Singapore will transition to Phase 2 of its post Circuit Breaker measures from June 19, which paves the way for more business and social activities to resume. Shopping malls and recreation facilities will reopen, and dining-in will once again be available at restaurants.
Although leisure travel is still not permitted, moving to Phase 2 at least allows cardholders to resume using some benefits that were previously unavailable.
Here’s a rundown of what they can look forward to.
American Express Platinum Cards
The resumption of dining-in means that Love Dining benefits will be available once more. All American Express Platinum cardholders can enjoy up to 50% off selected 5-Star hotels and restaurants.
Bars will not be allowed to resume operations yet, which means some Chillax benefits can’t be utilized. However, some Chillax venues (like Anti:Dote) actually fall into a different classification, so they should be reopening once Phase 2 begins.
|Update: AMEX has clarified that NOOK will reopen in ~2 weeks from the start of Phase 2|
NOOK at 15 Stamford should reopen along with the restaurant. Its lease has been extended till the end of 2020, which means that Platinum Charge and Centurion cardholders can continue enjoying their free drinks for the rest of the year.
I do think that capacity will be an issue, however. NOOK is already tiny, with room for just 30 patrons. Factor in the mandatory social distancing requirements, and I doubt it’ll be able to take more than a handful at a time. Be sure to reserve in advance before heading down.
Platinum EXTRA merchants
As part of AMEX’s Covid-19 “relief package”, Platinum Charge cardholders received a 2X boost on points until 20 July 2020. This means an earn rate of up to 15.6 mpd (or 24% cashback) at EXTRA merchants.
The problem was the Circuit Breaker. Most EXTRA merchants were not open, and the bonus points could not be earned at most of their online stores. Now that retail stores are reopening, I can imagine there’ll be more than a few cardholders rushing to make hay. Revenge spending at The Hour Glass, anyone?
Spa, dining and hotel vouchers
Phase 2 allows spas to resume operations, which is good news for AMEX Platinum cardholders still holding on to spa vouchers.
Likewise, cardholders will once again be able to utilize their St Regis, Marriott and Tower Club dining vouchers.
At the moment, it’s still not certain when staycations will become possible again, so cardholders with unused St Regis/W Singapore vouchers will need to hold on to them a bit longer.
If any of your vouchers have expired during the Circuit Breaker/Phase 1 period, do reach out to AMEX customer service. Numerous cardholders have reported success in getting a new set issued.
All HSBC cardholders receive a complimentary copy of The Entertainer, which provides more than 1,000 1-for-1 dining, entertainment, wellness and travel offers.
Needless to say, the majority of these could not be used during the Circuit Breaker and Phase 1. However, as we move into Phase 2 the dining offers should resume, and hopefully before long the leisure and recreation offers will be usable too.
Maybank Visa Infinite/World Mastercard
For golf-starved cardholders, Phase 2 means you can take to the links once more. You won’t be playing Pebble Beach, but Maybank Visa Infinite/World Mastercard members can resuming enjoying complimentary greens fees at the following courses:
- Orchid Country Club
- Keppel Club
- Sembawang Country Club
- Warren Golf & Country Club
Standard Chartered Visa Infinite/ X Card
SCB Visa Infinite/X Card members can once again enjoy up to 50% off dining at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. This includes Jade, Town Restaurant, The Courtyard, La Brasserie, The Landing Point and Lantern.
UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card
UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card holders will now be able to utilize the 25% discount offered by their Gourmet Collection membership. This covers dining at selected IHG properties in Singapore, including the Intercontinental Bugis and the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.
The 50% discount on weekday lunches at the Grand Hyatt will also resume.
Although premium cardholders still won’t be able to use their airport limo or lounge access perks, Phase 2 at least allows them to resume using some of the other benefits.
I’m personally hoping that as the months go by, small events will once again be possible. The AMEX Platinum Charge and Citi Prestige were known for organizing these before Covid-19, and the AMEX events in particular were always very high quality.
There’s no word on when staycations can resume, but when they do I’m quite certain we’ll see a deluge of good deals, so that’s something else to look forward to as well.