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How Much Did My 3 Days In Singapore Cost?

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I had an amazing, indulge-in-every-whim trip to Singapore full of great champagne, designer pajamas, tasty street food, and night safaris, that would have cost me $15,000+. While it was by no means free, getting that experience with miles and points was much more affordable then you might think.

Flights: $345 + 140,000 United Miles

Houston to Singapore in Singapore Airlines First Class: 140,000 miles + $58.90 in taxes. (Runs roughly $13,000 if purchased)

  • 50,000 Ultimate Reward points for getting the Chase Ink Bold credit card
  • 90,000 miles from United Travel

Ticket to/from Houston so I didn’t risk United cancelling my reservation when trying to add additional legs: $286.30

Hotel: 2 Free Night Certificates + 18,000 Hyatt Points

Applied for the Chase Hyatt Credit Card to get two free nights in a Grand King suite at the Grand Hyatt Singapore and used $100 statement credit to cover the $75 annual fee. ($900 a night if purchased)

Paid for the third night in a Grand Twin with 18,000 Hyatt points. ($350 if purchased)

Meals & Drinks: $150

Entertainment (Night Safari, Cable Car, Spa etc) & Transportation (Hotel car pick up from airport, cabs, buses, etc): $449

Total Cost of Trip: $944 + 18,000 Hyatt points + 140,000 United miles
Total Value of Trip: $15,749

If that’s a little more than you want to spend on a long luxury weekend, there were a few truly indulgent expenses you could skip without compromising relaxation.

  • I had the hotel car pick me up from the airport ($85) instead of taking a cab ($25).
  • The spa vacation part was a reasonable $299, but you could choose less expensive places or skip entirely
  • The hawker stall buffet at Straits Kitchen was extra because it was the Chinese New Year, so sticking to real hawker stalls would save you $85.
  • Total cost of trip with these 3 things excluded: $500


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