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Loyalty program review: Getting the most out of Crown Signature Club [Updated November 2015]

Crown Signature Club Platinum Card

This post has been very popular, so we have decided to update it as of November 2015 to reflect the very latest changes. Feel free to ask questions in the comments- we have a Platinum member, Gold member and Bronze member on hand to answer your questions.

The loyalty program of Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia is Crown Signature Club- a program which has been running since 2009, offering club members incentives to spend and visit the entire entertainment complex, including the casino. How can you make the most out of what Signature Club offers? Most of the actual club benefits are not detailed or published, so we’ve decided to provide a full rundown with the most up-to-date information available.

Joining the club

If you visit the Crown Entertainment Complex in any capacity at least once every six months, it’s worth joining Signature Club. Not only is it free, but you also get joining bonuses which vary depending on the promotions running.  The main benefit is $5 cash (or chips) and free parking for your next visit. Joining is free at any Signature Club desk located on the main gaming floor. You need to be over 18 and not excluded from the casino.
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Deluxe Room at Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong: A Review

Room at Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong

Room at Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong

Along with a friend, I decided to try staying at Hotel Indigo because I have been hearing a lot of good things about it. Before we even got to the hotel, the hotel sent a welcome email providing us with tips on how to go to the hotel from the local station and the airport –a thoughtful gesture that did not go unnoticed. I think it showed that hotel management cared enough about their customers.

Found at the Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hotel Indigo is a towering 29-floored boutique hotel majestically lit and elegantly designed. There was a bronze structure surrounding the whole building, which is meant to represent a dragon. The hotel is located near Wanchai’s MRT station, near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is also close to restaurants such as Bo Innovation, the Star Street Area, Madam Sixty Ate, and 22 Ships.
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Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class Melbourne to Singapore SQ 228

SQ 228- Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class Melbourne to SydneyTodays flight report will cover SQ 228 in Business Class. Running from Melbourne to Singapore, Singapore Airlines (SQ) pulls out the A380 for this flight. The current business class product for Singapore Airlines is still very much a market leader with the 1-2-1 configuration- but not in a herringbone way giving a large amount of width and personal space. It would be my first time flying in a Business Class product this far advanced, and I was looking forward to seeing how Singapore Airlines would perform on this route. Not wanting to miss any of the action of the flight, I arrived at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport Terminal 2 at about 11:40am.
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Sydney Dining: The Garden Buffet at The Star

Seafood- at The Garden Buffet, The Star, SydneyMany would say that a casino buffet hardly counts as part of the fabric of the Sydney culinary scene. But we were greatly interested in this offering in the Darling Harbour precinct…everyone loves sampling from a range of 130 hot and cold dishes from time-to-time?

The buffet is available from 7am for breakfast and continues with lunch and dinner throughout the day. Pricing per adult is in the $30-$40 range, but the pricing is inclusive of a good selection of non-alcoholic self-serve beverages. The key to most casino buffets is to avoid peak times, so that’s why we decided to go on a week night.

There was no line- an express line is available for higher-up Absolute Rewards members which would help in peak times. Once inside, it runs like most buffets. The décor of the food area is reasonable, but the seating area looks a little cheap for a buffet of this calibre with the choice of seating and strong patterned carpet.
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Our review of the Ambassador Transit Hotel Changi- Terminal 1

Queen Room at Singapore Changi Terminal 1, Ambassador Transit HotelAs someone who prefers day flights over night, I found myself spending a long layover at Singapore’s Changi International Airport. My flight landed at 9:45pm, with the connecting flight at 7:10am. The transit hotel (The Ambassador) runs across all three terminals at Changi, however, with Terminal 2 and the newer Terminal 3 fully booked, there was only Terminal 1 available. This was booked some 2-3 weeks before the stay. The advice to anyone looking to stay would be to book ahead and early as we did see people at check-in being turned away with no place to stay for the night.

The hotel was easy enough to find thanks to the Skytrain and signage throughout the terminal. On arrival, check-in was a bit disorganised as they struggled to find a room (despite it being booked some time ago). I needed the room for 8 hours (10pm-6am) and was given to 2 hours free to make up for the noise due to renovations that were being done.
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