The Great Singapore Sale 2019 is back!

GSS 2019: The Great Singapore Sale is back, so what’s happening at Orchard?

Updated: 3 July 2019

It’s the time of the year again! It’s time to catch the best deals and the biggest discounts.

Online shopping has been on the rise, and you might think that there’ll be lesser footfall around Orchard Road this time. However, statistics show that over 90% of retail sales still come from physical stores.

Expect no less from the most exciting shopping season of the year. This year’s GSS campaign is all about delivering the consumer experience, which echoes the suggestions from a recent study about shopping in Singapore. What does this mean for shoppers?

We’ve compiled a list of events that are taking place this GSS, along with the best dining and online shopping discounts for various credit cards. Here’s your handy guide to shopping and eating smart this GSS.

Great Singapore Sale 2019 is back!

GSS 2019: Experience Singapore (21 June – 28 July)

Here’s what to look out for in the coming weeks:

EVENT OVER: Interactive pop-up events

There will be a fashion runway (Orchard Road Fashion Scramble) on the opening day of GSS, happening right smack on Orchard Road itself. You’ll also find an alternative selection of goods from smaller, boutique brands in The Great Singapore Street Pop-up, which is a row of pop-up stores lined along Orchard Road that will be running from 21 – 30 June.

5 to 14 July: Second shopping site – Kampong Glam

This is also the first time that GSS is extended to Kampong Glam. There are plenty of performances happening along Kandahar Street, from 5PM till 8PM everyday during this period.

Besides the novelty offerings from the hipster shophouse retail stores, look out for an exclusive fashion showcase (ProjekGlamway, 6 July, Arab Street) centred around ethnic materials and designs. There'll also be a handicraft bazaar and a flea market on 6 and 7 July, all happening within this rustic district.

For food options, there will be pop-up food trucks selling snacks and Singaporean food. Also, if you’re curious about the regular food and shopping options you can find in the vicinity, be sure to check out this article to see some of our recommendations around Arab Street and Haji Lane.

Shopping and dining deals abound

There will be special offers every Friday. What's more, be ready to go wild with your shopping and dining on 7 July – Goods and Service Tax (GST) across all participating stores will be absorbed that day. This means that you’ll be getting an additional 7% discount on purchases, even on sale items!

Get the best credit card rebates and discounts

Yes, there are plenty of dining and shopping discounts during GSS. On top of that, you can make use of credit cards to earn miles and cashback from your spending.

In the following section, we’ve summed up some of the credit card tie-ups, so if you’re looking to dine or shop at any of these retailers, be sure to catch on these promotions. 

Online Shopping Deals

Retail Shop Outlet Credit Card Promotion

Zalora – Use code DEAL25 to get 25% off sitewide with $80 spend.

AMEX: Up to 22% off
Citibank: $20 off $120 spend
HSBC: 28% off with no minimum spend for new customers, $20 off $110 spend for existing customers.
UOB: 30% off sitewide for new customers, 25% off with $120 spend for existing customers

Amazon Prime Now

DBS: $20 off when you spend $60 or more

Shopee – Their own GSS with discounts, giveaways, and cashback (till 7 Jul 2019)

DBS: $10 off with $80 or more spend
OCBC: $7 off with $15 or more spend

Redmart, Lazada

HSBC: $15 off and free delivery with $150 or more spend on RedMart™ on Lazada
SC: $10 off with $120 or more spend on RedMart

Love, Bonito – Up to 65% off, use LUCKY10 to get extra 10% off with $70 or more spend (valid till 9 Jul 2019)

Citibank: 10% off with $100 or more spend
HSBC: 8% off with $100 or more spend

TopShop, TopMan

UOB: 50% off sale items and additional discount when you buy multiple pieces at Topshop and Topman
DBS: 15% off with $100 or more spend

Fave – 20% cashback and promo codes across the GSS period (app only, valid till 28 Jul 2019)

UOB: 30% off all deals on Fave app for new users, 10% cashback for existing users

Qoo10

UOB: $10 off with $80 or more spend

RebateMango

OCBC: Additional 10% on cashback when you buy from ASOS, The Tinsel Rack, Under Armour, Reebonz, Nike and several other shops with RebateMango

Under Armour

UOB: 20% off with $120 or more spend, and free shoebag with $200 or more spend

BooksActually

UOB: 20% off purchases with UOBGSS

Castlery – $100–$1,100 rebate with spends of more than $1,500–$7,000 DBS/POSB: 5% off with $1,000 or more spend

For the above promotions, they are applicable for shopping online only. Some stores do extend their credit card discounts to their physical retail shops. Also, note that only MaybankUOB, and Citibank have dedicated GSS promotion pages at the moment; we'll be updating this space every week as GSS kicks in.

Nonetheless, if you'll like to check out the online shopping deals or find a credit card that gets you the most cashback or air miles for your online shopping, be sure to check back this page or use GoBear to compare across different cards. 

 

Compare Credit Cards with GoBear

 

Shopping Mall Specials

Besides shopping online, you might want to head down to the streets and get a feel of the festival and the shopping spirit. Many people also prefer to look and try out the apparels before buying them.

That's when you'll want to catch these shopping mall deals where you get mall vouchers with your accumulated shopping receipts. This means that you can either buy more at the mall or have a meal for free after you're done with your shopping.

Retail Shop Outlet Credit Card Promotion

ION Orchard – Special dining deals (valid till 28 July 2019)

AMEX: Spend $450 or more to get a $50 worth of mall vouchers (valid till Dec 2019)

TANGS – Use GSS20 to get $20 off $500 or more spend online.

Standard Chartered: Spend $200 or more to get a $15 mall voucher (valid till Dec 2019)

Suntec City

Maybank: Spend $180 or more to get a $10 Suntec City voucher (valid till 31 Aug 2019)

Mandarin Gallery – Spend $350 or more to get a $30 mall voucher; get 30% off mall vouchers every Friday (valid till 28 Jul 2019)

NA

orchardgateway – Spend $120 or more to redeem a $10 mall voucher (Valid till 28 Jul 2019)

OCBC: Spend $100 or more to get the $10 mall voucher.

Funan – Opening on 28 Jun 2019.

AMEX CapitaCard: Get a $10 Golden Village voucher with $20 or more spend, and a charging cable with $60 or more spend (valid till 7 Jul 2019); also, spend $100 or more to earn 20X STAR$ (valid till 31 Jul 2019)

The best part about these deals is that you do not have to take any special action. If you're already shopping at these malls, it's a matter of collecting the receipts to redeem at the information counters.

Dining Deals

What's a GSS without the sumptuous, yummy deals? You'll be glad to hear that all credit cards have their respective dining promotions and it's just a matter of finding the restaurants with the promotions for your card. We've compiled a list of dining deals just for you.

Credit Card Promotion
AMEX
  • Receive 20% credit back at No Signboard Seafood
  • 15% off when you dine alone, 50% off with 1 guest, 35% off with 2 guests, 25% off with 3 guests, and 20% with 4–19 guests. Applicable at many Love Dining restaurant partners.
Citibank
  • Plenty of 1-for-1 hotel buffets, including Plate @ Carlton City, The Line @ Shangri-la, The Dining Room @ Sheraton Towers, The Buffet @ M Hotel, Ellenborough Market Cafe @ Swissotel Merchant Court, and many more
  • 12% off at Crystal Jade restaurants
  • $10 return vouchers at Paradise restaurants
  • Many other discounts and 1-for-1 promotions
DBS/POSB
HSBC
OCBC
Standard Chartered
  • Get $3 off when you spend $6 or more on Starbucks on Mondays
  • Up to 50% off on ala-carte items at restaurants by The Fullerton
  • 12.5% rebates on Paradise $ when you dine at Paradise restaurants
  • $25 return voucher when you spend $250 or more at MBS restaurants like Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, Bread Street Kitchen, CUT, LAVO, and more
UOB
  • 1-for-1 selected items at restaurants like Crystal Jade, Earle Swensen's, Greenwood Fish Market, KPO Cafe Bar,Nassim Hill Bakery, Sushi Tei, and several hotel buffets
  • New customers get $15 off when you buy $30 or more on foodpanda
  • $4 off when you buy $12 or more on Deliveroo

It's not just about getting dining discounts, you'll also be earning cashback or air miles when you pay for meals with your credit cards. 

As different cards give you promotions at different malls and restaurants, it's important to choose one that gets you the best rebates and deals for the places that you frequent. For example, Maybank cards are good for shopping at Suntec City, while Standard Chartered gives the best rebate if you plan to shop at TANGS or dine at The Fullerton and Marina Bay Sands restaurants.

As GSS kicks off, be sure to check back on this page for updates on the best shopping and dining promotions. Meanwhile, if you’re thinking of getting a credit card for air miles or cashback, remember, you can easily compare across multiple cards on GoBear and find one that best suits your needs.

 

Compare Credit Cards with GoBear

 

We’re also running our own GSS giveaway, where you get a chance to win a holiday to Melbourne, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City, simply by signing up and getting approved for selected credit cards. So get off your seats and get shopping today!

 

Sources:

GSS Website

A new vision for Orchard Road | Cistri

The Big Read | CNA

GSS takes of a festive life | The Straits Times