AMEX KrisFlyer cards offering up to 3.3 mpd on Kris+

From 3 Dec 2021 to 2 Mar 2022, earn up to 3.3 mpd with AMEX KrisFlyer Cards and Kris+. Much better alternatives exist, though.

American Express has launched a new AMEX Offer for AMEX Singapore Airlines Credit Card members, which allows them to earn up to 3.3 mpd on all Kris+ transactions.

Registration is required, and can be done via the AMEX app or AMEX online banking portal. A maximum of 8,000 cards can be registered. 

What are AMEX Offers?

AMEX Offers are opportunities to earn bonus miles/points, or statement credits. These can be found in the “Offers” section of the AMEX app or web portal. 

Registration is required, and some offers may be targeted. These are not applicable to DBS/Citi/UOB AMEX cardholders. 

Earn up to 3.3 mpd on Kris+ payments

From 3 December 2021 to 2 March 2022, AMEX Singapore Airlines Credit Card members will earn an additional 2 mpd on Kris+ transactions as follows:

CardBaseBonusTotal
AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card1.1 mpd2 mpd3.1 mpd
AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend1.2 mpd2 mpd3.2 mpd
AMEX PPS Credit Card
1.3 mpd2 mpd3.3 mpd
AMEX Solitaire PPS Credit Card1.3 mpd2 mpd3.3 mpd

The bonus component is capped at S$200 of spending throughout the entire campaign period. In other words, the maximum bonus you can earn is 400 KrisFlyer miles. 

Bonus miles will be credited within 5 business days from qualifying spend, but may take up to 90 days from the end of the offer date. In practice, they post very fast though.

Stack with up to 9 mpd on Kris+

As a reminder, Kris+ recently extended its very generous “all-day bonus earn” campaign, which gives up to 9 mpd at 285 participating merchants islandwide.

S$5 for new Kris+ Users (W644363)
Kris+ refers to this offer as a 6% rebate, but don’t get confused. That’s based on the value you’d receive if you took whatever miles earned during this promotion and spent them through Kris+ (1 mile= 0.67 cents; 9 mpd is a 6% rebate). Needless to say, you’ll want to transfer these miles into your KrisFlyer account as soon as possible (and no later than seven days, after which they’re stuck in Kris+ forever). 

Partner earn rates have been upsized as follows

Partner Earn RateRevised Earn Rate
(till 31 Mar 22)
Number of Merchants
>1 mpd 9 mpd 123
1 mpd 6 mpd 157
<1 mpd 3 mpd 5

What’s so incredible about this promotion not just the sheer number of participating outlets (285), but the distribution: 43% are offering the highest earn rate of 9 mpd, while 55% are offering 6 mpd. 

Even though heavyweights like Challenge and Harvey Norman are offering “only” 3 mpd, it’s still a big upsize from their usual rates of 0.5 mpd and 0.33 mpd respectively. 

For the full list of participating merchants, refer to the T&Cs.

Better alternatives exist!

Even with the upsized earn rate, the AMEX Singapore Airlines cards aren’t what I’d use for Kris+. 

Other credit cards offer up to 4 mpd, with a much higher cap. To illustrate, you could use the following cards for dining…

🍴 Best Cards for Dining
CardEarn RateRemarks
HSBC Revolution
Apply
4.0 mpd
Max. S$1K per c. month
UOB Lady’s Card
Apply
4.0 mpdMax. S$1K per c. month. Must choose dining as 10X category
UOB Lady’s Solitaire
Apply
4.0 mpd
Max. S$3K per c. month. Must choose dining as 10X category
Maybank Horizon
Apply
3.2 mpdMin. S$300 spend per c. month on any category. Capped at ~S$4.2K per month
KrisFlyer UOB Card
Apply
3.0 mpdMin. S$500 spend on SIA Group in a m. year
C. Month= Calendar Month | M. Year= Membership Year

…and for shopping. 

🛍️ Best Cards for Shopping
CardEarn RateRemarks
Citi Rewards
Apply
4.0 mpdMax. S$1K per s. month
HSBC Revolution
Apply
4.0 mpdMax. S$1K per c. month
OCBC Titanium Rewards
Apply
4.0 mpdMax. S$12K per m. year
UOB Lady’s Card
Apply
4.0 mpd
Max. S$1K per c. month. Must choose shopping as 10X category
UOB Lady’s Solitaire
Apply
4.0 mpd
Max. S$3K per c. month. Must choose shopping as 10X category
C. Month= Calendar Month | S. Month= Statement Month | M. Year= Membership Year

You must use in-app payments

In-app payments are the only way to earn miles through Kris+

In-app payments are the only way to earn miles with Kris+, effective 1 September 2021. Simply scan the merchant’s QR code and pay with your Apple or Google Pay account; miles will be credited automatically. 

💳 Offline Earning
 (Ended 1-Sept-21) 
📱 In-App Earning
Make payment with cash or credit/debit cardScan merchant QR code
Tap “earn” button in Kris+ app, enter spend amount and generate QR codeEnter amount to pay via Apple/Google Pay
Merchant scans QR codeMiles credited
 
Miles credited 

Conclusion

AMEX’s new Kris+ offer will be useful to those who use their AMEX KrisFlyer card as their sole piece of plastic, but everyone else will find better value with alternative cards.

Also note that the cap on bonus miles is extremely low at just 400, and you’ll need to register. All in all, it’s a lot of hoops to jump through for a very miserly return.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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