The UOB Preferred Platinum AMEX is the best card available for dining right now at 4 miles per $1. Yes, it’s AMEX, but like I’ve said before, the whole reason they need to give better rewards on AMEX cards is to compensate for their lower acceptance.
This card currently cannot be applied for online, and a call to UOB customer service confirmed that they are in the process of “demarketing the card”, whatever that means. However, if you’ve missed the boat there is still one more opportunity to get on. Apparently, UOB has not updated their back-end applications for SMS applications. Meaning that you can apply via SMS following the method below-
SMS spacespace to 77862
For example: SMS Yespp 7890 S1234567H to 77862.
To give a bit more clarity, “7890” here is the last 4 digits of your existing UOB card (This option will only be available to people who have an existing UOB card and not new applicants). “Yespp” means you want to apply for the Preferred Platinum Account. And yes, 77862 is the official UOB SMS number, you can verify that online.
One poster has reported successfully getting his UOB Preferred Platinum card via this method (thanks Lionel!), so if nothing else it is definitely worth a try.
Let me know if this works for you guys
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Since I just got my UOB Prvi AMEX last night and activated it this morning, I asked the agent if they still had this card. He also said they’re demarketing the card.
I tried to apply via this method today – so let’s see if it does work!
Is it first year fee waiver please? Thanks
yes, the SOP is to give first year fee waiver
Thanks ! Applied already. Received SMS to allow 10 working days but ….. Subject to approval ?
great! let me know if it works for you
Thanks, have applied and will update with outcome.
Have also applied to PriviMiles AMEX but note that promotion has changed from your original post to:
– 3 miles on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir & KrisShop
– 2.4 miles for your overseas spend
– 1.4 miles for your local spend
– 20,000 loyalty miles every year
Plus a sign up bonus:
8,000 miles* for new UOB Cardmembers
5,000 miles* for existing UOB Cardmembers
Have you or others got a new preferred general spend card?
Hi Elroy, I’ve been using PRVIMILES AMEX for a while now (about 3 or 4 years) and it’s a great card, but I’ve since changed to the MasterCard version as it’s accepted at many more places with the same rewards. The Visa is good as well but MasterCard World seems to have a slight edge (SPG gold, accepted with Comfort taxis). The only difference is that if you can hit >$50K in a year, the AMEX card gives 20K bonus miles while the MasterCard card has nothing. I used to be able to hit it with my work expenses so… Read more »
spot on! the main difference is the 20k bonus miles. have to give people something in order to entice them to use amex…although if over the year you find $14,000+ worth of merchants who won’t take amex, you’d be better off with the MC version
yeah I think I know which article you’re talking about. need to go back and change it. the problem with writing about this stuff is it gets outdated quickly. my general spend card is still prvi miles though. i’ve been meaning to get the MC version for wider acceptance…
Is the sign up bonus consider good Compared to their last few promotions, if any? I have yet to acquire this card, wonder if this is the right time …
That sign up bonus is not really that fantastic, 1500 dollar can easily mess up your planned spending. Would recommend if you have enough cash flow, or is capable to earn back close to the amount via other means.
Just saw the required $1500 spend. I might as well get the Amex rewards card first to get more miles 🙂 thanks for sharing
Uploaded the picture of the Amex Dining Card Received last week that was applied using the sms method. 😉
View this link instead. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3YFxjWKiGZcOHN1dmZTQXRSaU0/view?usp=sharing
Hi Lionel! So happy for you that you’re able to get the card through this method! Just wanted to check, how long did it take from the SMS till the card reached you? Appreciate the help!
I had applied on 24 Dec, and gotten it on 4 Jan. Likely im not going to use it though, im moving to HSBC Advance CC for local dining and online bills; I had work out with my parents for them to pay me cash for their bills; so I will not create orphan miles. This card is good if your company sent you for many short term overseas trip, where you can’t accumlate 1k with UOB visa siganture. Can be useful if you also frequently eat in town.
On a separate note, FYI on current Masterpass promotion with Comfort Cabs i.e. No 10% admin fee and booking fee waived.
Understand that this card is not recommended to use at hotel dining outlet. Is there any known hotel restaurant exception to this ? Or if we swipe at the hotel restaurant, has there been successful case to call up uob to credit the spending at 4 miles per $?
nope. the whole issue arises from the MCC. hotel restaurants will be billed as a hotel MCC, not as a dining MCC. I suppose you could call up UOB and plead ignorance and if you’re a big spender with them they may think it worth their while to give you a 1 time exception (at expense to themselves), but i wouldn’t count on it.
Ha … Ok. Then imagination would be my next best fallback 🙂 thanks Aaron.
I know this applies to hotel banquet dining, but do you also not get the 10x for any restaurant (non banquet) in a hotel?
i wouldn’t risk it. i know there may be certain cases where the restaurant, even when it’s within the hotel, will code as a restaurant in its own right (eg imperial treasure at the crowne plaza changi airport). however, in the majority of cases, your dining in hotel restaurants will code as a hotel spend and not dining, earning you a measly 0.8 mpd.
Ok thanks much!
Great. I can see the new cards in my online banking. So would expect to receive them very soon ! Thanks for the last call
awesome. looks like this trick is still alive then.
I just tried to apply using the prescribed method 3 days ago, and it doesn’t seem to work.
that doesn’t sound good. doesn’t work as in- no confirmation received? nothing in your ibanking?
On a different note, it seems that the Citi Clear Platinum offers 2 miles per $1 spend on local dining. Other than the UOB Amex card, this seems to be the next best alternative ?
Worth noting that HSBC revolution also give 2 miles per $ on local spend, and also can be use to pay for online bills (mainly utilities) at e-axs. May worth better than clear plat if you can consolidate your parents bills and yours and pay it together every month to hit the minimum transfer limit. HSBC Advance CC also give 4 miles per $ on local, dining online and entertainment, you will need an advance account with them. The main gripe with this two cards is that DBS Woman do not award points for online billing. You may want to… Read more »
Hi Eddie- you might want to see this article if you haven’t already. covered the best of the rest of the dining cards! https://milelion.com/2015/12/21/death-dining-card-singapore/
The exact response i received from UOB for the Amex application is “Sorry this service is currently unavailable”
I’ve tried it a few times now.
I just tried the option today. Received the reply as “Your UOB Preferred Platinum Card Account will be sent to you within 10 working days, subject to approval.”
Not knowing why your message is different. Could it be your message is in a different layout?
[…] Platinum American Express Card, which has since been removed from the UOB card line-up. However, SMS applications are still being accepted (a friend just received hers last week!) so if you have an existing UOB card, this is too good to […]
tried applying for the UOB PP Amex a few days ago via the SMS method. Received a response saying, “Your UOB Preferred Platinum Card Account will be sent to you within 10 working days, subject to approval.”
Fingers crossed let’s hope this works
me too. just did the sms application. fingers crossed. will keep everyone updated.
(that said. note to self: whats taking you so long?!?!)
Just checked via ebanking and I see the UOB PP Amex under one of my credit cards. Haven’t received it yet but i guess it’s approved!
great to hear. this might be one of those classic YMMV cases but glad it worked out for you
UOB PP Amex & MC variant reflected on my accounts after trying the sms method above. Visa variant was already applied previously. Sms sent on 12 Feb, hopefully the cards will reach my letterbox soon!
thanks for the data point! hope more people can get in on this before UOB closes the loop
Yup. Received the card yesterday.
Really wonder how it works. Called a few months back and CSO said no longer applicable for application. But sms actually get you the cards.
i think its over. Tried smsing in the same format and doesn’t go through.
I tried it on 27-Feb and got the sms that the card will be send in 10 days subjected to approval. I will update again if the application is indeed successful.
Worked in March for me 😀
Thank you for your application. Your UOB Preferred Platinum Card Account will be sent to you within 10 working days, subject to approval.
Online banking appeared one card info
Preferred Amex xxxx
Not see Mastercard combo.
Are you sure the number is correct? Amex should be 15 numbers. 1234 123456 12345
have never seen a cc number starting with 0. but anyway might not be prudent to display this here. have edited to remove
The card arrived. 376317xxxxxxxxx
Only one card issued
For secuity reason, your preferred platinum mastercard will be mailed to you seperately.
Applied in March and received the 2 cards. It works.
thanks for the data point!
What is the difference between UOB PP VISA and UOB PP MC and AMEX?
Wouldn’t the single card VISA be more appealing? Am i missing something?
Definitely missing out! PPV is for online and paywave.. PPA is for restaurant (probably best out there for dining). PPM is useless
PPV has several restrictive online transaction that doesn’t count for the bonus UNI$. DBS WW would be the better choice for online.
Tried it today but did not receive the sms.
Edit: Received the sms many hours later. 🙂
Edit: Received both cards on 15 April
I applied and received the SMS. Will see how it goes.
thanks- have added you to the list. your chances sound promising based on the current pattern though
Applied on 30 Mar, got SMS confirmation. Received the cards today!
awesome, thank you. good to know it still works.
Got my sms confirmation for the PP back in early March. No sign of the cards. Gonna open a HSBC Advance account and apply for the advance plat visa.
when you check your ibanking do you see the cards opened up?
Hi all, I applied for PPA on 5 April 16. I just called CSO – he said it was not possible for anyone to obtain this card since it has been demarketed. Also, I don’t see any signs of this card in my UOB online account. Verdict: DEAD….
By calling the CSO the answer you get definitely demarketed. That is the instruction they received to tell people who call up.. I also received the same reply months back but i get my card.
It could be that your sms format is incorrect or you don’t fulfil the prerequisite
Just for the record, I received my UOB PP Amex exactly 10 days from the time of SMS. :))
Sent SMS on Mar 30th, got my card a few days ago.
Not sure if it’s still working, but worth a try.
I applied for this (via SMS) together with PPV on 3 Apr. The PPV shows in my internet banking since 10 Apr, but there is no sign of the PPA todate. Does not look good?
Applied for PPA on 21 April, Received both Amex and MC on 29 April. It’s still alive folks 🙂
Just applied for it this morning, and received immediate confirmation. It still works, guys!
Did you get the card?
Just applied for mine this morning and I got an immediate reply. Now to wait for 10 days!
Do let me know if you get it!! 🙂
So far only got the PPM on IB and by mail.
Received the PPA on 9 June!
Applied on 29 April with an immediately response.
Received only PPM on 7 May.
IB only shows PPM as well.
Applied on 29 May and not 29 April.
And received only PPM on 7 Jun and not 7 May.
Received PPA on 10 Jun.
excellent, thanks for update
Applied on 2 June and got the confirmation SMS. Hopefully it comes soon!
Got the PPA card reflected on my ibanking. Physical mail shld come soon!
Applied on 2 June. Received PPA and PPM on 13 June!
May I know whether the Preferred Platinum Mastercard has the same benefits as the PP Visa or Amex? Or is it totally useless?
Totally useless. Just that it comes together with the amex variant hence people have it. But stashed to the drawer.
Applied on 4th June, got the confirmation sms. Hope that it will come soon.
Got both Amex and Mastercard last week!
I see both PPA and PPM reflected in my Ibanking!
Waiting for the cards
Just to add on that I have applied and got both AMEX and MC successfully
Hypothetical question for you. Suppose UOB does not want to waive he annual fees for the preferred Amex. Would you
1) suck it up and fork over the annual fee
2) cancel the card and possibly bid it farewell as they have discontinued it
hmmm. they did charge me the annual fee fairly recently (after the card got demarketed) and I managed to get a waiver. if they didn’t waive it i must admit i might pay the annual fee given how much I use it. or I might just switch over to the hsbc advance which i’ve been meaning to apply for this week…
Go go for the HSBC Advance. I went to apply for mine last weekend and am waiting for it to arrive. Admittedly their marketing team is rather slow to respond to requests left on their website so I had to make my way down to the branch to physically open it.
their marketing team is completely useless. not a single call/sms/email whatever since i contacted them 2 weeks ago
Any ideas how much spending on UOB preferred Amex to get waive?
your guess is as good as mine, really. i’m still undecided whether they look at your total spend on all uob cards (rationale: if this guy is a big spender with our bank let’s not piss him off even though he only spent $100 on this other card) or on the card you’re trying to get the fee waived in particular. i really think CSOs have a lot of latitude here to use discretion.
Here is the point whereby I realize it’s good to be an UOB employee.
is this card still giving dining at 4 miles per $1.
Still works, got my card today
How long did you wait for? I applied on 7 July and still waiting…
It could take up to a few weeks if you apply by sms.
[…] This card appears to have been ‘de-marketed’. However, there are feedback that this card is still available through the right channel. Check this post from Milelion. […]
If u make a spend at restaurants coded as hotel MCC, anyone with experience calling uob hotline and getting adjustment?
i think the chances of them doing that are slim to bupkis. especially since in the T&C they’ve emphasized that hotel dining doesn’t count
Tried before when enquiring about other matters and they just say it is not counted.
how much points do u get for non-dining?
ok..it is 5 points for 4 miles (or 2 UNI$)
Is this card already phased out?
Can I still apply for this card to date?
I applied the UOB PPV for the 4mpd on PayWave particularly, since I’m more to fast-food chains. I guess if restaurants have PayWave, this card still works.
I also have the Citi Clear Platinum. Been holding for 5 years. And HSBC Revo Pending Approval.
So again, so I actually find it beneficial to apply this as well for dining?
Dun think it works . Cso called n said card no longer avail. Applied second time n receive same response a week later. Guess they monitoring
think this is dead guys. congrats to all who got in while it lasted, to those who didnt- try the hsbc advance?
15Nov – applied for card via SMS
20Nov – received call saying discontinued, but continued to push them citing other people who have received the card recently, CSO agreed to apply for me.
8Dec – received card in mailbox
still works! goodluck guys!
15 Dec | Apply via SMS, received reply application successful, will be mailing in 10 working days. Let’s hope this still works.
Btw, does this apply for both MC and AMEX? or just the AMEX only?
now there’s a hopeful man! I wish you all the best but i would be seriously surprised if this still works (one poster a week or so ago reported a successful application though…)
you will get both MC and AMEX if it works. but the MC is as good as a paperweight.
Its still alive!
Just check my online banking, and the two PP AMEX/MC cards are there.
no way. that is awesome. if you’re able to provide me with some photographic (obviously redacted) proof I can upload something here and silence the naysayers who insist it’s dead.
Hey does anyone know if the UOB PP Amex 4 miles per dollar work for foreign currencies too or like if it has any spending cap per year / month?
foreign dining is counted too. no cap.
just wondering how uni$s are credited for the PP Amex. THe CSO told me it’s 2x immediately and 8x on the statement. Sound strange.
Cso is right. Base earning is 0.8 instead of ppv 0.4. This to earn total 4mpd will be 8 x bonus
tyrhung’s right. regular spend is 0.8mpd. bonus is 3.2.
[…] for this card is clear – to give me some award on my dining. I’ve heard about the UOB PP Amex and Visa and made one last ditch attempt to apply for that sweet sweet 4 miles per dollar spend on dining […]
anybody apply this month and get this PP Amex card ?
Hey Rio, yup I think I did woohoo!! 🙂 PM me if you manage to get too! http://t.me/chelseakang
I recall you tried many options.. finally the sms or mail nailed it for you?
I tried everything. Seriously have to earn this card hahaha.
Hello care to share how you managed to? I rly wanna get this card too but the sms method is not working for me
read her article here- http://chelseakang.xyz/2017/06/18/finding-unicorns-uob-preferred-platinum-mastercard-amex/