The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) is back! Organised by the Singapore Retailers Association (SRA) with UnionPay as the Official Card for the second-year running, there are lots of exclusive deals and promotions for UnionPay Cardholders which you won’t want to miss.

The largest shopping event in Singapore has officially commenced and will end on 13 Aug (Sun) 2017, spanning over 2 months. For the first time, the GSS period also stretches into the National Day Celebrations to give the retail industry the golden opportunity to hold National Day themed promotions during GSS 2017.

The launch was officiated by representatives from The Singapore Retailers Association, Singapore Tourism Board and UnionPay International. OneFM 91.3 deejays Glenn Ong and the Flying Dutchman were the hosts for the launch. Their fellow deejays, Cheryl Miles and Shan Wee provided live radio broadcasts via a pop-up radio station.

Glenn Ong and the Flying Dutchman

DJ Cheryl Miles and Shan Wee

Into the 24th edition this year, GSS has gone digital, with the launch of the GoSpree mobile app to engage with younger audiences and technology-savvy consumers. A group of roving talents along Orchard Road were deployed to get shoppers to scan QR codes to receive goodies and attractive e-coupon deals, as well as encourage downloads of the GoSpree app.

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There are many additional benefits of having a UnionPay card versus other cards for GSS and we will share the reasons why.

UnionPay Digital-Only Deals

For the first time, UnionPay teamed up with the Singapore Retailers Association to bring digital-only GSS deals to shoppers. Simply download the GoSpree (AndroidiOS) or UnionPay International (iOS) mobile apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to enjoy greater savings at this year’s GSS.

I downloaded the GoSpree app to try out and it’s pretty easy to use, with lots of e-coupons available for download. The offers are categoried by brands as well as by shop, dine and play verticals. There is also a section just for UnionPay exclusive GSS offers within the app!

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The thing with promotional offers is that we often find ourselves unable to remember the terms and conditions. With the GoSpree app, all these details are at your fingertips and you can do your research thoroughly before and even during your GSS shopping spree. Never miss out on any GSS deals again!

UnionPay Cardholders can take advantage of the additional discounts by using the U Plan e-coupons from UnionPay International app. By presenting the e-coupons together with your UnionPay Card at the point of purchase, shoppers can get up to 30% off total bill at the following merchants:

  • S$30 off at Bath & Body Works (minimum S$100 spend)
  • S$50 off at Kate Spade (minimum S$200 spend)
  • S$50 off at Michael Kors (minimum S$200 spend)
  • S$50 off at Tumi (minimum S$200 spend)
  • S$30 off at Victoria’s Secret (minimum S$100 spend)

Double Chances of Winning at the SPH Shop & Win Draw

This year, over S$300,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs at the SPH Shop & Win Draw. Top prizes include a Subaru Impreza 1.6i-S, a Nissan Pulsar 1.2L DIG-T, a 6D5N Dream Cruise for four to either Bali-Surabaya or Penang-Kuala Lumpur-Phuket, shopping vouchers from Harvey Norman, household appliances, watches and more!

In addition, during the first 8 rounds of the draw, 3 winners will be picked from each round and be rewarded with S$500 worth of shopping credits to shop at Metro on an allocated Saturday or Sunday during the promotional period.

To qualify, you just need to spend S$30 at any of the participating SPH Shop & Win malls or merchants. Remember, charge your purchases to your UnionPay card during the GSS period to enjoy double chances of winning!

UnionPay Exclusive Deals

There are a slew of exclusive deals available only to UnionPay Cardholders, including up to 20% off in additional discounts on top of sale prices at Dejewel Galleria, C.E.D.S SPORTSWEAR, Harley-Davidson, KidStyle, Lacoste, Ocean Paradise, RABEANCO, Universal Traveller and more.

Here is a curated list of some of top exclusive deals on offer for UnionPay Cardholders (with card number starting with “62”):

Lacoste – now to 31 May 2018

UnionPay Cardholders enjoy 15% off all regular priced items with a minimum spend of S$200 at designated Lacoste stores. Offer is applicable at Lacoste stores located at [email protected], Cathay Cineleisure, Marina Square, VivoCity, Wisma Atria, Changi Airport Terminal 1, 2 and 3.

Lemongrass House – 9 Jun to 12 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders enjoy an additional 5% off on top of the GSS promotions of up to 20% discount. No minimum spending required.

FROCKALICIOUS – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders enjoy an additional 10% off with every purchase and an additional S$10 off on top of the 10% GSS discount, limited to the first 100 redemptions.

Shanghai Tang – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders enjoy 10% off regular priced items with a minimum purchase of S$800.

Universal Traveller – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders enjoy an additional 5% off with every purchase.

Eu Yan Sang – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders enjoy S$50 off with a minimum spend of S$800.

ToTT – 1 Jul to 31 Jul

UnionPay Cardholders enjoy July’s cooking class at S$88 each by signing up with a friend.

SK-II Boutique Spa by Senze Salus – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders will receive a complimentary 4 piece SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (worth S$92) with a minimum treatment spend of S$200 and upon presentation of their UnionPay card.

Red Army Watches and Krasnaya – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders will receive exclusive Red Army Watches gifts with every watch purchase.

TISSOT – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders will receive an exclusive gift with every watch purchase.

dENiZEN – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders will receive 10% off on regular-priced items.

ESPRIT – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders will receive an additional S$10 off total bill with a minimum spend of S$100 net. Valid on both regular-priced and sale items.

GEOX- 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders will receive an additional 5% off total bill.

Lee Hwa Jewelry – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders will receive an additional 10% off all gem set jewellery. Not applicable to Fashion Indulgence range, Solitaire Sale range and standard chains.

LeSportsac – 9 Jun to 31 Jul

UnionPay Cardholders can enjoy S$20 off with minimum purchase of S$150 on regular priced handbags. Not applicable to collaboration collections.

LEVI’S – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders will receive 30% off regular-priced Levi’s tops.

T.M. Lewin – 9 Jun to 13 Aug

UnionPay Cardholders will receive 10% off regular-priced items.

I went around Orchard Road after the launch of GSS and was bombarded by all the attractive sales that were happening at just about every single store and mall. If you have been belt tightening all these while, this is the one period to let loose a little and indulge in a little shopping spree to get stuff at the best prices, making use of all the awesome GSS deals and promotions.

If you are looking to sign up for a UnionPay card, there are several options available in market and you can find out more via the UnionPay International official website.

Other than just for shopping at the GSS or in Singapore, a UnionPay Card will come in very useful when shopping in China whereby other cards may be less widely accepted. This was my experience when I was working in Nanjing, China, back in 2014. Additionally, UnionPay is also increasingly widely accepted across the world, especially in markets such as Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Thailand, with lots of exclusive deals and promotions when you shop with your UnionPay card.

Another plus point to note – all UnionPay cards issued in Singapore are Platinum and Diamond cards, which gives Cardholders access to “premium” privileges such as the U Dining Collection and concierge services. More information is available here. 

Have fun shopping this GSS with UnionPay Cards!