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Jetstar is celebrating its new thrice-weekly non-stop flights to Okinawa by offering one newly- wed couple a free trip to the Japanese prefecture.

The couple and up to 10 friends and family members will board the inaugural flight from Singapore to Okinawa on Nov 17 for a four-day, three-night stay there. The couple will also be given a rental car for sightseeing and the use of a photographer for wedding shots.

To participate, go to Jetstar's contest post on Facebook and leave a comment stating why you, your partner, family and friends deserve to win the trip. Contestants are encouraged to be as creative as possible and include a video or photo or both. The couple must be legally married in Singapore before Nov 17.

The contest runs till Sept 18 and the winning couple will be announced on Sept 20.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is offering an F1 "Race In Style" package which includes a three-night stay for two, a bottle of champagne, daily buffet breakfast for two and a pair of tickets to The Podium Lounge, the star-studded after-party in the hotel's Grand Ballroom, on Sept 16 or 17.

The package starts at $4,350 for an Elevated Kallang room, $4,950 for a Deluxe Marina room and $6,900 for a Deluxe Suite and guests have to stay a minimum of three nights.

Additional nights will be charged at the best available rates.

Reservations can be made by calling 6434-5111, e-mailing or through the hotel's website at


Scoot has announced new non-stop flights to Harbin and Sapporo for the winter season. Harbin, known for its annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival held in January, is the capital of Heilongjiang, China's most north-eastern province. Heaps of snow and its historic influence of Russian culture have made it a unique destination for winter travellers.

Scoot's Singapore-Harbin route will be serviced by the 787 Dreamliner thrice a week from Dec 1 to March 23 next year.

Scoot has been flying to Sapporo for more than a year, but existing services are routed via Taipei.

From Nov 3, the airline is adding one non-stop Singapore-Sapporo flight a week, and will add another non-stop flight a week from Dec 3.

The route will be serviced by the 787 Dreamliner on a seasonal basis until Feb 11 next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 10, 2017, with the headline 'Concierge: Travel news and deals'. Subscribe