There’s a new premium card in town, and it launched without a whole lot of fanfare. Yesterday, the OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite debuted on OCBC’s website, exclusively available to Premier Banking customers (min AUM: S$200,000).
While it doesn’t have a whole lot of bells and whistles, it earns miles at a fairly competitive rate, and could be a decent general spending card to pair with the OCBC Titanium Rewards.
Overview: OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite
|FCY Fee||3.25%||Transfer Fee||None|
|Local Earn||1.28 mpd||Points Pool?||Yes|
|FCY Earn||2.24 mpd||Lounge Access?||2 x Plaza Premium|
|Special Earn||N/A||Airport Limo?||No|
|Cardholder Terms and Conditions|
The OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite has a S$30,000 income requirement (or S$10,000 fixed deposit in lieu of income), and no annual fee.
Cardholders earn OCBC$ at the following rates:
- 16 OCBC$ for every S$5 spent on local currency transactions (equivalent to 1.28 mpd)
- 28 OCBC$ for every S$5 spent on foreign currency transactions (equivalent to 2.24 mpd)
These rates are slightly higher than those earned of the OCBC 90N Card (1.2/2.1 mpd), and remember: the OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite earns OCBC$, which pool with the OCBC$ earned on the Titanium Rewards. In contrast, the 90N Card earns Travel$, which do not pool with OCBC$.
The pooling feature is important because OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite cardholders will not pay any conversion fees when converting OCBC$ to miles. In other words, if I have a Titanium Rewards card, I could get the Premier Banking Visa Infinite and use it as a fee-free means of cashing out my OCBC$.
The OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite follows the same rewards exclusion categories as other OCBC cards, namely:
- Government services
- Hospitals (government and community)
- Real Estate Agents
How does it compare to the OCBC VOYAGE?
The natural question many people will have on their minds is how the OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite compares to the OCBC Premier VOYAGE, the bank’s other high-end offering. Here’s a rundown of the two:
|OCBC Premier Visa Infinite||OCBC Premier VOYAGE|
|Qualification & Basic Features|
|Must be Premier Banking?||Yes||Yes|
|Tier||Visa Infinite||Visa Infinite|
|Earn Rate & Benefits|
|Local MPD||1.28 mpd||1.6 mpd|
|Overseas MPD||2.24 mpd||2.3 mpd|
|Mileage Currency||OCBC$||VOYAGE Miles|
|Lounge Access||2x Plaza Premium||Unlimited Plaza Premium|
|Limo Benefit||20% off rides||Yes|
|#Or fixed deposit of S$10,000
The OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite card is made of plastic, as opposed to the metal-clad VOYAGE. But with that comes greater practicality, since the former supports contactless transactions (although you could just as well add your VOYAGE to your mobile wallet to circumvent the issue).
In terms of earn rates, the OCBC VOYAGE (1.6/2.3 mpd) overpowers the OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite.
|👍 Don’t forget that OCBC VOYAGE is running a year-end bonus miles campaign where you can earn up to 2.5 mpd on dining and 3.0 mpd on foreign currency spend|
Two complimentary Plaza Premium Lounge visits are granted each year to all cardholders (principal or supplementary). This isn’t mentioned yet on the landing page or T&Cs, but I’ve been reliably informed it’ll appear soon. Most cards don’t award lounge visits to supplementary cardholders, so this could be potentially useful to someone who wants to get his family into the lounge for free.
But apart from that, the rest of the OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite’s benefits are generic Visa Infinite ones. This includes things like:
- 4th night free on selected hotel rates (not as good as it sounds, sadly)
- Discounted airport limo transfers
- Visa Infinite concierge service
- Assorted Visa Infinite discounts
If you want perks like complimentary airport limo transfers or unlimited lounge access, the VOYAGE is a better choice for you. Do note also that VOYAGE cardholders get access to the highly-rated (or so I hear) VOYAGE concierge, while Premier Banking Visa Infinite cardholders are routed to the generic Visa Infinite concierge, which can be hit and miss in my experience.
Finally, VOYAGE customers also have access to the VOYAGE Pay facility, which allows them to buy miles from 1.9 cents each. This is not available to Premier Banking Visa Infinite cardholders, but then again it’s no big loss given how you can easily generate miles at lower cost through CardUp and RentHero.
The OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite looks like a no-frills alternative for affluent customers who want a premium card, sans fees. While it doesn’t have too many features, it is a solid general spending card, all things considered.
Think about it: its earn rate of 1.28/2.24 mpd is higher than that of the DBS Altitude and Citi PremierMiles, and you won’t have to bother with conversion fees. You get a couple of free lounge visits, and if you’re already chalking up OCBC$ on the Titanium Rewards, this lets you cash them out to KrisFlyer for free.
It’s hardly going to set the world on fire, but the OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinite looks like a good utility card to me.
What do you make of the OCBC Premier Banking Visa Infinte?