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AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders receiving 2019 renewal vouchers early

AMEX appears to be giving out 2019's renewal packs way in advance. Gift horse, mouth, look?
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The AMEX Platinum Charge card has a hefty non-waviable $1,712 annual fee, but comes with numerous travel, lifestyle and dining benefits.

Cardholders can look forward to perks like a complimentary night’s stay at the St Regis or W Singapore, $800 worth of hotel and airline credit, extensive airport lounge access, elite status with various hotel and rental car chains, dining vouchers and more.

Given that the Platinum Charge was only relaunched in August 2018, the question was whether AMEX would be as generous with the benefits the second time round, when it came time to renew the card. Well, it seems that question has been preempted…

AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders are receiving 2019’s vouchers early

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You’d think that we’d have to wait until at least August 2019 to find out what the renewal deal was, but numerous cardholders (myself included) have received their renewal packet in the mail…almost 7 months early.

Included in the packet are a reminder of the Platinum Charge’s benefits, and more importantly, two thick stacks of vouchers.

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What vouchers are included?

  • $400 Air Travel Credit Voucher
  • $400 Lodging Credit Voucher
  • One Complimentary Night Stay at St Regis/W Singapore
  • 4X $50 St Regis Singapore dining vouchers
  • Complimentary house wine/cake when dining at Marriott Cafe
  • 50% savings on high tea buffet for 2-6 persons at Marriott Cafe
  • $50 dining voucher at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel outlets
  • $100 Tower Club Singapore voucher
  • Complimentary Deep Tissue Body massage at Spa Rael
  • Complimentary Ginger Detox Body Treatment at The Ultimate
  • Complimentary Diamond White Face Spa at Adeva Spa
  • 2X Complimentary cake or house wine vouchers at FAR Card restaurants
  • 50% off total food bill for 8-10 adults at selected FAR Card restaurants
  • 5X Complimentary Room Upgrade voucher at Fairmont/Swissotel Singapore
  • Special weekend rate vouchers at Swissotel The Stamford ($250++), Swissotel Merchant Court ($230++), Fairmont Singapore ($270++)

From what I can tell, the vouchers are exactly the same as those included the first time round. There is no complimentary 2 night stay at selected Banyan Tree and Mandarin Oriental Hotels, but keep in mind that was a first year only gift.

What if you don’t intend to renew?

I’m sure everyone loves getting something for nothing, but the question remains: is it really for nothing? The package presupposes the context: that you’re going to renew your AMEX Platinum Charge membership in the coming year. What if you don’t?

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It’s an interesting conundrum- there’s no mention of clawbacks for any of these vouchers, although the T&C of $800 of flight/lodging credits mention that they’re only valid if the full annual fee is paid “for the relevant year of card membership”. My guess, and this is only a guess, is that you can use the rest of the vouchers without renewing your membership in 2019 (hello additional St Regis/W Singapore stay), but should you use the $800 flight/lodging credits and not renew your membership, you’ll be subject to a clawback.

I suppose the other question is: should you subsequently renew your card membership in 2019, will you get a third set of vouchers? That’s probably asking too much, and I don’t think it’ll happen. This may simply be a tactic by AMEX to encourage people to renew in 2019 by frontloading the benefits.

Conclusion

If you hold an AMEX Platinum Charge card, be sure to look out for your vouchers. The only one I’ve actually used is the $400 lodging credit, but with plenty of travel and events in the year ahead I can see myself really maxing all of them out.

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Hmmmm… Is this correct, Aaron? Cos I got my card last Oct, and I don’t think I’ve ‘doubled-up’ on all ‘freebies’… Could you possibly confirm w Amex..?🙏🏻

Btw, congrats and salutation on no longer being just Mr Milelion… Welcome, Mrs Milelioness… 🥂🍾

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Aaron, when is your renewal date? Mine is in August and the vouchers always arrive in Sept/Oct. Issuing of vouchers are not “calendar year” based. Would be nice to get 2x though! 👍😬

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Hi Michael.. My renewal would be Oct 2019.. but I got ‘second’ bunch of vouchers last week too..

But.. I don’t think I got ‘doubles’ for everything.. I got St R or W voucher in second bunch, but didn’t in first bunch.. and.. Tower Club $100 voucher ‘small print’ states that “only 1 voucher may be used in one calendar year”, which means if I use the ‘first bunch’ voucher, that leave a very small window in 2020 to use the 2nd voucher, no..? Quite strange…

T
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T

It’s not targeted and am sure it’s a mistake.

Happy Camper
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Happy Camper

Amex has gotten back to me.. “the second pack of vouchers were sent out by mistake, and members should only use the vouchers in original welcome pack, as the merchant may decline acceptance of the vouchers from second pack..”

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I signed up in Sept 2018. Didn’t get my second pack too. As I used up most of the vouchers and I was getting excited to call Amex for the 2nd pack until i read the comments…sigh.

Anyone knows if we renew the charge card for the 2nd year, would we be eligible for 75000 membership points when we spend $20k in 3 months of the 2nd year?

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L wong

The voucher can’t be duplicated and double used , Eg I used the previous $400 travel voucher and tried to use the 2019 $400 travel voucher , I was told I can only use after a waiting period lol