One of the biggest perks of the American Express Platinum cards is the Love Dining and Chillax programme, which gives cardholders up to 50% off food and 1-for-1 drinks at numerous restaurants and bars around Singapore.
Used judiciously, the savings can more than offset the annual fee, which starts from S$321 for the basic AMEX Platinum Credit Card.
From now till 30 November 2021, American Express is running a special offer for Milelion readers: A S$300 statement credit upon paying the first year’s non-waivable S$321 annual fee.
Viewed another way, it’s basically paying S$21 for a full year’s worth of Love Dining and Chillax perks.
AMEX Platinum Credit Card S$300 sign-up offer
From 11 October to 30 November 2021, applicants who sign up through the link above will receive a S$300 statement credit upon payment of the S$321 annual fee. For avoidance of doubt, this annual fee cannot be waived.
|💡 AMEX Platinum Charge members can get either the AMEX Platinum Credit Card or Platinum Reserve for free, but they’re much better off getting the Reserve for its 2-night hotel voucher|
There is no new-to-card requirement for this offer, so it’s fine if you already hold other American Express cards.
The S$300 statement credit will be awarded to the card member within 12 weeks from approval. Do note that applicants who sign up for this offer will not be entitled to to the regular S$200 statement credit + Fullerton Hotel staycation offer I’ve written about here.
If you prefer dining over staycations, or don’t think you can clock S$5,000 spend in the first 3 months of approval, then the S$300 statement credit offer will suit you better.
AMEX Love Dining & Chillax
The Love Dining program is one of the biggest draws of the AMEX Platinum Credit Card, allowing members to save up to 50% on food at more than 30 restaurants and hotels across Singapore.
|Number of Diners||Discount on Food Bill|
|Card member + 1 guest||50%|
|Card member + 2 guests||35%^|
|Card member + 3 guests||25%|
|Card member + 4-9 guests||20%|
|^10% and 33% respectively at Fairmont Singapore, Swissotel The Stamford, Swissotel Merchant Court|
The full list of participating restaurants can be found below:
Each diner must order at least one qualifying food item (usually a main course) to enjoy the discount. Blackout dates apply (namely public holidays and eve of public holidays, plus special occasions like Valentine’s Day), and the full T&C can be found here.
What I particularly like about Love Dining is that it’s not 1-for-1, it’s 50% off. With 1-for-1, you only get the cheaper item free, and everything else you buy is at the regular price.
With 50% off, you save on everything (except drinks)- appetizers, mains, desserts. No more feeling compelled to order a more expensive item because your partner did, and at more upscale restaurants, the savings can easily add up to S$100+ per visit.
AMEX Platinum cardholders also enjoy 1-for-1 drinks and special offers with Chillax. My favourite place to go is Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore, where one glass of champagne costs S$17 and I get the second for free, plus a further 20% off- effectively paying S$17.89 nett for two (generous) pours.
For those who love dining (sorry, lazy writing), AMEX’s latest offer give you 12 months of Love Dining and Chillax perks for just S$21. It’s cheaper (and dare I say better) than buying a copy of The Entertainer, and you’ll easily earn back your outlay.
This offer is valid till 30 November 2021, so be sure to apply before then.