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How to earn 4 mpd at more places with OCBC Titanium Rewards and mobile payments

Great opportunity to turn general spending into bonus miles earning.

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OCBC relaunched the Titanium Rewards card back in October last year and repositioned it as a card for shopping rewards. You could earn 10X points (4 mpd) for up to $12,000 of annual (card anniversary, not calendar anniversary) spending on the following categories:

It’s true that there’s some overlap with what Citibank Rewards offers (although do note that Citibank Rewards doesn’t offer 10X for personal care and electronics/gadgets), but what really gets my attention is the 10X promotion that the Titanium Rewards is running for mobile payments from now till 31 December 2018. Simply link your Titanium Rewards card to your mobile wallet and you’ll earn 4 mpd for up to $12,000 spend per year.

The benefits of this should be obvious: it means the Titanium Rewards card can become your de facto card in situations where you’d otherwise be earning general spend rates (1.2-1.4 mpd).

Examples of where this can work for you-

  • Groceries (Giant, Cold Storage, NTUC, Sheng Siong)
  • Convenience Stores (7 Eleven)
  • Movie tickets (assuming you’re buying them at the counter instead of online) (Cathay, Shaw, We cinemas)
  • Pharmacies (Watsons, Guardian, Unity, GNC)
  • Telco in-store payments (Singtel, Starhub, M1)
  • Electronics purchases (Best, Challenger, Gain City, Harvey Norman)
  • Wine (Wine Connection)
  • Electricity Bill (if you were so inclined, you could trek down to SP’s offices in Toa Payoh, Woodlands or Raffles Place to pay via Samsung Pay)
  • Hospitals (reading HWZ and our Telegram chat group confirms that quite a few of them offer this as a payment method at least in the outpatient areas)

I’m sure the above list isn’t exhaustive so feel free to chime in if you have other examples. This card can also be helpful to those of you who do not have a dedicated dining card, because eateries like Pasta Mania, Salad Stop, Subway, Toast Box, Soup Spoon, Breadtalk etc. take mobile payments.

Note that a lot of places which accept mobile payments will also probably take Paywave, so it’s true that you could also use your UOB PPV and earn 10X.  That said, if you don’t have a UOB PPV (or simply want to conserve your monthly 10X cap for use at restaurants), then adding a Titanium Rewards card to your portfolio can still be useful. Also remember that UOB PPV will not earn UNI$ wherever the merchant also offers SMART$, whereas the Titanium Rewards has no such restriction.

Less ambiguity is good

One thing I like about promotions for mobile payments is that there’s less ambiguity.

With category bonuses, the eternal question on people’s minds is “what’s the MCC?” There’s nothing more frustrating than to think you’re earning 10X and end up getting 1X because the MCC didn’t turn out to be what you expected. But with mobile payments, you don’t need to worry what the MCC is. So long as a place accepts Android/Samsung/Apple Pay you know for sure you’ll get your 10X.

Final points to note

Although the 10X points are capped on $12,000 of spending each card anniversary year, this is on a per card basis. The Titanium Rewards card comes in two flavors- Blue and Pink. You can apply for both cards and double your spending cap to $24,000.

Remember that OCBC only partners with Krisflyer, so you won’t be able to build your Asiamiles balance with the Titanium Rewards card.

I see the Titanium Rewards filling a crucial gap in my miles strategy because it enables me to turn regular general spending into a category bonus. With careful planning, I imagine I’d be able to max out two cards, so 96,000 additional miles on spending that normally wouldn’t have attracted a bonus sounds pretty sweet to me.

If you’re interested in applying for the card, please consider supporting the site by using the link below.

Min Income
Annual Fee

$30,000

$192.60 (First 2 Years Free)

OCBC Titanium Rewards

Earn 4 miles per dollar wherever mobile payments are accepted, and for online and offline shopping
  • Earn 4 miles per dollar when you shop at department stores, electronics stores, babies' and children's wear, or clothes, shoes and bags both online and offline, in Singapore and overseas
  • From now till 31 December 2018, earn 4 mpd on personal care (drug stores and pharmacies) and mobile payments with Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay
  • Bonus miles are capped at $12,000 of spend per card membership year. But apply for both the Blue and Pink version of the card and double that cap to $24,000 (96,000 miles)
  • Spending on the OCBC Titanium Rewards helps you earn bonus interest if you have an OCBC 360 account. Check out this article about bank accounts and miles cards

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This is my main card now using samsung pay on all sorts of machines even the old ones…

Couple of questions:

1. ‘Mobile payments’ is not the same as ‘contactless’ (paywave/paypass), correct?
2. ‘Telco in-store payments’ – since when Singtel allows pay bill in store? I have corporate phone from office and was told that the only way to pay bill is either sign up for bill payment directly with Singtel or third party, or pay it via SAM/AXS.

“mobile payment” is not the same as “contactless”. Paywave/paypass using the physical card is not eligible for 10x points under this promo.

He meant paying for the handset. I recently paid for my iPhone X using this card via mobile payment. Loads of points.

Mobile payment got no cap on the transaction unlike paywave ($100 or $150, cant remember) ???

Actually paywave caps have been mostly removed. Old terminals max 100 but I don’t encounter that restriction anymore

At FairPrice now limitation is $200.

BTW, could anyone clarify if it is possible to pay Singtel’s bill at the store?

I tapped $1.2K at the paywave @ Singtel (UOB terminal). It’s dependent on the paywave terminal itself.

If all else fails, use Samsung Pay MST. I only had once Samsung Pay MST couldn’t work, when I paid for my Starhub (auth reseller) iPhone X and the machine didn’t even have swiping function, only chip.

Confirmed Singtel bill no way to pay at the store.

OCBC 360 account holders will earn an additional 0.3% interest if $500 is spent on this card.

I could be wrong, but if you read the T&C of the 10X mobile payments, it seems to suggest that at merchants eligible for 10X points (such as the drug stores and pharmacies), using mobile payments will not yield the 10X points, which then would mean that at merchants eligible for 10X points already, you should pay by card and NOT any mobile payments?

I believe that OCBC is just making it clear that no double dipping is allowed. So for merchants already eligible for 10X points to begin with, the mode of transaction (chip, swipe, mobile or tap) should make no difference, since you’ll be earning 10X with that merchant.

Sounds right, thanks!

I always thought contactless payment meant PayWave AND mobile payment. I’d be surprised if the card issuer distinguished between the two forms, since the technology is the same!

Technology is the same, but how transaction is performed – means – is not. With paywave actual credit card number is transmitted, while with apple/android it is never shown.

By the way, anyone has any idea if charitable contributions made by credit card on Giving.sg earn miles? UOB seems to exclude the posssibility, but I can’t quite get any answers looking at public information available on DBS and Citibank…

Citi does not.

@invisible you mean that Citi PM does not get anything too?

I think UOB Prvi should get although I have not tried, since the restriction on earning points for non-profit organizations come only in Feb 2018

Not sure about giving.sg but I have recurring donations to spore cancer society which earns points with Citibank prestige card

Used Citi Rewards and Citi PM. Did not get points/miles.

Another useful feature of this card is that there is no monthly cap on 10X transactions, unlike the UOB PPV which has a cap of $1000 per calendar month. You just have to be sure that you do not exceed $12000 on eligible transactions per card anniversary when using the Titanium Rewards Card to earn 10X.

So in theory one can go to SQ’s ION office, buy business class ticket for $8000 and do mobile payment 80x$100 times…

You can samsung pay mst the entire amt.

Any confirmation that mst mode is counted as well?

OCBC has confirmed it multiple times already, MST is definitely considered barring the excluded transactions.

Anyone know if using mobile payments overseas also gets 4 mpd?

Yes, very eager to know this.

at HWZ OCBC said that it is.

Still waiting to see if OCBC will extend the 10x promotion on mobile payments again…

They extended it in Sep 2017 to Dec 2018.

So you will wait till Christmas next year to hear?

I got the card months ago. “Waiting” for news doesn’t mean I don’t have the card.

@David, I think u misread the “hear” for “get”.

Chill 🍻

Does the UOB PPV give 10X payments for Apple Pay and Samsung Pay?

Thanks Aaron for the useful tip! This can help off load all the festive spending on dining. Especially since the Amex Krisflyer only gives 5.2 miles for a measly $300 spend.

OT but… how does paying for the SP bill at its center at Toa Payoh work? Do they make an estimate? And why can you only use Samsung/Android Pay, and not Apple Pay? Thanks.

Aaron was referring to Samsung Pay MST. They do not have paywave terminals. Apple Pay and Android Pay does not have MST.

Thanks, that’s clear now.

Just to add some tips, currently SAM machine accept flashpay payment for IRAS, SPservice, Town council, Telco, prudential.
As far as I know, you can top up your FlashPay card up to 200$/mnth using OCBC mobile pay at GTM and get 4mpd for it. Then use your Flashpay to pay IRAS, SPservice, Town council.

$200/mo – is the limitation from OCBC? Is there any T/C?

OCBC says that no OCBC$ are awarded for any Ezlink transactions.

yes but item 3(k) override it for up to 200$

Did OCBC tell you this in writing?

nope, but you can try to ask them 🙂

Just trying to apply for this card. The whole system doesn’t work on so many levels. Can’t print the agreement form, they can’t send it either and send me to the branch. Also can’t attach documents to upload as they are all identified as being larger than 2MB, which they are not.
I heard that this is normal for OCBC… is it really that pathetic?

Drop me a note at [email protected], we’ll sort it out

I’ll send them all possible documents now via E-mail… hope this works. If not I’ll come back to you.

Big fan, keep up the good work !!!

WARNING to existing Titanium Card members! The new offer is great. Unfortunately, I just found out that cardmembers on the old “Titanium Card”, which looks almost the same as the new “Titanium Rewards Card” will not be getting the 10x OCBC$ per S$1. Existing members get only 1 OCBC$ per S$1. I found out accidentally when I was looking at my reward page online, saw that the miles didn’t tally (been only doing spendings that qualified for 10x OCBC$). I called OCBC and was told that I would have to apply for the new card to enjoy the offer. Old… Read more »

Wow
How to transparent
Very Scam
So warning