How my Wedding Expenses Paid for Free SQ Flight to Maldives for Honeymoon

 

How my Wedding Expenses Paid for Free SQ Flight to Maldives for Honeymoon

Planning for Wedding Expenses

Wedding expenses are hefty and unavoidable. Spending a low five-figure on your biggest day is a norm in modern day Singapore and rather than whine and groan about it, I figured that I should try to benefit from the expenses.

Hence, I embarked on a plan to accumulate air miles so as to redeem a pair of SQ flight tickets for my dream honeymoon to Maldives. The plan worked well and my wife and I were able to spend our honeymoon on the unparalleled white sandy beaches of Maldives following our wedding. I should emphasize the fact that there are many ways to accumulate air miles through the use of credit cards and the way I have gone about to accumulating the air miles might not have been the most efficient way. Nevetheless, the plan worked and it set us off for our dream honeymoon.

The Budget for Expenses

I worked out a budget for wedding expenses that can be paid off using credit cards as seen below. The list of wedding expenses is neither comprehensive nor a fair representation of how much an average Singaporean couple spends on wedding expenses. However, I believe the numbers will be similar if you need to go through a traditional wedding and you want a happy bride for your wedding.

Proposal Ring $6,000
Wedding Bands $2,000
Wedding Photoshoot $3,500
Actual Day Videography / Photography $2,000
Wedding Banquest $34,000
Maldives Hotel and Airport Taxes $2,500

Total amount spent $50,000

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Credit Card for Air Miles

Having looked through the Credit Card for Miles, I decided to use the UOB PRVI Miles American Express Card which award 1.6 miles for every $1 spent locally for our wedding expenses. In addition, there is a bonus of 20,000 miles for spending more than $50,000 in a year. In total I earned roughly 100,000 air miles ($50,000 * 1.6 + 20,000) which is much more than the 62,900 air miles required to redeem for a pair of SQ tickets to Maldives. In fact, I was only short of 19,000 air miles to redeem for a pair of SQ tickets to Europe. It is evident that couples can easily redeem a pair of SQ tickets to Europe if they plan properly and spend around $60,000 for their wedding. (Note that UOB PRVI Miles American Express Card has since revised their mileage earn rate for local spending to 1.4 miles for every $1 spent and 6 miles for every $1 spent on Expedia)

Maldives and Future Holidays

The clear blue sea filled with colourful fishes and breathtaking coral reefs at Maldivts left my wife and I lusting for more holidays. The opportunity to earn more air miles will come when I have to foot our renovation fees at the end of the year and this time, I am aiming for a pair of free SQ tickets to the United States. Stay tuned.

 

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