What’s the best credit card to use for electricity & utilities bills?

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Electricity & utilities bills are decidedly unsexy, but they can still be a reliable source of miles.

No one gets ex-static about paying electricity bills, but seeing as how they keep the lights on, it doesn’t hertz to know watt card you can use to earn miles.

Now, you could take the path of least resistance by paying through GIRO, but I’m of the opinion that anyone who ohmits to earn miles on this should be grounded.

I have no volt in the matter, sadly.

What’s the MCC for utilities payments?

There are two ways an electricity retailer can bill you:

  • Direct
  • via SP Group (for Best Electricity, Ohm, Tuas Power)

If the electricity retailer bills you direct, you’ll receive two utilities bills- one from your electricity retailer, and one from SP Group (for water and waste).

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If the electricity retailer bills you via SP Group, you’ll receive one utility bill that covers electricity, water, and waste.

Regardless of whether you pay direct or via SP Group, the MCC used will be 4900.

SP Group payments are not classified as government transactions

What payment methods can I use?

It used to be that those who wanted to pay their SP bills via credit card would have to trek down to the customer service centre and pay in person (they could pay via Masterpass on AXS, but no points would be earned).

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It was only in 2017 that the SP Utilities app started accepting credit card payments, and even then, only from DBS. We had to wait till 2019 (!) for the app to accept credit cards from all other banks.

Here’s a summary of the payment methods available for each retailer.

 
SP Group*
Geneco
iSwitch
PacificLight Energy
Senoko Energy
Sembcorp Power
Diamond Energy 
Keppel Electric 
Sunseap Energy 
Union Power 
*Also handles billing for Best Electricity, Ohm, and Tuas Power

What cards should I use for utilities payments?

Here’s the options currently available: 

 MPDRemarks
AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend3.2For iSwitch & Senoko Energy, until 31/8/20. Capped at S$300. Reg. required. Other providers earn 1.1/1.2 mpd
AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card3.1
UOB PRVI Miles Mastercard & Visa*3.0Until 31/7/20, min S$2K max S$3.5K on selected transactions. Reg. required
AMEX Platinum Charge1.56Until 20 Jul 20, after which 0.78 mpd
UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card1.4 
UOB PRVI Miles AMEX1.4 
SCB Visa Infinite1.0/1.4
(min S$2K/month)
 
KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card1.2 
SCB X Card1.2  
*Excludes Union Power
AMEX KrisFlyer cardholders may also have been targeted for a bonus 3 mpd for the first S$200 spent on SP Utilities

For the SCB X Card, do note that while utilities transactions will earn base points, they will not count towards sign up bonus spending (a moot point, since there’s no sign up bonus offered right now).

Cards which do not award points on utilities payments

The T&Cs of the following cards explicitly exclude utilities payment from earning points:

Make ad-hoc payments, not recurring

With the exception of cards which explicitly allow you to earn points on utilities payments (e.g AMEX KrisFlyer cards, UOB PRVI Miles), it’s better to use your card for ad-hoc payments instead of signing up for a recurring billing plan.

The latter may be more convenient, but some banks (e.g SCB) may exclude recurring bill payments from earning points.

Other ways to earn points on utilities bills

 Admin Fee
Pay+Earn2.5%
2.25%
2%

If your card explicitly excludes utilities payments from earning points, a workaround is to use a bill payment service instead. This will incur an admin fee, so think of it like buying miles.

For example, CardUp users with the BOC Elite Miles Mastercard will pay a 2.25% admin fee (use the code GET225, or MILELION for S$20 off your first payment) and earn 1.5 mpd, effectively buying miles for 1.47 cents each. Similarly, a Citi Prestige cardholder will pay a 2% admin fee and earn 1.3 mpd, effectively buying miles for 1.54 cents each.

Conclusion

I hope this post brings some enlightenment on the options available to you, and I’ll pull the plug on the electricity puns before I get charged.

I’ve updated the What Card guide to reflect the latest promotions.

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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cheesecake

That’s sneaky! I never knew this. When did DBS amend the small print without informing customers?!

Zezima

mAXS Pay+Earn: Looks like you’ll be needing it, that is if you are willing to pay 2.5% fee (2.03 cpm).

Mark

Any idea when did they start doing this? I checked the fine print last time and made sure that I will earn points when I signed up. That’s around more than a year ago. Didn’t monitor after that.

LionDen

Love the way you peppered the introduction with the electrical terminologies. Nice work. Keep it up! 🙂

Adam

KFA and KFB also has a separate bonus 3mpd offer for SP services, giving you 4.2/4.1mpd. This is a separate offer from the iswitch and senoko energy offer, with a cap of 600 KF bonus miles ($200 spending)
(h/t Victor Lau on your fb page)

Michelle

CRV can also be used for online payment to get 4mpd, no?

Snookeredagain

darn! when did that happen.

unsexy

Do UOB prvi cards earn 1.4mpd on a regular basis paying via web/app?
Or is that only for the metal vi?

ian

Is there an error on the promo due date for Prvi Amex? I believe the promo ended in June.

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