New AMEX Platinum Charge welcome gift: Omnidesk Pro standing desk

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AMEX is now offering a 48" Omnidesk Pro 2020 for new Platinum Charge members, replacing the previous massage chair gift.

American Express has launched a new welcome gift for the AMEX Platinum Charge, valid for approvals received by 30 September 2021. 

The existing gift of an OTO Quantum massage chair has been replaced by a 48″ Omnidesk Pro 2020, presumably to cater to the work-from-home crowd. 

💳 Previous Platinum Charge Welcome Gifts
  • August 2018 to August 2020: 2-night stay at selected Banyan Tree/Mandarin Oriental hotels across Asia
  • September 2020 to March 2021: 75,000 MR points
  • April 2021 to June 2021: OTO Quantum Advanced Full Body Massage Chair

While I’d personally prefer a hotel stay or MR points, I suppose there might be some who value this sort of thing.  

AMEX Platinum Charge new welcome gift

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To be eligible for this gift, cardholders must apply and and receive approval for the AMEX Platinum Charge between 1 July and 30 September 2021.

The full annual fee of S$1,712 must be paid in the first statement, and cardholders must not have cancelled an AMEX Platinum Charge card in the past 24 months (it’s fine if they hold/held other AMEX cards however; there’s no “new-to-bank” requirement). 

Eligible cardholders will receive a redemption letter within 12 weeks after payment of the annual fee, and the Omnidesk Pro must be redeemed within two months from the date of the redemption letter. 

It’s important to separate the welcome gift (which has changed) from the sign-up bonus (which hasn’t):

 Welcome GiftSign-up Bonus
SpendingN/AS$20,000  in first 6 months
Reward48″ Omnidesk Pro 202075,000 MR points

The sign-up bonus remains unchanged at 75,000 MR points with S$20,000 spending in the first 6 months. 

In addition to this, applicants who apply through the MGM program will receive a further bonus of 40,000 MR points with S$5,000 spent in the first 3 months. This S$5,000 will double count towards the fulfillment of the S$20,000 spend for the sign-up bonus. 

In other words, new cardholders who spend S$20,000 in the first 6 months will receive:

  • 48″ Omnidesk Pro 2020
  • 75,000 MR points (sign-up bonus)
  • 40,000 MR points (MGM bonus)
  • 25,000 MR points (base points @ 2 MR per S$1.60)

What’s an Omnidesk?

Photo: Omnidesk

Omnidesk is supposedly the Rolls Royce of standing desks, as their website would have you believe:

In 2018 we revolutionised the standing desk experience in the region and our flagship Omnidesk Pro became a symbol of the modern workspace. 2 years on and we’ve taken  feedback from our community and implemented them into our latest flagship Omnidesk Pro.

Introducing our new and improved flagship Omnidesk Pro. Featuring the same aesthetic and functionality that we know and love but our 2020 iteration feature a suite of upgrades that will truly reimagine your space.

The specs certainly sound impressive. Fully adjustable via electric motors to anywhere between 60cm and 125cm, anti-collision technology (which prevents the desk from squashing things below it), cable management options and all manner of customizations. 

You can read an excellent review of the Omnidesk Pro 2020 by Lester Chan here, or find some catharsis here if you scorn the entire notion of standing desks. 

Now, the AMEX T&Cs value the 48″ Omnidesk Pro 2020 at S$840 (that’s the penalty you’ll pay if you cancel your card within six months of approval), but the official website sells it for S$760. You can get a further S$25 off during the GSS period (ends 7 July) with the code GSS25, so that’s a nett cost of S$735. 

Leaving aside the actual utility of the gift, it isn’t nearly as generous as the previous OTO Quantum (retail price: S$3,480). Even if you didn’t fancy a massage chair, you could get a four-figure sum flogging it off. Indeed we’ve seen OTO Quantums flooding Carousell over the past few months, with the asking price for a brand new unit starting from S$1,250. 

The resale price of a 48″ Omnidesk Pro 2020 isn’t going to be anywhere near that, and unless you’re really interested in a standing desk, I might wait and see what the next gift is. 

Banyan Tree Bali, where I redeemed my Platinum Charge welcome gift in 2019

I do wish that American Express would revert to offering hotel nights or MR points as the welcome gift. Like I said previously, I understand that the indefinite suspension on travel reduced the attractiveness of a 2-night Banyan Tree/Mandarin Oriental stay, but 75,000 MR points was a good compromise. 

75,000 MR points could be converted to 46,875 airline miles with nine different airline partners, for those holding out hope for travel. Alternatively, it could be exchanged for 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy or 93,750 Hilton Honors points, enough for a couple of nights at a high-end hotel. 

75,000 MR points could also be redeemed for S$450 of credit at Pay with Points+ merchants like Audi, Challenger, Grand Cru Harvey Norman, Lee Hwa Jewelry and more. Heck, you could select something else from the Membership Rewards catalogue– it probably wouldn’t be good value, but you’d at least be able to pick. 

The problem with electronics and lifestyle gadgets is that they’re highly personal. I may have no interest in a standing desk, or I might not want this particular brand, model or color. Unless it’s something with mass appeal like the latest iPhone, it’s tricky to get this kind of gift right. 

Conclusion

The new welcome gift for the AMEX Platinum Charge will be a 48″ Omnidesk Pro 2020 until at least 30 September 2021. If your life has a hole that only a standing desk will fill, knock yourself out. Otherwise, it might be worth waiting and seeing what the next gift will be. 

Standing desk. Yay or nay?

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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James

nayyyyyy,

Now i am regretting that I didn’t sign up for the previous Osim chair promo

XYZ

The sign up offers get less and less attractive.

just bring back the MR points already 🙄

ListenToUs

Three more months of waiting… let me guess the next: Herman Miller chair. You are welcome AMEX.

Brandon

Which boomer is in-charge of this Amex sign-up bonus / marketing ideas? Give us the MR points that has greater flexibility, and we can use it as deemed fit rather than passing off random gifts that aren’t useful for the masses. Earbuds, webcams, massage chairs, and now WFH Standing Desk? How about an outdoor dining table set from Crate and Barrel next? Your targeted clientele that is willing to spend $1712 on AF with 200k income isn’t going to be enticed by this shockingly great offer of standing desk. I guess it is another 3 more months of waiting for… Read more »

Warung Buffet

I know right. Who signs off these marketing ideas. Terrible.

Suzie

I would suggest some potted plants to beautify the home office. I hope amex listens and gives us this next.

Jamus

Hard pass, just when you thought you couldn’t do worse than a massage chair!

Mile

Not only are items very personal, the bulkiness and trouble of furniture is even worse than random electronics. I seriously wonder if there actually are any people at all who see more benefit in getting these bulky furniture over other things.

I would take even $100 statement credit over this any day…

Choon Hon Heng

And if the result is lousy, what happen? Booooo!

Syok

Saw US side increase the annual fee to 695 USD, hopefully SG will not increase, it’s already not cheap

XYZ

if it means better benefits for us, i hope they increase

Syok

why don’t you get a centurion instead mate?

XYZ

Working on it.

John

Wow calling this absolutely dogshit would be an understatement

Steve

I would agree this is a pointless offer, I have desk space already, so will wait till the end of the month and see what they have to offer. Thanks for a really informative site great job!

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