The Maybank Family & Friends Card has held its position as one of the best cards in the cash back category since 2019. If you’re looking for a credit card to get the most out of your daily spending, the Maybank Family & Friends Card covers the most ground.
Here’s a summary of the card benefits:
Maybank Family & Friends Card terms & conditions
|Maybank Family & Friends Card|
|Annual fee & waiver||$180, waived for first 3 years|
|Supplementary annual fee||Free|
|Interest free period||20 days|
|Annual interest rate||25.90%|
|Late payment fee||5% or $80, whichever is higher|
|Minimum monthly repayment||3% or $20, whichever is higher|
|Foreign currency transaction fee||3.25%|
|Cash advance transaction fee||5% or $15, whichever is higher|
|Overlimit fee||3%+ excess over credit limit|
|Minimum income||$30,000 (Singaporean) / $60,000 (non-Singaporean)|
|Wireless payment||MasterCard PayPass, Samsung Pay, Maybank Pay|
Maybank Family & Friends Card benefits — up to 8% cash rebates
Before its 2019 revision, the Maybank Family & Friends Card was already quite a solid workhorse, giving you up to 8% cash back for key spending categories like groceries, public transport, petrol and (selected) food deliveries. Also, the spending requirement was a bit steep (min. $1,000 to enjoy the maximum 8% cash back).
Since then, Maybank has lowered the minimum spend to $800 and made the spending categories more comprehensive.
|Min. spend||Cash back (capped at $125, $25 per category)|
|$0 to $799||0.3%|
|$800 & above||8%|
|Spending categories||What’s eligible|
|Dining||Restaurant dining, Foodpanda and Deliveroo globally|
|Data communication & Online TV streaming||All telcos and paid television, cable and radio services (e.g. Singtel, StarHub, M1, Netflix, etc)|
|Groceries||All grocery stores and supermarkets globally|
|Transport||Petrol stations, contactless bus and train rides, taxi, Grab/GOJEK rides, other passenger transportation services and automotive related services globally|
|Online fashion||Fashion purchases made online|
|Retail & Pets||POPULAR Bookstores, Toys ‘R’ Us, Yamaha Music, Mothercare, Kiddy Palace, pets and veterinary related services globally|
|Entertainment||Bars, clubs, cinemas, and other ticketing agencies globally|
|Pharmacy||Guardian, Watsons, Unity, GNC, other drug stores and pharmacies globally|
|Sports & Sports Apparel||Sporting goods and apparel, country clubs and memberships globally|
|Beauty & Wellness||Massage parlours, health & beauty spas and barber shops globally|
It’s worthy to note that Maybank’s spending categories extend beyond Singapore. In fact, almost all their categories cover globally. Although a 3.25% foreign transaction fee will be charged for paying in foreign currency, the 8% rebate does more than cover it.
Running my monthly expenses through my mind, Maybank’s spending categories are comprehensive in covering almost all the monthly recurring costs and then some. You can even earn bonus cash back when you take your pet to the vet!
How much cash back you earn on the above categories depend on how much you spend in that statement month. Spending anything below $800 will only earn you a measly 0.3%. To earn 8%, the minimum spend is $800. Considering the card’s wide arching spending categories, hitting the minimum spend should be fairly easy.
Who should sign up for the Maybank Family & Friends Card?
As its name suggests, the Maybank Family & Friends Card is mainly targeted at families. If you’re the “responsible adult” who pumps the car, does the groceries and pays for the meals and bills, then you’ll get the most mileage out of this piece of plastic.
However, the card does have split caps of $25 per category, which limit how much you can earn in each category, which makes it slightly more tedious for you to maximise your savings. But as they say, the good things in life don’t always come easy.
The melodramatics aside, Maybank has made it pretty seamless for customers to keep track of their spending with the Maybank TREATS SG app. It’s also where you can indicate your preferred cash back categories. The app also has a benefit optimiser function which tracks your spending and cash back every month.
A thing to note, however, is that you can only change your preferred spending categories once every year. So, before you get clicking, be very certain of which categories the bulk of your monthly expenditure falls into. There’s no turning back – for 12 months!
Maybank Family & Friends Card promotions
Currently, there is a sign up promotion for new Maybank customers who apply for any Maybank credit card and a CreditAble loan.
If you sign up for those 2, and spend at least $300 in the first 2 months, you’ll receive a complimentary Samsonite Harts 68/25 Spinner luggage (worth $550).
Foreigners are eligible too, but the minimum spend requirement is $350 instead. The sign up promo is only applicable to the first 4,500 applicants. If you’re late to the party, you’ll receive $100 cash credit instead.
It’s not the most competitive sign-up promotion — many other cards and banks offer cash incentives, which trump this any day.
But then again, this shouldn’t really matter. If you actually want to use the card because it suits your spending habits, then the freebies are just icing on the cake.
If you’re chasing the free money some cards give you upon sign-up, then head over to the MoneySmart credit card comparison tool for the best deals.
Alternatives to Maybank Family & Friends Card
Here are some alternatives to the Maybank Family & Friends Card:
- Cash Back on Dining, Groceries & Petrol
- Up to 8%
- Cash Back Cap per category, per month
- From Shell & Esso
- Up to 20.88% savings
Apply and spend S$500 to get S$350 Cash OR an Apple iPad 10.2" Wi-Fi (worth S$499) OR an Apple AirPods Pro + S$100 Cash (worth S$479) OR an Nintendo Switch OLED (worth S$549) as soon as 6 weeks from Credit Card approval. T&Cs apply.
Citi Cash Back Card — This card offers a competitive 8% cash back on similar categories like dining, petrol and groceries. However, the cash back varies from category to category. For example, you only get a lower 6% rebate on dining. Like the Maybank Family & Friends Card, the minimum spend is $800 and the cash back is capped at $25 per category.
OCBC 365 Card — This is another one that covers similar bases. However, the cash back is only 3% to 6% for the bonus categories, which is quite significant. The minimum spend requirement and cash back is capped at $80 per month.
CIMB Platinum MasterCard — This card has a higher cashback of 10% for the same categories of dining and transport (petrol included). But don’t get your hopes up — the biggest deal breaker lies in the $20 cash back cap for each category.
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