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Best Standard Chartered Credit Cards in Singapore – Credit Card Reviews 2018

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Clara Lim

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The average Singaporean probably only knows of a couple of Standard Chartered credit cards – the Unlimited Cashback card and Spree card – but SCB actually has quite a number of credit cards on offer (some are either outdated or niche though). Take a look at Standard Chartered’s major credit cards here:

Standard Chartered Credit Cards

Credit card Benefits Things to note
Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card 1.5% cashback on everything, no minimum spend, no cap
Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card 3% cashback on online spend (foreign currency), vPost

2% cashback on online spend (local), contactless payment

1% cashback on all other retail spend

No min. spend

Cashback cap $60

Standard Chartered Manhattan World Mastercard 3% cashback with min. spend $3,000

1% cashback with min. spend $1,000

Min. spend $1,000 or $3,000

Cashback cap $200 per quarter

Standard Chartered Platinum Visa / Mastercard Earn 50 rewards points per banking relationship (bank, transact, deposit, loan, invest)

Get 2X rewards with $1,000 spend

Min. spend $250

Must have banking relationship with SCB

Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Card $1 = 1.4 miles (local)

$1 = 3 miles (overseas)

35,000 welcome miles with payment of annual fee

Min. income $30,000 (for Priority Banking customers) or $150,000

Min. spend $2,000

$588.50 annual fee

 

SCB cashback credit card with no cap: Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback 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

    It seems Singaporeans have an appetite for these “unlimited” cashback credit cards. SCB’s entrant in this category lets you earn a straight 1.5% rebate on everything. Since you don’t need to worry about bursting caps, this card is ideal for massive expenses like wedding banquets or home renovations.

    Key features:

    • Get 1.5% cashback on all spend, no minimum, no cap

    Essential info:

    • Minimum income: $30,000 (Singaporean & PR) / $60,000 (foreigner)
    • Annual fee: $192.60 (waived for two years)

     

    Also consider: American Express True Cashback Card

     

    SCB cashback credit card for online shopping: Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card

    Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card

    Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card


    Card Benefits

      • 3% cashback on all online spends in foreign currency
      • 2% cashback on all online spends in local currency, contactless and mobile payments
      • 20% off vPost shipping fees for air shipments to Singapore, capped at $1250 per shipment
      • Online Price Guarantee: refund of 50% of the price difference if you find a lower price for the same item within 30 days of your online purchase*

      While there are several great cashback cards for online shoppers in Singapore, the SCB Spree Credit Card is the only one that I know of which doesn’t have a minimum spend requirement. That’s great for people who don’t want their occasional online purchase to turn into a full-blown habit.

      Key features:

      • Get 3% cashback on foreign currency online spend and vPost, 2% on local online spend and contactless payment
      • Note that foreign currency transactions will incur admin and transaction fees so you’re really just breaking even
      • No minimum spend
      • Monthly cashback cap of $60

      Essential info:

      • Minimum income: $30,000 (Singaporean & PR) / $60,000 (foreigner)
      • Annual fee: $192.60 (waived for two years)

       

      Also consider: DBS Live Fresh Card

       

      SCB cashback credit card for big spenders: Standard Chartered Manhattan World Mastercard

      This is a rather old credit card from Standard Chartered and it will probably be phased out as the SCB Unlimited Credit Card is better. But, if you want to make a one-off large purchase between $3,000 and $6,666, you can consider this for a higher rebate than the SCB Unlimited Card.

      Key features:

      • Get 3% cashback with $3,000 spend and up
      • Cashback drops to 1% if you spend between $1,000 and $3,000 a month
      • Capped at $200 per quarter, meaning you can’t spend more than $6,666 per quarter

      Essential info:

      • Minimum income: $30,000 (Singaporean & PR) / $60,000 (foreigner)
      • Annual fee: $192.60 (waived for first year)

       

      Also consider: American Express True Cashback Card

       

      SCB rewards credit card for banking: Standard Chartered Platinum Visa / Mastercard

      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) on all spend when you open a Standard Chartered Current Account
        • Exclusive dining, shopping and travel privileges with The Good Life®

        Most rewards credit cards let you earn points for shopping or online spending. The one exception is the SCB Platinum Card. It’s got a unique set up where you earn 360° Rewards points for banking with Standard Chartered – like mortgage, investments, deposits, etc.

        Key features:

        • You must spend $250 a month on the card to get bonus points
        • Earn 50 points a month when you open a current account, fixed deposit, take out a home loan or make any online transactions
        • Get 100 points a month if you invest with SCB
        • Rewards points can be exchanged for air miles and vouchers in the Standard Chartered rewards catalogue

        Essential info:

        • Minimum income: $30,000 (Singaporean & PR) / $60,000 (foreigner)
        • Annual fee: $192.60 (waived for three years)

         

        SCB air miles credit card: Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Card

        This premium credit card is only for those making $150,000 a year and have a correspondingly high expenditure. If you do meet these requirements, the SCB VI gives you probably the best overseas miles earn rate ($1 = 3 miles) in town, so it’s ideal for business travellers.

        Key features:

        • Use this overseas as much as possible to get 3 miles per dollar
        • Local spend gets you 1.4 miles per dollar, which isn’t too bad either
        • Minimum spend $2,000 every month, otherwise earn rate drops to $1 = 1 mile
        • Welcome bonus of 35,000 miles with payment of $588.50 annual fee (non-waivable)

        Essential info:

        • Minimum income: $150,000
        • Minimum income for Priority / Private Banking customers: $30,000 (Singaporean & PR) / $60,000 (foreigner)
        • Annual fee: $588.50 (non-waivable)

         

        Also consider: HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card

         

        Other Standard Chartered credit cards

        • Standard Chartered Priority Visa Infinite Credit Card: Priority Banking version of the SCB Visa Infinite
        • Standard Chartered Prudential Platinum Card: use rewards points to offset insurance premiums
        • Standard Chartered PruPrestige Visa Signature Card: by invite only credit card for insurance premiums
        • Standard Chartered NUS Alumni Platinum Card: for NUS alumni only
        • Standard Chartered Business Platinum Card: basic rewards credit card
        • Standard Chartered Manhattan $500 Card: student credit card with $500 credit limit

        Do you use Standard Chartered credit cards? Tell us why or why not 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.