Review: UOB Visa Signature Card

Assuming the pesky minimum spend doesn't trip you up, the UOB Visa Signature is a great way to earn 4 mpd almost everywhere.

Here’s The MileLion’s review of the UOB Visa Signature Card, which this year marks its 17th anniversary. Veterans may remember it originally came in purple and was positioned as a mass affluent card- though that only required an annual income of S$60,000 in 2006, instead of S$120,000 now!

Old it may be, but sometimes old is gold. Even if you’re not a fan of the usual UOB shenanigans, this is one card you’ll still want to have.

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Assuming the pesky minimum spend doesn’t trip you up, the UOB Visa Signature is a great way to earn 4 mpd almost everywhere.
👍 The good👎 The bad
  • 4 mpd on contactless, FCY and petrol spend, with S$2,000 monthly cap
  • Requires S$1,000 minimum spend to trigger 4 mpd earn rate
  • S$5 earning blocks
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Overview: UOB Visa Signature

Let’s start this review by looking at the key features of the UOB Visa Signature

Income Req.
S$50,000 p.a.
Points Validity
2 years
Annual Fee
(First Year Free)

5,000 UNI$
(10,000 miles)

Miles with
Annual Fee
  • SIA
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Air Asia
FCY Fee3.25%Transfer FeeS$25
Local Earn0.4 mpdPoints Pool?Yes
FCY Earn4.0 mpdLounge Access?No
Special Earn4.0 mpd on FCY, contactless payments & petrol Airport Limo?No
Cardholder Terms and Conditions

How much must I earn to qualify for a UOB Visa Signature?

The UOB Visa Signature has a slightly unusual S$50,000 annual income requirement; more than the MAS-mandated S$30,000 minimum, but not quite the rarefied air of the S$120,000 segment.

I wouldn’t let this deter you from applying, however, since any income requirement above S$30,000 is essentially arbitrary. There have been many data points of people successfully getting approved in the S$30,000-50,000 range, and if you never try, you’ll never know.

How much is the UOB Visa Signature’s annual fee? 

 Principal CardSupp. Card
First YearFreeFree, S$108 for 2nd onwards
SubsequentS$216Free, S$108 for 2nd onwards

The UOB Visa Signature has an annual fee of S$216, which is waived for the first year. The fee for the first supplementary card is waived in perpetuity, with the second card onwards charged at S$108 per year.

Waivers are fairly easy to get in my experience, but be warned that UOB’s default behaviour is to automatically deduct your UNI$ to cover the annual fee. When the time comes for renewal, you will either be charged:

  1. 6,500 UNI$ for a full waiver
  2. 3,250 UNI$ + S$108 for a half waiver

If you have at least 6,500 UNI$ in your account, you will be charged (i). If you have less than 6,500 UNI$ but more than 3,250 UNI$, you will be charged (ii). And if you don’t have at least 3,250 UNI$, you’ll be charged the S$216 annual fee in cash.

It’s up to you to monitor your statement and request a waiver when this happens. Look at the expiry date on your credit card- the month corresponds to the month your annual fee will be charged. 

👍 Silver Lining
For what it’s worth, if UOB subsequently grants you a fee waiver, the reinstated UNI$ will have a fresh 2-year validity.

How many miles do I earn?

🇸🇬 SGD Spending🌎 FCY Spending➕ Bonus Spending
0.4 mpd4.0 mpd4 mpd on contactless payments & petrol

Regular SGD/FCY Spending

The UOB Visa Signature normally earns:

  • 1 UNI$ for every S$5 spent in Singapore Dollars
  • 1 UNI$ for every S$5 spent in foreign currency (FCY)

1 UNI$ is worth 2 airline miles, so that’s an equivalent earn rate of 0.4 mpd for both.

A 3.25% fee applies to all foreign currency transactions.

Overseas, Petrol and Contactless Spend

UOB Visa Signature Cardholders will earn 10X UNI$ per S$5 (equivalent to 4 mpd) on overseas spend, petrol and contactless, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Overseas spend: Spend at least S$1,000 in foreign currency in a statement month
  2. Petrol and contactless: Spend at least S$1,000 in local currency in a statement month

(a) and (b) can be mutually exclusive. That’s to say, you can choose to satisfy just (a), just (b) or (a) + (b). 

The combined awarding of UNI$10 per S$5 spend on overseas spend, petrol and
contactless is subject to a shared cap of UNI$4,000 per statement month. This is equivalent to S$2,000 per statement month. 

⚠️ Statement Month vs Calendar Month

Minimum spend is based on statement month, not calendar month. To find out what your statement month is, login to internet banking and download your e-statement. The statement date is the last day of your statement month. 

To keep things simple, I recommend calling up customer service and requesting a change of statement period to match the calendar month. I did that a long time ago, and now all of my statements are generated at the end of each calendar month.

Overseas spend refers to any online or in-person spend that is not in SGD.

This excludes foreign currency transactions made at merchants with payment gateways in Singapore. I realise that’s a bit nebulous; how on earth is the customer supposed to know where the merchant’s payment gateway is? If it’s any consolation, this will only be an issue with a small handful of online transactions, and using your card while physically overseas guarantees you 4 mpd so long as you don’t fall victim to the DCC scam (i.e. always opt to pay in the overseas currency and not in SGD).

Petrol and contactless refers to any spend at petrol stations (MCC 5541/5542, excluding Shell and SPC [that’s the official stance, but both Shell and SPC appear to earn UNI$ nonetheless]), or via the following contactless methods:

Payment MethodEligible?
Excludes MST
Tapping physical card

Contactless spend does not include online, in-app Apple or Google Pay transactions, nor SimplyGo transactions. 

The table below summarises how various transactions fall into the “overseas” or “petrol & contactless” buckets.

 OverseasPetrol & Contactless
(local currency)
(foreign currency)
(local currency)
(foreign currency)
(local currency)
(foreign currency)
(local currency)
(foreign currency)

The S$1,000 minimum local currency spend for petrol and contactless can include non-petrol, non-contactless spend (but really, there’s no reason why you’d do that).

All minimum spending excludes transactions on UOB’s general exclusion list, such as insurance premiums, hospitals, education, charitable donations and prepaid account top-ups.

What if I spend across categories?

Where people tend to get confused is when they make both local and overseas petrol and contactless transactions. The question is how that affects the calculation of minimum spend.

It’s actually not that complicated, so long as you think about it this way:

  • If your petrol and contactless spend is in foreign currency, it counts towards the overseas minimum spend
  • If your petrol and contactless spend is in local currency, it counts towards the petrol and contactless minimum spend

Here’s a few scenarios to illustrate how it works.

FCYLocal Petrol & ContactlessOutcome

Total: 440 miles (S$600 @ 0.4 mpd + S$500 @ 0.4 mpd)

4 mpd rate is not triggered because the S$1,000 minimum spend has not been met on either the FCY or petrol/ contactless bonus categories


Total: 8,000 miles (S$1,000 @ 4 mpd + S$1,000 @ 4 mpd)

4 mpd rate is triggered for both FCY and petrol/ contactless bonus categories


Total: 8,400 miles (S$2,000 @ 4 mpd + S$1,000 @ 0.4 mpd)

4 mpd rate is triggered for both FCY and petrol/ contactless bonus categories, but the maximum 4 mpd is capped at S$2,000 per statement month


Total: 8,160 miles (S$2,000 @ 4 mpd + S$400 @ 0.4 mpd)

4 mpd rate is triggered for both FCY and petrol/ contactless bonus categories, but the maximum 4 mpd is capped at S$2,000 per statement month

(all contactless)
(all contactless)

Total: 400 miles (S$900 @ 0.4 mpd + S$100 @ 0.4 mpd)

The 4 mpd rate on petrol/ contactless is not triggered as S$1,000 minimum local spend has not been met

The 4 mpd rate on FCY spend is not triggered as S$1,000 minimum FCY spend has not been met

(all contactless)
(all contactless)

Total: 4,840 miles (S$1,200 @ 4 mpd + S$100 @ 0.4 mpd)

The 4 mpd rate on petrol/ contactless is not triggered as S$1,000 minimum local spend has not been met

The 4 mpd rate on FCY spend is triggered as S$1,000 minimum FCY spend has been met

Note in particular the last two scenarios, which shows how overseas and local contactless spend do not comingle. Overseas is overseas, local is local. Even if you unlock the overseas 4 mpd earn rate through foreign currency contactless spending alone, it has no bearing on whether you earn 4 mpd on local contactless spend- that requires a minimum spend of S$1,000 in local currency, period.

I say again: Contactless overseas transactions do not double count towards “overseas” and “petrol and contactless”, it will only count towards “overseas”.

While the minimum spend requirement can be annoying to track, it does make the UOB Visa Signature a jack-of-all-trades solution. So long as there’s a contactless payment terminal, it’s a potential 4 mpd opportunity.

The exception is UOB$ merchants, where transactions will earn a slightly lower 3.6 mpd. That’s because UOB$ merchants do not earn any base UNI$ (i.e. 0.4 mpd) on the UOB Visa Signature. Fortunately, the bonus component (3.6 mpd) still gets credited just fine. 

You can read a full explanation via the post below.

Confirmed: UOB$ merchants qualify for bonus miles with UOB cards

UOB$ merchants include Cold Storage, Crystal Jade, Giant, Guardian, Starbucks and Toast Box. For the full list, refer to this link.

When are UNI$ credited? 

Base UNI$ are credited when the transaction posts. Bonus UNI$ will be credited in the following statement period.

Base Points (1X)Credited when transaction posts
Bonus Points  (9X)
Credited in the following statement period

How are UNI$ calculated?

Here’s how you can work out the UNI$ earned on your UOB Visa Signature:

Base Points (1X)Round down transaction to the nearest S$5, divide by 5, then multiply by 1.0
Bonus Points  (9X)
Sum all eligible transactions (including cents), round down total to the nearest S$5, divide by 5, then multiply by 9.0

While you normally need to watch out for S$5 earning blocks with UOB cards, it’s less of an issue with the UOB Visa Signature than the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa. That’s because all unrounded transactions on the UOB Visa Signature are summed up during the calculation of the 9X bonus. 

Is UOB’s points rounding policy as bad as it seems?

Here’s a simple example. Suppose you have three transactions for the whole month, S$99.99, S$199.99 and S$700.02.

  • With the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa, each transaction is rounded down to the nearest S$5, so you’ll earn 3,960 miles (S$95*4 + S$195 *4 + S$700*4)
  • With the UOB Visa Signature, each transaction is rounded down to the nearest S$5 for the purpose of 1X points (0.4 mpd), but all transactions are summed up for the purpose of 9X points (3.6 mpd). Therefore, you’ll earn 3,996 miles (S$95 * 0.4 + S$195 * 0.4 + S$700 * 0.4 + (S$99.99+ S$199.99+  S$700.02) *3.6)

If you’re an Excel geek, here’s the formulas you need to calculate your points: 

Base Points (1X)=ROUNDDOWN (X/5,0)*1
Bonus Points (9X)
=ROUNDDOWN (Y/5,0)*9
Where X= amount spent, Y= sum of all eligible transactions

For the full list of formulas that banks use to calculate credit card points, do refer to these articles:

What transactions aren’t eligible for UNI$?

A full list of transactions that do not earn UNI$ can be found in the T&Cs.

I’ve highlighted a few noteworthy categories below:

  • Charitable Donations
  • Education
  • Government Services 
  • Insurance
  • Prepaid account top-ups (e.g. GrabPay, YouTrip)
  • Real Estate Agents & Managers
  • Utilities

What do I need to know about UNI$?

❌ Expiry↔️ Pooling✈️ Transfer Fee
2 yearsYesS$25 per conversion
⬆️ Min. Transfer✈️ No. of Partners⏱️ Transfer Time
5,000 UNI$
(10,000 miles)
348 hours


UNI$ expire 2 years from the last day of each periodic quarter in which the UNI$ was earned. Each UNI$ period is calculated commencing from January to December of each calendar year. Expired UNI$ cannot be replaced or reinstated.


UNI$ pool across cards. If you have 10,000 UNI$ on the UOB Lady’s Card, and 5,000 UNI$ on the UOB Visa Signature, you can redeem 15,000 UNI$ at one shot and pay a single conversion fee.

It also means that you don’t need to transfer your UNI$ out before cancelling the UOB Visa Signature, assuming it’s not your last UNI$-earning card. 

Transfer Partners & Fees

UNI$ transfer to frequent flyer programs at the following ratios, with a minimum transfer block of 5,000 UNI$ (let’s ignore AirAsia, because converting points there is like throwing them away):

Frequent Flyer ProgrammeConversion Ratio
(UNI$: Partner)
krisflyer logo5,000: 10,000
asia miles logo5,000: 10,000
2,500: 4,500

Transfers cost S$25 per programme, regardless of how many points are transferred.

UOB also has an auto-conversion option for KrisFlyer, which costs S$50 per year. UNI$ will be automatically converted on the last day of the calendar month, in blocks of UNI$2,500 (half the regular conversion block). 

However, you’ll need to keep a minimum balance of UNI$15,000 (30,000 miles) in your account at all times, for reasons I don’t quite understand. UOB provides the following explanation, for what it’s worth.

This is to give card members the flexibility to convert the UNI$ to other items from UOB Rewards Catalogue. Card members can still choose to convert this UNI$15,000 to KrisFlyer miles by the one time miles redemption process through UOB Rewards Catalogue, subjected to S$25 conversion fee and must be in blocks of 10,000 miles.

You can enroll for the automatic conversion programme here.

Transfer Times

Based on my experience, most points transfers are completed within 48 hours. 

If you need your points credited instantly, you can do so via Kris+. 1,000 UNI$ can be transferred to 1,700 KrisPay miles, which can then be transferred to KrisFlyer miles at a 1:1 ratio. No conversion fees apply.

S$5 for new Kris+ Users
Get S$5 (in the form of 750 KrisPay miles) when you sign-up with code W644363 and make your first transaction

Transfers are immediate, but those 1,000 UNI$ would normally have earned you 2,000 KrisFlyer miles, so you effectively take a 15% haircut. 

Therefore I wouldn’t recommend taking this option, unless you need a small top-up to redeem a flight, or have an orphan UNI$ balance (<5,000 points). 

Summary Review: UOB Visa Signature


If you’re someone who regularly busts the 4 mpd cap on the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa (S$1,000), then the UOB Visa Signature is an excellent tool to add to your arsenal. So long as there’s a contactless terminal, you’re guaranteed 4 mpd (provided it’s not an excluded transaction or UOB$ merchant). 

This makes it an ideal choice for those who struggle to memorise which card to use where. Assuming you max out the 4 mpd cap each month, you’re looking at 96,000 miles per year- just shy of a return Business Class ticket to Japan or South Korea.

The fact that UOB pools points makes the UOB Visa Signature even more useful. It could be paired with the UOB PRVI Miles, UOB Lady’s Card, or UOB Preferred Platinum Visa, creating a card portfolio that earns 4 mpd on a large proportion of your overall spending. 

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

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Do those UNI$-ineligible transactions count towards the $1,000 monthly requirement?


unfortunately no.


at least for the excluded categories. Not sure about SMART$/UOB$


Thanks. That’s unfortunate…

Hack Harder

this card is the bomb, everywhere has paywave now. i use it for dining, groceries, literally everything physical. 1k should be easily reached


Will be great if some kind Excel geek can do up a macro which feeds in the card transaction CSV downloaded from Internet banking and automatically calculates the base and bonus points and tally them for reconciliation against the monthly statement. Extra bonus if it tallies the merchant name with MCC code and known UOB merchants to exclude UNI$ calculation.
Just suggesting, don’t troll me 😅

Louis Tan

You know what, I might actually be willing to pay for such an app / tool!

(Paging all geeks)


I will pay too!


@Aaron, business opportunity for you **hint hint** 😉


Is there a 4x UOB card for general online spending? It seems the Preferred Platinum Visa used to be that card but it’s restricted by MCCs now. I had the DBS womans card before but I prefer UOB for the points pooling. I have the citi rewards (combined with Amaze) but travel-related MCCs are excluded from 4x. Any suggestions? Should I just get the womans card again?


So if I’m a UOB cardholder starting from scratch, the first 15,000 UNI$ that I have accumulated cannot be transferred to Krisflyer? Anything above that, I can only transfer the excess?


Only if you choose the auto conversion option. Makes more sense to pay for and transfer when needed.


So the ideal 4 card 4 mpd strategy is UOB Visa Signature for the first $2000 paywave spend, UOB PPV for the next $1110; DBSWWMC for the first $2000 online spend; and either UOB PRVI or DBS Altitude for everything else (depending on whether you want to accumulate UOB or DBS points)? Sure you can get HSBC Revo and Citi Rewards, but that’s spreading yourself too thin, no?


Are local and foreign spends counted separately and counted as combined spend ? i.e spend $500 FCY + $500 local will trigger the bonus points min spend ?


How about if the Fcy is also a contactless method. Would that pool to the contactless spend? Say i hit 1k with paywave but spent 200FCY (but through paywave terminal), would the 1200 be awarded 4mpd?


So if I am understanding this correctly a Minimum spend of $1800 FCY And $500 local spend will therefore only trigger the 4mpd on fcy but not the local.

Will this however apply for the entire 1800 FCY or will it be based chronologically combined with the local spend ?


My understanding is that 1800 will trigger 4miles and local will trigger only 0.4×200
If I am not wrong, it means there is no incentive to use the card locally as soon as you crossed 1k in FCY, which can be a bit annoying to keep track of. Best strategy would be to keep off the card from using it if you are sure there is some big ticket spend on FCY planned .


What if I spend $1,000 in local currency and say $200 in foreign currency? Will the 4mpd at least apply for the $1,000 local currency spend?


Just had a chat with UOB live chat assistance, statement date cycle for example, if it’s indicated 8th of the month. It starts counting on 8th ends on 7th.

Not sure if UOB has changed policy but I requested customer service to double confirm with manager. Would be different from what’s indicated in this article about the statement cutoff and counting.


Does online spend Eg. Lazada, Shopee etc qualify for the 4mpd too? Thank you!


I have the same qns!


If it’s not FCY, no.
Bonus is for contactless or FCY, not online.


Does 4 mpd trigger for $1k local spending and $0 FCY?

Sir Timothy Dunstable

What a complicated card and what a mess UOB makes out of its promotions and card mileage earning. Why do I even both with this bank!!!


What if I only have 1 txn of FCY amounting to $2000? I don’t have any local spend but I would have triggered the 4mpd for the FCY spend?


Yes. You will get 400 uni$ immediately and then 3600 uni$ a couple of days after your statement date.




What happens if i have a $1500 local spend and $500 on foreign spend? As i hit the $1k minimum local spend do i at least get 4 miles for the $1500?


Same question as you @DTjoa – did you ever get the answer?


Yes for local spend. No for the foreign spend.


Any idea if this $1000 minimum spend is necessary for every month to get 4mpd or just for that particular statement month?


can i use uob vs for air bnb?

Jeremy Tan

I don’t think you need to hit $1K per statement month for local contactless transactions to enjoy 10 UNI$ per $5 spent. This $1K minimum only applies to FCY transactions. Sounds like they’ve changed the terms from before?

From T&Cs: Contactless Transactions You will earn UNI$10 per S$5 spend on Contactless Transactions (excluding at UOB$ merchants) successfully carried out on and charged to the Card.


What happens if i have a $1500 local spend and $0 on foreign spend? As i hit the $1k minimum local spend do i at least get 4 miles for the $1500?




Possibly dumb question, does in-app purchases via Apple Pay count as contactless for UOB VS?


No. Contactless is when you tap the card or nfc on phone onto a terminal and it beep beeps.


If I make a contactless transaction in FCY while overseas, does this count to both FCY and contactless minimum spends?


Is there a way to see when are the UNI$ credited? like a summary of uni$ earned per transaction via UOB.


Hi Aaron, in the above, you say: Petrol and contactless refers to any spend at petrol stations (MCC 5541/5542, excluding Shell and SPC).

Do you mean that contactless payments at Shell and SPC do not earn 4mpd?


Amaze transactions are excluded from earning uni$. FYI


Hi, if i make an in-app payment using apple pay, eg making a payment in the fairprice app using apply pay, does that qualify as contactless payment for bonus?


not really an excel geek but i find this formula much easier to use

base = FLOOR(X,5)*1
bonus = FLOOR(X,5)*9

where 5 refer to $5 blocks

hence for other cards (eg Citibank) at $1 blocks

base = FLOOR(X,1)*1
bonus = FLOOR(X,1)*9


Does charging physical card overseas in FCY qualify for the bonus mpd please?


Hi Aaron, if I make an offline payment through ApplePay on the Kris+ app, I should still get 4MPD provided I hit the min 1k spend for contactless right?



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