HSBC Revolution Card – MoneySmart Review 2022

HSBC Revolution Card

The HSBC Revolution Card is a no-frills credit card that lets you earn HSBC rewards points for online and contactless transactions.

Unlike cashback cards that force you to work your brain and micromanage your expenses, this HSBC credit card has no minimum spending requirement.

Sound like the HSBC Revolution Card may make a worthy companion? Keep reading.

Contents

  1. HSBC Revolution Card Review
  2. HSBC Revolution Annual Fee, Minimum Income
  3. HSBC Revolution Reward Points
  4. HSBC Revolution Reward Points Redemption
  5. HSBC Revolution vs DBS Altitude
  6. How to maximise my HSBC Revolution Card?
  7. HSBC Revolution Card Promotion
  8. Should I get the HSBC Revolution Card?

1. HSBC Revolution Card Review

HSBC Revolution is a rewards card. For the uninitiated, that means you spend money on the card, earn rewards points in exchange, and then use them to redeem gifts.

The card offers 10X rewards (equivalent to 4 miles or 2.5% cashback) when you spend on online and contactless transactions.

In addition to the rewards points, you can also get 1% cashback on your spending if you deposit at least $2,000 ($5,000 if you are an HSBC Premier or Jade customer) into an HSBC Everyday Global Account every calendar month.

Another of the card’s biggest perks is that there’s no annual fee, so you don’t have to call the bank up every year to beg for a waiver.

HSBC logo
Online Promo
Earn Points for Everyday Spending
Rewards
S$1= 10 Points
Rewards
S$1= 4 Miles
Min. Spend
S$0
Online Promo:
Receive SGD200 cashback for new HSBC cardmembers. Existing HSBC cardmembers receive $50 cashback. Min. spends of S$500 upon card approval required. T&Cs apply.

Supplementary Card Promo:
Get up to S$150 cash back (S$30 per supplementary card, up to maximum of 5 cards).
Valid until 31 Dec 2022

2. HSBC Revolution Card Terms and Conditions

The HSBC Revolution Card is an entry-level credit card. In other words, as far as credit cards goes, it’s one of the most accessible—you need an income of at least $30,000 per annum to sign up for it, which is at low as it goes.

HSBC Revolution Card
Annual Fee
Annual Fee Waiver
Supplementary Card Annual Fee
Interest Free Period 20 days
Annual Interest Rate 25.9%
Late Payment Fee $55
Minimum Monthly Payment 1% or $50, whichever is higher
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee 2.8%
Cash Advance Transaction Fee 6% or $15, whichever is greater
Overlimit Fee $40
Minimum Income $30,000 (Singaporean/PR) / $40,000 (Singaporean/PR self-employed/commission-based and foreigner)
Card Association Visa
Contactless Payment Visa Contactless, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay Google Pay

3. HSBC Revolution Card Rewards Points

You earn rewards points as you spend with the HSBC Revolution Card.

Here are the earn rates:

  • 10X rewards points on online and contactless spending
  • 1X rewards point on other spending

Pretty straightforward right? The online spending category is a huge draw, as everything can be purchased online these days, from plane tickets to groceries.

The catch is that there’s a cap. You can only earn 10X rewards points on up to $1,000 per month. Once you bust the cap, you will only earn 1X reward point.

HSBC rewards points expire in three years. So don’t forget to redeem them before it’s too late!

4. HSBC Revolution Card Points Redemption

You can exchange your rewards points for gifts in HSBC’s Rewards Boutique. Gifts include AirPods, iPads, dining vouchers and hotel stays. You can also exchange your rewards points for cashback or air miles to be credited to your KrisFlyer or Asia Miles account.

To redeem a gift with your rewards points, browse the rewards catalogue until you find a gift you want. Take note of the gift code.

Then, send an SMS to 74722 in this format:

REDEEM<space>Gift Code<space>Quantity of Gifts to be redeemed<space>Last 4 alphanumeric characters of your NRIC (for Singaporeans and PRs) or Passport number<space>First 6 digits of the credit card number that you wish to deduct the reward points from.

HSBC will then send you a redemption letter by post.

If you want to redeem air miles instead of gifts, you’ll have to first register for HSBC’s Mileage Programme here.

5. HSBC Revolution Card vs DBS Altitude

The DBS Altitude Card is an entry-level air miles credit card that commonly gets compared to the HSBC Revolution. So, which is better? Here are the key differences.

HSBC Revolution DBS Altitude
Base Earn Rate 1X rewards points (0.4 miles) 1.2 miles
Bonus Earn Rate 9X rewards points (3.6 miles) 0.8 miles /

1.8 miles /

6.8 miles /

8.8 mies

Bonus Categories Online and contactless transactions Overseas spend /

online flights and hotels /

flight and hotels at Expedia /

hotels at Kaligo

Annual Income $30,000 $30,000
Annual fee $180 (waived for first year)

DBS Altitude offers a better base earn rate, but its bonus earn rates really aren’t that attractive unless you’re making bookings at Expedia or Kaligo.

HSBC Revolution, by contrast, lets you earn bonus points more easily—almost anything can be paid for online these days, and contactless payment is very widely accepted in Singapore and many other countries. In addition, the card is free. So, if you’re looking for a fuss-free, annual fee-free way to earn points, go with HSBC Revolution.

DBS logo
Online Promo
Earn Miles That Never Expire
Local Spend
S$1 = 1.2 Miles
Overseas Spend
S$1 = 2 Miles
Staycation bookings
S$1 = 10 Miles
Online Promo:
Welcome Gift: Get S$150 Cashback when you apply with promo code 150CASH and make the min. spend of S$800 within 60 days of card approval. T&Cs apply.
Valid until 31 Jan 2023

6. How to maximise my HSBC Revolution Card?

Since the HSBC Revolution Card gives you 10X points for online transactions, you should pick the online option wherever possible. For instance, do your groceries online or use online food delivery instead of showing up physically at the supermarket or restaurant.

You should also use contactless payments as much as possible. Many merchants accept Visa PayWave and will let you tap your card, but if you want to make contactless payments second nature, you can use mobile contactless apps like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay.

Just remember that you can only earn 10X rewards points on up to $1,000 worth of spending each month. So there is no point in using the card once you have hit the cap.

7. HSBC Revolution Card Promotion

From now until 31 December 2022, sign up for the HSBC Revolution Card and choose between a welcome gift of $200 cashback or a Samsonite Prestige 69cm Spinner Exp suitcase within built-in scale worth $670.

You also get $150 for every supplementary card you apply for. You get up to five supplementary cards for free, so why not?

8. Should I get the HSBC Revolution Card?

The HSBC Revolution Card is a fuss-free entry-level card that lets you earn points at a decent rate on your everyday spending. Shift as much of your spending as you can to online or contactless channels and you’ll really be able to rack up points.

The card charges no annual fee, which means it’s suitable for anyone regardless of how much or how little you spend.

Whether you’re using it as your main credit card or just keeping it on hand for spending you have no other card for, the HSBC Revolution is convenient to have in your wallet.

Alternatives to the HSBC Revolution Card

Let’s check out how this card stacks up against other rewards cards aimed at entry level earners.

Citibank logo
MoneySmart Exclusive
Shopping and Online Spend, including Food Delivery and Groceries
S$1= 10X Points
Grab and Gojek
S$1= 10X Points
All Other Spend
S$1 = 1 Point
MoneySmart Exclusive:

Apply and Spend $500 to get S$350 Cash via PayNow OR a NEW Apple Watch SE (worth S$379) OR BOSE QuietComfort Earbuds II (worth S$379). T&Cs apply.

Valid until 08 Dec 2022

Citi Rewards Card – You earn a very attractive 10X rewards (4 miles per dollar) when you shop for shoes, bags and clothes, both online and offline. Get 10X rewards too for practical reasons too, like buying groceries online and spending on rides with Grab and Gojek.

DBS logo
Online Promo
Online Shopping
Online Spend
S$5 = 5 Points
Agoda Staycation
S$ = 5 Points
Min. Spend
S$0
Online Promo:
Welcome Gift: Get S$150 Cashback when you apply with promo code 150CASH and make the min. spend of S$800 within 60 days of card approval. T&Cs apply.
Valid until 31 Jan 2023

DBS Woman’s Card – This one offers 5X DBS points (10 miles per dollar) for every $5 spent online and overseas, but expenditure is capped at $1,000 a month, which is easily burst if, say, you use it for travel bookings.

UOB logo
on Online Shopping, Entertainment & Contactless Payments
S$5 = 10X UNI$
on All Other Spend
S$5 = 1X UNI$
Rewards to Miles Conversion
1 UNI$ = 2 Miles

UOB Preferred Platinum Card – Get up to 10 UNI$ for every $5 spent on online shopping and entertainment, and mobile contactless payment. Total UNI$ awarded is capped at $2,000 per month.

As mentioned, these points are only as useful as the rewards in the catalogue, so make sure you “shop” around before deciding. It’s not that simple to just compare the earn rates because the banks’ points are different “currencies” when it comes to redeeming rewards.

The only thing that you can compare apple to apple is air miles. If you’re serious about chasing air miles, the 10X rewards cards will definitely get you there faster.

However, if you’re just starting to manage your finances, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with too many terms & conditions. The HSBC Revolution Card still wins as the least troublesome card thanks to its huge range of bonus rewards categories and lack of expenditure cap.

HSBC logo
Online Promo
Earn Points for Everyday Spending
Rewards
S$1= 10 Points
Rewards
S$1= 4 Miles
Min. Spend
S$0
Online Promo:
Receive SGD200 cashback for new HSBC cardmembers. Existing HSBC cardmembers receive $50 cashback. Min. spends of S$500 upon card approval required. T&Cs apply.

Supplementary Card Promo:
Get up to S$150 cash back (S$30 per supplementary card, up to maximum of 5 cards).
Valid until 31 Dec 2022

Which is your go-to rewards credit card? Share your recommendations in the comments!