Every year, you call that number on the back of your credit card, fumble with the answering machine’s 1,000 options and then finally after lots of hair-pulling frustration get to speak to a real human being in order to request a fee waiver. Rinse and repeat for ALL your cards.
The credit cards below either don’t charge an annual fee or offer long annual fee waivers of at least 3 years, thereby saving you from a lot of angst.
Best credit cards with no annual fee in Singapore (2020)
|Credit Card||Annual Fee Waiver||Minimum spend||Benefits (eg. cashback, groceries, etc)|
|Maybank Family & Friends Card||3 years||No min. spend||8% cashback on groceries, transport and selected retailers|
|ICBC Global Travel MasterCard||3 years||No min. spend||1.5% unlimited cashback on local spending, 3% unlimited cashback on overseas spending|
|ICBC Chinese Zodiac Credit Card||3 years||No min. spend||1.6% unlimited cashback on all spending|
|CIMB Visa Signature||Indefinitely||$800||10% cashback on beauty/wellness, online shopping, groceries, pet shops/vets, cruises|
|CIMB Platinum MasterCard||Indefinitely||$800||10% cashback on wining/dining, transport/petrol, travel in foreign currency, health/medical expenses, electronics/furnishings at certain retailers|
Maybank Family & Friends Card
The Maybank Family & Friends Card is a good card to use for groceries, transport and selected retailers including Popular Bookstore, Guardian, Watsons and McDonald’s, thanks to their generous cashback rate of 8% (capped at $80 a month), if you manage to hit the minimum spending requirement of $800.
If you don’t, but still manage to spend at least $500 in a month, you get 5% cash rebates instead of 8%.
The card’s annual fee of $180 is waived for 3 years.
ICBC Global Travel Mastercard
This credit card from Chinese bank ICBC sounds like an air miles card, but is actually a cashback card that offers 1.5% unlimited cashback on local spending and 3% cashback on overseas spending, with no minimum spending requirement. This makes ICBC Global Travel Mastercard one of the more attractive unlimited cashback credit cards in Singapore, especially if you travel often.
Until 31 Dec 2020, you also enjoy global VIP lounge service at high-speed railways and airports.
The annual fee is waived for 3 years.
ICBC Chinese Zodiac Credit Card
Its name sounds impossibly kitsch, but the ICBC Chinese Zodiac Credit Card is actually a decent cashback card offering 1.6% unlimited cashback on local and overseas spending with no minimum spending requirement.
The annual fee is waived for 3 years.
CIMB Visa Signature
CIMB Visa Signature offers a very generous 10% cashback (capped at $100 a month and $20 per category) on beauty and wellness, online shopping, groceries, pet shops, vet services and cruises. Almost anyone can benefit from the grocery and online shopping cashback, and if you often go to spas or have a pet, the card becomes even more attractive.
The main drawback is that the minimum spending requirement of $800 is quite high.
On the bright side, the card charges no annual fees indefinitely, so it is truly free to use.
CIMB Platinum MasterCard
Here’s another CIMB credit card that offers 10% cashback (capped at $100 a month and $20 per category) if you manage to fulfil their minimum spending requirement of $800 a month.
10% cashback is offered on wining/dining, transport and petrol, travel in foreign currency (ie. hotel bookings made overseas), health and medical expenses, as well as electronics and furnishing at certain merchants like Harvey Norman, Ikea and Best Denki.
Like the CIMB Visa Signature, the CIMB Platinum MasterCard is free for life, which saves you from having to call them up and beg them to waive annual fees!
Do you know of any other credit cards with no annual fee? Share them in the comments!