Alert: Do read this post till the end for a surprise – I will be giving out something cool for one lucky reader. All are welcome to participate!

Standard Chartered and Tigerair recently announced together, the launch of the Standard Chartered Tigerair Platinum Credit Card, Singapore’s only no-frills airline credit card. It is the only credit card in Singapore that offers upfront rewards on an ongoing basis, whereby customers can redeem air tickets and enjoy other travel perks even before starting to spend on the card:

Me with my new giant-size Standard Chartered Tigerair Platinum credit card

Me with my new giant-size Standard Chartered Tigerair Platinum credit card

I was introduced to the card during an exclusive launch event with a group of selected bloggers. We were treated to a VIP hospitality experience from Standard Chartered and Tigerair at Shaw Premiere:

Me with the other bloggers, Qiuting, Wee Heng and Eunice

Me with the other bloggers, Qiuting, Wee Heng and Eunice

We watched a movie in style at Shaw Premiere theatres at nex, courtesy of Standard Chartered and Tigerair

We watched a movie in style at Shaw Premiere theatres at nex, courtesy of Standard Chartered and Tigerair

Snacks to munch while watching the movie

Snacks to munch while watching the movie

What are some of the perks of this no-frills airline credit card?

Innovative “Upfront Rewards”

The “Upfront Rewards” plan allows cardholders to receive air tickets even before you start to spend on the card. All cardholders need to do is spend S$5,000 after claiming the ticket. There is no limit to the number of tickets that cardholders can receive, as long as you fulfill the spending requirement after claiming each ticket. That’s it – for each S$5,000 you charge to  your card, you get one air ticket.

On top of that, when applying for the card, you will be entitled to an additional ticket upon selecting the “Upfront Rewards” plan.

The free air tickets are inclusive of tax and other surcharges, and are valid for one-way travel from Singapore. Customers will get to choose from 11 of Tigerair’s most popular regional destinations – Bangkok, Hat Yai, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Krabi, Kuala Lumpur, Medan, Penang, Pekanbaru, Phuket and Surabya.

With other airline rewards programmes it will take three times more credit card spending to redeem a free flight. The card also offers cardholders the option of a conventional rewards programme if the cardholder is enrolled in the “Future Rewards” plan.

Complimentary Travel Perks

Beyond rewards, cardholders also get to enjoy a complimentary suite of travel perks for all Tigerair flights booked with their card. Travel perks include benefits such as boardmefirst priority boarding, advance seat selection, additional check-in baggage allowance (from 20kg to 25kg) as well as free Stripes membership worth S$29.95 which allows cardholders access to fantastic deals ahead of the general public:

Complimentary travel perks for cardholders when flying with Tigerair

Complimentary travel perks for cardholders when flying with Tigerair

Other benefits for cardholders include access to over 1,000 Standard Chartered dining deals and retail discounts.

Catering to an uptapped segment

The bank’s research revealed that travel-related spending on credit cards have grown by at least 35% as compared with the same period last year. In addition, spending on no-frills airlines has increased by about 20%.

This credit card has been specially designed for value-conscious leisure travelers who want to get flights just by charging their everyday spending on the card.

I see this as a really smart and strategic move by both Standard Chartered and Tigerair to offer great cross-values for both their customers.

Btw, I have some great news for readers.

Ready for the good news?

Ready for the good news?

In conjunction with the launch of this card by  Standard Chartered and Tigerair, I will be giving away ONE NESCAFÉ DOLCE GUSTO Circolo Automatic beverage system!

How do you win this?

Simply tweet me @alvinologist with one card benefit on why you like his new card. Include the hashtag @#sctigeraircard in your tweet. 

The contest will run from today till 22 Oct, 2pm. At the end of the contest, I will be picking one lucky winner who stated a correct benefit and creatively explained why you like the card.

Start tweeting @alvinologist and #sctigeraircard now! I look forward to reading your tweets. 🙂

If you are interested to apply for the card now after reading this post, do visit the official Standard Chartered Tigerair Platinium credit card website for more information.