New AMEX KrisFlyer credit card sign up gifts: Conrad or Shangri-La staycation

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Get approved for an AMEX KrisFlyer card by 30 June and enjoy bonus miles plus a staycation at the Conrad Centennial or Shangri-La Singapore.

American Express has launched a new set of sign-up bonuses for the AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card and AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend, which are valid for applications and approvals between 1 April and 30 June 2021. 

While there’s still bonus miles up for grabs, the main change is that the Acer monitor and B&O earbuds gifts have been replaced with staycations at the Conrad Centennial and Shangri-La Singapore. Spending requirements remain the same as the previous round of bonuses. 

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

Update: Due to the Conrad Centennial’s temporary closure, American Express has updated the AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card offer to a S$200 statement credit. Get the full details here.

Customers who apply and receive approval for an AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card between 1 April and 30 June 2021 will receive the following offer:

Apply Here
  Old Offer
(until 31 Mar 21)
New Offer
(from 1 Apr 21)
  Spend Miles Spend Miles
First Spend  Any 5K Any 5K
Special Milelion Bonus S$1.5K 10K S$1.5K 10K
Months 1-3 S$3K 5K + Acer monitor S$3K 5K + Conrad 
Base Miles 3.3K
(S$3K @ 1.1 mpd)
3.3K
(S$3K @ 1.1 mpd)
Total Spend S$3K S$3K
Total Miles 23.3K + Acer monitor 23.3K + Conrad 

All first-time American Express KrisFlyer cobrand cardholders will enjoy 5,000 miles on their first spend of any amount.

Milelion readers will enjoy a bonus of 10,000 miles (be sure to apply via this link)when they spend S$1,500 in the first 3 months. Should they spend a further S$1,500 (i.e S$3,000) total, they’ll receive:

  • Existing customer: 5,000 miles
  • New customer: 5,000 miles + 1-night Conrad Centennial staycation. 
⚠️ AMEX defines new customers as those who do not hold any American Express principal credit cards now, or in the past 12 months.

This means your total haul (including the regular base miles) could be 23,300 miles and a free Conrad Centennial staycation for S$3,000 of spending. 

The hotel voucher is valid for the lead-in Deluxe Room category at the Conrad Centennial (review here), and does not come with breakfast. I’ve checked with AMEX and unfortunately, Hilton elite benefits will not be honored on these stays. 

Conrad Centennial Singapore Deluxe Room
Conrad Centennial Singapore Deluxe Room

Eligible cardholders will receive a redemption letter ~12 weeks after meeting the spend threshold. This will state the validity period and how to redeem the free stay; all free stays must be used within 3 months from the date of the redemption letter. 

The AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card comes with a first-year waiver of its S$176.55 annual fee.

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

Customers who apply and receive approval for an AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend between 1 April and 30 June 2021 will receive the following offer:

Apply Here
  Old Offer
(until 31 Mar 21)
New Offer
(from 1 Apr 21)
  Spend Miles Spend Miles
First Spend  Any  5K Any  5K
MGM Bonus* S$2K 15K^ S$2K 7.5K
Months 1-3 S$5K 10K + Earbuds S$5K 10K + Shang 
Base Miles 6K
(S$5K @ 1.2 mpd)
6K
(S$5K @ 1.2 mpd)
Total Spend S$5K S$5K
Total Miles 36K + Earbuds 28.5K + Shang 
*MGM refers to the AMEX member-get-member program. You’ll be eligible for this bonus if you apply through any of the links in this post
^Usually 7.5K, but doubled for a limited time from 10 Feb to 31 Mar

All first-time American Express KrisFlyer cobrand cardholders will enjoy 5,000 miles on their first spend of any amount.

Milelion readers will enjoy a bonus of 7,500 miles when they spend S$2,000 in the first 3 months (similar to the publicly-available MGM bonus). Should they spend a further S$3,000 (i.e S$5,000) total, they’ll receive:

  • Existing customer: 1-night Shangri-La Hotel staycation
  • New customer: 1-night Shangri-La Hotel staycation + 10,000 miles
⚠️ AMEX defines new customers as those who do not hold any American Express principal credit cards now, or in the past 12 months.

This means your total haul (including the regular base miles) could be 28,500 miles and a free Shangri-La Singapore staycation for S$5,000 of spending. 

The hotel voucher is valid for a Garden Wing Deluxe City View Room (review here), and does not come with breakfast. Shangri-La Golden Circle elite benefits will not be honored on these stays. 

Shangri-La Singapore Garden Wing Deluxe Room
Shangri-La Singapore Garden Wing Deluxe Room

Eligible cardholders will receive a redemption letter ~12 weeks after meeting the spend threshold. This will state the validity period and how to redeem the free stay; all free stays must be used within 3 months from the date of the redemption letter. 

The AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend’s annual fee of S$337.05 must be paid, but you receive four lounge vouchers and a free stay at selected Hilton hotels (including the Hilton Singapore and Conrad Centennial) as part of its regular benefits. 

What spending is eligible?

The minimum spend can be met with any purchases of eligible goods or services which post to your account within the first 3 months after approval. AMEX has a list of excluded spending categories here, but the key ones to note are: 

  • GrabPay top-ups
  • Insurance
  • SPC transactions
  • Utilities

For the avoidance of doubt, hospital transactions, donations, and anything else not explicitly stated in the exclusion list will count as eligible spend. 

Conclusion

American Express continues to offer some of the best sign-up bonuses on the market (in terms of miles to spending payoff), and for those who didn’t fancy monitors or earbuds, this revised round of sign-up bonuses may be more to your liking. 

Don’t forget that your application needs to be approved by 30 June 2021 to enjoy this offer, so don’t leave it too late if you’re interested. 

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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Joe

Hi,

For AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card, in the amex website, it states ‘Receive a referral bonus of 4,000 KrisFlyer miles when you spend S$2,000 within the first 3 months of Card Membership’. The description is slightly different from what you have placed.

It would then be 5k (any spend) + 5k (3k first 3 month) + 4k (milelion) + 3.3k (base) which works to about 17.3k instead of 23.3k.

Which is the correct info?

Thanks

Joe

It directed me there when I clicked on the apply button.

Thanks for the link.

Ferris

Hello! Does anyone know if we’re still considered “new to bank” if we currently hold another non-Krisflyer branded Amex card? Previously it worked for me but I’m wondering if Amex might have changed their policy now. Thanks!

Joe

Hi,

Does the bonus of 10,000 miles and the spend bonus of 5,000 miles comes after the 3rd month?

I’ve gotten the card, and spent over $3000 for Krisflyer card, and only have seen the welcome bonus and earn rate shown in Amex ibanking site.

When to expect those bonus (10k and 5k) to come?

Thanks!

Joe

Thanks!

Just to clarify again, and I don’t see in T&C as well, private hospital spending should be counted as eligible spending right?

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