After a two year hiatus, DBS recently started offering sign up bonuses once more for its Altitude cards.
In September 2018, the bank started offering 10K bonus miles for DBS Altitude AMEX cardholders who spent $2K each month for three months after card approval. This promotion ended up running (albeit with a few missteps) until 28 Feb 2019.
If you missed out on that offer, DBS is offering another chance to snag some miles when you sign up.
How does the new DBS Altitude sign up bonus work?
If you apply for a DBS Altitude card online by 30 Apr 2019 and spend $6K within the first 3 months of approval, you can get up to 38K miles in total.
DBS is mentioning 38K miles in their marketing materials, but they’ve actually included both the base miles and the miles from paying the annual fee (10K) in that calculation. They’ve also assumed that you spend all the $6K on online hotels and airfare bookings at 3 mpd.
In reality the true bonus is either 5 or 10K miles, depending on whether you’re already a DBS customer.
Is this better or worse than the previous offer?
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Remember that by default, the DBS Altitude Visa and DBS Altitude AMEX waive the first year annual fee of $192.60. Should you wish to pay that fee and earn 10,000 miles for doing so, you’ll need to key in the promo code ALTAF on the online application form.
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You do not need to pay the annual fee to take part in this promotion- so long as you’re a new-to-bank customer who spends $6K in three months, you’ll get your 10K miles.
The full T&C of the promotion can be found here. Note that payments to educational and government institutions, insurance companies, and non-profits will not count towards the qualifying spend.
Which DBS Altitude card should you apply for?
There isn’t much to separate the DBS Altitude AMEX and the DBS Altitude Visa, apart from the fact that the Visa version comes with a complimentary Priority Pass with two free visits. Both feature the same annual fee and earning rates.
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Regardless of which card you choose, your DBS points can be converted to either AirAsia BIG Points, KrisFlyer Miles or Asia Miles. Each conversion will cost $26.75.
It’s not the most compelling sign up bonus on the market right now, but if you were in the market for a DBS card this is as good as it gets. I still think of the days when the Altitude card offered 12,000 miles with just $800 of spending, but I think it’s safe to say they’re long gone.
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