I’m not the biggest fan of the AMEX Krisflyer cobrand card portfolio, but they’ve been making some positive moves recently. First, they doubled the first spend bonus from 5,000 miles to 10,000 miles. That’s 10,000 miles when you spend any amount on your card for the first time. Second, they started offering up to 5.3 mpd on Android, Samsung and Apple Pay payments. Third and most recently, they’ve started offering up to 3.3 mpd on Grab and Uber rides.
Edit: AMEX has reached out to clarify that the 3.3 mpd applies also to GrabPay top-ups and UberEats orders
This offer starts from 25 October 2017 with no end date specified. You earn a bonus 2 mpd with every $1 spent on transactions with Uber and Grab. This means you’ll earn the following overall mpd depending on the type of cobrand card you have
- Krisflyer Blue:1.1 + 2= 3.1 mpd
- Krisflyer Ascend: 1.2 + 2= 3.2 mpd
- PPS Krisflyer:1.3+ 2= 3.3 mpd
- Solitaire PPS Krisflyer: 1.3 +2 =3.3 mpd
This is capped at S$200 of spending on Grab and Uber (combined cap for both platforms, not individual) each month. 3.3 mpd is a good rate if you’re not able to apply for a DBS Woman’s World Card which would give you 4 mpd on Grab and Uber rides.
Although it’s unlikely I’ll switch my general spending card to any of the AMEX Krisflyer cobranded ones anytime soon (it’s ridiculous they don’t even offer the best mpd out there for buying SQ/MI tickets- 2 mpd vs up to 4mpd with the DBS WWMC or 3 mpd with the DBS Altitude), it’s encouraging to see them doing small scale promotions like this to improve the card’s value proposition within certain categories of spend.