Platinum af’FAIR is American Express’ annual blowout for Centurion and Platinum Charge members, the joke being it’s a way of convincing them the af (annual fee) is fair.
In the good old days before COVID, this would be an evening of non-stop food, drinks (yes, there’s champagne) and freebies, kind of a big carnival for adults. 2019’s edition was held at the Arts House, and it was an incredible experience indeed.
COVID understandably put a dampener on such festivities, and 2020’s Platinum af’FAIR was an online-only event. It was still pretty interesting, with a virtual Second Life-esque concert and a set menu plus two bottles of champagne delivered to your door.
I was hoping that 2021 might see the return of a physical event, but it appears that’s a bridge too far for this year…
Platinum af’FAIR 2021
American Express has sent out the invitations for Platinum af’FAIR 2021, which takes place on Sunday, 31 October 2021. It’s very short notice (they gave more than a month’s heads up last year), and unfortunately I’ll be in Germany at the time.
This year’s event has two main components:
- an OTOT (own time, own target, for those unfamiliar with army lingo) picnic
- a 7.30 p.m live-streamed concert
You’ll see two different options:
- Picnic Plush
- Concert Culture
RSVPs must be received by 22 October 2021, and each Platinum Charge member can redeem a single package only.
Picnic Plush costs 20,000 MR points, and includes:
- Exclusively-designed and curated picnic set for two, including four appetisers, two mains and a dessert platter
- Bottle of 2015 La Fleur de Bourd, two bottles of craft beer, two bottles of cold-pressed juice, two bottles of cold-brew coffee & tea, Evian water
- Limited-edition Platinum mementos
- Livestream concert by an international artiste and exclusive access to mobile games with exciting prizes to be won
Concert Culture costs 5,000 MR points, and includes just (4), access to the concert.
I’d pick the Picnic Plush package without a doubt. 20,000 MR points are about 12,500 miles, which I value at 1.8 cents each. That’s about ~S$225, and although it’s not the screaming good deal that last year’s package was (the champagne alone retailed at more than S$230), I think you won’t be disappointed still.
Picnic Plush includes a choice of the following set menus:
|Option 1: Picnic Delights by Masons|
|Option 2: Picnic Specialties by Hopscotch|
|Option 3: Picnic Classic by Masons|
|Option 4: Picnic Signatures|
Picnic baskets need to be collected at Gillman Barracks between 10 a.m to 3.30 p.m on 31 October; you’ll specify a collection time when you register. If you’re driving, a car decal will be sent to you via registered mail.
The FAQs and T&Cs for this event can be found here.
American Express has always been known for their events, though there haven’t been too many opportunities for those over the past couple of years. Platinum af’FAIR is sort of your birthright as a Platinum Charge cardholder, so I’d strongly encourage you to experience it at least once.
Do register early to avoid disappointment.