What’s Inside: 2022/23 AMEX Platinum Charge membership pack

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Here's what to look out for in your latest AMEX Platinum Charge welcome or renewal pack, including which vouchers to keep and throw.

Upon approval or renewal of an AMEX Platinum Charge, cardholders will receive a membership pack in the mail. This consists of a welcome letter, benefits guide, and a set of travel, dining and lifestyle vouchers.

AMEX Platinum Charge renewal vouchers

I’ve just received my 2022/23 membership pack, which contains a total of 27 vouchers. Unlike previous years, AMEX no longer issues physical vouchers for the S$400 airline and S$400 hotel credit. These have been completely digitised, and can be redeemed via the AMEX Travel Portal.

⚠️ Use your travel credits by 31 January 2023!

As a reminder, AMEX will be deactivating all existing travel credits on 31 January 2023, as it prepares to transition to the new system of awarding S$1,200 worth of dining, entertainment, lifestyle and SIA credits.

You must spend your travel credits by this deadline, but the actual travel date can be anytime in the future.

Of course, not all vouchers are equally useful. I sort them into three piles: Keep, Maybe & Throw. Do note that the selection of vouchers can change throughout the year, so what you get for your membership year may not match mine exactly.

AMEX Platinum Charge Vouchers: Keep

✅ Keep
  • Complimentary 1-night hotel stay at selected properties
  • S$100 Tower Club voucher
  • S$50 Wan Hao Restaurant voucher
  • S$50 Mikuni or 90-min body massage at Willow Stream Spa
  • 2x complimentary cake or bottle of wine at Fairmont Singapore/Swissotel The Stamford
Complimentary 1-night hotel voucher

Let’s start with the biggest prize of the lot: a Complimentary 1-night Hotel Stay voucher. As of the time of writing, this is valid at the following properties: 

🇸🇬 In Singapore🗺️ Outside Singapore
  • Fullerton Hotel Singapore
  • Mandarin Oriental Singapore
  • Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
  • St. Regis Singapore
  • Angsana Laguna Phuket
  • Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum
  • Angsana Penang
  • Banyan Tree Bangkok
  • Banyan Tree Bintan
  • Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei
  • Banyan Tree Doha
  • Banyan Tree Hangzhou
  • Banyan Tree Huangshan
  • Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
  • Banyan Tree Lang Co
  • Banyan Tree Lijiang
  • Banyan Tree Phuket
  • Banyan Tree Ringha
  • Banyan Tree Shanghai
  • Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay
  • Banyan Tree Yangshuo
  • Dhawa Quzhou
  • Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
  • Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Breakfast for two adults is included at all hotels except the Ritz-Carlton Millennia Singapore and Mandarin Oriental Singapore. All bookings are non-changeable and non-refundable, so confirm your plans before making a reservation.

If you want to extract maximum value, you should probably avoid the Angsana properties and focus on the other brands. I redeemed my most recent voucher at the Banyan Tree Lang Co, and found it to be a pretty good experience- though Lang Co’s location might not be for everyone. 

S$100 Tower Club voucher

The S$100 Tower Club voucher can be spent at Atlantic, Ba Xian or Straits Bar. Advance reservations must be made via the AMEX Platinum concierge. 

I’m not a fan of the food at Atlantic, and Ba Xian is difficult to book (everyone wants to visit on Saturday when dim sum is 50% off), so I tend to use my voucher at Straits Bar during Oyster Nights (currently Wednesday & Friday). Oysters are S$3 apiece, and on Fridays, Laurent Perrier Brut champagne is 1-for-1 (S$26 for two glasses). 

Do note that non-Tower Club members pay a 10% mark-up on everything (on top of the usual service charge and GST), so the actual value of this voucher is closer to S$91. 

S$50 Wan Hao voucher

The S$50 Wan Hao voucher requires a minimum spend of S$100 before GST and service charge, and is not valid with Love Dining. Why bother, when Love Dining already offers 50% off? 

  • Love Dining privileges don’t apply to drinks, while the S$50 voucher does
  • Love Dining privileges don’t apply to the dim sum menu, while the S$50 voucher does
  • Love Dining offers 50% off only for parties of two, but the S$50 voucher has no minimum number of diners

So it’s basically a discount on a nice dim sum lunch for about 3-4 pax, depending on how hungry you are.

S$50 Mikuni/ Willow Spa treatment voucher

The S$50 Mikuni or 90-min body massage at Willow Stream Spa voucher is new this year. I appreciate the fact that there’s no minimum spend shenanigans, but because Mikuni is already on Love Dining and the voucher doesn’t stack with Love Dining discounts, I’d lean towards using this at Willow Stream.

Complimentary cake or wine vouchers 

The 2x complimentary cake or wine vouchers at Fairmont Singapore/Swissotel The Stamford require a minimum order of one dine-in item. Most people simply have a coffee or dessert and redeem both vouchers each time. The wine/cake can be taken to go; there’s no need to consume it at the restaurant. 

If you’re opting for the cake, do let them know beforehand because they need to prepare it ahead of time. 

AMEX Platinum Charge Vouchers: Maybe

❓ Maybe
  • 30% off Wan Hao Restaurant 
  • Complimentary bottle of wine at Wan Hao Restaurant
  • S$100 Wooloomooloo voucher
  • 2x 50% off 8-10 diners at Asian Market Café
30% off Wan Hao restaurant

The 30% off Wan Hao Restaurant voucher isn’t stackable with Love Dining benefits, but once again remember:

  • Love Dining privileges don’t apply to drinks, while the 30% off voucher does
  • Love Dining privileges don’t apply to the dim sum menu, while the 30% off voucher does
  • Love Dining offers 50% off only for parties of two, but the 30% off voucher is valid regardless of party size

If you’re dining as a group of four or more, this could be useful…

Complimentary wine voucher

…and if your bill at Wan Hao exceeds S$200 (before GST and service charge), you can use the complimentary bottle of house wine voucher too.

S$100 Wooloomooloo voucher

The S$100 Wooloomooloo voucher requires a minimum spend of S$250 before GST and service charge, and does not stack with Love Dining discounts. Why it might be useful nonetheless is because Love Dining discounts only apply to a specific Love Dining set menu that costs S$168++ per person. 

If you don’t fancy the items here (or if you’re dining with a larger party where the discount is <50%), then getting S$100 off S$250 would be a better deal.

50% off Asian Market Café vouchers

I doubt I could ever rustle up a posse of 8-10 diners, but if I could, then the 50% off Asian Market Café voucher wouldn’t be the worst deal. This halal-certified buffet costs S$84-88++ per adult (and there’s oysters on weekends).

AMEX Platinum Charge Vouchers: Throw

❌ Throw
  • S$100 Adeva Spa
  • S$100 Spa Rael 
  • S$130 The Spa By The Ultimate 
  • S$130 The Ultimate
  • Weekday rate of S$230++ at Fairmont Singapore/Swissotel The Stamford
  • Weekend rate of S$280++ at Swissotel The Stamford
  • Weekend rate of S$300++ at Fairmont Singapore
  • 5x weekend night upgrades at Fairmont Singapore/Swissotel The Stamford
  • 2x S$50 JAAN vouchers
  • 2x S$50 Basque Kitchen vouchers

Now we come to the trash pile, and unfortunately there’s a lot of junk to rid ourselves of. How little do I care about these? So little I’m not even going to bother censoring the vouchers’ serial numbers. 

Spa vouchers

Once upon a time, the AMEX Platinum Charge came with three (or maybe four, I forget) complimentary spa treatments. Yup, they were completely free-of-charge, provided you were willing to sit through a brief “do you want to buy a package” spiel at the end. 

These were later replaced with cash vouchers that require minimum spends:

  • S$100 Adeva Spa (min. spend S$180)
  • S$100 Spa Rael (min. spend S$180)
  • S$130 The Spa By The Ultimate (min. spend S$180)
  • S$130 The Ultimate (min. spend S$180)

Now, if you’re the sort who already visits these places, and if you enjoy the service there, then by all means keep the vouchers and value them accordingly.

But if you’re like me, they’ll just take up space in your drawer.  

Fairmont Singapore/Swissotel The Stamford vouchers

I did a lot of staycations during the pandemic, but now that border restrictions have lifted, I’m much more interested in going overseas. This means the various discounted Fairmont Singapore/Swissotel The Stamford vouchers aren’t very useful to me (in fact, I haven’t used a single one since becoming a cardmember).

I just eyeballed the rates at the Fairmont Singapore/Swissotel The Stamford for the rest of the year, however, and they’re alarmingly high. If you’re planning to do a year-end staycation, then these vouchers could be good value- assuming you’re able to redeem them (blackout dates apply).

JAAN and Basque Kitchen vouchers

Last and certainly least are the S$50 JAAN and S$50 Basque Kitchen vouchers. It makes me sad to think that we once received 4 x S$50 St. Regis dining vouchers, which had no minimum spend and could be stacked with Love Dining discounts!

The JAAN and Basque Kitchen vouchers are miserly by comparison, limiting you to one voucher per visit with a minimum of two diners. Let me tell you that S$50 won’t even begin to make a dent on the cost of a two-person JAAN meal, which starts at S$138++ per person for lunch, and S$318++ per person for dinner. Basque Kitchen? S$288++ per person for lunch, and S$328++ per person for dinner. It’s so absurdly expensive that your S$50 voucher is at best a 15% discount, and at worst, just 6%!

If JAAN and Basque Kitchen have been on your bucket list, by all means try it once and use this voucher to offset some of the pain. Otherwise, this shouldn’t be seen as an enticement to visit.

Current AMEX Platinum Charge sign-up offer

Apply Here
 MR Points
Pay S$1,712 Annual FeeN/A
Spend S$5,000
(Months 1-3)
35K
(25K public + 10K MileLion)
Spend S$20,000
(Months 1-3)
75K
Base Points from S$20,000
(@ 2 pts/S$1.60)
25K
Total SpendS$20K
Total Points135K

From now till 31 January 2023, new AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders will receive up to 135,000 MR points when they sign-up, pay the S$1,712 annual fee (S$1,728 if you sign up in 2023) and spend S$20,000 in the first 3 months of approval. 

This is broken down into:

  • 25,000 MR points for spending S$5,000 in the first 3 months 
    • +10,000 MR points if you apply through The MileLion
  • 75,000 MR points for spending a further S$15,000 in the first 3 months (i.e. S$20,000 total)
  • 25,000 MR points for spending S$20,000 (@ 2 points per S$1.60)

Do note that the spending window has been shortened to 3 months, compared to 6 months previously.

❓ Eligibility
This offer is valid for anyone who has not cancelled an AMEX Platinum Charge in the past 24 months. There is no restriction on existing AMEX cardholders. 

I recently shared some thoughts on how much value I got out of my AMEX Platinum Charge in 2021/22, which you can read below.

American Express Platinum Charge: 2022 Year in Review

Be advised, however, that one key perk has been scrapped: new AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders can no longer enjoy the Platinum Reserve for free, since the scrapping of the “one annual fee” policy. This means the loss of a S$100 Tower Club voucher and 2-night complimentary stay at selected Frasers Hospitality properties. 

If you obtained your AMEX Platinum Reserve prior to 1 November 2022, not to worry- nothing has changed. 

Conclusion

The AMEX Platinum Charge membership pack gives you a whole range of vouchers- some useful, others less so. The throw pile seems to get larger each year, and I do miss the early days of St. Regis vouchers and free spa treatments. 

If anyone wants my throw pile, let me know. Fast deal bro. 

Which vouchers are in your keep and throw pile?

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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Derek

The value proposition is getting lower and lower each year. Because of the ability to double dip, this is going to be my last year of the plat charge card. Give it the mandatory 2 year break before reconsidering. And ironically like most cardholders, i dont even use it for purchases.

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Jacken

Amex offer is good to use

Delboy

Fully agree – I’m leaning towards not renewing mine after over 20 years…the past few years the package seems to just keep getting worse each year!

Ming

You need to pay people to take your throw pile haha

Dean

How do you redeem both vouchers at once when one cardmember can only redeem one voucher?

Nick

What was your renewal offer? Did you get a good deal?

Nick

That’s pretty bad considering the high fees and the benefits getting lower and lower each year

Rubbish

Aaron gets a lot more from referrals just by keeping the card. Prob around 200k MR points per year at least.

Ethan

I would take your thrash pile! How do I go about getting them from you?

Rubbish

How to justify 1712 for new users? No plat charge, no 65K signup bonus. Half the value gone already. 120K minimum income, status also gone. Paying 1712 for priority pass? 🙂

Lucas

I’m wondering whether I can still qualify for the more attractive Oct package if I’ve registered on 30th Oct, but only approved in Nov? CSO that was checking on sign up status can’t seem to give an answer.

Tom

Missed the Oct promo. Asked the CSO and sign ups from now until Jan 23 will not get any bonus MR Points upon signing up without any minimum spend. The only perk is probably that they will still give u the S$400 airline and S$400 hotel credit, to be redeemed by Jan 23. Sign ups after that will not get these vouchers, but I think they may run another bonus MR points campaign after that. By my rough calculation, 65K MR = 36K KF miles = $612 value at best (assuming 1.7 cpm, but in reality, likely lower than that).… Read more »

James

Do you need the card? Otherwise I’d wait. 65K MR = 40K miles actually. AF for miles is basically buying miles and at 0.8cpm during the annual PayAll promo, that’s about $325 of value. Hardly much difference tbh.

Tom

Thanks for this, James! Pardon me, but if 65k MR =40k miles =$325, then wouldn’t it make sense to sign up now and get the extra S$400 airline and S$400 hotel credit, since the latter is going to be withdrawn by Jan 23?

I.e. if I wait, I might come across another promotion that ‘gifts’ 65k miles, but there wouldn’t be the $800 vouchers anymore. Even if I account for some haircut off the vouchers, it is likely to still be of higher monetary value compared to 65k MR..

Appreciate you taking time out to reply this 🙂

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