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.
While it may be cheaper to purchase these overseas, you are legally obliged to pay GST on these purchases when you re-enter Singapore. If you are planning on taking advantage of this promotion, it is worth noting that some of these participating outlets are located in Marina Bay Sands (which has its own Sands Rewards LifeStyle program which you can double-dip on) as well as Changi Airport (which has the Changi Rewards program) so make sure you consider these before making the purchase. Additionally, if you are new to The Platinum Card, you may also be applicable for the welcome bonus of 75,000 Membership Rewards Points (equivalent to 46,875 miles) when you spend S$20,000 on the card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
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.
As if there is a better time to be an American Express cardholder - the promotions are constantly coming in and now the first 15,000 successful registered cards will be able to get S$150 back for spending S$500 at over 480 participating Marriott hotels in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand between now until 31 January 2019! In fact, every eligible cardholder will be able to earn this shocking cashback 10 times so you can essentially spend S$5,000 and get S$1,500 back! If you do not hold an American Express card, do consider applying for The Platinum Card which comes with a shocking annual fee but the perks are seriously impressive - read about my rationalisation here!
If you love a tipple or two in the evening, the Chillax Programme by American Express is a great reason to get The Platinum Card (which comes with an extensive suite of benefits). Platinum and Platinum Reserve Credit Card holders also enjoy the same Chillax benefits and from the list of participating bars in Chillax Bar Hop 2018, it appears that two new bars will be joining the program soon - Cool Cats and Fish Pool from The NCO Club (yes, that’s the one at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach).