American Express unveils Platinum af’FAIR 2021

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Register now for Platinum af'FAIR 2021, American Express' annual party for Platinum Charge and Centurion members.

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.

Platinum Af'FAIR 2019
Platinum Af’FAIR 2019

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. 

Virtual Platinum af’FAIR 2020
Platinum af’FAIR 2020 F&B| Photo: Wil

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

Registration is now open, and can be done via the AMEX Experiences app (Android | iPhone) under the “Offers” tab. 

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:

  1. Exclusively-designed and curated picnic set for two, including four appetisers, two mains and a dessert platter
  2. 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
  3. Limited-edition Platinum mementos
  4. 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
  • Classic Black Tiger Prawn Cocktail
  • Chicken Caesar Salad topped with shaved Grana Padano
  • Oktoberfest Mixed Bratwurst Platter (grilled pork, chicken & lamb bratwursts)
  • Boneless Chicken Prawn Paste Chicken Pops
  • Classic English Summer Sandwich Selection (smoked salmon, chicken mayonnaise & tiger prawns)
  • Lobster Fusilli Aglio e Olio
  • Sweet Trio (brownies, pineapple tarts & assorted macarons)
Option 2: Picnic Specialties by Hopscotch
  • Farmer’s Pick Mixed Berried (sic?) Salad
  • Charcuterie Platter (herbed chipolata, honey turkey ham, smoked salmon & assorted cheese selection)
  • Wild Mushroom Soup with White Truffle Oil
  • Japanese-style Truffle Capellini
  • Herb Crusted Roasted Chicken (the description in the PDF reads “smoked salmon, chicken mayonnaise & tiger prawns, but I’m pretty sure that’s a typo- or else I haven’t really had roasted chicken before!)
  • New England Lobster and Crab Roll
  • Picnic Snack Bag (cookies, chocolate truffles & assorted macarons)
Option 3: Picnic Classic by Masons
(vegan/gluten-free)
  • Loaded Sweet Potato Bites
  • Refreshing Pasta Salad
  • Steamed Cabbage Rolls
  • Vegetable Skewers
  • Mushroom Trio Risotto with Truffle Oil
  • Linguine Semplice
  • Sweet Summer (strawberry & pineapple tart duo and mixed berries)
Option 4: Picnic Signatures
(Halal)
  • Tahu Begedil
  • Chicken Popiah
  • Egg & Potato Rissoles
  • Mango Tango Salad
  • Jumbo Prawn Linguine
  • Sambal Prawn Biryani
  • Brownie Tiramisu in a Tub

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.

Conclusion

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. 

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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Matthew

Hi Aaron,

It should be Picnic Plush, you have Picnic Plus in the article

Mile

Pathetic event, Amex is becoming more and more of a joke and the annual fee on this card completely unjustifiable!

lolol

hope you dont renew (only if you have it LOL!)

dont want low end people using the card. more exclusivity.. thanks!

Syok

i like you, heart

Jeremy

Agree, pay 1712 still need fork out for a freaking online event lol

tanyamib

I remember the good old days when they had annual event in the summerhouse. And the other year’s Shakespeare in the park! In the past the performance was fabulous but 2020 was disappointing. I hope 2021 is better!

Tom

This is beyond a joke, pay 1712 and still have to fork out $200+ (worth of points) for food you can’t even eat in a restaurant. The least they could do given they are a travel card and you know,….covid….would have been to have made this free. Hard no for me and probably a cancellation at my next renewal as well.

Chris

ok bye

John

Thankfully their welcome offer has been completely garbage for the past year otherwise I would have signed up for this useless card too early.

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