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 is offering a sign-up bonus of 22,500 miles plus a Sofitel Sentosa staycation, including 15,000 bonus miles on their first transaction of any amount.

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

Customers who apply and get approval for an AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend by 31 January 2022 will receive the following:

Apply Here
 SpendMiles
First Spend Any 15K
Milelion BonusS$2K7.5K
Months 1-3S$5KSofitel
Base Miles6K
(S$5K @ 1.2 mpd)
Total SpendS$5K
Total Miles28.5K + Sofitel 

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

If they do not currently hold an American Express basic (i.e. principal) consumer card, they will be entitled to a further 10,000 miles on their first transaction of any amount. 

💡 Note: AMEX cards issued by Citibank, DBS and UOB do not count, nor do corporate and business cards like the AMEX HighFlyer. You will still be eligible for the 10,000 bonus miles in this case.

To illustrate the difference:

  • John held an AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card in 2017 and cancelled it in 2019. He has no other AMEX basic cards now. He would be eligible for 10,000 bonus miles with first spend
  • Jane has never held an AMEX KrisFlyer cobrand card before, but currently has an AMEX Platinum Credit Card. She would be eligible for 5,000 bonus miles with first spend
  • Jack has never held an AMEX KrisFlyer cobrand card before and currently does not hold a basic AMEX Card. He would be eligible for 15,000 bonus miles with first spend.

The 5,000 miles is usually credited within a month of your first spend, while the 10,000 miles will be credited within 8-10 weeks. 

Cardholders who apply via The Milelion and spend S$2,000 in the first 3 months of approval will receive 7,500 bonus miles within 12 weeks. 

If they spend a further S$3,000 (i.e. S$5,000 total) in the first 3 months of approval, they will receive a voucher for a one-night stay at the Sofitel Sentosa Resort & Spa

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. 

To summarise the offer, by spending S$2,000 in the first 3 months of approval, you’d receive up to 24,900 miles, broken down as follows:

  • 15,000 miles (first spend bonus)
  • 7,500 miles (Milelion bonus)
  • 2,400 miles (base miles earned for S$2,000 spend @ 1.2 mpd)

By spending a further S$3,000 (i.e. S$5,000 total) in the first 3 months of approval, you’d receive a further:

  • Sofitel Sentosa staycation voucher
  • 3,600 miles (base miles earned for S$3,000 spend @ 1.2 mpd)

The AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend’s first year fee of S$337.05 must be paid to enjoy the offers above, but you receive four lounge vouchers and a free night at selected Hilton properties as part of its regular benefits. 

The T&C for this sign up 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)
 SpendMilesSpendMiles
First Spend Any5KAny 5K
Milelion BonusS$2KS$80S$2KS$80 (until 4 Oct)
4K miles (from 5 Oct)
Months 1-3S$3K5K + S$200S$3K5K + Andaz
Base Miles3.3K
(S$3K @ 1.1 mpd)
3.3K
(S$3K @ 1.1 mpd)
Total SpendS$3KS$3K
Total Miles13.3K + S$28017.3K + 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 to help people travel better for less and impress 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.

Eliz

Hi Aaron,

It’s been a while for the blue card, in your experience do you think there will be any likely refresh or update of the sign up bonus after 31 Jan 2022?

Haha staycations are no longer “fresh” to me after so many ones during covid…wondering if i should wait past 31 Jan?

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