New AMEX Offer: Earn up to 3.3 mpd on hawker centres, supermarkets, fast food and more

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Register your AMEX credit card and earn bonus miles/points on Everyday Spending merchants, up till 18 June 2021.

American Express has launched a new AMEX Offer for Everyday Spending, which allows cardholders to earn bonus rewards for transactions at selected cafes, supermarkets, hawker centres and fast-food restaurants.

Like all AMEX Offers, this may be targeted. If you don’t see it in the AMEX app or online, you can try to call up customer service to do a manual registration, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be successful.

❓ 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. 

Bonus rewards for Everyday Spending

This AMEX Offer runs from 23 April to 18 June 2021, and is available on AMEX Singapore Airlines Credit Cards, the AMEX Singapore Airlines Business Credit Card and the AMEX CapitaCard. 

Registration is required, and can be done via the AMEX app or the online banking portal. Once registered, cardholders will earn rewards on Everyday Spend (see next section for definition) as follows:

Rewards per S$1
 BaseBonusTotal
AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card1.1 miles2 miles3.1 miles
AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend1.2 miles2 miles3.2 miles
AMEX PPS Credit Card
1.3 miles2 miles3.3 miles
AMEX Solitaire PPS Credit Card1.3 miles2 miles3.3 miles
AMEX SIA Business Card1.8 HighFlyer points4 HighFlyer points5.8 HighFlyer points
AMEX CapitaCard5 STAR$15 STAR$20 STAR$

The bonus component is capped at S$200 of spending throughout the entire campaign period. In other words, the maximum bonus you can earn is:

  • 400 KrisFlyer miles
  • 800 HighFlyer points
  • 3,000 STAR$

Registrations are subject to the following quotas:

  • All AMEX Singapore Airlines Credit Cards: 15,000
  • AMEX Singapore Airlines Business Card: 1,000
  • AMEX CapitaCard: 8,000

How is Everyday Spending defined?

Everyday Spending refers to all in person transactions made at the following merchants (online transactions do not qualify):

CafesSupermarkets
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • Delifrance
  • Gastronomia Da Paolo
  • Maxx Coffee
  • Paul Bakery
  • Paris Baguette
  • Starbucks
  • Cold Storage
  • Don Don Donki
  • Eccellente
  • FairPrice
  • Giant
  • Jasons
  • HaoMart
  • Huber Butchery
  • Marketplace
  • Medi-ya
  • Prime
  • Sheng Shiong
Fast Food
  • Burger King
  • 4Fingers
  • KFC
  • McDonald’s
  • Pizza Hut

An exact list of locations can be found at this link. For hawker centres, look out for the AMEX logo and pay with AMEX Pay. 

Look out for the AMEX Pay logo at hawker stalls accepting cashless payments

The bonus rewards points or miles will be credited within 5 business days from qualifying spend, but may take up to 90 days from the end of the offer date. In practice, they post very fast though.

What are the alternatives?

While it’s always good to see more offers, most miles chasers will find that they could do better with alternative cards.

For example, the HSBC Revolution (review here) would earn 4 mpd on cafes, supermarkets and fast food, capped at S$1,000 per month- keep in mind you’ll need to use contactless payments.

Alternatively, if mobile payments are accepted (and the merchant does not participate in the SMART$ program), you could earn 4 mpd with the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa (review here), capped at S$1,110 per month. 

So the best use case I can think of this promotion is hawker centre spending, where you normally couldn’t use a credit card anyway.

Conclusion

A decent offer from AMEX, although the relatively low bonus cap and presence of better alternatives mean its usefulness may be limited.

For the sake of comparison, 2019’s Everyday Spending campaign offered the same 2 mpd bonus, capped at S$200 per calendar month, and I don’t think we had a similar offer during 2020. 

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

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MPD

This is better mpd than UOB PPV for transactions less than $5 and most transactions less than $10. Certainly better than PPV at Cold Storage! Most of the hawkers I use don’t have AMEX listed on their SGQR signs.

deado

More people have Amex cards than Hsbc Revolution. MPD brought up a great use example that hadn’t occurred to me.

MileTiger

That’s a nice touch they included hawker centres as I have been using my AMEX to pay for the lunch at the hawker centres that accepts AMEX Pay for months now ever since called back to office.

MilePanther

Agree!

up beng siong

i go chiong 60 chix rice now liao

Rice

Are you that person who eats and photographs chicken rice every day?

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