AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend flash deal: 30,000 miles & Samsonite luggage


From now till 31 October, get a Samsonite Sigma Spinner luggage on top of the public offer of 30,000 miles with a new AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend.

American Express has launched a new flash deal for the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend, which is valid for approvals from 2631 October 2022. 

New cardholders who apply via The MileLion and spend S$3,000 will receive the public offer of up to 30,000 bonus miles, plus a Samsonite Sigma Spinner Expandable 76cm Graphite luggage (worth S$600).

They will also enjoy the standard AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend benefits such as four lounge vouchers and a 1-night Hilton voucher redeemable at more than 250 hotels across Asia Pacific.

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend flash deal

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  Spend Miles
First Spend  Any  5K
Pay Annual Fee 10K
Sign-Up Bonus
(First 3 mo.)
Base Miles 3.6K
(S$3K @ 1.2 mpd)
Total Spend S$3K
Total Miles 33.6K 

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, so if you’ve previously held an American Express KrisFlyer cobrand card before, you won’t receive this a second time.

Cardholders will receive 10,000 miles upon paying the mandatory S$337.05 annual fee and making their first spend of at least S$1 within 30 days of approval. 

Cardholders who apply via The MileLion and spend S$3,000 in the first 3 months of approval will receive 15,000 miles plus a Samsonite Sigma Spinner Expandable 76cm Graphite. 

❓ Who is eligible?

10,000 + 15,000 miles: This offer is open to anyone who has not cancelled a principal AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend card in the past 12 months. If you currently hold other AMEX cards, you will still be eligible.

Samsonite luggage: This offer is open to anyone who has not cancelled a principal AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend card in the past 12 months, and does not currently hold a principal AMEX credit card (DBS/UOB-issued cards and corporate/business cards (e.g. HighFlyer) don’t count).

Note: An earlier version of this article stated the same eligibility criteria for both sets of gifts. Not to worry- if you applied before this article was updated, you’ll still receive the Samsonite luggage as promised, notwithstanding the fact you already hold another AMEX credit card. If you have any concerns, drop me a note via the Contact Us form.

To summarise the offer, by spending S$3,000 in the first 3 months of approval, you’d receive the following:

  • 5,000 miles (first spend bonus)
  • 10,000 miles (annual fee bonus)
  • 15,000 miles (sign-up bonus)
  • Samsonite luggage
  • 3,600 miles (base miles earned for S$3,000 spend @ 1.2 mpd)

For avoidance of doubt, there is no further stacking with any MGM bonuses. 

Terms & Conditions

The T&Cs for the 30,000 miles sign-up offer can be found here.

The T&Cs for the Samsonite luggage gift can be found here.

Do note that even though point (6) in the Samsonite T&Cs says that the offer is not valid with any other promotions, I’ve confirmed with AMEX that customers will still enjoy the regular sign-up bonus of up to 30,000 miles.

All bonus miles and a redemption letter for the luggage will be processed within 12 weeks after the eligibility criteria is met. Any questions about the promotion should be directed to American Express (and if the CSOs say to contact The MileLion, they’re mistaken- all fulfilment is from the AMEX side).

What spending is eligible?

A minimum spend of S$3,000 must be met within the first 3 months (defined as 90 calendar days from the date of card approval). 

American Express provides a list of excluded spending categories here, but the key ones to note are: 

  • GrabPay top-ups
  • Insurance
  • Public hospitals and polyclinics
  • SPC transactions
  • Utilities

CardUp, private and non-profit hospitals, donations, and anything else not explicitly stated in the exclusion list will count as eligible spend. 

All spending on supplementary cards will pool with principal cards when determining whether the minimum spend has been met. 

Overview: AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

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Income Req. S$50,000 p.a. Points Validity 3 years
Annual Fee S$337.05
Miles with
Annual Fee
None Transfer
  • SIA
FCY Fee 2.95% Transfer Fee None
Local Earn 1.2 mpd Points Pool? N/A
FCY Earn 2.0 mpd
(Jun & Dec)
Lounge Access? Yes
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 (which 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 local spend, and 2 mpd on foreign currency spend 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 Singapore Airlines tickets 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.

Your complete guide to KrisFlyer Elite Gold benefits

Spending S$15,000 on eligible purchases on Singapore Airlines tickets 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. 

Don’t forget to check out my full review of the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend below. 

Review: AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend


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New AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend members who spend S$3,000 and pay the first year’s S$337.05 annual fee can get up to 30,000 bonus miles plus a Samsonite luggage. This is a great opportunity to stack another gift on top of the public offer, but you’ll need to act fast if you want to get it. 

Remember: your application must be approved by 31 October 2022 to be eligible. Same-day approvals are possible, but I wouldn’t leave it till the last minute. 

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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Is there a difference between approval between 26th Oct to 31st Oct, or apply between 26th Oct to 31st Oct (per luggage T&Cs)? As I applied for the Ascend before 26th Oct and it just got approved today (26th Oct).


Hi, I applied and i got conditional approval. Should I be getting full approval or conditional approval is good enough before 31.Oct?


Of course, I understand full approval is also needed but question is that “Is it required to be fully approved before 31.Oct or am i still eligible if i get full approval after 31.Oct for same application?”

Jing Yi

Yet another Samsonite model which doesn’t really exist outside of credit card signups 🙂


There’s a significant discrepancy:

“This offer is open to anyone who has not cancelled a principal AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend card in the past 12 months. If you currently hold other AMEX cards, you will still be eligible.”

Not true. Existing amex cardholders will NOT be eligible for the samsonite luggage. Unless I am mistaken

Last edited 1 year ago by AAA

I guess if you have the AMEX Platinum Charge card, you’ll not be eligible? Since there wouldn’t be any AF


AF will still be billed because KF Ascend doesn’t apply to the “one fee” policy. Anyway Aaron wrote another article recently that Amex has scrapped this policy for Plat Reserve, so likely same for others too.

Kwok Wing

I hold the Krisflyer blue card. Am I still eligible for the sign up bonus? Will definitely sign up if I am qualified for it


Hmm, I just applied 2 days ago and they called today that all is in order and that I will receive the approval shortly. They also confirmed that I will get the 2000 mile lion bonus, but didn’t mention anything about the luggage. Will I get the miles or the luggage? Any chance for me to change to the latter? I have not yet received anything official apart from the call.

Ah Huat

Me too just applied in mth of October 22 before this flash sale with the 2000 mile lion bonus, was approved and got the card! will I get luggage too upon 3k spend? Thanks


Hi, can foreigner / non Singaporean resident join this program ? I do have bank account in SG.


Hi, my application is approved but Amex commented that I have to contact Milelion for the luggage. Please advise on the collection process. Thank you


Hi, consulted Amex and they commented that fulfulment is under Milelion if application is through Milelion. Please verify. Thank you


If I apply during between 26th Oct to 31st Oct but only get approved after, am I at least eligible for the other 32K miles sign-up bonus? Or do I get nothing at all?


So far I have only recieved the 5,000 ‘first spend’ bonus.. when do the rest of the 25,000 bonus miles come in?

what about the samsonite.. how do I claim??


Hi I have only received 5k of the 30k bonus miles and the Samsonite bag is no where to speak of..

Pls advise the time-line for the rest of the items


the answer is literally in the article