New AMEX KrisFlyer sign-up gifts: Sofitel Sentosa or Andaz staycation plus up to S$120

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AMEX has added new sign-up gifts for its KrisFlyer cards, and loosened the definition of new-to-card for good measure.

American Express has tweaked its sign-up bonuses for the AMEX KrisFlyer cobrand credit cards, which run from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. 

The AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend retains the same sign-up bonus as before, namely a S$120 statement credit (7,500 miles from 5 Oct), 10,000 bonus miles and a Sofitel Resort Sentosa staycation.

The AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card, on the other hand, now offers a S$80 statement credit (4,000 miles from 5 Oct), 5,000 bonus miles and an Andaz Singapore staycation. 

All spending requirements remain unchanged, and American Express has even loosened its definition of new customers- instead of 12 months since your last AMEX card, it’s now down to six months.

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

Nothing has changed here, so I’m just going to reiterate the offer. Customers who apply and get approval for an AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022 will receive the following:

Apply Here
  Spend Miles
First Spend  Any  5K
Milelion Bonus S$2K S$120 (until 4 Oct)
7.5K miles (from 5 Oct)
Months 1-3 S$5K 10K + Sofitel
Base Miles 6K
(S$5K @ 1.2 mpd)
Total Spend S$5K
Total Miles 28.5K + Sofitel 

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

Applicants who apply via The Milelion (use any link in this article) will enjoy a S$120 statement credit (replaced by 7,500 miles from 5 Oct) when they spend S$2,000 in the first 3 months. Should they spend a further S$3,000 (i.e. S$5,000) total, they’ll receive:

  • Existing customer: 1-night Sofitel Sentosa staycation
  • New customer: 1-night Sofitel Sentosa 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 six months.

This means your total haul (including the regular base miles) would be 28,500 miles and a free Sofitel Sentosa staycation for S$5,000 of spending. 

The stay at the Sofitel Sentosa is valid for a Luxury Room (the lead-in category; review here) and does not include breakfast. However, if you’re an Accor Plus member (free membership  available here, if you own a small business), you’ll save up to 50% on all F&B including breakfast.

Sofitel Sentosa Luxury Room
Sofitel Sentosa Luxury Room

Eligible cardholders will receive a redemption letter ~12 weeks after meeting the spending 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 properties as part of its regular benefits. 

The T&C of this offer can be found here. 

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

Customers who apply and get approval for an AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card between  1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022 will receive the following:

Apply Here
  Old Offer
(till 30 Sep 21)
New Offer
(till 31 Jan 22)
  Spend Miles Spend Miles
First Spend  Any 5K Any  5K
Milelion Bonus S$2K S$80 S$2K S$80 (until 4 Oct)
4K miles (from 5 Oct)
Months 1-3 S$3K 5K + S$200 S$3K 5K + Andaz
Base Miles 3.3K
(S$3K @ 1.1 mpd)
3.3K
(S$3K @ 1.1 mpd)
Total Spend S$3K S$3K
Total Miles 13.3K + S$280 17.3K + Andaz

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

Milelion readers will enjoy an S$80 statement credit (replaced by 4,000 miles from 5 Oct) when they spend S$2,000 in the first 3 months. Should they spend a further S$1,000 (i.e. S$3,000 total), they’ll receive:

  • Existing customer: 5,000 miles
  • New customer: 5,000 miles +  Andaz Singapore staycation with breakfast for 2
⚠️ AMEX defines new customers as those who do not hold any American Express principal credit cards now, or in the past six months.

How does this offer compare to the previous one? It all boils down to whether you value a S$200 statement credit more, or a free stay at the Andaz Singapore. Still, I’d say that 17,300 miles and an Andaz Singapore staycation is a pretty tidy return for S$3,000 of spending. 

Andaz King Bed room

The stay at the Andaz Singapore is valid for a lead-in King Bed room that measures in at 38 sqm, and includes breakfast. 

Eligible cardholders will receive a redemption letter ~12 weeks after meeting the spending 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.

The T&C of this offer can be found here. 

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’ latest sign-up bonuses run till the end of January 2022, so you have quite a bit of time on your hands to decide. What’s even more exciting is they’ve loosened the definition of new-to-card, meaning that you’re eligible for this offer so long as your last AMEX card was six months ago (it’s fine if you hold a DBS/UOB AMEX card; they don’t count)

I’d say that either offer is an excellent return for the amount of spending required, and remember that you can always buy NTUC vouchers or Qoo10 gift cards if you have difficulty meeting the minimum spend.

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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SyoK

Hey Aaron, the blue card, in your table, your new offer 1-3 months spending you put 5K, but total spending you put 3K, can you clarify? Is the 1-3 months for 5K a typo?

Chan

Hi Milelion,

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

What is the definition of “first-time” – is it the same as “new customer”?

Willy

damn, i’ve just signed up for the AMEX True cashback card :cries:

this definitely seems like a better offer =/

Jason

Hi Aaron, do you know if favepay counts towards eligible spend?

Jason

Thanks 🙂

Have applied (using your referal link)

Willow

Hi Aaron, in this case is it correct to say that for existing customers that apply for the Amex KF Card with a total spend of $3,000, they would receive a total of 12,300 miles? 4k +5k (Bonus miles) + 3300 (Base miles)

Thanks.

Janice

Hi Aaron, thank you for sharing. I cancelled my previous Amex card sometimes in Feb 2021 this year. So would I be considered an existing or new Amex member?

Similar question to Willow above: how many miles and rewards then will I expect to receive?
Will apply using your link!
Cheers.

CCW

For the Ascend card, would i still get the sign-up bonus miles if I do not pay for the annual fee? I’m not that fussed about the Sofitel staycation and lounge vouchers.

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