New offer: 2-night Conrad staycation with an AMEX Platinum Credit Card (plus annual fee waiver)

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From now till 31 March 2022, enjoy an annual fee waiver on the AMEX Platinum Credit Card, plus a 2-night Conrad staycation with S$5K spend.

American Express has launched a new sign-up offer for the AMEX Platinum Credit Card, which runs from now till 31 March 2022. 

New cardholders will receive a S$100 statement credit upon approval and payment of the first year’s S$321 annual fee, as well as 12,000 MR points and a 2-night Conrad Centennial staycation when they spend S$5,000 in the first 3 months of approval. 

However, an alternative (and better, in my opinion) offer exists for MileLion readers, who will get an annual fee waiver when they open a POEMS trading account, plus a 2-night Conrad Centennial staycation when they spend S$5,000 in the first 3 months of approval.

The AMEX Platinum Credit Card is the cheapest way to enjoy Love Dining and Chillax perks, which give cardholders up to 50% off food and 1-for-1 drinks at numerous restaurants, hotels and bars around Singapore.

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Offer 1: 12,000 bonus MR points

Customers who apply and get approval for an AMEX Platinum Card by 31 March 2022 will receive the following:

Offer #1: 12,000 bonus MR points
Apply Here
 SpendReward
Pay Annual FeeN/AS$100
Milelion BonusS$2K12K pts
Months 1-3S$5K2N Conrad stay
Base Points6.25K pts
(S$5K @ 2 pts per S$1.60)
Total SpendS$5K
Total Rewards18.25K pts + S$100 + 2N Conrad stay

All cardholders will receive a S$100 statement credit when they pay the (mandatory) first year’s annual fee of S$321, effectively reducing the cost to S$221. This will be awarded approximately eight weeks after card approval and payment of annual fees. 

Those who apply via The Milelion’s link will also earn 12,000 MR points when they spend S$2,000 in the first 3 months of approval.

Should they spend a further S$3,000 (i.e. S$5,000 total), they’ll receive a two-night stay at the Conrad Centennial Singapore (Deluxe Room). A redemption letter will be sent within 12 weeks of meeting the spend threshold. 

Conrad Singapore Executive Room
Conrad Centennial Staycation Review

This means your total haul (including the base points) would be 18,250 MR points, a S$100 statement credit and a 2-night Conrad staycation for S$5,000 of spending and the payment of a S$321 annual fee. 

This offer is open to both new and existing AMEX cardholders, so long as they have not cancelled an AMEX Platinum Credit Card in the past 6 months. 

The full T&C of this offer can be found here.

Offer 2: Annual fee waiver

Offer #2: Annual Fee Waiver
Apply Here
T&Cs
Note: If you apply via this channel you will not be eligible for the MGM gift of 12,000 MR points with S$2K spend in the first 3 months

MileLion readers have an alternative offer, which could be better depending on your circumstances. 

Customers who sign up for a free POEMS account will be eligible to apply for an AMEX Platinum Credit Card and receive a waiver of the first year’s S$321 annual fee. 

  1. Open a free POEMS account via this link
  2. Fill up the the online interest form via this link
  3. You’ll receive a unique application link via email within 3-5 working days. Apply for the AMEX Platinum Credit Card via this link within 7 calendar days to enjoy the fee waiver

There is no minimum funding or trading requirement for your POEMS account. However, customers who meet the minimum initial deposits shown below will be eligible for unlimited commission free US trades for 1 month, as well as POEMS Rewards Points that can be redeemed for gifts like Shopee vouchers. 

Account TypeInitial Deposit
(within 7 days of account opening)
Funding Rewards
Cash Plus AccountS$3,0002,000 POEMS Rewards Points + Unlimited commission free US trades for 1 month
Cash Management Account≥S$3,0002,000 POEMS Rewards Points
For reference, 2,000 POEMS Rewards Points are worth S$40 in Shopee Vouchers

For avoidance of doubt, the annual fee waiver offer only applies to those who do not currently hold an AMEX Platinum Credit Card; existing cardholders will not be eligible. 

The fee waiver offer is available to the first 200 approved cardholders or until 30 September 2022, whichever comes first. Now, I know everyone dislikes “first X” style campaigns, but I’ve managed to secure the following concessions: 

  • AMEX will be tracking the number of approved applications, and once the cap is hit, I’ll update the article accordingly
  • If you’ve successfully registered your interest and fall outside the first 200 approvals, AMEX & Phillip Securities will still honor the first year fee waiver offer

In other words, so long as you’ve opened a POEMS account and sent in the interest form, you’ll be eligible for the fee waiver offer. 

Cardholders who spend S$5,000 in the first 3 months of approval will receive a two-night stay at the Conrad Centennial Singapore (Deluxe Room). A redemption letter will be sent within 12 weeks of meeting the spend threshold. 

Note: The POEMS landing page still reflects the previous Fullerton Hotel offer. Give it a day or so to be updated to the new offer.

This means your total haul would be 6,250 MR points, an annual fee waiver and a 2-night Conrad staycation for S$5,000 of spending. 

Which offer is better?

This boils down to whether 12,000 MR points are worth paying an effective annual fee of S$221 (S$321 minus the S$100 statement credit).12,000 MR points are approximately 6,667 airline miles (450 MR points= 250 miles), and taking a 1.8 cents per mile value, that’s ~S$120.

Since the 2-night Conrad staycation is available under both offers, I’d suggest you go with the AMEX x POEMS one. 

AMEX Love Dining & Chillax

Basilico Restaurant, Regent Singapore | Photo: The Smart Local

The Love Dining programme is one of the biggest draws of the AMEX Platinum cards, allowing members to save up to 50% on food at more than 30 restaurants and hotels across Singapore.

Number of DinersDiscount on Food Bill
Card member15%^
Card member + 1 guest50%
Card member + 2 guests35%^
Card member + 3 guests25%
Card member + 4-9 guests20%
^10% and 33% respectively at Fairmont Singapore, Swissotel The Stamford, Swissotel Merchant Court

The full list of participating restaurants can be found below:

Restaurants
  • Atrium Restaurant
  • Alegria
  • Barossa Bar & Grill VivoCity
  • Cali
  • Escape Restaurant
  • FYR
  • Harry’s
  • Hutong
  • Indocafe
  • La Nonna
  • Lawry’s Prime Rib
  • Lè Fusion
  • Masons
  • Napoleon Food & Wine Bar
  • Peach Garden (OCBC Centre)
  • Praelum Wine Bistro
  • RENNthai
  • Sen of Japan
  • Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant
  • Sky 22
  • Spizza
  • Wooloomooloo Steakhouse
  • Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant
  • Vineyard at HortPark
Hotels
  • Conrad Centennial: Golden Peony, Lobby Lounge
  • Fairmont Singapore: Asian Market Cafe, Mikuni, Prego, House of WEI, Anti:dote
  • Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza: Crossroads, Lobby Lounge, Wan Hao
  • St Regis Singapore: Drawing Room, Yan Ting, Brasserie Les Saveurs
  • Regent Singapore: Basilico
  • Swissotel Merchant Court: Crossroads, Blue Potato, Ellenborough Market Cafe
  • Swissotel The Stamford: Bar Rouge, Skai Bar, Skai Grill, Stamford Brasserie, Kopi Tiam
  • W Singapore: Kitchen Table, SKIRT, WooBar

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. 

Chillax

AMEX Platinum card members also enjoy 1-for-1 drinks and special offers with Chillax. Here’s the full list of participating outlets for 2022.

Participating Outlets
  • Anti:dote
  • Botanico
  • Chuan by Nutmeg
  • Club 5
  • Jarrell’s Bistro
  • Monti
  • The Auld Alliance
  • The Riverhouse
  • The World is Flat
  • Wildseed Bar

Conclusion

Offer #1: 12,000 MR pointsOffer #2: Annual Fee Waiver
Apply HereApply Here

American Express is now offering new AMEX Platinum Credit Card cardholders a 2-night Conrad Centennial Singapore staycation when they spend S$5,000 in the first 3 months of approval. 

While you can get 12,000 MR points and a S$100 statement credit by paying the S$321 annual fee, I think it’s much better to avoid the fee altogether via the POEMS offer (be sure to use the correct link when applying!). 

Either way, you’ll get to enjoy Love Dining and Chillax perks, which can save you a whole chunk of money on a nice night out. 

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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D K

Don’t think Hot Stones is in AMEX love dining.

Last edited 6 months ago by D K
Ivan

Does the staycation comes with breakfast ?

Lester

Will we also have an option to redeem Conrad instead of Fullerton if we signed up through last month’s offer?

kevin

any idea if the free 2 nights hotel stay also covers customer who has existing Amex card eg Amex TCB card and applies for the amex plat card and spend $5K ?

W R

Can i check if CardUp payment would be counted towards the $5k spending under this promotion?

Candy

Is Conrad an SHN hotel? I have Krisflyer AMEX card, is this promo still applicable?

Candy

Hi, I have followed your instructions and applied for the POEMS account in the above link and also registered my interest for AMEX card application also via the above link. My POEMS account has been created and POEMS just sent me a unique link to apply for the AMEX Platinum credit card but the hotel is The Fullerton Hotel (1 night ) instead of 2 nights at The Conrad if I meet the minimum spend . Could you please clarify on this?

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Hello Candy,

Apologies for the confusion! Yes, the offer has been updated to 2-nights at the Conrad providing meeting the minimum spend!

Candy

Thanks for the clarification! I will go ahead with the application 🙂

Steven

Hello, do I need to fund my POEMS account to be eligible for the 2nd offer (free 1st year annual fee and 2-night hotel stay after spending $5k)?

Aloha

What happens if I already have a poems account? Can I still qualify for this promotion?

Josie

Is the upgrade to Mariott Bonvoy Gold still avail if I sign up for this credit card offer?

Vic

Hi Aaron, thanks for the very comprehensive review as usual. I’m surprised to see there’s no access to any Airport Lounge with that card, can you confirm ?

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