A couple of weeks ago, Bank of China announced some major changes to its BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard, which take effect from 15 June 2020.
These changes involve a reduced earn rate, a cut in the conversion ratio from bank points to airline miles, and additional rewards exclusion categories.
|Current||From 15 June 2020|
|Earn Rate||Local: 1.5 mpd|
FCY: 3.0 mpd
|Local: 1.0 mpd|
FCY: 2.0 mpd
= 10,000 miles
= 10,000 miles
= 6,000 miles
BOC has now walked back one of those changes: CardUp transactions will continue to earn rewards points.
CardUp transactions will continue to earn points with BOC credit cards
A new version of the T&Cs has gone up on the BOC website, which for ease of comparison I’ve run through a change tracker.
The main point of difference is shown below.
CardUp transactions, which were previously excluded, have now been removed from the exclusions list. However, RentHero remains on the exclusions list.
⚠️ Other new rewards exclusion categories that take effect from 15 June 2020 include:
But does it really matter?
While it’s good that CardUp transactions will continue to earn rewards with BOC cards, truth be told, the BOC Elite Miles card will become largely irrelevant from 15 June anyway
With a reduced earn rate of just 1 mpd on local spending, your cost per mile will skyrocket, and you’d be better off using a card like the UOB PRVI Miles instead.
|Cost Per Mile with BOC Elite Miles Card|
@ 1.5 mpd
|From 15 June 2020|
@ 1 mpd
|CardUp 1.75% income tax promotion||1.15||1.72|
|CardUp 1.9% rent payment promotion||1.24||1.86|
|CardUp 2.25% fee for other payments||1.47||2.20|
That said, if you’re intending to make an income tax payment under CardUp’s 1.75% promotional rate, it’s still worth using your BOC card until 15 June (remember that your card must be charged before this date, so don’t leave it till the last minute to schedule your payment). 1.15 cents per mile is one of the cheapest ways you can buy miles when paying your income tax bill.
CardUp transactions will continue to earn rewards points with BOC cards even from 15 June 2020, but it doesn’t change the “abandon ship” order for the BOC Elite Miles card.
If you’re still holding on to BOC points, remember to convert them before 15 June 2020. Here’s a handy guide that explores the options you have for exchanging them for miles, or shopping vouchers as necessary.