American Express offering hotel staycation rebates, deals and upsized points redemptions

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AMEX cardholders can now enjoy staycation rebates of up to 30% off, plus special staycation deals and redemption promotions.

American Express has launched a new campaign for local staycations called “Open for Travel”. Cardholders will  enjoy hotel statement credits, discounted staycation rates, and enhanced value when redeeming Membership Rewards points for charges at selected hotels. 

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This campaign runs from 25 August to 8 November 2020, and applies to all Singapore-issued American Express cards (excluding those from Citibank, DBS and UOB). 

Statement Credits for Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Millennium Hotels

Marvelous Suite at W Sentosa Cove
Marvelous Suite at W Sentosa Cove

American Express cardholders can now register for the following AMEX Offers via the AMEX app or online banking portal. Some of these may be targeted, so if you don’t see them, that may be why. 

❓ What are AMEX Offers?

AMEX Offers are opportunities to earn bonus miles or Membership Rewards points, or discounts in the form of statement credits. These are available to Platinum, True Cashback, and KrisFlyer cobrand cardholders, and can be found in the “Offers” section of the AMEX app or web portal. 

Registration is required, and some offers may be targeted. These are not applicable to DBS/Citi/UOB AMEX cardholders. 

These offers are valid till 8 November 2020, and can be used for dining, spa treatment or stays at participating hotels. All payments must be made via the hotel’s official website, or in-person at the hotel/restaurant/spa. Rates booked through OTAs will not qualify for any rebate. 

Chain Offer
Max Uses Per Card Reg. Cap
Spend Credit
Hilton S$400 S$120 3* No cap
Hyatt S$300 S$75 1 10,000 cards
Marriott S$400 S$100 1 10,000 cards
Millennium Hotels
& Resorts
S$500 S$100 1 10,000 cards
*One credit per participating property, at a maximum of three properties
All offers valid for spending made after card registration, up till 8 November 2020.

In terms of effective rebate, Hilton leads the way (30%), followed by Hyatt & Marriott (25%), then Millennium Hotels & Resorts (20%). 

Registration is on a per card basis, so if you have two different AMEX cards, you can register both and enjoy the Hyatt offer twice (or the Hilton offer six times). Supplementary cardholders can also register, but out of consideration to others, please don’t spam registrations. 

Spending can be spread out across multiple transactions; there’s no need to spend the entire amount at one go (I’ve confirmed this with AMEX). For example, the Hyatt offer requires S$300 in cumulative spending to trigger a S$75 statement credit; you could achieve this with three separate transactions of S$80, S$200, and S$120. 

The following hotels, dining outlets and spas are participating (hotels that have been approved for staycation guests are in green):

Chain Hotels Dining Outlets
Hilton
(Full details)
Conrad Centennial 
  • Golden Peony
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Oscar’s
  • The Terrace
Hilton Singapore
  • D9 Cakery
  • Iggy’s
  • Opus Bar & Grill
  • Sky Bar
  • Verde Kitchen
  • Il Cielo
Hilton Garden
Inn Serangoon
  • The Garden Grille
Hyatt
(Full details)
Andaz Singapore
  • 665°F
  • Alley on 25
  • Auntie’s Wok and Steam
  • Bar Square
  • Mr Stork
  • Teppan Chef’s Table
Grand Hyatt Singapore
  • mezza9
  • StraitsKitchen
  • 10 SCOTTS
  • Oasis Restaurant
  • Pete’s Place
  • Martini bar at mezza9
  • BRIX
  • Party room at mezza9
  • Damai Spa
Marriott
(Full details)
Ritz-Carlton Millennia
  • Colony
  • Summer Pavilion
  • Chihuly Lounge
  • Colony Bakery
  • Pool Bar and Cabanas
St Regis Singapore
  • LaBrezza
  • Yan Ting
  • Brasserie Les Saveurs
  • Astor Bar
  • The Drawing Room
  • Remede Spa
W Singapore
  • SKIRT
  • The Kitchen Table
  • WOOBAR
  • WET Bar
  • Away Spa
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
  • Crossroads
  • Marriott Cafe
  • Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Java+
Millennium Hotels & Resorts
(Full details)
Orchard Hotel Singapore
  • Bar Intermezzo
  • Hua Ting Restaurant
  • The Orchard Cafe
M Social Singapore
  • Beast & Butterflies

T&Cs for each of these offers can be found here:

What about Love Dining?

LaBrezza St Regis
LaBrezza at St Regis

The sharp-eyed amongst you may have noticed that some of these restaurants participate in the Love Dining program. The Love Dining and AMEX Offers will stack, and it all boils down to the nett amount charged to your card. 

For example, if I spent S$800 at LaBrezza with a 50% Love Dining discount, then S$400 is charged to my card- sufficient to trigger the S$100 statement credit. You probably won’t spend S$800 at one go, but remember: it need not be in a single transaction. 

Special American Express Staycation Rates

The Barracks Hotel Sentosa
The Barracks Hotel Sentosa

American Express members can book special staycation rates at the following chains or through the following OTAs. All stays must be booked by 8 November 2020, and stay dates vary as shown below:

Chain
(Code)
Offer Book* Stay 
Accor
(AMXSVR)
25% off flexible rate + breakfast
8 Nov 20 31 Mar 21
Expedia
(AMEXSGD12)
12% on local hotels 8 Nov 20 30 Apr 21
Far East Hospitality
(AMEXOFT)
25% off BAR + 4 p.m check-out
8 Nov 20 31 Jan 21
Four Seasons
(AXOPEN)
20% off BAR (min 2 nights) + breakfast 8 Nov 20 8 Nov 20
Hotels.com
(AMEX25SG)
S$25 off min spend of S$250 on local hotels 8 Nov 20 30 Apr 21
*All booking periods start 25 August, except Accor which starts on 14 September

No registration is required, but all payments must be made with an eligible American Express card. Where Accor and Far East Hospitality are concerned, the following properties are participating in this promotion:

Chain Participating Properties
Accor
  • Fairmont Singapore
  • Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Far East Hospitality
  • Amoy Hotel
  • Oasia Hotel Downtown
  • Orchard Rendezvous Hotel Singapore
  • The Barracks Hotel Sentosa
  • Village Hotel Bugis

The full T&Cs can be found here

Redeem Membership Rewards points for hotel statement credit

Amoy Hotel
Amoy Hotel

From 25 August- 8 November 2020, AMEX cardholders can redeem Membership Rewards points at an enhanced rate of 1,000 points= S$6.50 (usual: S$4.80) for charges at the following hotel partners:

  1. AMOY Hotel
  2. Andaz Singapore
  3. Conrad Centennial Singapore
  4. Expedia (www.expedia.com.sg/amex)
  5. Fairmont Singapore
  6. Grand Hyatt Singapore
  7. Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
  8. Hilton Singapore
  9. Hotels.com (www.hotels.com/amex-sg)
  10. M Social Singapore
  11. Oasia Hotel Downtown
  12. Orchard Hotel Singapore 
  13. Orchard Rendezvous Hotel Singapore
  14. Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
  15. Sofitel Singapore City Centre
  16. The Barracks Hotel Sentosa
  17. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
  18. The St Regis Singapore
  19. Village Hotel Bugis
  20. W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

While that’s a 35% boost compared to normal, it can’t beat the 1,000 points= S$9.60 rate that AMEX offered up till 20 July 2020. I actually converted about S$2,000 worth of statement credit during that last promotion, which I’m now using to fund my staycation reviews

So should you take advantage of it? Well, if you’re an AMEX Platinum Charge or Centurion member, that’s the equivalent of accepting 1.04 cents per mile (1.17 for all other AMEX cards, thanks to the different conversion rates). It’s not fantastic, and unless you’re really flush with points, it’s better to sit this one out. 

The T&C of this offer can be found here

Conclusion

Of the three promotions AMEX is running, I’d say the AMEX Offers are the most “worth it”. That’s because you can stack them with the hotel’s existing staycation rates, doubling down on your savings. 

The discounted staycation rates with Accor/Far East/Four Seasons could also be useful, but you’ll need to see how the hotel’s best available rate prices for the dates you’re looking at. 

I wouldn’t advise people to use their Membership Rewards points to offset staycation expenses, unless they’ve got a genuine abundance on hand (and if so, you’re better off using them to offset your annual fee)

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Ethan

thinking out loud. another alternative maybe? can buy the hotel’s mooncakes if not intending to stay or dine.

AvidTraveller

if I sign up for an amex card and manage to get it approved, will these offers appear in my account ?

Vod

Contacted AMEX but they said they cannot provide the offer to those who do not see it in the app (new amex card holder who just received my card this week)

Last edited 1 year ago by Vod
Vod

Will do! Thanks!

Kelto

Hi Aaron. Noticed the Hilton TnC says “in-person at the front desk or at a participating restaurant, bar or spa within the property”. Does that means pre-paid booking via Hilton app is not eligible? Although normally app prepaid booking is processed offline by the hotel itself

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