The American Express Singapore app for iOS has just been updated with Touch ID authentication - you can now login to your account with your fingerprint (or thumbprint for that matter)! Additionally, if you are enrolled in the Membership Rewards program, you will not be able to use your MR points for any purchase.
Considering how Apple Pay has been recently rolled out to our friends in Canada and Australia, I do not think it would be too long before Singaporeans get their hand on the much-awaited Apple Pay. On that same note, it may be a good idea to potentially bundle your Apple Pay in Singapore with the American Express True Cashback Card (to get 1.5% cashback without limit) if you do not wish to get into the nitty gritty components of points accrual.
One of the greatest benefits of having the American Express Platinum Card (and the Centurion of course) is the ability to book Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) rates - selected hotels that meet the strict criteria that American Express sets out will be able to participate in this program. For us members, this translates into a range of benefit that typically include a guaranteed 4PM late check-out and usually a USD 100 property credit that can be utilised during the stay.
American Express runs a number of great offers each year (the best one so far is spend S$500, get S$150 back at Marriott Hotels) and in view of the upcoming Lunar New Year ahead, they have now released an offer for eligible cardmembers to get S$38 back from spending S$388 or more in-store at participating restaurants by 28 February 2019. As usual, you will have to save the offer to your card and the statement credit is limited to one redemption per registered card (you can save this offer to multiple American Express cards if you desire).
American Express Platinum Members (including those holding credit card versions) have long been getting either a complimentary welcome drink or 1-for-1 beverages at selected bars in Singapore via the Chillax programme. Late last year, four new bars from the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach have been added to this growing list. In view of the 2019 contract renewals, Smoke & Mirrors now imposes a S$20++ minimum spend requirement before an American Express Platinum Member can take advantage of the Chillax benefits.
The American Express Platinum Card is probably my personal favourite card that I have applied for in 2018 - the S$1,712 annual fee may put most people off but the perks are great and you can truly get your money's worth if you use the benefits that come with the card. One of the most interesting benefits that comes with the American Express Platinum Card is access to PLATINUM VIBES which is a members-only space that is created for Centurion and Platinum Members.
The start of a new year always brings about new surprises and benefits (at least in the world of credit cards). From now until 30 September 2019, American Express Platinum Members (both Basic and Supplementary Platinum Members) with The Platinum Card (not to be confused with the credit card versions) will be able to enjoy complimentary access to events, talks and seminars (excluding workshops) held by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham).
It is no secret that I love my American Express Platinum Card- the S$1,712 annual fee may put most people off but the perks are amazing and if you do enjoy traveling in style, these benefits will essentially offset the annual fee very easily (especially in the first year). One thing that American Express does very well is the American Express Offers that cardholders can sign-up for - this morning, I noticed that American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card members can now earn 4 bonus KrisFlyer Miles for every S$1 spent on RedMart (registration is necessary) - the bonus miles are capped at 1,600 KrisFlyer miles per Card and the offer is limited to the first 15,000 eligible Cards which are successfully registered for the offer.
American Express is currently running a ridiculously attractive promotion for all eligible members across all participating Marriott properties - spend S$500 and get S$150 back in statement credit. There is now the opportunity to receive one S$50 credit for spending S$300 or more (in one or more transactions) at participating Pan Pacific Hotels Group properties before the end of 31 January 2019.
I recently wrote about the amazing opportunity to get S$150 back for simply spending S$500 at participating Marriott hotels in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand between now until 31 January 2019. If you have not signed up for this promotion, you should definitely do so because getting 30% cashback on your stays is amazing (and probably a very rare opportunity)! I recently completed a stay at The Westin Singapore and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the S$150 credit posted.
Since I had a five hour layover in Melbourne Airport, I decided to check out the American Express Lounge at the Melbourne Airport. There are not too many American Express Lounges in this part of the world so I was fairly excited to check it out (this was my first visit!) after convincing myself to get The Platinum Card a couple of months ago. If you hold a Centurion or Platinum Charge Card from any country, you will be able to access this lounge alongside two guests. Otherwise, please refer to American Express to see which cards are eligible for access.
Last month, I wrote about Cool Cats and Fish Pool from The NCO Club potentially joining the American Express Chillax programme. This is now confirmed as American Express has updated the Chillax website to include both bars - the promotion works slightly different for these two bars but I will provide more information below. In addition to that, Madame Fan (which has amazing Chinese food) as well as the Court Martial Bar have also joined the programme.