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UOB PRVI Pay cuts fee to 2% until 30 September 2019

Use your UOB PRVI Miles card to purchase as many miles as you want (subject to your credit limit) for 2 cents each until 30 Sept 2019.

UOB PRVI Pay is a “no questions asked” miles buying facility that lets UOB PRVI Miles customers purchase as many miles as they want (up to their credit limit) for 2.1 cents each.

Here’s a brief reminder of how PRVI Pay works:


Back in June, UOB cut the cost of the PRVI Pay facility to 1.8 cents, a promotion that ran until 31 July 2019. It’s now August, and although the 1.8 cents offer no longer exists, UOB hasn’t reverted to the regular 2.1 cents price either.

UOB PRVI Pay offering 2% admin fee until 30 September 2019

It’s certainly not as good as the previous offer, but from now till 30 September 2019, UOB PRVI Miles cardholders can buy as many miles as they want for a 2% admin fee.

Cardholders will earn UNI$2.5 for every S$5 they charge to PRVI Pay, equivalent to 1 mile per S$1 charged. A fee of 2% applies, and hence your cost per mile is 2 cents each. Remember that the UNI$ you earn can be converted into either KrisFlyer or Asia Miles, so you have options to choose from.

How does this compare to other ways of buying miles?

The cost of buying miles in Singapore has fallen significantly over the past 12 months, so much so that I’ve revised my valuation of a KrisFlyer mile down from 2 cents to 1.8 cents each.

The table below summarizes your options for buying miles. Do keep in mind that not every method will be available to you, as some have income restrictions (e.g the SCB Visa Infinite’s tax payment facility requires a $150K p.a. SCB Visa Infinite card), and others require having particular types of payments (e.g. you can’t use RentHero unless you have a rental bill to pay).

MethodIncome RequiredCPMAnnual Miles Limit
DBS Insignia + RentHero$500K1.07Rental amount
SCB Visa Infinite Tax Payment (≥$2K p.m) $150K1.14Tax bill
BOC Elite Miles + RentHero$30K1.15Rental amount
HSBC Visa Infinite Tax Payment (≥$50K in prev. yr)$120K1.2Tax bill
SCB Visa Infinite (≥$2K p.m) + RentHero UOB PRVI Miles: $30K
SCB Visa Infinite/ UOB Reserve: $150K
1.23Bill amount
HSBC Premier MC Tax PaymentAUM: $200K1.25Tax bill
Citi Ultima + PayAll$500K1.25Bill amount
HSBC Visa Infinite Welcome Gift- Premier customer $120K + AUM $200K1.3935K
SCB Visa Infinite (≥$2K p.m) + EasyBill$150K1.43Bill amount
DBS Altitude/SCB X Card + RentHero$30K1.43Rental amount
BOC Elite Miles + CardUp (GET225)$30K1.47Bill amount
HSBC Visa Infinite Tax Payment (<$50K in prev year)$120K1.5Tax bill
Citi Prestige + PayAll$120K1.54Bill amount
UOB PRVI Miles + CardUp (GET225)$30K1.57Bill amount
SCB Visa Infinite Tax Payment (<$2K p.m)$150K1.6Tax bill
Citi PremierMiles + PayAll$30K1.67Bill amount
SCB Visa Infinite Welcome Gift$150K1.6835K
HSBC Visa Plat/Revolution Tax Payment $30K1.75Tax bill
Cardup with DBS Altitude/Citibank PremierMiles$30K1.83Bill amount
HSBC Visa Infinite Welcome Gift- Regular Customer $120K1.8635K
OCBC VOYAGE Tax Payment$120K1.9Tax bill
UOB Reserve VI Payment FacilityInvitation1.9Unlimited
Citibank PremierMiles, DBS Altitude, KrisFlyer UOB Card, OCBC 90N Annual Fee$30K1.9310K
OCBC VOYAGE Payment Facility $120K1.9 or 1.95Unlimited
UOB PRVI Pay Facility $30K2.0Unlimited
UOB VI Metal Payment Facility $150K2.0Unlimited
SCB Visa Infinite (<$2K p.m) + EasyBill$150K2.0Bill amount
OCBC VOYAGE Annual Fee- Option 2$120K2.14150K
Citi Prestige Annual Fee$120K2.1425K
DBS Altitude Tax Payment $30K2.5Tax bill
OCBC VOYAGE Annual Fee- Option 1$120K3.2515K

UOB PRVI Pay’s main advantage is that it’s a “no questions asked” facility- you don’t need an IRAS NOA, a tenancy agreement or anything of the sort to use it. So long as you have the credit limit, you can buy as many miles as you want.


However, there are cheaper “no questions asked” facilities out there, albeit with higher income requirements. OCBC VOYAGE cardholders (min income: $120K) can buy as many miles as they want for 1.9 or 1.95 cents each. UOB Reserve Visa Infinite cardholders (invitation only) can buy as many miles as they want for 1.9 cents each.

In that sense, UOB PRVI Pay (min income: $30K) provides the most accessible “no questions asked” facility on the market, but if you do indeed have a rental or tax bill to pay, you’re going to want to consider the following cheaper options instead:

Rent Tax
  • RentHero- 1.85% fee, buy miles from 1.14 cents
  • CardUp- 1.9% fee with code SAVERENT19, buy miles from 1.17 cents (Get $20 off your first payment with code MILELION)
  • Citi PayAll- 2% fee, buy miles from 1.25 cents
  • SC EasyBill- 2% fee, buy miles from 1.43 cents
  • SCB Visa Infinite- 1.6% fee, buy miles from  1.14 cents
  • HSBC Visa Infinite- 1.5% fee, buy miles from 1.2 cents
  • Citi PayAll- 2% fee, buy miles from 1.25 cents
  • SC EasyBill- 2% fee, buy miles from 1.43 cents
General note: Do not make the mistake of comparing admin fee % to determine which is the lowest cost option! For example, Citi PayAll has a fee of 2%, but when paired with the Citi Prestige card (1.3 mpd) can generate miles at 1.54 cents each. UOB PRVI Pay has a fee of 2%, but earns 1 mpd with the UOB PRVI Miles card for 2 cents each. Same fee, different cost. Always refer to the table above for the relevant workings


At 2 cents per mile, PRVI Pay isn’t the deal of a century. However, if you’re just short of UOB’s transfer block of UNI$5,000 (10,000 miles), this could be a way of “topping up”.

I’d certainly explore the other options available before resorting to this, but if you need miles and need them quickly, PRVI Pay is still way cheaper than buying miles from Singapore Airlines at about 5 cents each.

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Seems like they don’t take installment options anymore. Hence this is just a pure buying miles program since it’s charged to your card the following month anyway.

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