UPDATE: Refer to the American Express and Singapore Airlines co-brand Credit Card guide HERE for latest information!
If you hold The American Express® Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card, some (favourable and unfavourable) changes are coming your way on 01 May 2016. As a disclaimer, the following changes will only come into effect from 01 May 2016 and at the time of publishing, these changes are still inactive. Here is a summary of the upcoming changes that will come your way:
1. Spend S$15,000 on Singapore Airlines for KrisFlyer Gold Elite (Star Alliance Gold)
The first thing you will probably notice is that you are now able to "purchase" Star Alliance Gold if you spend S$15,000 on Singapore Airlines between 01 May 2016 and 30 June 2016. Do note that if you do travel on premium cabins, this S$15,000 will go towards the S$25,000 required for PPS qualification (which gives you KrisFlyer Gold Elite too!) - click HERE to read the guide on obtaining elite status on KrisFlyer (Singapore Airlines). For a limited time only, you will also earn double miles (up to 5,000 bonus miles) if you do spend S$15,000 on Singapore Airlines.
2. Earn 1.2 Miles per S$1
You will now earn 1.2 Miles per S$1 which is on par with cards like the Citibank PremierMiles Visa Signature Credit Card. With that being said, the bonus 300 KrisFlyer miles for every additional S$500 (above S$1,000) you spend in the same month will be discontinued. As a consolation, American Express is offering a bump in accrual rates between the months of June 2016 and December 2016 for foreign currency spend (2 miles per S$1 of equivalent foreign currency).
3. Annual Fee Increase to S$337.05
Annual Fee will increase from S$256.80 (inclusive of GST) to S$337.05.
If you tend to use Expedia for hotel reservations, then you should already know that you can easily save at least 10% with the right promo code. While the usual discount that most credit card companies offer is 10% off, Citibank is currently offering a staggering 15% off eligible hotels for reservations made before the 31 December 2018 - stays have to be consumed before the end of 31 March 2019.
Citibank has the most number of airline partners in which you can convert your Citi Miles into airline miles. From 01 October 2018 to 31 December 2018, cardholders of the Citi PremierMiles Visa card will be able to earn 2.4 (instead of 2.0) Citi Miles per Dollar on all eligible retail spend charged in a foreign currency other than SGD - this is 20% higher than what is usually offered to cardholders.
American Express is offering Platinum Card Members the opportunity to earn 30 Membership Rewards Points (equivalent to 11.7 miles per dollar) for every full S$1.60 spent on Montblanc, Piaget and Roger Dubuis from now until 15 November 2018. Bonus Membership Rewards Points are only awarded on up to S$16,000 worth of eligible purchases at EXTRA Partners in Singapore between 01 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.
The premature ending of the 4 miles per dollar promotion on mobile payments has left a bad taste in my mouth. In fact, I personally know of a handful of cardholders who decided to cancel the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card just because of that. This morning, I noticed that the very same card is offering 30 OCBC$ (equivalent to 12 Miles) per S$1 spent on ShopperBoard from 1-28 October 2018 - this is capped at S$1,000 which means the most you can earn from this promotion is 30,000 OCBC$ or 12,000 Miles.
You have just gotten your brand new Platinum Card from American Express and after spending S$1,712 on the annual fee, it is understandable that you wish to get the most benefits out of it as soon as possible. Here are five benefits that you should activate immediately with rewards to your new Platinum Card from American Express!
Approximately 6 months ago, OCBC VOYAGE Cardholders had the privilege of paying just Business Class prices to travel on Etihad Airways' famous First Class product. This spectacular offer has returned for all eligible bookings made between now and 30 September 2018 - travel by 31 December 2018.
One of the most unique perks of The Platinum Card here in Singapore is exclusive access to PLATINUM VIBES. This exclusive lounge for Centurion and Platinum members is located in Marina at Keppel Bay (above where Privé is) and the pop-up location serves food by Michelin Chefs from Saint Pierre (one Michelin star) and Shoukouwa (two Michelin star). Additionally, members will also be able to select from a curated wine list that been created exclusively for this venue by Park90, in partnership with Robert Parker Wine Advocate - you will find a list of over 100 wine labels (many of which are rated over PR90) that are available here at retail price.
A brand new suite of benefits for Platinum Card Members were announced late July this year and card members in Singapore are finally getting that beautiful sleek metal card that card members in the United States have held since 2017. For the sake of comparison, the annual fee of The Platinum Card in the US is US$550 (approximately S$760) but the annual fee here in Singapore is S$1,712 (approx. US$1,250) - at least two times more! I have always been a strong advocate for paying annual fees where it is due (on selected credit cards that actually give you something in return) but since you do not officially get any renewal miles with this card, I debated about getting it for a while. Finally, I caved in and decided to apply for The Platinum Card a few weeks ago and here's why I actually did it (but more importantly, why I decided that the S$1,712 annual fee was worth it).
Eligible customers who have received an SMS from OCBC Bank this evening to play the OCBC Catch Cart game will be able to earn up to 37,500 OCBC$ (worth 15,000 Miles) for being a top-scorer. Eligible customers will be able to play the game and submit their scores from 19 September 2018 to 30 September 2018 - your highest score will be recorded if you submit multiple scores.
This will probably only benefit the ladies but all cardholders of the Citi Rewards Visa Signature and Citi Rewards WORLD MasterCard will be able to earn 20X Rewards (equivalent to 8 miles) per dollar on all retail purchases made at Love, Bonito online store as well as the flagship store at 313@Somerset from now until the end of 30 September 2018.