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Kartu Debit Co-Brand Airlines

Melanjutkan post saya mengenai “Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan tanpa Terbang, ada salah cara yaitu dengan penggunaan kartu debit co-brand airlines.

Kartu debit co-brand airlines adalah produk kartu debit yang dikeluarkan oleh perbankan bekerja sama dengan airlines. Perbankan sebagai pihak yang mengeluarkan kartu debit beserta produk dan kebijakan turunan yang berkaitan dengan perbankan. Sementara airlines mengeluarkan produk keanggotaan beserta benefit yang melekat pada keanggotaan tersebut. Saat ini, di Indonesia baru ada 2 (dua) airlines yang bekerja sama dengan perbankan untuk mengeluarkan kartu debit co-brand airline ini, yaitu Garuda Indonesia dan Air Asia. Garuda Indonesia sendiri, sampai saat ini sudah bekerja sama dengan 4 (empat) perbankan nasional untuk mengeluarkan kartu debit co-brand ini, yaitu: Bank Mandiri, Bank BNI, Bank BRI dan Bank BTN. Sementara itu, Air Asia bekerja sama dengan Bank CIMB Niaga untuk mengeluarkan kartu debit co-brand, yang diberi nama CIMB Niaga Air Asia Savers.

Kelebihan dari masing-masing kartu debit co-brand airlines tersebut diatas, antara lain sebagai berikut:

Kartu Debit Mandiri Garuda

Kelebihan atau keistimewaan kartu debit Mandiri Garuda adalah sebagai berikut:

  • 1.000 miles Welcome Bonus (khusus untuk anggota baru Garuda Miles).
  • Diskon 5% untuk penukaran Award Ticket.
  • Diskon 5% untuk pembelian tiket Garuda Indonesia (berlaku untuk kelas penerbangan F/J/C/Y/B/M/K/N/Q/T, rute domestik dan internasional, tidak berlaku untuk penerbangan “codeshare” dan pemegang kartu merupakan salah satu yang ikut terbang).
  • Jalur Check-in khusus sesuai tingkat keanggotaan Garuda Miles.
  • Tambahan 500 miles untuk nasabah baru Bank Mandiri dengan menjaga saldo rata-rata minimal Rp 10.000.000 selama 30 hari pertama.
  • Setiap transaksi sebesar Rp 200.000 via EDC dan e-commerce berhak mendapatkan 1 mileage berlaku kelipatan.
    Selama 6 bulan setelah peluncuran produk, setiap transaksi Rp 100.000 akan mendapatkan 1 mileage berlaku kelipatan.
  • Benefit GarudaMiles sesuai dengan tier yang dimiliki.

Untuk info lebih lanjut atau mendapatkan kartu debit ini, dapat menghubungi hubungi Mandiri Call di nomor telephone 14000.

Kartu Debit BNI Garuda

Kelebihan kartu debit BNI Garuda adalah sebagai berikut:

  • 1.000 Miles Welcome Bonus (khusus anggota Garuda Miles baru).
  • 500 Bonus Miles Pembukaan Rekening.
  • Diskon 5% untuk penukaran Award Ticket (term and condition apply).
  • Diskon 5% untuk pembelian tiket Garuda Indonesia (term and condition apply).
  • Special Check-in line sesuai dengan tier GarudaMiles yang dimiliki.
  • Setiap transaksi sebesar Rp 50,000 atau kelipatannya via POS & EDC di semua toko atau merchant BNI berhak mendapatkan 1 miles.
  • Setiap transaksi sebesar Rp 50,000 atau kelipatannya menggunakan Debit Online atau Virtual Card Number (VCN) di website Garuda Indonesia berhak mendapatkan 1 miles ( dengan syarat saldo rata-rata rekening pada saat transaksi senilai minimal Rp 5.000.000).
  • Setiap transaksi via e-Channel BNI seperti ATM BNI, SMS Banking dan Internet Banking untuk pembayaran tiket Garuda Indonesia akan mendapatkan 1 miles.
  • Cashback Rp 500,000 untuk 20 Top Spender setiap bulan (minimal transaksi belanja Rp 3.000.000).
  • Benefit GarudaMiles sesuai tier yang dimiliki.

Untuk mendapat info lebih lanjut atau mendapatkan kartu debit BNI Garuda, dapat menghubungi Call Center BNI di +62211500046.

Kartu Debit BRI Garuda

Kelebihan kartu debit BRI Garuda adalah:

  • 1.000 Miles Welcome Bonus (khusus untuk anggota Garuda Miles baru).
  • 750 Bonus Miles Pembukaan Rekening ( khusus untuk pembukaan Rekening BritAma Bisnis dengan minimal setoran sebesar Rp 5,000,000. Persyaratan umum minimal setoran untuk pembukaan rekening BritAma Bisnis adalah sebesar Rp 1,000,000).
  • 2,800 Top Up Bonus Miles {akan diberikan untuk top up dana sebesar Rp 25,000,000 dan berlaku kelipatan, yang di-hold selama 6 (enam) bulan dengan posisi saldo awal di atas Rp 10,000,000}.
  • Diskon 5% untuk penukaran Award Ticket (term and condition apply).
  • Diskon 5% untuk pembelian tiket Garuda Indonesia (term and condition apply).
  • Special Check-In Line di Bandara Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 3 Ultimate.
  • Setiap transaksi sebesar Rp 100,000 atau kelipatannya via POS & EDC di semua toko atau merchant BRI berhak mendapatkan 1 miles.
  • Setiap transaksi sebesar Rp 100,000 atau kelipatannya menggunakan ePay BRI di website Garuda Indonesia berhak mendapatkan 1 miles (term and condition apply).
  • Tambahan saldo dan transaksi e-banking BRI akan mendapatkan BRI Point yang dapat ditukarkan dengan GarudaMiles sesuai keinginan di e-Catalog BRI.
  • Tiket Gratis Senilai 20 Juta Rupiah (term and condition apply).
  • Benefit GarudaMiles sesuai dengan tier yang dimiliki.

Untuk mendapat info lebih lanjut atau mendapatkan kartu debit BRI Garuda, dapat menghubungi Call Center BRI di +62211500017.

Kartu Debit BTN Garuda

Kelebihan kartu debit tersebut kurang lebih sama dengan ketiga kartu debit diatas, yaitu:

  • 1.000 Miles Welcome Bonus (khusus anggota baru Garuda Miles).
  • 1.000 Bonus Miles Pembukaan Rekening (untuk setiap Pembukaan Rekening Batara dan Kartu Debit BTN Garuda dengan minimal setoran Rp 5.000.000 dan dihold selama 6 bulan).
  • Diskon 5% untuk penukaran Award Ticket (term and condition apply).
  • Diskon 5% untuk pembelian tiket Garuda Indonesia (berlaku untuk kelas penerbangan F/J/C/Y/B/M/K/N/Q/T. Hanya berlaku untuk penerbangan Garuda Indonesia dan tidak berlaku untuk penerbangan codeshare. Transaksi harus dilakukan di sales office, e-channel, dan contact center Garuda Indonesia).
  • Special Check-In Line di Bandara Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 3 Ultimate.
  • Setiap transaksi sebesar Rp 100,000 atau kelipatannya via POS /EDC/e-Commerce di semua toko atau merchant BTN berhak mendapatkan 1 miles.
  • Setiap transaksi pembayaran tiket Garuda Indonesia di e-Channel BTN akan memperoleh 1 miles.
  • Bonus 5,300 miles untuk setoran awal/top up dana Rp 25.000.000 yang di-hold selama 6 (enam) bulan.
  • Bonus 40 miles setiap pembelian Produk Bancassurance Ziaga Proteksi Plus dengan premi senilai Rp 100,000,-/ bulan.
  • Benefit GarudaMiles sesuai dengan tier yang dimiliki.

Untuk mendapat info lebih lanjut atau mendapatkan kartu debit BTN Garuda, dapat menghubungi Call Center BTN di +62211500286..

CIMB Niaga Air Asia Savers

Kelebihan kartu debit CIMB Niaga Air Asia Savers adalah sebagai berikut:

  • Bebas biaya administrasi, biaya kartu debit dan biaya tarik tunai melalui jaringan ATM Bersama, PRIMA, ATM CIMB Bank (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand & Cambodia) dan MEPS serta Jaringan MasterCard/ Cirrus  (term & condition apply).
  • Cash back 10% untuk pembelian tiket online melalui website www.airasia.com dengan fitur pembayaran kartu debit CIMB Niaga AirAsia Savers selama periode promo (nilai maksimal cash back per nasabah berdasarkan saldo rata-rata per bulan berlaku tiering, minimal Rp 1.000.000)

  • Mendapatkan 1 AirAsia BIG Point setiap kelipatan Rp 100.000 untuk tabungan dengan saldo rata-rata bulanan minimal Rp 2 juta.

Untuk mendapat info lebih lanjut atau mendapatkan kartu debit CIMB Niaga Air Asia Savers, dapat menghubungi Call Center CIMB Niaga di +622114041, atau klik disini.

Related post: Kelebihan Kartu Kredit Co-Brand Airlines.

Fragrance Crystal Hotel, Singapore (3*)

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Fragrance Crystal Hotel is a budget hotel located in the middle of the red light district in Geylang area. It is around 30 minutes by taxi from the airport.  They have three types of rooms:

  • Superior: 12 sqm, 1 queen-size/2 single-size bed, shower
  • Deluxe: 13 sqm, 1 queen-size/2 single-size bed, shower, mini  fridge
  • Superior family: 15 sqm, 1 Queen-size and 1 Single-size bed
The room and shower is standard for budget hotel, basic but clean. Interior is minimalist yet practical. Mini fridge is only available at deluxe room, no wardrobe/closet/drawer and window at all rooms can not be opened (locked permanently).

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All rooms has got facilities:
  • Free Wifi
  • Cable TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Telephone (Free Local Call)
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea
  • Complimentary Bottled Water
Another items:
  • Safe is available at the front desk
  • Iron and Ironing Board is available upon request

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Fragrance Crystal is only a 15 minute walk from the nearest MRT station called Aljunied, a 5 minute walk from bus station and also easy to find a taxi from the hotel. Many local restaurants and shops which are also a walking distance. The hotel has no restaurant or breakfast room but there are many choices outside.

I stayed in this hotel last December for 3 nights. To be honest, this was my first time to stay at the hotel in this area, so I did make a lot of searches about the hotel and reviews before decided to book the room via Agoda. I was traveling with another 3 friends stayed in this hotel, and thought this is Singapore, there should be no problem to stay in red light district area. My thought on this hotel:

PROs

  • Inexpensive room rate, unless you make the booking last minutes and at high season period (as my experience).
  • Easy access for public transportations.
  • Easy to find restaurants, but mostly Chinese food.

CONs

  • Location is in red light district area, so many massage parlors and adult shops in this particular area. Not recommended for any woman traveling solo or with children. It is safe, but not comfortable.
  • Could not get rest in this hotel as it is very noisy. You could hear other guests talking in the hallway, or from other room, even in the middle of the night or very early morning. Based on review, people suggested to request a room at higher floor which is relatively more quiet. I got a room on the 4th floor and it is still noisy.
  • No fridge, no wardrobe/closet.

SUMMARIZE

Fragrance Crystal is value for money accommodation and has highly access public transportation. But, better to find another accommodation outside this area first. There are many affordable accommodation in Singapore. To me, I think this would be my first and last time to stay here.

I was staying in the hotel from 30 Dec 2016 – 2 Jan 2017. I booked via Agoda.com. I got the rate was USD 93 net/night, yes, it’s a little bit overpriced for room in that area, but it was peak season (end year) and I booked very last minute. I think in the normal season, the rate should be around USD 45 – 55 net per night. If you like to check the current rate, please click here. Or you may compare the rate with my other favorite hotel booking platform; Hotels.com.

Note:

The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and never failed me. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information

Fragrance Crystal Hotel

50 Lorong 18 Geylang, Singapore 398824

Phone: +65 6844 7888

http://www.fragrancehotel.com/hotel/fragrance-hotel-crystal

Terbang “Gratis” dengan Singapore Airlines

Kalau kalian sudah membaca post saya sebelumnya mengenai “Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan tanpa Terbang“, di post ini saya akan memberikan contoh sebagai bukti dari dengan mengumpulkan poin miles tersebut, kita bisa terbang “gratis”.

Saya menjadi anggota Kris Flyer sudah lama, namun jarang sekali beli tiket Singapore Airlines karena seperti yang kalian ketahui harganya lumayan mahal, kecuali kalau sedang ada diskon promo, sementara banyak alternatif low cost airline yang menawarkan tiket dengan harga affordable. Selain itu, saya juga mempunyai kartu kredit BCA Kris Flyer, sehingga dapat mengumpulkan miles Kris Flyer dengan cepat.

Saya sudah beberapa kali me-redeem miles Kris Flyer dengan award tiket penerbangan. Yang terakhir adalah tiket Jakarta – Singapore kelas bisnis tanggal 30 Desember 2016 dan tiket Singapore – Denpasar kelas ekonomi tanggal 2 Januari 2017. Untuk award tiket bisnis miles yang dipotong adalah sebesar 14.875 miles (normalnya 17.500, saat itu sedang ada promosi redemption online diskon 15%) dan biaya airport tax, dll sebesar Rp 823.500 (USD 87.28). Lalu untuk tiket ekonomi Singapore – Denpasar, miles yang dipotong sebesar 6.375 miles (normalnya 7.500 miles)  dan biaya airport tax, dll sebesar USD 86.20 (Rp 813.310,-).

Beberapa waktu yang lalu, Singapore Airline mengubah mekanisme pembayaran tiket redemption ini. Promosi redemption sebesar 15% sudah tidak ada, namun kita hanya perlu menambahkan biaya airport tax saja, yaitu untuk penerbangan dari Jakarta sebesar Rp 150.000 dan untuk penerbangan dari Singapore sebesar USD 34 (sekitar Rp 320.790). Jadi misalkan kita redeem untuk award tiket ekonomi Jakarta – Singapore, miles yang akan dipotong sebesar 7.500, ditambah biaya airport tax sebesar Rp 150.000. Untuk award tiket Singapore – Jakarta kelas ekonomi, miles yang akan dipotong sama sebesar 7.500 ditambah biaya airport tax USD 34. Lumayan sekali kan?

Dan again, as a proof, saya lampirkan e-tiket dari redemption award saya untuk penerbangan Jakarta – Singapore beberapa waktu itu.

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Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan tanpa Terbang

Mungkin sebagian besar dari kalian sudah akan bilang: “mana bisa”. Tapi saya percaya banyak juga yang sudah mengetahui hal itu bisa dilakukan karena para traveler sekarang sudah pintar mencari cara untuk mendapatkan “good deals” dalam traveling.

Ada beberapa cara untuk mengumpulkan poin/miles/mileage penerbangan tanpa kita harus terbang sama sekali. Pertama kita rencanakan dahulu, kita akan fokus mengumpulkan miles penerbangan apa, apakah dengan Air Asia, Malaysia Airline, Garuda Indonesia atau Singapore Airlines. Dengan kita memfokuskan pada satu penerbangan, pengumpulan poin tentunya akan lebih cepat. Kenapa hanya empat airline itu saja yang saya sebutkan? Karena saat ini, baru empat airline itu saja yang mempunyai Loyalty Program yang bekerja sama dengan merchant/partner lain di Indonesia selain penerbangan, sehingga kita bisa mengumpulkan miles tanpa terbang. Lion Air dan Batik Air juga mempunyai Loyalty Program, namun dua Loyalty Program ini hanya mengumpulkan poin dari penerbangan yang sudah kita lakukan.

So, beberapa cara yang dapat kita lakukan untuk pengumpulan miles penerbangan, tanpa kita terbang sama sekali, sebagai berikut:

KARTU KREDIT CO-BRAND AIRLINE

Pasti kalian mempunyai kartu kredit kan? Jika ingin fokus untuk mengumpulkan miles penerbangan, sebaiknya ganti kartu kredit kalian dengan jenis co-brand airline. Di Indonesia saat ini ada beberapa bank yang menerbitkan kartu kredit tersebut (saya fokus di empat Loyalty Program dari empat penerbangan diatas). Kartu kredit co-brand airline itu antara lain:

  • Kartu kredit BCA KrisFlyer (co-brand BCA dengan Singapore Airline)
  • Kartu kredit Citibank Garuda (co-brand Citibank dengan Garuda Indonesia)
  • Kartu kredit BNI Garuda (co-brand BNI dengan Garuda Indonesia)
  • Kartu kredit CIMB Niaga Big (co-brand CIMB Niaga dengan Air Asia)

Kelebihan dari empat kartu kredit co-brand diatas, dapat dilihat disini.

note: sampai saat ini (June 2017) Malaysia Airline yang mempunyai Loyalty Program dengan nama Enrich belum bekerja sama dengan perbankan di Indonesia untuk menerbitkan co-brand kartu kredit/debit card. Enrich baru bekerja sama dengan CIMB Bank dan Maybank di Malaysia untuk co-brand kartu kreditnya.

KARTU KREDIT NON CO-BRAND AIRLINE 

Jika kalian sudah mempunyai kartu kredit (non co-brand airline), tapi tidak mau mengganti dengan yang co-brand airline, kalian masih bisa mengumpulkan miles penerbangan dari kartu kredit jenis non co-brand ini. Setiap kalian belanja, poin dari kartu kredit tersebut dapat ditukarkan dengan miles penerbangan. Kartu kredit yang bekerja sama dengan airline untuk penukaran poin adalah dari perbankan sebagai berikut:

  • Kris Flyer (Singapore Airline): kartu kredit Amex, ANZ, BCA, BII, BN, CIMB Niaga, Citibank, Danamon, DBS, HSBC, OCBC, Panin Bank, Permata Bank, Mandiri, Standard Chartered dan UOB. Untuk detail jenis kartu kredit dan jumlah perbandingan miles konversinya, bisa dilihat disini.
  • Garuda Miles: Hampir semua kartu kredit perbankan di Indonesia bekerja sama dengan Garuda Miles. Untuk detail jenis kartu kredit dan jumlah perbandingan miles konversinya, bisa dilihat disini.
  • Enrich (Malaysia Airline): kartu kredit Amex, BII, CIMB Niaga, Citibank, HSBC, Standar Chartered dan Danamon. Untuk detail jenis kartu dan jumlah miles konversinya, bisa dilihat disini.
  • Big Air Asia: BNI, Danamon, Mandiri, Panin, CIMB Niaga, OCBC, BCA, Standard Chartered, ICBC dan UOB. Untuk detail, bisa dilihat disini.

KARTU DEBIT

Sampai saat ini, jenis kartu debit perbankan yang bekerja sama dengan airline baru dari Bank Mandiri, BNI, BRI dan BTN khusus untuk miles penerbangan Garuda Indonesia.

Selain itu ada beberapa jenis tabungan perbankan dimana kalian bisa mengkoversikan poin di tabungan tersebut dengan miles penerbangan, yaitu: poin extra tabungan CIMB Niaga, poin reward di Tabungan Bunga Harian bank Commomwealth dan poin reward Manchester United Debit Card (bank Danamon).

PENGINAPAN/AKOMODASI

Untuk pengumpulan miles penerbangan dari penginapan/akomodasi, ada dua cara:

  • Booking langsung ke hotel terkait (pastikan memberikan nomor keanggotaan loyalty program kalian saat membuat reservasi ke hotel tersebut). Untuk detail airline yang bekerja sama dengan hotel/akomodasi ini adalah (klik link pada airline): Singapore Airline, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airline. Untuk Air Asia saat ini baru: jaringan Hotel Hilton, Sunway Hotel, Tune Hotel dan jaringan Swissbel-hotel International.
  • Agen booking hotel/online hotel booking. Ada beberapa online hotel booking, dimana kita bisa booking hotel via website mereka dan sekaligus bisa mengumpulkan miles penerbangan. Website hotel booking tersebut antara lain: Agoda.com dengan program PointsMAX (detail bisa dilihat disini), Rocketmiles.com, Kaligo.com, dan Booking.com.

RETAIL/PEMBELANJAAN

Ada beberapa merchant belanja yang bekerja sama dengan airline untuk pengumpulan miles, sebagai berikut:

  • Kris Shop (Khusus untuk miles Kris Flyer/Singapore Airline).
  • Grand Indonesia. Kalian harus mendapatkan membership reward Grand Indonesia (namanya GI Card) dahulu, lalu poin reward yang terkumpul di membership tersebut dikonversikan ke miles penerbangan favorit kalian. Saat ini GI Card baru bekerja sama dengan Singapore Airline dan Garuda Indonesia. Info mengenai GI card, dapat dilihat disini.
  • Pacific Place. Mekanisme sama seperti GI Card, kalian harus mendapatkan membership reward Pacific Place (namanya Pacific Privilege Reward) dahulu, lalu poin reward yang terkumpul di membership tersebut dikonversikan ke miles penerbangan favorit kalian. Saat ini Pacific Privilege Reward baru bekerja sama dengan Singapore Airline dan Garuda Indonesia.
  • Zalora.com. Bekerja sama dengan Air Asia Big. Detail dapat dilihat disini.

REVIEW PERJALANAN

Kalian dapat menulis review mengenai kunjungan kalian ke hotel, restoran, atau tempat wisata dalam Bahasa Indonesia di TripAdvisor (untuk pengumpulan miles Garuda Indonesia dan Air Asia Big) dan Garuda Indonesia Holiday untuk memperoleh miles tambahan dari penerbangan Garuda Indonesia.

TELEKOMUNIKASI

Khusus pengguna Telkomsel Gold dan Priority, kalian bisa menukarkan poin reward di Telkomsel Poin dengan Garuda Miles (perbandingan konversi: 500 Telkomsel poin –> 500 Garuda Miles).

SEWA MOBIL

Untuk di Indonesia, sewa mobil yang bekerja sama dengan airline hanya Avis dan rentalcar.com, untuk pengumpulan miles Kris Flyer (Singapore Airline) dan Garuda Indonesia.

KEANGGOTAAN GYM

Khusus pendaftaran keanggotaan gym atau aktivasi paket fitnes baru dari Celebrity Fitness, kalian akan memperoleh 1,000 miles langsung. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut mengenai program ini, hubungi call center Garuda Indonesia di 08041807807 atau +62 212351999 atau outlet Celebrity Fitness langsung.

Dari beberapa alternatif pengumpulan miles diatas, pasti ada salah satu yang paling cocok untuk kalian lakukan. Dari pengalaman saya, pengumpulan miles dengan kartu kredit co-brand merupakan cara tercepat karena dengan pemakaian kartu kredit co-brand tersebut poin yang terkumpul langsung dikonversikan ke miles dan jumlah perbandingan konversi lebih bagus dibanding konversi kartu kredit non co-brand.

Selamat mengumpulkan miles untuk mendapatkan tiket terbang gratis! Jika ada pertanyaan atau masukan, feel free to leave comment 🙂

Klapa New Kuta Beach, Bali

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Outdoor lounge

Klapa New Kuta Beach is located at Pecatu area, a beach resort at the southern part of Bali Island. New Kuta Beach previously known by Dreamland Beach, was wild coast that discovered by Australian surfers who looked for great waves and simple/basic accommodation. They called it Dreamland beach because this beach had white sand, great surfing waves and stunning sunset. It was just perfect place for people who just needed quiet beach and great waves.

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Outdoor lounge

Since 2007, this area has been bought and managed by a property developer “Bali Pecatu Graha” (Kuta Golf Links Resort), owned by Tommy Suharto, son of the former Indonesian president who occupied the largest area in Pecatu up to 400 hectares, re-instated the projects begun before the Asian financial crisis. Previously Tommy had 600 hectares of land in the early 1990s and then sold 200 hectares to third parties and the proceeds are now used to finance the project with the new partner, a Balinese businessman, Made G. Putrawan (source: wikipedia). Since then, this area was full with commercial development; hotel resorts, apartments, restaurants/cafe with function room, golf course (New Kuta Golf) and club (Klapa New Kuta Beach/Klapa Club).

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Although, now that surfers are not too interested in this beach, this place still gets the charm; the white sand, the beautiful sunset, the great waves, etc. Klapa Club is worth to be considered as a good venue for corporate/private meeting, corporate inbound/outbound, wedding, lounging/sunbathing, swimming or just come, have a drink and take some good pictures. When you hold an even in this club, or plan to play golf in this complex (at New Kuta Golf), you can stay at nearer hotels in this area, such as: The Rich Prada Bali, Lexington Klapa Resort, New Kuta Hotel and Lorin New Kuta

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2006 New Year’s eve at Klapa

Last time I went to Klapa Club was for 2006 New Years Eve. All pictures here were taken by that time.

Note:

The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and always happy. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information:

Klapa New Kuta Beach

Address: Jalan New Kuta Beach, Pecatu Indah Resort – Bali

Telp: +62 (361) 8484 581 | F. +62 (361) 8484 558

www_icon    http://klapa-newkutabeach.com

 

H Sovereign Hotel, Bali (4*)

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Club Premier Room

H Sovereign hotel is located near Bali international airport. Therefor, it is perfect for anyone who arrives in Bali so late, or has to catch up very early morning flight. The hotel has 198 total rooms with five categories:

  • Deluxe room: 25 sqm, king/twin bed, shower
  • Premier room: 28 sqm, king/twin bed, shower
  • Club premier room: 28 sqm, king/twin bed, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge
  • Junior suite room: 39 sqm, king/twin bed, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge
  • Executive suite room: 56 sqm, king bed, separate living/sitting area, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge

For all types of rooms have got this facilities:

  • 42” IP LED TV
  • Satellite TV Channel
  • Air conditioning
  • Body heat power sensor
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee & Tea Maker
  • Mini Bar
  • Wardrobe
  • IP PABX Telephone
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Room

H Sovereign hotel also provides a fully-equipped gym, spa, sauna, jacuzzi, yoga room and swimming pool at the rooftop. From this rooftop pool,  guests can view both sunrise and sunset, and sometimes a birds eye view of the planes taking off and landing.

Bath

Bathroom

For dining, H Sovereign has a Kitchen Meliwis restaurant (serves for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Owl Stone cafe and bakery (for coffee & baked goods), and 7 Clover Sky bar at the rooftop for light snacks & refreshments (started at 04.00PM till around 01.00AM).

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Corridor

The hotel is only a 10-minute drive from Bali International Airport, a 15-minute drive from Discovery Shopping Mall and a 25-minute drive from Kuta Beach.

I stayed in this hotel last January 2017 and booked for Club Premier Room. Based on my experience, these are “pros” and “cons” when stay in this hotel:

PROs

  • Very good quality of bedding (premium goose down pillows, luxury bed mattress and sheets). I am impressed with this quality of bedding as it’s very rare to meet this kind of luxury at 4 stars hotel.
  • Large and quiet room
  • The rooftop pool with stunning view
  • Location: in the main road of Tuban Street, near airport, close to Kuta area
  • Value for money: I booked for premier room with the rate about USD 54/night and got free upgraded to Club Premier Room and one free airport transfer. The booking made via Agoda.com. You may take a look the current rate here.

CONs

  • The hotel needs to pay attention on the maintenance. If you see picture number two, there is small area of paint peeling off on the wall near the bathtub.
  • The corridor is a little bit dark that gives impression of gloomy and not attractive.
  • Food at the restaurant is average, but this is not big issue for me.

SUMMARIZE

Recommended hotel to stay if you arrive in Bali very late or have early morning flight. Please make sure to compare with other recommended airport hotels: Hilton Garden Inn Airport Bali and Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airport to get the best value for money accommodation. You may use Agoda.com and Hotels.com or other hotel platform to make the comparison. And if you decide to make booking via Agoda.com, please firstly read about my thought on “PointsMAX”; it’s interesting way to get an extra benefit from your accommodation booking.

Note:

The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and never failed me. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information:

H Sovereign Hotel

Jl. Raya Tuban No. 2, Lingkungan Tuban Griya, Tuban, Bali, 80361, Indonesia
Phone : +62 361 301 5555 Fax : +62 361 301 5588

Website:    http://hsovereignhotels.com/    Email:    reservations@hsovereignhotels.com

PointsMAX Agoda, another way to earn “Miles”.

Traveling currently is very easy, simple and affordable. There are plenty options for type of transportations and accommodations. There are plenty options for making the booking/reservations, too. If we talk about accommodations, we can make the booking directly to the hotel, via offline travel agent or online agent. Even online agent or online hotel platform are too many to choose. That is actually very good for travelers, as they will be able to compare and choose the best one that fits their need. But, you have to make sure that the online booking platform you choose is reliable and secure. Secondly, it is easy to use, have a good service after sales (in case you have any problem with your booking), have large number of hotel listed, and good price of course.

One of my recommendation is Agoda.com. Agoda was established in 2005 as start-up company and in 2007 was acquired by the Priceline Group. Today, Agoda offers hundreds of thousands of accommodation options around the globe with service and support in over 40 languages. Operations have been set up in Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Budapest, and an additional presence can be found in major cities across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

Agoda.com does not only meet those above points, but it also offers an extra value when we make the booking. This benefit’s called “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite frequent flyer loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your frequent flyer loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next hotel booking!

How to do it? Here is the steps:

  • Go to www.agoda.com, click: sign up and complete the form.
  • In the “Profile”, register your loyalty program to your Agoda’s account and linked.
  • Confirmed “confirmation email” that sent by Agoda afterwards.
  • Now you’re ready to make a booking at Agoda.com and start earning miles.

Once you have linked your frequent flyer loyalty program, you can see in your “PointsMAX” profile as seen below (an example is mine):

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You can add/link many more frequent flyer loyalty programs as you wish, however you can only use one loyalty program at one booking.

Currently, there are 44 frequent flyer loyalty programs available at Agoda for you to choose to be linked. Some of them are:

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This is an example when we do a booking, I will compare a room (at H Sovereign Hotel Bali) without and with “PointsMAX” options:

A. Room without “PointsMAX” option:

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Base price without “PointsMAX”: USD 45

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Total Price without “PointsMAX”: USD 54.13

B. Room with “PointsMAX” option:

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Base price with “PointsMAX”: USD 45

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Total price with “PointsMAX”: USD 54.13 + 17 KrisFlyer Miles

If you see that comparison, a Club Premier Room rate with and without “PointsMAX” option is same: USD 54.13 per night, but at option “B” you will get an extra benefit of “17 KrisFlyer Miles”.

Now, the question is whether Agoda still gives point reward when we do a booking with “PointsMAX” option. Last year, I have made a booking at H Sovereign Hotel Bali for one night and I chose using “PointsMax” option with KrisFlyer as linked Frequent Flyer Loyalty Program. Frankly, I did not expect to get Agoda reward point as my aim was just to stock up my KrisFlyer miles. However, when I checked my Agoda and KrisFlyer account out, seemed that I have earned both KrisFlyer miles and Agoda reward point. I put the screenshot of both earnings below:

Miles earning at KrisFlyer:

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Point reward earning at Agoda:

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So, this Agoda “PointsMAX” is really interesting, right? Of course, the preference to use this option will depend on each traveler. If you have a goal to focus in collecting miles, this is very good option to add an extra miles, without you take any flight.  But, if you prefer to gain benefit on hotel loyalty reward or free stay, you can leave out this option. Or you can try another similar site: Hotels.com with their generous one free night after ten night policy.

Finally, if you are interested to register with Agoda, please sign up here.