Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card offering uncapped 3.2 mpd on FCY spend

The new Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card is here, and it's offering an uncapped 3.2 mpd on FCY spend and a capped 3.2 mpd on air tickets for the next few months.

Last month we learned that that the Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card would receive a major revamp from 1 November 2023, the highlight of which was a uncapped 2.8 mpd on all foreign currency transactions, and 2.8 mpd on up to S$10,000 of air tickets each month.

Now that November has arrived, it turns out that Maybank has another surprise up their sleeve: an uncapped 3.2 mpd on all FCY transactions and a capped 3.2 mpd on air tickets for up to four months, valid for both new and existing Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Cardholders.

This makes it the highest uncapped general spending card for FCY transactions, and is well worth considering for the year-end travel period. Even better, a Maybank spokesperson has confirmed that the 3.2 mpd rate applies to commonly excluded transactions such as private hospitals and education, so long as it’s in FCY!

If you don’t have a Maybank credit card yet, there’s also a welcome offer of S$60 cash from SingSaver, plus 10,000 KrisFlyer miles, American Tourister Luggage, Apple AirPods 3rd Gen or S$200 cashback from Maybank for spending at least S$600 per month for two consecutive months after approval, which I’ll cover in a separate article.

Maybank Horizon Visa Signature 3.2 mpd promo 

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New and existing Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Cardholders can now enjoy a 3.2 mpd earn rate on FCY spend (both in-person and online) and air tickets, subject to a minimum spend of S$800 in a calendar month.

 New cardholdersExisting cardholders
Card Approval1 Nov 2023 to 31 Mar 2024Before 1 Nov 2023
Spend Period3-4 months
(Approval month + 3 full calendar months)
3 months
(1 Nov 2023 to 31 Jan 2024)
Min. SpendS$800 per calendar month
FCY Spend
(no cap)
2.8 mpd
3.2 mpd
Air Tickets
(S$10K per calendar month)
2.8 mpd
3.2 mpd

There is no cap on the 3.2 mpd earn rate for FCY spend, though there is a cap of S$10,000 per calendar month on the 3.2 mpd earn rate for air tickets. 

New cardholders

New cardholders are defined as those who receive approval for a Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card between 1 November 2023 to 31 March 2024 (both dates inclusive).

They will earn the upsized 3.2 mpd rate on FCY and air ticket transactions for the month of approval, plus another three full calendar months.

Card Approval 3.2 mpd Period
1-30 November 2023Approval date till 29 February 2024
1-31 December 2023Approval date till 31 March 2024
1-31 January 2024Approval date till 30 April 2024
1-29 February 2024Approval date till 31 May 2024
1-31 March 2024Approval date till 30 June 2024

This of course assumes the minimum retail spend of S$800 is met each calendar month. 

Depending on when your approval comes in, therefore, your 3.2 mpd period is anywhere between 3-4 months.

I would recommend timing your application so it coincides with the period where you expect to make the most FCY spend. Such is the nature of this promotion that even if you have no travel plans for December 2023, you could delay your application and make use of the promotion as late as June 2024!

Existing cardholders

Existing cardholders are defined as those who received approval for a Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card prior to 1 November 2023. 

In this case, you’ll earn 3.2 mpd for three months from 1 November 2023 to 31 January 2024, assuming the minimum retail spend of S$800 is met each calendar month. 

How are FCY spend and air tickets defined?

Earn 3.2 mpd on Cathay Pacific and all other air tickets

Maybank defines FCY spend as card retail transactions posted in foreign currencies, regardless of whether they’re online or in-person.

⚠️ Important Note
I have confirmed with a Maybank spokesperson that foreign currency spending on insurance, charitable donations, education, utilities, and private hospitals is also eligible to earn 3.2 mpd, if charged in FCY.

Air ticket spend is classified as transactions posted in Singapore dollars (if you have air tickets in FCY, they fall under the previous paragraph, with no cap) under the MCCs 4511 and 3000-3350. This includes Singapore Airlines, Scoot, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and pretty much every major airline out there. 

If you need to check the MCC of a particular merchant before spending, here’s three ways of doing so:

What counts towards the S$800 min. spend?

Maybank keeps a list of transactions that will not count towards the minimum spend or TREATS points issuance in its T&Cs, from the bottom of page 1 onwards (Maybank, annoyingly, does not number its bullet points).

Key transactions to note are:

  • Government services
  • Betting or gambling transactions
  • Brokerage or securities transactions
  • Stored value top-ups like GrabPay or YouTrip

Maybank is one of the few banks that still awards points for education, insurance, medical bills and utilities, albeit at a reduced rate of 0.24 mpd. 

It also has a bit of a unique policy when it comes towards transaction versus posting dates, but it’s one that works in your favour. 

  • Retail transactions charged to a Card made within a calendar month that are successfully posted to a Card Account prior to the 6th day of the following calendar month, will be counted towards the minimum spend of the month that the retail transactions are made.
  • Retail transactions charged to the Card which made within a calendar month but are only posted to a Card Account after the 6th day of the following month will be counted towards the following month’s minimum spend

Basically, so long as your transaction posts by the 6th day of the following calendar month, that transaction will count towards the minimum spend and bonus cap for the month it was made. 

Terms & Conditions

The T&Cs of this 3.2 mpd offer can be found here. 

How does this compare to other cards?

For the period of the promotion, the Maybank Horizon Visa Signature becomes the highest-earning uncapped general spending card for FCY spending.

💳 FCY Earn Rates by Card
(For general spending cards with uncapped earn rates only)

CardEarn RateRemarks
Maybank Horizon
Apply
3.2 mpdMin. S$800 spend per c. month
StanChart Visa Infinite
Apply
3 mpdMin. S$2K spend per s. month
UOB PRVI Miles
Apply
2.4 mpdReview 
HSBC TravelOne
Apply
2.4 mpdReview 
OCBC VOYAGE (Premier, PPC, BOS)
Apply
2.3 mpdReview 
HSBC Visa Infinite
Apply
2.25 mpdWith min. S$50K spend in previous m. year
Review
OCBC Premier Visa Infinite
Apply
2.24 mpd 
DBS Vantage
Apply
2.2 mpdReview
OCBC VOYAGE
Apply
2.2 mpdReview
OCBC 90°N Card
Apply
2.1 mpdReview
All other options earn 2 mpd or less

Its closest competitor is the StanChart Visa Infinite with 3 mpd on FCY spend, but this:

  • Has a higher FCY fee of 3.5% (compared to 3.25% for Maybank)
  • Requires a higher minimum spend of S$2,000 per statement month (compared to S$800 for Maybank)
  • Has an income requirement of S$150,000 (compared to Maybank’s S$30,000)
  • Has a non-waivable annual fee of S$594 (compared to Maybank with the first three years free)

That said, we need to keep in mind that there are a lot of ways to earn 4-6 mpd on FCY spend, albeit with a cap.

Top-of-mind options include the UOB Visa Signature Card, the Citi Rewards Card (paired with Amaze), and the UOB Lady’s Cards. Refer to the article below for a rundown of the options.

2023 Edition: Best cards for overseas spending

Therefore, you should ensure you’ve maxed out those other cards first, before using the Maybank Horizon Visa Signature to soak up what’s leftover.

Don’t forget that there’s also other good FCY spend promos as we enter the final months of 2023, such as:

Some offers may require registration or minimum spends, so refer to the respective links for the full details.

Maybank Horizon Visa Signature changes now live

New T&Cs
Income Req.S$30,000 p.a.Points Validity12-15 mo.
Annual FeeS$180
Fee WaiverFirst 3 years free

If you missed last month’s article on the changes to the Maybank Horizon Visa Signature, here’s a brief recap of how things work now.

The key factor is whether you spend less than S$800 or S$800 and more per calendar month. 

Cardholders who spend <S$800 per calendar month

CurrencyCategoryEarn Rate
LocalEducation
Insurance
Medical
Utilities
0.24 mpd
Dining
Food Delivery
Supermarkets
Transport
Petrol
Department and Retail Stores
Air Tickets
Hotels
Cruises
Travel Packages
Car Rental
1.2 mpd
All other local spend0.4 mpd
FCYAll FCY spend1.2 mpd

Cardholders who spend less than S$800 per calendar month will earn at one of three different tiers:

  • 0.24 mpd
  • 0.4 mpd
  • 1.2 mpd

Maybank has carved out a separate tier for education, insurance, medical and utilities. These will earn just 0.24 mpd, which I suppose is better than the nothing that most other banks offer. 

Maybank has also added an extensive list of local transactions that will earn 1.2 mpd.

Any local transaction that does not fall into the MCCs above will earn 0.4 mpd, while all FCY transactions will earn 1.2 mpd.

Cardholders who spend ≥S$800 per calendar month

CurrencyCategoryEarn Rate
LocalEducation
Insurance
Medical
Utilities
0.24 mpd
Dining
Food Delivery
Supermarkets
Transport
Petrol
Department and Retail Stores
Hotels
Cruises
Travel Packages
Car Rental
1.2 mpd
All other local spend0.4 mpd
Local or FCYAir Tickets2.8 mpd
3.2 mpd*
FCYAll FCY spend2.8 mpd
3.2 mpd
*Capped at S$10,000 per calendar month

Cardholders who spend at least S$800 per calendar month will earn at one of four different tiers:

  • 0.24 mpd
  • 0.4 mpd
  • 1.2 mpd
  • 2.8 mpd

What’s changed between this and the previous section is that cardholders will earn 3.2 mpd on air tickets (temporarily upsized from the usual 2.8 mpd), capped at S$10,000 per calendar month. Any spending beyond this will earn 1.2 mpd.

They will also earn an uncapped 3.2 mpd on FCY spend (temporarily upsized from the usual 2.8 mpd), regardless of whether it’s online or offline.

Conclusion

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The Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card is shaping up to be quite a compelling offering as we head into the peak travel period. With an uncapped 3.2 mpd on FCY transactions, this can be a potential fallback option for those who have maxed out the 4-6 mpd earn rates on other cards. 

You can also enjoy 3.2 mpd on up to S$10,000 of air tickets, freeing up the bonus caps on cards you would have otherwise used.

While there is a minimum spend of S$800 per month required for both, chances are that if the “uncapped” feature is what attracts you, then a minimum spend won’t be an issue.

Don’t forget that there’s also a welcome gift for new-to-bank customers to look forward to of 10,000 miles, luggage, AirPods or S$200 cashback, which I’ll cover in a separate post tomorrow. 

Given all that’s happened, I feel the Maybank Horizon Visa Signature warrants a credit card review post of its own, so stay tuned for that too!

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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J L

is it be better than amaze+UOB Priv Miles?

ksp210

Horizon is 3.2 miles for 3.25% fee, so close to 1cpm. Amaze + UOB Priv Miles gives 1.4 miles for ~1.8% fee. But Amaze also gives you 0.5 cents of Instapoint rebate per dollar spent. If you can follow all the rules to optimize the Instapoint rebate, your fees come down to ~1.3%, so roughly 1cpm too.

I think Horizon is easier, as Instapoint rules are not that straightforward to maneuver (min/max spend, need to be redeemed in multiples of $20).

Last edited 5 months ago by ksp210
J L

thanks bro recently in korea amaza charges me 2.7%

Ryan

On a value CPM would it be better value than 2.4 mpd under Journey card with the FX rebate over the “No FX fee period”?

ksp210

Journey is 2.0 mpd with full FX fee rebate (usually 3.5%) in Nov-Dec. With Horizon visa, you’ll pay 3.25% fee for 3.2 mpd. So 3.25 cents for 1.2 additional miles. So you’re paying 2.71 CPM if you use Maybank Horizon Visa instead of SCB Journey this Nov-Dec.

The risk with Journey is that you may have quite a bit of orphan points stuck in it (unless you calibrate your FX spend over the next 2 months carefully) as it is not a particularly useful card outside these 2 months.

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