AMEX unveils Platinum/Centurion Christmas offers: No claw machine, but…

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The much-loved claw machine won't be making an appearance this year, but AMEX still has some surprises planned for Platinum/Centurion cardmembers.

For AMEX Platinum Charge and Centurion cardholders, one of the highlights of the year was the Christmas pop-up booth at ION. 

American Express pop-up booth at ION
American Express pop-up booth at ION

This fixture featured a gift wrapping station and the all-important claw machine, where cardholders could win prizes like champagne, bonus Membership Rewards points and other AMEX-branded merchandise. The gift wrapping station had a team of calligraphy artists who did wonderful work, and they even took the time to teach my mum (who’s really big on calligraphy) a few things when we dropped by. 

American Express claw machine at ION
American Express claw machine at ION

Sadly, there will be no pop-up this year, on account of COVID-19. But just like Platinum af’FAIR, American Express has an alternative online “Christmas with Platinum” planned. 

Advent Calendar

American Express has curated a series of 25 deals in the lead up to Christmas. This list will be updated weekly, and so far the offers include:

  • Day 1: Receive a S$50/S$100 Club 21 voucher when you spend a minimum of S$350/800
  • Day 2: Free delivery with Läderach for any order above S$80 (code: AMEXFREEDELIVERY)
  • Day 3: Complimentary Dior Iconic Trial Kit upon presenting card at Dior Beauty ION Boutique
  • Day 4: S$30 off your next order at Farmer’s Market with no min. spend (code: AMEXCHRISTMAS)
  • Day 5: 15% off Hush Candle (code: AMEX15OFF)
  • Day 6: Up to 50% off LA PERLA (Centurion only)
  • Day 7: 10% off Ryan’s Grocery (code: AMEXXMAS)
  • Day 8: 15% off Fairmont & Swissotel The Stamford non-monetary gift vouchers (code: GCPAMEX15)
  • Day 9: Free 30ml Modern Classic perfume with every purchase of Scent Discovery Set at Maison 21G (code: AMEXSCENTBOX21G)
  • Day 10: Special rates on gelato and gelato akes at Gelatissimo
  • Day 11: 15% off Enchanted Lake Collection at Clé de Peau Beauté Mandarin Gallery boutique
  • Day 12: Special savings on wine sets at Malt & Wine Asia
  • Day 13: 10% off Christmas hampers at Little Farms (code: LFAMEXHAMPER10)
  • Day 14: 5% savings on Grand Cru wine bundles

Jump Jump Reindeer

No, you’re not seeing things- Jump Jump Reindeer is exactly as manic as it sounds. AMEX has created a Flappy Bird clone, and the top 10 scorers each week will win a prize. 

Week Duration Winners Announced
1 3-6 Dec 20 7 Dec
2 7-13 Dec 20 14 Dec
3 14-20 Dec 20 21 Dec
4 21-25 Dec 28 Dec

For week 1, the prize is a one-night stay at the Ritz Carlton Singapore in a Deluxe Kallang Room. You can play as many times as you want, but do note that unlike some of the other offers mentioned here, this is only open to Centurion and Platinum Charge members (i.e not the Platinum Reserve or Platinum Credit Card). The contest T&C state that it’s only open to Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, so take note of that too. 

As you can see, I’m well on my way…

Gift wrapping set

While there’s no AMEX pop-up booth this year (a shame, because the gift wrapping and calligraphy were really amazing), cardholders can still redeem complimentary gift wrapping sets with their spending.

Centurion cardmembers will be receiving one free set via mail, and Platinum Charge members can redeem one set at the collection point with no spending required. Additional sets can be redeemed with a minimum of S$50 spent to your card, in up to two combined receipts and limited to three redemptions per day. 

A word of warning: the redemption centre is Mojito Redemption at Plaza Sing, and I’ve never walked past without seeing a massive queue. I highly doubt there’ll be a special queue for American Express customers, so you’d better have a good amount of patience. What irks me about this place is they don’t have a virtual queue system- you’ll have to stand in line with people redeeming all sorts of other things and wait till it’s your turn. 

Collection Period: 4 – 23 December 2020
Operating Hours: 12pm to 8pm daily (Closed on public holidays)
Collection Point: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura Extension, #04-60/61, Singapore 238839 

Conclusion

I’ll certainly miss the claw machine this year, but it’s just part and parcel of how this year has turned out. As for the Dance Dance Reindeer game, well, I wish you all the best but the bar has been set rather high…

Here’s hoping 2021 brings back the claw machine, in-person events and a whole lot of normality. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Dee

They do have a virtual queue system that will send you an sms now for the redemption.

Alex

The link Amex show on the xmas game doesn’t display the T&C’s, how to reach these?

Ratna

Do you have to log in to see these offers? And is it updated daily?

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