ABT (Account Based Ticketing) launched in March last year, offering bus and MRT riders the chance to use a contactless-enabled Mastercard to pay for fares. Fares are billed to your credit card each time you ride with no additional surcharges, which removes the need to top-up and carry around a separate EZ-link card.
ABT is particularly exciting for miles chasers because it represents an opportunity to earn miles on public transport rides, something that historically has not been possible (with the notable exception of using a HSBC Revolution card in conjunction with EZ-Reload). And yes, you won’t be spending crazy money on public transport, but every little bit helps.
Currently the UOB PRVI Miles or the BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard are your best bet for ABT transactions. But OCBC has just launched a new targeted promotion that blows them both out of the water.
OCBC Titanium Rewards cardholders earn 12 mpd on public transport
From now till 19 December 2018, OCBC Titanium Rewards cardholders who create an ABT account and link their Titanium Rewards card to said account will enjoy 30 OCBC$ (12 miles) per S$1 spent on bus and train rides. This is capped at S$500, but honestly if you’re spending more than that on public transport in a month you’re probably gaming the promotion anyway.
In addition to the 12 mpd, you will also get S$25 of NTUC vouchers if you’re one of the first 1,000 customers to register your card on the ABT portal and use it once for a train or bus ride.
Only cardholders who received the eDM will be eligible to participate. You can read the T&C here. Remember that ABT transactions are totally different from EZ-link top ups (in fact, they remove the need for them), so please, no questions on whether you can get the miles by topping up your card 😉
12 mpd on public transport rides, even if it is capped at S$500, is a ridiculously good offer. My understanding is that the offer was targeted only at a subset of people who had never used their OCBC Titanium Rewards card with ABT before, which probably explains why I didn’t get it.
Once you’ve paired your card with ABT, be sure to add it to your mobile wallet. You’ll then be able to register your phone for the ongoing mobile payments trial, allowing you to enter and exit gantries by just tapping your phone. What an age we live in. (Edit: Trial has closed, apparently)
I’ll be adding the Titanium Rewards card under the public transport section in our list of what cards to use where, always worth a bookmark!