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The Best Credit Card Promotions in Singapore 2018

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I know someone whose storeroom could double as a Samsonite warehouse – it’s filled to the brim with luggage from credit card promotionsFree luggage aside, there are also other kinds of enticements that you can get just by signing up for a credit card, such as cashback or shopping vouchers.

These days, most banks (and comparison sites like us) offer the best giveaways for new signups. Usually this is defined as people who either (a) have never ever owned a credit card from that bank, or (b) cancelled their card at least 12 months ago. So if you’re thinking of gaming the system by cancelling your card and re-applying, tough luck!

Some credit cards actually give you vouchers or cashback or luggage immediately upon card approval. But some banks require you to spend a minimum (say, $600 in the first month) AND make you wait a few months before you can even smell the freebie. So, be sure to read the T&Cs.

 

Best credit card promotions in Singapore 2018

Bank Open to Credit card promotion Expiry
UOB First 500 new signups $150 cashback with min. spend $1,200 in first month + $100 cashback when you open UOB savings account 30 Sep 2018
Citibank New signups via MoneySmart $150 CapitaVouchers 31 Jul 2018
CIMB New signups $120 cashback with min. spend $400 in first 2 months 31 Jul 2018
Citibank New signups Up to $120 cashback ($20 for each month you spend $200, up to 6 months) 31 Dec 2018
American Express New & existing signups via MoneySmart $100 Uniqgift vouchers 16 Jul 2018
DBS Live Fresh Card New signups $100 cashback with min. spend $600 in first month 30 Sep 2018
Standard Chartered New signups $100 cashback 31 Dec 2018
HSBC New signups $100 cashback or Samsonite luggage with min. spend $600 in first month 30 Sep 2018
DBS Live Fresh Card Existing cardmember $50 cashback with min. spend $600 in first month 30 Sep 2018
HSBC Existing cardmember $50 cashback with min. spend $600 in first month 30 Sep 2018
DBS (debit cards) New & existing $30 cashback with min. spend $300 in first month 30 Sep 2018
Standard Chartered Existing cardmember $20 cashback 31 Dec 2018
Maybank New signups, must get 2 credit cards at the same time Samsonite luggage with min. spend $500 in first 2 months

 

UOB credit card promotion

UOB is running a credit card sign-up promotion for all UOB credit cards except the UOB PRVI Miles Card, which has a separate 10,000 air miles promotion.

If you’re new to UOB credit cards, you can get a super generous $150 cashback if you spend $1,200 in the first month. However, note that it’s limited to the first 500 new cardholders. As far as I know, there’s no way to tell if you’re one of them, so try at your own risk.

Also, if you open a UOB savings account at the same time, you can get $100 cashback, bringing your windfall up to $250!

UOB One Card

UOB One Card


Card Benefits

    • Up to 5% cash rebate on all spend for spend above S$2,000/month per quarter (up to 3.33% cash rebate for spend of $500 or $1,000 monthly)
    • Up to 10% additional SMART$ rebate with UOB SMART$ Rebate Programme
    UOB Delight Card

    UOB Delight Card


    Card Benefits

      • 8% or 3% cash rebate at Cold Storage, Market Place, Jasons, Giant, and Guardian. Minimum spend: S$800/S$400 per month respectively
      • 3% cash rebate on ALL contactless transactions and selected recurring bills. Minimum spend: S$400/month
      • Cash rebate cap: S$50/month, no cap on SMART$ earned at SMART$ Merchants.
      • Base rate: 0.3% cashback on spends less than S$400 and on all other spend
      UOB YOLO Credit Card

      UOB YOLO Credit Card


      Card Benefits

        • 16%* cash rebate on weekend Dining, both local and overseas
        • Get up to 10% cashback at Hareloom Bistro Modern offers
        • 3% cash rebate on weekday Dining
        • 0.3% cash rebate on all other spend
        • Minimum spend of S$600 per statement month for 16% and 3% rebate, otherwise 0.3% rebate earned on all spend. Total rebate capped at S$60 per month
        UOB Preferred Platinum Visa Card

        UOB Preferred Platinum Visa Card


        Card Benefits

          • Enjoy 2% rebate at Metro, World of Sports and Winter Time
          • Enjoy 3% rebate at bYSI, ColorWash, Crocodile, DHL, and Sephora
          • Enjoy 5% rebate at Tissot
          UOB Lady's Card

          UOB Lady's Card


          Card Benefits

            • 5X UNI$ on your shopping (local & overseas)
            • UOB Lady's LuxePay Plan: 6 or 12-month installment plan with no interest or processing fees
            • Up to 10% SMART$ rebate at over 400 participating merchant outlets

             

            Citibank credit card promotion

            If you’re new to Citibank credit cards, hurry up and sign up through MoneySmart to get $150 in CapitaVouchers, no questions asked and no minimum spend required. These are the eligible cards:

            Citi Cash Back Card

            Citi Cash Back Card


            Card Benefits

              • 8% cash back at food & beverage outlets, supermarkets, food & groceries delivery (including Deliveroo, honestbee, RedMart) and Grab rides globally (valid till 6 Apr 2018)
              • Up to 20.88% fuel savings at Esso and Shell, and 8% cash back at other petrol stations
              • Total minimum retail spend of S$888/statement month to get 8% cash back, capped at S$25 per category (Dining, Grab rides valid till 6 Apr 2018, Groceries, Petrol). For retail spend less than S$888 and/or other retail spend categories, 0.25% cash back is awarded, no cap
              Citi M1 Card

              Citi M1 Card


              Card Benefits

                • >S$600 total spend/month - 10% rebate on M1 recurring bills
                • S$300-S$599 total spend/month - 3% rebate on M1 recurring bills
                • Less than S$300 total spend/month - 0.5% rebate on M1 recurring bills
                • 0.3% rebate on all overseas spend and local retail spend
                • Up to 1% Citi Rebate on purchases at M1 stores
                Citi PremierMiles Visa Card

                Citi PremierMiles Visa Card


                Card Benefits

                  • S$1 = 1.2 Citi Miles (Local spend)
                  • S$1 = 2 Citi Miles (Overseas spend)
                  • Earn up to 7 Citi Miles per S$1 spent on Agoda.com/bonusmiles and 3 Citi Miles per S$1 spent on expedia.com.sg/bonusrewards
                  • Citi Miles never expire
                  • Priority Pass™ membership gives you access to more than 600 airport lounges twice a year
                  • Receive 10,000 Citi Miles upon membership renewal and payment of annual fee
                  • Complimentary Travel Accident Insurance up to S$1,000,000 coverage, Medical Assistance Programme and Travel Inconvenience Coverage
                  Citi Rewards Card

                  Citi Rewards Card


                  Card Benefits

                    • 10X Rewards (10 points or 4 Miles) for every S$1 spent on Shoes + Bags + Clothes at Online, Retail or Department stores, locally and overseas
                    • Enjoy discounts of up to 50% at Foodpanda, Lazada, Zalora, Reebonz, and more
                    • S$1 spent = 1 Rewards point (All other spend)

                    Separately, Citibank is also offering $20 cashback per month for every month you spend at least $200, up to 6 months i.e. $120. This isn’t quite as worth it, since you have to spend money before you can see the rebates. Also note that you cannot combine this with the $150 CapitaVouchers promotion.

                     

                    CIMB credit card promotion

                    Those new to CIMB credit cards can sign up online for one of these cards for $120 cashback. There’s a minimum spend but it’s very easy to hit – just spend $400 on your new credit card within the first 2 months to get the cashback payout.

                    CIMB only has 2 credit cards for ordinary income levels: the CIMB Platinum Mastercard gives you 10% cashback on travel, healthcare and beauty, while the CIMB Visa Signature gives you 10% on dining, nightlife and foreign currency spending. They’re both pretty good provided you can meet the rather troublesome minimum spend requirements.

                     

                    American Express credit card promotion

                    Regardless of whether you already own an Amex credit card or not, you can still get hold of $100 in vouchers when you sign up for an Amex card through MoneySmart.

                    The Uniqgift vouchers can be used at Giant, Cold Storage, Robinsons, Best Denki and a whole bunch of other shops and restaurants (including halal buffet Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts).

                    Now, Amex is known for refusing to budge on their annual fees. But these are the eligible American Express credit cards with a first-year fee waiver:

                    American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card

                    American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card


                    Card Benefits

                      • Apply through MoneySmart from 22 Mar - 19 Apr 2018 to get S$100 worth of Grab OR NTUC Vouchers. Application must be approved by 3 May 2018. Submit your (i)Contact Details and (ii)14-digit Reference Number on the Thank You Page upon completion at this link before 19 April 2018. T&Cs
                      • S$1 = 1.1 KrisFlyer miles (Local)
                      • S$1 = 2 KrisFlyer miles (foreign currency spent Overseas) during June and December and for purchases made at singaporeair.com, silkair.com KrisShop and SilkAir SkyShop, both in-flight and online
                      • S$1 = 3.1 KrisFlyer miles for Grab and Uber rides, capped at S$200 per month
                      • Receive bonus 7,000 bonus KrisFlyer miles when you first charge to your card
                      • Get an additional 7,500 bonus KrisFlyer miles when you spend S$2,500 within 3 months of card approval
                      • Get S$150 cashback for use on your next purchase on singaporeair.com when you spend S$12,000 on your Card from now till 30 June 2018
                      • Enjoy free Travel Inconvenience & Travel Accident Benefits of up to S$350,000 when you purchase your travel tickets with you card
                      American Express True Cashback Card

                      American Express True Cashback Card


                      Card Benefits

                        • Apply through MoneySmart from 22 Mar - 19 Apr 2018 to get S$100 worth of Grab OR NTUC Vouchers. Application must be approved by 3 May 2018. Submit your (i)Contact Details and (ii)14-digit Reference Number on the Thank You Page upon completion at this link before 19 April 2018. T&Cs
                        • 1.5% Cashback on any purchase you make, anytime
                        • 3% Cashback for the first 6 months up to $5000 spend
                        • Enjoy first year fee waiver
                        • Eligible for use with Apple Pay
                        American Express CapitaCard

                        American Express CapitaCard


                        Card Benefits

                          • S$1 = 5 STAR$ on all spend
                          • S$1 = 15 STAR$ at CapitaLand Malls on eligible purchases
                          • All STAR$ earned are credited directly into your CAPITASTAR account, capped at S$1,200 per calendar month
                          • 5,000 STAR$ = S$5 CapitaVoucher / 10,000 STAR$ = S$10 CapitaVoucher / 50,000 STAR$ = S$50 CapitaVoucher

                          If you don’t mind paying, the promotion also applies to the Amex KrisFlyer Ascend and Amex Platinum credit cards. (The Amex Platinum might be worth the annual fee though – there are some welcome gifts and the card gives you 50% off at a lot of restaurants and hotels.)

                           

                          DBS credit card promotion

                          Since hardly anyone in Singapore is “new to DBS”, I was quite surprised that DBS/POSB actually has sign-up promotions.

                          But if you sign up for the DBS Live Fresh Card, you can get $100 cashback (if you’re new to DBS credit cards) or $50 cashback (ifyou’re an existing customer). You need to spend a minimum of $600 in the first month, which is the minimum spend of the card anyway.

                          DBS Live Fresh Card

                          DBS Live Fresh Card


                          Card Benefits

                            • 5% cashback on online shopping and when you pay using Visa payWave, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Android Pay through your Card
                            • Additional 5% cashback for the first 6 months with S$600/month min. spend when signing up within 8 Jan - 31 Mar 2018, Cashback cap at S$60/month
                            • Lazada: 20% off storewide for new shoppers with ‘DBS2017’; Valid till 31 Dec 2018
                            • Expedia: 20% off eligible hotel bookings with ‘DBS10EXP’ at checkout; Valid till 31 Jan 2019, and travel till 30 Apr 2019
                            • Base rate: 0.3% on all other spend

                            As a bonus, there’s also a signup promo for their debit cards – you can get $30 cashback with min. spend $300 in first month. However, you cannot withdraw cash from your DBS/POSB accounts in the first 3 months, or else your cashback will be forfeit.

                             

                            Standard Chartered credit card promotion

                            StanChart has one of the best promotions for new sign-ups. Upon card activation, you should get $100 cashback, no minimum spend required. They haven’t forgotten their existing customers either. Existing cardmembers can still get $20 cashback if they sign up for another StanChart card.

                            Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card

                            Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card


                            Card Benefits

                              • 3% cashback on all foreign currency spend (inclusive of the 1.5% cashback) for the 1st 3 months upon card approval
                              • 1.5% cashback on all other eligible spend
                              • No cashback cap and no minimum spend
                              • Doubles up as your ez-link card with the EZ-Link facility enabled on it
                              Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card

                              Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card


                              Card Benefits

                                • 3% cashback on all online spends in foreign currency and vPost spends
                                • 2% cashback on all online spends in local currency, contactless and mobile payments
                                • 1% cashback on all other retail transactions
                                Standard Chartered Platinum Visa/MasterCard Credit Card

                                Standard Chartered Platinum Visa/MasterCard Credit Card


                                Card Benefits

                                  • $1 = 1 point
                                  • $1 = 2 points (at least $1,000 spend per month)
                                  • Up to 15% off total bill at over 100 participating restaurants with The Good Life®

                                  It’s also available for the new Standard Chartered Rewards credit card – read all about it in our review.

                                   

                                  HSBC credit card promotion

                                  Like everyone else, HSBC is also running a credit card promotion to entice new signups. Apply and charge $600 in the first month to get either $100 cashback or Samsonite luggage. If you’re an existing HSBC customer, you can still enjoy $50 cashback – not too bad!

                                  There are only 3 HSBC credit cards to choose from so deciding should be a cinch:

                                  HSBC Advance Credit Card

                                  HSBC Advance Credit Card


                                  Card Benefits

                                    • 1.5% Cash Back on all purchases with no minimum spend / 2.5% Cash Back on all purchases with $2,000 minimum spend per month. Capped at $70 per month
                                    • For HSBC Advance banking customers: 2.5% Cash Back on all purchases with no minimum spend / 3.5% Cash Back on all spend with S$2,000 minimum spend per month. Capped at S$125 per month
                                    • 1st year principal card annual fee waiver for non-HSBC Advance banking customers / Perpetual principal card annual fee waiver for HSBC Advance banking customers
                                    • Perpetual supplementary card annual fee waiver
                                    HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

                                    HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card


                                    Card Benefits

                                      • 5% or 3% cash rebate on all grocery spend (with min. $800 or $400 spend/month for all three months in the quarter)
                                      • 5% cash rebate on Recurring Mobile/Cable TV/Internet Bill Payment (with min. $400 spend/month for all three months in the quarter)
                                      • 5% or 3% cash rebate at all Shell and Caltex stations (with min. $800 or $400 spend/month for all three months in the quarter)
                                      • 2% or 1% cash rebate on dining (with min. $800 or $400 spend/month for all three months in the quarter)
                                      • S$60 cap per account per quarter
                                      HSBC Revolution Credit Card

                                      HSBC Revolution Credit Card


                                      Card Benefits

                                        • 5X Rewards points (or 2 air miles) per $1 spent on Online, Dining and Entertainment transactions
                                        • Includes airline/movie/concert tickets, hotel/travel/taxi bookings, food orders, insurance premiums, and online shopping sites
                                        • Excludes brokerages/securities and money payment/transfer websites

                                         

                                        Maybank credit card promotion

                                        Maybank is giving away a Samsonite Orfeo 69cm Spinner to anyone who signs up for CreditAble (their credit line service) and 2 credit cards.

                                        Note that you’ll have to spend at least $500 on your credit cards or withdraw from your CreditAble account within the first 2 months to get the free luggage. For foreigners, this minimum goes up to $700.

                                        Here are the eligible Maybank credit cards:

                                        Maybank Platinum Visa Card

                                        Maybank Platinum Visa Card


                                        Card Benefits

                                          • Up to 3.33% cash rebates on local spend with a min. spend of S$300/month OR S$1000/month each quarter for S$30 OR S$100 cash rebate
                                          • 0.3% cash rebates on overseas spend
                                          Maybank Family & Friends Card

                                          Maybank Family & Friends Card


                                          Card Benefits

                                            • Up to 8% cash rebate on groceries, shopping, dining, food deliveries, petrol, and entertainment spend
                                            • Up to 8% cash rebate on bus, train, and taxi rides
                                            • 8% or 5% cash rebate with minimum spend of S$1000/S$500 per month respectively. Cash rebate cap at S$600/year
                                            • Get 0.3% cash rebate on all other spend with no cap on cash rebates
                                            Maybank FC Barcelona Visa Signature Card

                                            Maybank FC Barcelona Visa Signature Card


                                            Card Benefits

                                            • Get a Samsonite Orfeo 69cm Spinner (worth S$420)
                                            • 1.6% Unlimited cash rebate on all local spend
                                            • No minimum spend and no cash rebate cap
                                            Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card

                                            Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card


                                            Card Benefits

                                              • Earn 3.2 air miles (8X TREATS Points) for every S$1 spent on dining, petrol, taxi fares and hotel bookings at Agoda.com/horizon
                                              • Earn 2 air miles (5X TREATS Points) for every S$1 spent on air tickets, travel packages and foreign currency transactions
                                              • Minimum spend: S$300/month
                                              • Capped at 30,000 Bonus TREATS Points per month
                                              • Earn 0.4 air miles (1X TREAT Point) with no minimum spend amount
                                              • Complimentary lounge access with minimum spend of S$400
                                              • Complimentary Travel Insurance up to S$1,000,000

                                              Did we miss out any credit card promotions? Good things must share – tell us about them in the comments!

                                               

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                                              Clara Lim

                                              I used to be MoneyDumb. I hung out at H&M every day and thought that a $50 lunch set was a good deal. These days, I spend my time researching the crap out of life and trying to maximise utility on micro-decisions. I'm not sure if that's an improvement.