What card do I use for…

Remember that this guide only shows you the optimum card within a category. Depending on your overall strategy, it may make sense to stick to cards from only one bank as opposed to a best-of-breed strategy so as to avoid the problem of orphan points and multiple conversion fees. For example, if you spend minimally on dining out, it may make sense to use DBS cards for everything notwithstanding the fact that DBS has no specialized dining card. This also does not take into account occasional promotions that banks may run.


Dining

Buying air tickets online

Booking hotels online

  • Kaligo- 10 mpd for Citibank Premiermiles + DBS Altitude Visa + AMEX cards + UOB PRVI Miles
  • DBS Woman’s World Card- 4 mpd, limit $2K per month (only works if your reservation is fully prepaid online)
  • DBS Altitude Visa + AMEX- 3 mpd, limit $5K per month (only works if your reservation is fully prepaid online)

Petrol

Anywhere that accepts Samsung Pay/Apple Pay/Android Pay

Anywhere with Paywave

*Note that you will not enjoy 4 mpd at places that issue UOB SMART$

Offline shopping for electronics

  • OCBC Titanium– 4 mpd, max $12K spending per card membership year

Offline shopping for bags, shoes and clothes

  • Citibank Rewards Visa or MC- 4 mpd, max $12K spending per calendar year
  • OCBC Titanium– 4 mpd, max $12K spending per card membership year

Overseas currency transactions

Groceries

  • UOB PPV- 4 mpd (pay with Paywave, only for places that do earn SMART$, eg NTUC)
  • OCBC Titanium Rewards- 4 mpd (pay with mobile payments eg Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay until 30 Sept 2017)

Other online transactions

  • DBS Woman’s World Card- 4 mpd, limit $2K per month
  • Citibank Rewards Visa or MC- 4 mpd, max $12K spending per year
  • OCBC Titanium– 4 mpd, max $12K spending per card membership year
  • HSBC Revolution-2 mpd

Note that the cards listed above have exclusion categories. You should refer to this spreadsheet to see if a particular merchant earns 10X points

General Spending (medical bills etc)

  • UOB PRVI Miles- 1.4 mpd
  • Standard Chartered Visa Infinite- 1.4 mpd (min $2K spend per statement cycle)
  • Citibank Premiermiles AMEX- 1.3 mpd
  • Citibank Premiermiles Visa- 1.2 mpd
  • DBS Altitude- 1.2 mpd

Note that you should always be on the lookout for opportunities to turn general spending into category spend, eg at merchants who accept Apple/Samsung/Android pay

147 comments

  1. Hi Aaron, great site. I wanted to ask whether you know whether the DBS world woman’s card gives you the 4x mpd on international online spending? Because the card also gives 3x DBS points on overseas spend (6 miles per S$5 spend) and I wonder if this takes precedence when you buy off Amazon UK, US or use Uber overseas.

    It would make sense for the banks to give you less and only give the 4mpd rate on Singapore-denominated online spend. I only ask because I used it to buy on Amazon UK a few months ago and I don’t think the 4mpd rate was credited. Thanks!

    1. Hi Timmy, thanks for reading! You will get 10x points or 4mpd on international online spending, that takes precedence over the FCY. I have got it many times for Amazon, so you should call up DBS and check whether there is an error on their side. They can start an investigation.

  2. So weird that OCBC’s “top card” (the Voyage card) seems to pale in comparison to it’s poorer cousin (the Titanium card) Is there any particular reason for this? Or am I missing something here?

    1. you are confusing general spend vs category spend. the titanium rewards card will be useless for general spend at 0.4 mpd, the ocbc voyage would earn 1 mpd (which is still pretty crappy)

  3. Hey Aaron, any idea what is the cap on spending for the Citi Rewards card?

    Based on the Citibank website, it’s 120k points/year or $12k spend. However, I tried reading the T&Cs (https://www.citibank.com.sg/global_docs/pdf/rewards_2013.pdf) and it seems different. Pt 10 says there is a cap of 120k points/Citi Dollars Period, and pt 7 refers to “Citi Dollars Period” as 60 months. Does this mean a cap of 120k pts for every 60 months?

    I have a feeling i’m just confusing myself here, but want to make sure before i sign up for the card.

    Am comparing between this and OCBC Titanium – which would u recommend? Thanks!

    1. Had the exact same question – it seems to me that they’ve changed the T&Cs to have a cap of 120,000 bonus citi dollars per 5 year / 60 month period, which works out to be S$12k per 5 years which would be a very low cap.

  4. Hi Aaron, realized you didn’t include the 10 mpd for UOB PRVI miles visa on Kaligo.

    Also it can have some crazy ass promos, and get 50% bonus miles, so I hit 15 mpd instead. Pretty awesome considering its money you need to spend anyhow.

  5. Hey Aaron

    Amazing blog and thanks for the many tips.
    Just a quick question . I have school fees to pay (in gbp and can be paid through an online portal). Which would be the best credit card to use? Thanks in advance

  6. Hi, do you know what will be the best card to use for online payment to overseas travel agency, specifically in this case, Oku Japan for a self guided walking trip. Not quite hotel, and I dunno if it qualifies as online retail spend under dbs woman’s world. Thanks.

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