New AMEX Platinum Credit Card offer: 1-night Conrad staycation plus annual fee waiver

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From now till 30 June, sign up for a new AMEX Platinum Credit Card and enjoy the first year free, plus a Conrad staycation with S$3K spend

American Express has launched a new sign-up offer for the AMEX Platinum Credit Card, which runs from now till 30 June 2022.

New cardholders will receive S$100 CapitaVouchers upon approval and payment of the first year’s S$321 annual fee, as well as 12,000 MR points and a 1-night Conrad Centennial staycation when they spend S$3,000 in the first 2 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 1-night Conrad Centennial staycation when they spend S$3,000 in the first 2 months of approval.

The AMEX Platinum Credit Card is the cheapest way to enjoy Love Dining and Chillax perks, with 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 30 June 2022 will receive the following:

Offer #1: 12,000 bonus MR points
Apply Here
 SpendReward
Pay Annual FeeN/AS$100 CapitaVouchers
Milelion BonusS$2K12K pts
Months 1-2S$3K1N Conrad stay
Base Points3.75K pts
(S$3K @ 2 pts per S$1.60)
Total SpendS$3K
Total Rewards15.75K pts + S$100 CapitaVouchers + 1N Conrad stay

All cardholders will receive S$100 CapitaVouchers 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. 

If they spend S$3,000 in the first two months of approval, they’ll receive a one-night stay at the Conrad Centennial Singapore (Deluxe Room), as well as 12,000 MR points. 

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 15,750 MR points, a S$100 CapitaVoucher and a 1-night Conrad staycation for S$3,000 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 12 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 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 one 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 AMEX Platinum Credit Card customers will not be eligible. You are eligible for this offer even if you currently hold other AMEX cards. 

The fee waiver offer is available to the first 2,000 approved cardholders (the cap was recently raised), 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 2,000 approvals, AMEX & Phillip Securities will still honour 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$3,000 in the first 2 months of approval will receive a one-night stay at the Conrad Centennial Singapore (Deluxe Room). A redemption letter will be sent within 12 weeks of meeting the spend threshold. 

This means your total haul would be 3,750 MR points, an annual fee waiver and a 1-night Conrad staycation for S$3,000 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 CapitaVouchers).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 1-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
  • 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 1-night Conrad Centennial Singapore staycation when they spend S$3,000 in the first 2 months of approval. 

While you can get 12,000 MR points and a S$100 CapitaVoucher 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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Lionel

The POEMS website indicates a Fullerton stay and the need to trade $1.25m as a condition. Is this accurate?

Lionel

Ah my bad thats for the Platinum card

Mark

Love dining and Chillax keeps on going downhill.

Jasmine

Hey Aaron,

Just to share:
Swissôtel Merchant Court Singapore will be rebranding to Paradox Singapore Merchant Court at Clarke Quay effective 1st April 2022. 
The hotel will be leaving the Accor network on 31st March 2022.

Lawrence

Hi Aaron, is the Milelion offer open only for New To Bank customers?

Day

Shall apply and hope they offer me upgrade to Plat charge.

Daniel

hi all,

may I check for subsequent renewal and paying of the AF $321, are we entitled to any MR points or any vouchers?

Daniel

thank you Aaron!

Mike

Does this Platinum card grant instant Hilton Gold status?

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