From 24 November to 14 December 2020, American Express is running a pre-Christmas offer where card applicants can receive an additional S$120 of CapitaVouchers, Shopee Vouchers or Dairy Farm Group Vouchers, on top of the usual sign-up bonuses and gifts.
This offer is only available to new to American Express Card members, defined as those who do not currently hold a principal AMEX consumer card at the point of application, or in the 12 month period prior).
|The restriction is on consumer cards, if you only hold an AMEX Singapore Airlines Business Card, for example, you’ll be eligible for this offer|
American Express Pre-Christmas Offer
For applications submitted between 24 November to 14 December 2020 and approved by 15 January 2021, new to American Express Card members will receive a further S$120 in CapitaVouchers, Shopee Vouchers or Dairy Farm Group Vouchers when they spend at least S$500 in the first month of approval.
This is on top of the usual sign-up bonuses and gifts, as summarized below:
|Usual Offer||Additional Pre-Christmas Offer|
|AMEX CapitaCard||Spend S$3K in 3 months, get Sennheiser earphones||Spend S$500 in 1 month, get S$120 vouchers|
|AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend*||Spend S$5K in 3 months, get B&O E8 earbuds and 10K miles||Spend S$500 in 1 month, get S$120 vouchers|
|AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card||Spend S$3K in 3 months, get Acer monitor and 5K miles||Spend S$500 in 1 month, get S$120 vouchers|
|AMEX Platinum Charge*||75K MR points + Spend $20K in 6 months, get 75K MR points||Spend S$500 in 1 month, get S$120 vouchers|
|AMEX Platinum Credit Card*||S$150 Lazada voucher+ Spend S$5K in 3 months, get Samsung monitor and j5 webcam||Spend S$500 in 1 month, get S$120 vouchers|
|AMEX True Cashback Card||Spend S$500 in 1 month, get $80 Capita Vouchers||Spend S$500 in 1 month, get S$120 vouchers|
|*First year’s annual fee must be paid|
All applications must be made through the following landing page to be eligible.
In case you were wondering, the S$500 spending will double count towards the spending requirements for other gifts. For example, if I’m approved for the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend and spend S$5,000 in the first 3 months, I’ll receive:
- S$120 CapitaVouchers/ Shopee Vouchers/ Dairy Farm Group Vouchers
- B&O E8 Earbuds
- 10,000 bonus miles (in addition to the regular miles)
Do note that if you sign up for the Pre-Christmas Offer, you will not be eligible for the MGM gifts, i.e:
- AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend: Spend S$2K, get 7.5K miles
- AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card: Spend S$2K, get 3K miles
- AMEX Platinum Credit Card: Spend S$2K, get 12K MR points
- AMEX Platinum Charge: Spend S$5K, get 40K MR points
While I think most people would be willing to accept the trade-off for the first three, I wouldn’t do it for the AMEX Platinum Charge. 40,000 MR points are worth 25,000 miles, and it’s not worth trading that for a S$120 voucher.
The S$120 vouchers will be issued within 10 weeks of meeting the qualifying criteria, and the full T&C for the Pre-Christmas offer can be found here.
What counts as eligible spending?
The full exclusions list can be found here. Key exclusions to note are:
- GrabPay top-ups
- SPC transactions
While the quantum of vouchers is slightly lower than what we saw during the previous pre-Black Friday offer (S$120 versus S$150), the spending requirement has also been halved (S$500 versus S$1,000).
Once again, do remember that this Pre-Christmas gift replaces the MGM gift, and if you’re eyeing the AMEX Platinum Charge in particular, you’d better off with the MGM offer instead.