|This offer has been extended till 19 June 2022|
American Express has been experimenting with various AMEX Platinum Charge welcome gifts of late, and it’s safe to say I’m a bigger fan of some more than others.
I thought it was a shrewd decision to replace the 2-night hotel voucher with more flexible Membership Rewards (MR) points back in 2020, given border closures and lockdowns. But since then we’ve had massage chairs and standing desks, things that you either loved or tried to flip immediately on Carousell.
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I felt the latest gift of a 1-night stay at The Fullerton Bay Hotel was particularly weak, and many of you thought the same. The good news is that I’ve shared this feedback with American Express, and they’ve agreed to offer 100,000 MR points as a welcome gift, exclusively for customers who sign up via The MileLion.
This stacks with the regular 75,000 MR points sign-up offer for a total of 175,000 bonus MR points.
MileLion Offer: AMEX Platinum Charge
From 25 May to 19 June 2022, customers who sign up for an AMEX Platinum Charge via The MileLion and receive approval by 17 July 2022 will be eligible for the following:
- 100,000 bonus MR points for paying the S$1,712 annual fee
- 75,000 bonus MR points for spending S$20,000 in the first 6 months
- 25,000 base MR points from spending S$20,000
Cardholders will receive 100,000 bonus MR points as a welcome gift for paying the S$1,712 annual fee. These points will be credited within 12 weeks of annual fee payment.
If they spend S$20,000 within the first six months of approval, they will receive a further 75,000 bonus MR points, credited within 8 weeks of meeting the spend threshold.
Spending S$20,000 will also generate 25,000 base MR points, as per the usual S$1.60= 2 MR points earn rate.
This offer is open to anyone who has not cancelled an AMEX Platinum Charge in the past 24 months. Customers who currently hold other American Express cards (except the AMEX Platinum Charge, obviously) are still eligible.
For the avoidance of doubt, this offer cannot be stacked with the MGM bonus of 20,000 MR points. Applicants will also not receive the Fullerton Bay Hotel staycation (not that you wanted it, right?).
Terminating the card within six months of approval will lead to a clawback of the welcome gift.
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What can you do with MR points?
With the welcome gift, sign-up bonus and base points factored in, you’re looking at a total of 200,000 MR points.
Based on the conversion rate enjoyed by AMEX Platinum Charge customers (400 MR points to 250 miles), that would be worth 125,000 miles with any of the following frequent flyer programmes:
Using KrisFlyer as an example, 125,000 miles would be enough for a Business Class round-trip ticket to Auckland, Sydney or Melbourne.
- 10 nights at the Conrad Bangkok
- 7 nights at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
- 5 nights at the Millennium Hilton Seoul
- 5 nights at the Le Meridien Maldives
Note: Marriott and Hilton practice dynamic award pricing, and the exact number of points required will depend on when you stay.
And in a worst case scenario where you converted the MR points into statement credit (which I’d highly advise against), 200,000 MR points would be worth S$960, or S$1,200 at Pay with Points+ merchants including Apple, Challenger, Fairmont Singapore or Lee Hwa Jewellery.
If you’ve been thinking of getting an AMEX Platinum Charge but don’t quite fancy the welcome gift, 100,000 MR points would be a much more flexible option.
Don’t forget to submit your application by 19 June 2022 via any of the links in this article if you’re interested.