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Old Jun 22, 09, 10:30 am   #1
 
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Why bother with the PPS Amex Card?

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I moved to Singapore a few months ago, and was aware of the PPS Amex, so signed up for it straight aways. Seemed OK deal at the time, with a couple of sweeteners being a (lesser of) 35,000 pts/50% off economy award flights voucher and a 5,000 pt first transaction sign on bonus.

Just a few days later I found (or rather it found me) the Citibank Premier Miles Card at 1.2 miles/SGD, so haven't really bothered with the Amex. Why would I, other than for online SQ flights?

And then there is the useless voucher. My voucher happens to expire on Sep 30 and therefore completey coincided with the promo period (25% off all flights) this means it is either a 33% off voucher or 0% off depending on the flights chosen. And after waitlisting for several flights which were unsuccessful (ok I could have got the discount off standard rather than saver awards - but there were also J savers available so I'd rather do that than spend on a standard award), I finally got some return flights back to Australia. But then the taxes came in at ridiculous $359 SGD -a whole $47 less than the return Emirates (paid fully with cash) flight I bought a few weeks ago. So what is the point. It would be much better if you could redeem it for business class fares as well. But you can't. So I ask why bother?
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Old Jun 25, 09, 10:59 am   #2
 
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now no one have interest on Amex Krisflyer card in Singapore anymore.
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Old Jul 1, 09, 4:50 pm   #3
 
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Agree, the DBS Amex Altitude card is great as well .80 cents equals a mile.
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Old Jul 1, 09, 5:07 pm   #4
 
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I've had a much better overall customer service experience with Amex than Citibank. Although YMMV on this.
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Old Jul 1, 09, 5:40 pm   #5
 
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I've had a much better overall customer service experience with Amex than Citibank. Although YMMV on this.
AMEX Singapore is the worst of all AMEX branches I have dealt with - and I have no high opinion of AMEX in general...
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Old Jul 1, 09, 6:13 pm   #6
 
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AMEX Singapore is the worst of all AMEX branches I have dealt with - and I have no high opinion of AMEX in general...
Qualification - I'm based in the USA.
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Old Jul 2, 09, 2:23 am   #7
 
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Ditto. Singapore based and use mine purely as a back up card for my Citi Premier Miles.

Usually spend enough to get the annual mileage bonus and the double points for online purchase at the SQ website is useful. Also the 10% off Dollar car rental has come in handy (also some rental agencies accept AMEX in lieu of otherwise compulsory car CDW insurance Thrifty in the UK from memory.?)

In summary, dont mind carrying it in my wallet but end of the year if they want to charge me for it, its history..!
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Old Jul 4, 09, 11:42 am   #8
 
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In summary, dont mind carrying it in my wallet but end of the year if they want to charge me for it, its history..!
You will find that there is no waiver on the annual fee.
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Old Jul 11, 09, 10:49 am   #9
 
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You will find that there is no waiver on the annual fee.
AMEX do give annual fee waiver for this card, depending on your total spend during your past 12 months.
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Old Jul 12, 09, 1:36 am   #10
 
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AMEX do give annual fee waiver for this card, depending on your total spend during your past 12 months.
Have you really had a waiver on annual fees for the PPS Club Platinium Card? If you have then they must of changed policy.
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Old Jul 12, 09, 3:30 am   #11
 
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AMEX do give annual fee waiver for this card, depending on your total spend during your past 12 months.
I suggest Amex KF card grand more member annual fee waiver without condition asap, im afraid they will lose more market share in Singapore.
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Old Jul 12, 09, 6:29 am   #12
 
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Have you really had a waiver on annual fees for the PPS Club Platinium Card? If you have then they must of changed policy.

I have been a card member (PPS Club credit card) since its inception, and have gotten annual fee waiver every year, except for the 1st year which they did not budge despite having spent a considerable amount on this card. It is not an auto fee waiver, I have to call them up and raise this fee waiver request.
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Old Jul 12, 09, 9:47 pm   #13
 
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I have been a card member (PPS Club credit card) since its inception, and have gotten annual fee waiver every year, except for the 1st year which they did not budge despite having spent a considerable amount on this card. It is not an auto fee waiver, I have to call them up and raise this fee waiver request.
Its the same for me for the first year. But subsequent years, the annual fee never shows up on the statements.
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