2022 Edition: Best Credit Cards for Airport Limo Rides

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Which credit cards offer free airport limo rides, how much must you spend to earn them, and what does the fine print say?

In addition to complimentary lounge access, certain credit cards let you enjoy a free limo ride to or from the airport in Singapore. This was a fairly common perk once upon a time, but has grown increasingly rare in recent years. 

Here’s a guide to which cards still offer this benefit, how to unlock it, and the all-important terms and conditions. 

Which credit cards offer airport limo rides?

The following Singapore credit cards offer complimentary airport limo rides; some require you to hit a certain minimum qualifying spend. 

CardQualifying
Spend (QS)
Cap
Income Req. ≥S$30K
UOB PRVI Miles AMEX
(T&C)
S$1K (FCY) per quarter for 2 rides2 per quarter
Booking
Call 6651 2253 between 9 a.m to 6 p.m to make booking at least two days in advance
Income Req. ≥S$120K
UOB Lady’s Solitaire Metal Card
(T&C)
None1 per year
Booking
Register at travelwithus.mastercard.com and book at least 48h in advance
HSBC Visa Infinite
(T&C)
S$2K per month for 1 ride
(First 2 [Regular] or 4 [Premier] per year are free)
24 per year
(includes free rides)
Booking
Book via Ten Concierge website at least 24h in advance 

Maybank Visa Infinite
(T&C)
S$3K per month for 2 rides8 per year
Booking
Call Maybank Cards Priority Customer Service at least 72h in advance
OCBC VOYAGE
(T&C)
S$5K per month for 1 ride2 per month
Booking
Email voya[email protected] or call 6593 9999 at least 48h in advance

Citi Prestige
(T&C)
S$12K per quarter for 2 rides2 per quarter
Booking
Call 6337 2484 at least 48h in advance

Here’s a few questions to consider when comparing limo benefits across cards. 

(1) How much spending is needed to unlock the benefit?

Only the HSBC Visa Infinite and UOB Lady’s Solitaire Metal Card offer truly free rides.

  • HSBC Visa Infinite: 2 per membership year (regular), 4 per membership year (HSBC Premier)
  • UOB Lady’s Solitaire Metal Card: 1 per calendar year

Otherwise, you’re going to have to hit a certain spending threshold to unlock the rides. This ranges anywhere from S$1,000 per quarter to S$5,000 per month, and take note that meeting the minimum spend unlocks two rides for some cards, and just one ride for others. 

Surprisingly, despite its lowly positioning (relative to a $120K card at least), the UOB PRVI Miles AMEX has the lowest spending requirement of all- just S$1,000 spend within a calendar quarter unlocks two rides. 

A few things to note about the spending thresholds:

  • Citi Prestige:  Spending on Citi PayAll will count towards the minimum spending requirement
  • UOB PRVI Miles AMEXSpending must be in foreign currency, but excludes card-not-present transactions. In other words, buying things online won’t count

Eligible spending is calculated based on posting date, not transaction date. If you’re making significant transactions towards the end of the month, be extra careful about this as it may take 2-3 days for some merchants to post transactions.

(2) Do I get airport pickups or drop-offs?

This is a subtle but important difference.

Airport pickups are generally more costly to provide because the driver needs to budget time for flight delays, immigration, and baggage collection. Airport drop-offs are more straightforward- if you don’t show up beyond a certain time, your ride leaves without you.

Therefore, some providers only do airport drop-offs, but ideally you’ll want your free limo rides to be redeemable for trips both to and from the airport.

CardTo/From Airport
UOB Lady’s Solitaire Metal CardTo/From Airport
UOB PRVI Miles AMEXTo Airport
HSBC Visa InfiniteTo Airport
Maybank Visa InfiniteTo/From Airport
OCBC VOYAGETo/From Airport
Citi PrestigeTo/From Airport

Special mention for the OCBC VOYAGE, which covers not just Changi Airport, but Seletar Airport, both the Harborfront and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminals, and the “railway station” (I assume they mean the Woodlands train checkpoint).

Likewise the UOB Lady’s Solitaire Metal Card’s free airport ride is valid globally, and can be used either in Singapore or other supported cities.

(3) How long are the rides valid for?

Once you’ve unlocked your limo rides, they’re valid for a certain time period. Be sure to use them before they expire!

CardValidity of Rides
UOB PRVI Miles AMEXRides must be used by end of calendar quarter in which they’re earned
HSBC Visa InfiniteRides valid within same calendar year
Maybank Visa InfiniteRides valid within same calendar year
OCBC VOYAGERides valid for three months from day of awarding
Citi PrestigeRides valid within same calendar year

While some cards were previously offering extensions of unused rides due to COVID-19, the commencement of the VTLs and reopening of borders means they’ve reverted to regular T&Cs. 

However, OCBC VOYAGE cardholders can opt to encash their accumulated rides for S$20 each, up till 30 June 2022. 

(4) What else should I know?

Some other points to consider are the advance notice required, charges for late night service, maximum passengers permissible and the grace period before additional waiting charges apply.

UOB PRVI Miles AMEXAdv. Booking2 days
+S$10 otherwise
Late Night Fee
(11.30 p.m to 6.30 a.m)
S$10
Max Pax.4
+S$10 for 7 seater
+S$20 for 9 seater
Grace Period15 mins
S$10 per 15-min block after
ChangesS$10 for changes made after 6 p.m the day before pick-up
HSBC Visa Infinite
Adv. Booking24 hours
Late Night Fee
(12.00 a.m to 5.59 a.m)
S$12
Max Pax.3
Grace Period15 mins
S$10 per 15-min block after
ChangesS$10 for changes made within 1 hour of pick-up
Maybank Visa InfiniteAdv. Booking72 hours
Late Night Fee
Not mentioned
Max Pax.Not mentioned
Grace PeriodNot mentioned
ChangesS$60 for cancellations with <24 hours notice
OCBC VOYAGEAdv. Booking24 hours
Late Night Fee
(11 p.m to 7.00 a.m)
S$12
Max Pax.4
Grace Period15 mins
S$10 per 15-min block after
ChangesS$60 for cancellations with <12 hours notice
Citi PrestigeAdv. Booking48 hours
Late Night Fee
Not mentioned
Max Pax.4
Grace PeriodNot mentioned
ChangesAny change or cancellation <24 hours will be taken as 1 usage

Pseudo airport limo benefit

While slightly different from the ones above, both the KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card and Maybank Privilege Horizon Visa Signature (note: not the regular Maybank Horizon Visa Signature) offer cardmembers Grab codes valid for rides to and from the airport. 

Maybank’s is slightly better because it’s a guaranteed benefit, unlike the KrisFlyer UOB one which is subject to a monthly redemption cap.

CardOfferRemarks
KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card2x S$15 Grab codes
  • Redeem once per half yearly (i.e. Jan to Jun, Jul to Dec)
  • Code: KFUOBCC
  • Limited to 1,000 redemptions per month
Maybank Privilege Horizon Visa Signature2x S$20 Grab codes
  • SMS GRBPHVS <Space> Name <Space> DOB in DDMMYYYY format

Conclusion

The airport limo benefit isn’t as ubtiquous as it was in the past, but there’s still a few cards out there offering this perk. 

In my opinion, the card with the “best” limo benefit still remains the UOB PRVI Miles AMEX. The S$256.80 annual fee can be waived, and the spending requirement is the lowest of all. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Good work as always Aaron. This benefit is so meh after the dilution(s) over the past few years. I am not even sure it is worth optimising for any longer. It at least made tangential sense in the pre-COVID era for family travel with kids and tons of baggage on return to Singapore. I don’t think such trips will happen frequently in 2022, if at all.

I wouldn’t judge a card if it got rid of this in favour of more lounge visits or higher 4 mpd monthly / statement limit.

kopi lim

Wish I was a woman so I could sign up for the Lady’s Solitaire. On top of all their benefits the womens’ cards work with the UOB One account too. How is that not being sexist when they’re the only miles cards which are eligible for bonus interest on the savings accounts?

lim kopi

you might as well complain why bars have ladies’ night…

Kopi lim

That’s to attract hopefully attractive female patrons and not dinobus in so that hamsups like you and me are drawn in as well.

What is the argument for limiting this card to women only? Honestly asking. And can I get one if I identify as female now that this is trending .

asprino

well for what’s worth ladies’ night is banned in some other jurisdictions (e.g. California and the UK)…..

Qing

Maybank privilege Horizon Visa signature also got two S$20 Grab ride promo code every year

Gina

I would like to point out the OCBC Voyage Limo doesn’t work as well as before. In the past, they have a webpage for you to request for it. This webpage doesn’t work anymore. If you try to call their Voyage hotline, nobody picks up (I tried 3 times and waited about an hour before giving up). The only way I managed to use it, is to call OCBC General Line, and left a message for them to assist.

Jeremy

Noob question from someone who has never taken one before, what are the actual cars used for Changi airport limo rides? Are we talking actual stretch limousines here or just a Mercedes/Toyota Alphard?

Kelvin

As you mentioned in one of your replies above, limo rides really aren’t what they used to be. The main point of it was to save time as queues for cabs at Changi were really long before ride-hailing apps came. Now it’s just basically a Grab Premium, which costs $30-$40 for a nice ride to town (sometimes even less).

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