CardUp flash deal: 1.6% fee for any payment; buy miles from 0.98 cents each

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From now till 31 October 2023, enjoy a 1.6% fee on a CardUp payment of up to S$10,000, valid with any Singapore-issued Visa card.

CardUp has launched a new flash deal that offers existing customers a 1.6% fee on a single payment of up to S$10,000 made by 31 October 2023.

This deal is available for Visa cards only, and you could be buying miles for as little as 0.98 cents each, depending on which card you hold.

CardUp 1.6% flash deal

Here’s the key details of CardUp’s 1.6% flash deal for Visa cards: 

  • Use code FLASH16
  • Payments must be scheduled by 31 October 2023 (before 6 p.m SGT), with a due date on or before 3 November 2023. Payments must be scheduled at least three business days in advance of the due date to allow for processing time 
  • No cap on the overall number of redemptions, but the promo code can only be used once per user
  • No minimum spend
  • Maximum payment of S$10,000; a 2.6% fee will apply to any part of the payment exceeding S$10,000
  • Valid for Singapore-issued Visa cards only

This code is valid for existing CardUp users. If you’re a new user, refer to the offers in the box below.

❓ First-time user?

New CardUp users can use the code FLASH15 to enjoy a 1.5% fee on their first payment of up to S$10,000 with a locally-issued Visa card. This code must be used by 31 October 2023 by 6 pm (SGT) for a payment with due date on or before 3 November 2023.

Alternatively, you can use the code MILELION to save S$30 off your first transaction with no minimum spend required. This allows you to earn free miles on a payment of up to S$1,154 (based on CardUp’s regular admin fee of 2.6%).

While there’s technically no restriction on the type of payments you can make, you won’t be able to use this code for income tax payments. That’s because the code is only valid from 27-31 October 2023, and CardUp blocks off the last few days of each month in order to ensure payments reach IRAS on time (and avoid double deductions, for those using GIRO arrangements).

Terms & Conditions

The T&Cs of this offer can be found here.

What’s the cost per mile?

Here’s the cost per mile for various Visa cards in Singapore, given their earn rates and a 1.6% admin fee. 

CardEarn RateCost Per Mile
(1.6% fee)
DBS Insignia1.60.98 cents
UOB Reserve1.60.98 cents
OCBC VOYAGE
(Premier, PPC, BOS)
1.60.98 cents
Citi ULTIMA1.60.98 cents
DBS Vantage1.51.05 cents
SCB VI
1.4*1.12 cents
UOB PRVI Miles Visa1.41.12 cents
UOB VI Metal Card1.41.12 cents
OCBC VOYAGE1.3
1.21 cents
OCBC 90°N Visa1.31.21 cents
DBS Altitude Visa1.31.21 cents
OCBC Premier Visa Infinite1.281.23 cents
SCB Journey1.21.31 cents

Remember: both the amount due and the CardUp fee are eligible to earn miles.

For example, someone who pays a S$1,000 bill via CardUp would pay S$1,016 after fees. If he uses a 1.6 mpd card, he will earn 1,626 miles (ignoring rounding), for which he has paid a fee of S$16. The cost per mile is therefore 0.98 cents each.

That’s a very competitive price to buy miles, though the catch is that the flash deal promo code maxes out at S$10,000. 

Citi PayAll alternative

Citi PayAll 1.8 mpd Promo

CardUp’s eDM takes a not-so-subtle dig at Citi PayAll (“Do you feel frustrated paying 2.2% fees with Citi PayAll?”), but the latter may still be the cheaper option.

From now till 29 February 2024, Citi PayAll is offering a flat 1.8 mpd on Citi PayAll transactions, subject to a minimum aggregate spend of S$8,000 and a cap of S$120,000.

This works out to buying miles at 1.22 cents each, as shown in the table below.

CardEarn RateCost Per Mile 
(@ 2.2% fee)
Citi ULTIMA1.8 mpd
(Base: 1.6 mpd
Bonus: 0.2 mpd)
1.22 cents
Citi Prestige1.8 mpd
(Base: 1.3 mpd
Bonus: 0.5 mpd)
1.22 cents
Citi PremierMiles 1.8 mpd
(Base: 1.2 mpd
Bonus: 0.6 mpd)
1.22 cents
Citi Rewards1.8 mpd
(Base: 0.4 mpd
Bonus: 1.4 mpd)
1.22 cents

Anyone whose Visa card earns at least 1.3 mpd will be better off using CardUp, but remember that the CardUp offer is single use only, capped at S$10,000. Once you’ve redeemed the flash deal, then the Citi PayAll promotion becomes the best option for the rest of your bills up till 29 February 2024, thanks to its much higher cap.

For more details on this offer, refer to this post.

CardUp guide

I’ve written a separate guide that walks you through the basics of CardUp, together with answers to FAQs regarding rewards and what cards give the lowest-cost miles. You’ll also find a list of ongoing promo codes that can help you save money, so be sure to give it a read.

What’s the best card to use for CardUp?

Conclusion

 

From now till 31 October 2023, CardUp is offering a 1.6% flash deal for any payment made with a locally-issued Visa card. This reduces the cost per mile to as little as 0.98 cents each, for a single payment of up to S$10,000.

If you have any upcoming bill payments, it might be worth checking whether you can squeeze it into this small window of opportunity.

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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