Increasing rewards earning with Singtel Dash

A simple way to boost monthly card spend by up to $400 while earning rewards at the same time.

(I really should be working on that trip report, but since some requests have come in, I figured I’d set this up first.)

Sometime late last year I’d shared about Dash, Singtel’s mobile wallet offering that allowed topping up of $200/month via Singtel bill. This offered opportunities for increasing the amount of online spend charged to your card, potentially allowing you the chance to earn 4mpd for that small amount (the crowdsourced Google Spreadsheet to check which cards have been successfully clocking miles on online payments to Singtel recently.).

2016 edition (recap)

Back then, the only way to really benefit from this was if you were a Singtel customer – the whole concept relied on the ability to get the relevant expenditure coded as part of your telco bill.

lalaisgongon left a comment that ended up saving me a whole bunch of time – it turns out that, with the Standard Chartered partner bank account, you were able to transfer money from your mobile wallet directly to your bank account, rather than away your balance at participating retailers…

Ultimately, this still took quite a bit of effort to set up (new bank account, fiddling with two apps on your phone), but was simple enough to do on a monthly basis for a modest payoff.

2017 edition (update)

There’ve been recent changes to the Dash account that might make it possible (and easier) for everyone to benefit from using Dash, though. Key changes:

  • Standard Chartered Dash account app ceased functioning. I believe SCB has withdrawn from (or lowered commitment to) the Dash partnership.
  • Singtel Dash now includes a virtual Visa card account, allowing you to use the mobile wallet for online purchases.
  • The virtual Visa card also works with payWave, if installed on an NFC-compatible Android device.
  • Singtel Dash now allows transfer of mobile wallet funds to bank accounts via FAST.
  • Top-ups by credit/debit cards (Visa/Mastercard) now allowed, up to $500/month (updated Nov 2018). It looks like a fee of $1 will eventually apply, though it’s currently waived.

Addendum Feb 2018: FAST transfer no longer seems to require registration.

Addendum: simpledom has pointed out that FAST transfer requires  a one-time registration at either Lucky Plaza or City Plaza. I wasn’t aware of this (didn’t need to) – HWZ indicates that this applies to users who have not previously used the SCB Dash account. I’m guessing they need a record of your details for anti-laundering reasons or something.

Dash is now a lot more flexible, allowing easy usage/transfer of mobile wallet funds. If you patronise its partners, you might be able to generate additional cashback by spending directly from the mobile wallet. The new channel to top up via credit cards effectively doubles the previous monthly limit for Singtel subscribers, while allowing non-Singtel subscribers to benefit as well.

At this point in time I haven’t discovered any 4mpd options for direct top-up just yet, though I believe some general spend cards (miles or cashback) would qualify. Since the card top-up fee is currently waived, it’s the perfect time to experiment!

In graphical form, here’s my Dash strategy for (late) 2017:

Summary

Singtel Dash allows you to top up its mobile wallet through a variety of ways. This can be done through:

  • Singtel bill ($200 per month)
  • Visa/Mastercard topup ($500 per month)

This balance can be used in the following ways, among others:

  • Spend at retailers via Dash counter code (iOS, non-NFC) or Virtual Visa Paywave
  • Transfer to bank account via FAST (requires initial one-time registration at Lucky Plaza or City Plaza)

With strategic selection of cards, it’s possible to generate a limited amount of additional rewards/cashback every month for yourself. This could be potentially multiplied with every member of your household, especially if any of them are Singtel subscribers under a separate billing account. It’s a little bit of hassle for a moderate payoff, and even less worthwhile for non-Singtel subscribers, so I suppose you’ll need to weigh the pros/cons of this little trick and ask yourself…

Are you Dashing enough right now?

Louis Tan
Louis believes he caught the premium travel bug after attaining KrisFlyer Elite Gold and occasionally being upgraded while shuttling between the UK, Singapore and Japan (in economy class). These travels have led to a wonderful marriage, as well as a burning desire to avoid flying long-haul economy. He travels with a gryphon plush toy, Griffles, which often stands in for him in vacation photos. Griffles continues to amuse (and confuse) air stewardesses, hotel staff and just about everybody else, all around the world.

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lalaisgongon

Great for hitting min spend on certain cards.

Currently using it to hit 800 bucks on my hsbc premier for 5% rebate on mobile/ groceries + 0.4 mpd.

Lalaisgongon

Do it for uob one. More worth it. Ocbc is like 0.3 more only

Michael

Does topping up Dash count towards the $500 and give 3.33% rebate? Think the TnC excludes topping up prepaid cards?

lalaisgongon

Its not a prepaid card, technically it hits your phone bill and then you pay your phone bill .

Peter

For non Singtel Customers, would there be some cheap way to become one at least cost?

Would it be possible to top up A’s Dash account using B’s Singtel account?

T

You need to be a postpaid, fibre broadband, or singtel tv customer. Cheapest seems to be the postpaid sim-only plan $20/mth for 5gb data. There’s mobile broadband for $19.90/mth for 3gb but seems like a lousy deal.

Y C

Hi Louist,

I guess it won’t work for PRVI cards. As the top up to Dash is considering top up to prepaid account, hence not eligibile for the rewards based on the T&C of PRVI cards.

Please let me know if otherwise

T

DBS Alt Visa: No pts
DBS Womens: No pts
UOB PPV: No pts
Citi PM: Yes, 1.2mpd

Jei

Anyone tried using the uob PRIV for top up and got 1.4?

anon

Did not see any miles for UOB PRIV

Yeoh Siang Fei

Yes confirm Citibank Rewards Card no 10 points

Siang Fei

I am not sure if this going to work citipremier Miles USA issues card. Citibank both rewards card only 1 rewards point. Premiermiles local 1.2 airmiles yes confirm.

A

Citibank reqards master card or visa card?

Spinn3rx

The Citi rewards 1 rewards point is for DASH top up or via SingTel bill payment?
I had the impression that using Citi rewards MC still get 4mpd for SingTel bill payment… any confirmation?

Simpledom

Do note that to do a FAST transfer of the funds out of the DASH account, you need to do a ONE TIME REGISTRATION at TWO “Extremely convenient locations”. City Plaza and Lucky Plaza

T
T

After reading this Milelion post yesterday, I made some small topups using a few ccs, then transferred the balance using FAST to my local bank account. It was completed instantly. No mention was made of any one-time registration at Lucky Plaza/City Plaza.

IDK

Mine is old account and it requires me to register. Troublesome

SK

Mine needs to go down to activate the FAST transfer too.

T

Created long ago when there was the $10 bonus for signing up. Yeah seems illogical to have people go down to their office to “activate” FAST feature…

T

I’ve confirmed with Singtel CSO: New Dash clients/existing ones NOT from SCB Dash (with its Dash Easy Savings accounts)… have to go to their office to set up the “remittance” function i.e. ability to do FAST transfer from the Dash account to other bank accounts.

I did not have to do so as I was on SCB Dash previously.

Anonymous

I just registered a new Dash account topped up $100, fiddled with the app a little bit and finally got to the send money screen which showed i need to do a one-time registration at Lucky Plaza/City Plaza. Now my money is stuck! Boo!

DontBeGreedy

Dont be greedy you already have 4mpd waiting for you.

paul

someone needs help on powerpoint, looks like my high school project, minus the brilliant word art

Hady

So have anyone tried which card can give 4mpd when top up dash?
I would assume DBSWW will be eligible as i assume (again) this is online transaction.

Ck

Nope. I tried with dbs woman’s card and didn’t even get any points

Hady

That’s sad 🙁 was quite happy i can get 4mpd

Uber-er

I’ve installed and tried using dash today. Remit to bank account is instant. No registration required.

You can now top up up to $500/mth via credit card (was $200/mth previously). Take note, FAST transfers have a maximum of $999/mth.

Socrates

Can you please confirm that Dash topup via credit card will count towards minimum spend? Or does this only work for hitting the minimum spend by charging your SingTel bill to your credit card ?

Perturbed

I was just trying to top up but could no longer find the Singtel Bill option. there’s only bank a/c, cc cards, and ocbc pay anyone. Am I missing something? thnks!

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