American Express has launched a new sign-up bonus for the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend which runs from now till 30 June 2022.
New cardholders who apply via The MileLion and spend S$3,000 will receive 16,100 miles and a 1-night stay at the Hilton Singapore Orchard. They will also receive a further 1-night Hilton Singapore Orchard stay by paying the first year’s S$377.05 annual fee, on top of the standard 1-night Hilton voucher redeemable at 256 hotels across Asia Pacific.
|❓ Who is eligible?|
|This offer is open to anyone who has not cancelled an AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend card in the past 12 months. If you currently hold other AMEX cards, you will still be eligible.|
New AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend offer
(till 31 Mar 22)
(from 1 Apr 22)
(S$5K @ 1.2 mpd)
(S$3K @ 1.2 mpd)
|Total Miles||28.5K + Sofitel||16.1K + Hilton|
All first-time American Express KrisFlyer cobrand cardholders will enjoy 5,000 miles on their first spend of any amount. This is a once per lifetime bonus.
Cardholders will receive a one-night stay at the Hilton Singapore Orchard upon paying the S$337.05 annual fee. This is in addition to the annual 1-night hotel stay at participating Hilton properties across Asia Pacific.
Cardholders who apply via The MileLion and spend S$2,000 in the first 3 months of approval will receive 7,500 miles. If they spend a further S$1,000 (i.e. S$3,000 total) within the first month, they will receive a further one-night stay at the Hilton Singapore Orchard.
I recently stayed at the Hilton Singapore Orchard and was rather impressed by the improvements that have taken place since its Mandarin Orchard days. Everything is new and shiny, and the F&B venues are well worth a visit too.
To summarise the offer, by spending S$3,000 in the first 3 months of approval, you’d receive up to 16,100 miles and three hotel nights, broken down as follows:
- 5,000 miles (first spend bonus)
- 1N Hilton Singapore Orchard stay (from annual fee)
- 1N Hilton Asia Pacific stay (from annual fee)
- 1N Hilton Singapore Orchard stay (from sign-up bonus)
- 7,500 miles (MileLion bonus)
- 3,600 miles (base miles earned for S$3,000 spend @ 1.2 mpd)
What spending is eligible?
AMEX has a list of excluded spending categories here, but the key ones to note are:
- GrabPay top-ups
- SPC transactions
For the avoidance of doubt, hospital transactions, donations, and anything else not explicitly stated in the exclusion list will count as eligible spend.
Overview: AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend
|Income Req.||S$50,000 p.a.||Points Validity||3 years|
|Annual Fee||S$337.05||Min. |
|Miles with |
|FCY Fee||2.95%||Transfer Fee||None|
|Local Earn||1.2 mpd||Points Pool?||N/A|
|FCY Earn||2.0 mpd|
(Jun & Dec)
|Special Earn||2 mpd on SIA and KrisShop, 3.2 mpd for Grab||Airport Limo?||No|
|Cardholder Terms and Conditions|
The AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend has an annual fee of S$337.05, which includes:
- 4x lounge passes to participating Plaza Premium Lounges worldwide (including SATS Premier Lounge in Singapore)
- One-night stay at participating Hilton Hotels across Asia Pacific
- Hilton Silver status (that may not sound like a lot, but allows you to enjoy the 5th night free on award redemptions- very valuable if you’re buying Hilton points)
Cardholders earn 1.2 mpd on all Singapore dollar spending, and 2 mpd on foreign currency spending in June and December (1.2 mpd otherwise). Grab Singapore transactions earn 3.2 mpd, capped at S$200 per calendar month.
Cardholders who spend at least S$15,000 on eligible purchases at singaporeair.com within the first 12 months of approval will be automatically upgraded to KrisFlyer Elite Gold. This upgrade is valid for one year, after which they will need to requalify through regular means.
Spending S$15,000 on eligible purchases on singaporeair.com between 1 July to 30 June of the following year also gives a double miles accrual voucher, which can be applied to a booking to earn up to 5,000 bonus miles.
A further 500 bonus miles can be enjoyed for making a first telco recurring bill payment at participating merchants.
New AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend members who spend S$3,000 and pay the first year’s S$337.05 annual fee can get 16,100 miles and up to two nights at the Hilton Singapore Orchard, plus one night at participating Hiltons across Asia Pacific. While my personal preference is for sign up bonuses in miles rather than hotel stays, this would probably be of interest to someone looking to do more staycations.
These offers are valid till 30 June 2022, and remember to apply via the links in this article to claim your bonus 7,500 miles.