This kickstarted a whole new wave of e-payment services in Singapore which more often than not, involves a direct debit from your bank account (i.e NetsPay, DBS Scan & Pay, DBS PayLah).
Dining in coffeeshops and hawker centres for our meals is a quintessential Singaporean affair. However, all if not most, would only accept cash payments, or at a stretch, DBS PayLah. NetsPay is also progressively being rolled out
Here’s where the fun begins
Enter GrabPay, the e-payment system launched by Grab recently (the same company which allows you to find private hires). Almost all of us have the Grab app on our phones, hence I’m discussing this platform of e-payment in particular.
How it works is :
- You top up your Grab Pay wallet within the Grab app
- Credits in the Grab Pay wallet can be used on either Grab Pay at select merchants or for your rides on Grab.
Here are some merchants which currently accept Grab Pay :
|Mount Faber Nasi Lemak|
|Rayyan’s Waroeng Penyet||Telok Ayer Street Coffeeshop|
|Telok Ayer Fishball Noodle|
|Nur Nasi Padang|
|Mr. Batang Fish @ 96||Amoy Street Food Centre|
|Centre Satay Beehoon (Ang Mo Kio Food Centre)|
|New Hong Kong Congee||Amoy Street Food Centre|
|Jin Cheng Traditional Coffee & Tea||Market Street Food Centre|
|Ming Fa Minced Meat Noodles||Market Street Food Centre|
|Cha Tru Mue||China Square|
There’s quite a number of other merchants which can be found on their website, but I handpicked these as I was hungry. There are several other quirky merchants such as mini-marts and manicure shops (?).
“So why Grab Pay specifically?”
Of all the other e-payment systems that were launched recently, only GrabPay accepts credit card top ups to it’s mobile wallet.
Plus topping up your GrabPay wallets with the DBS Woman’s World Mastercard or Citibank Rewards card nets you a cool 4mpd. (or in the case of the KrisFlyer co-branded cards, up to 3.3mpd). Currently, Grab is offering 5X more Grab Rewards points when you spend on GrabPay. (Edit : Promotion has already ended for 5X Grab Reward points) For a breakdown on Grab Rewards, click here! Also, in case you’ve been living under a rock, Grab Rewards points can now be transferred to KrisFlyer at a block of 12,000 GR to 1,000 KF Miles.
(P.S : Also check out this article to see which card works best for your Grab expenditure!)
This presents an excellent opportunity to be earning miles at these establishments in which previously you couldn’t do so because they only took cash payments.
Hopefully, Grab continues to expand its lists of merchants who don’t accept credit cards, to accept GrabPay. As who doesn’t like partaking in that high cholesterol inducing Char Kuey Teow and earning miles at the same time?