promotion prices (This was shared on July 9th and ended on July 11th)
Departing
Arriving
Travel
period
Sale ends
Sale type
Fare type
Price*
(one-way)SGD
Singapore
Kuala Lumpur
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$44For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Kuala Lumpur
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$44For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Phnom Penh
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$64For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Phnom Penh
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$64For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Jakarta
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$68For 2 People.
Operated by Jetstar Airways/Valuair. Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Jakarta
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$68For 2 People.
Operated by Jetstar Airways/Valuair. Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Penang
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$69For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Penang
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$69For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Medan - Kualanamu
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$78For 2 People.
Operated by Valuair. Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Medan - Kualanamu
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$78For 2 People.
Operated by Valuair. Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Ho Chi Minh City
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$84For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Ho Chi Minh City
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$84For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Phuket
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$88For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Phuket
20 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$88For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Yangon
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$88For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Yangon
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$88For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Surabaya
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$88For 2 People.
Operated by Valuair. Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Surabaya
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$88For 2 People.
Operated by Valuair. Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Bangkok
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$93For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Bangkok
20 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$93For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Bali
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$105For 2 People.
Operated by Jetstar Airways/Valuair. Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Bali
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$105For 2 People.
Operated by Jetstar Airways/Valuair. Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Haikou
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$128For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Haikou
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$128For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Hong Kong
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$148For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Hong Kong
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$148For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Siem Reap
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$154For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Siem Reap
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$154For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Darwin
3 Feb - 
25 Mar 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$158For 2 People.
Flights Available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Taipei
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$188For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Taipei
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$188For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Shantou / Jieyang
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$208For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Shantou / Jieyang
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$208For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Hangzhou
7 Jan - 
12 Feb 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$248For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Hangzhou
8 Apr - 
19 May 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$248For 2 People.
Flights Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.






Singapore
Melbourne (Tullamarine)
10 Feb - 
25 Mar 2015
11 Jul 14 (11am)
Take A Friend For FREE
Starter
$399For 2 People.


For another example of Club Jetstar offers is here:
Insight into Club Jetstar progam - part two