2024 Edition: Best Credit Cards for Petrol

Here's the best credit cards that let you earn the most miles on petrol- while not forgoing discounts.

“What’s the best card to use for petrol?” is always a tricky question, not because I don’t know which cards give the most miles, but because of all the discounts involved.

You see, petrol pricing in Singapore is a complicated thing. You pull up to the pump and ask for S$50 of petrol, only to go to the register and pay S$45. Discounts are great, don’t get me wrong, but the complicated layers of bank, site and chain discounts make it difficult to do price comparisons on the fly.

In this post we’ll look at how you can enjoy the best of both worlds: miles and discounts.

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Miles or discounts?

If the question is which card gives the most miles, period, then we can end the post here because the answer is pretty straightforward:

Highest Miles Earning Cards for Petrol
CardEarn RateRemarks
UOB Lady’s Card6 mpd*Max. S$1K per c. month, must declare Transport as quarterly 10X category
UOB Lady’s Solitaire Card6 mpd*Max. S$3K per c. month, must declare Transport as quarterly 10X category
UOB Visa Signature4 mpd^Min. S$1K spend on petrol + contactless per s. month, max. S$2K
UOB Pref. Plat. Visa4 mpd^Max. S$1.1K per c. month, must use mobile payments
Maybank World Mastercard4 mpd 
Amaze + Citi Rewards Mastercard4 mpdMax. S$1K per s. month
C. Month= Calendar Month, S. Month= Statement Month
*Ends 31 Mar 24, after which 4 mpd
^Excludes SPC

Where it gets complicated is that the best card from a miles perspective may not necessarily be the best card from a discounts perspective.

As much as I want to maximise the miles I earn, at the end of the day it still boils down to what’s a better deal. If Chain X offers a 10% discount and 6 mpd, but Chain Y offers a 90% discount and no miles, you can bet I’m going for the latter. 

So I hope you have your value of a mile figure handy, because you’re going to need it for this post; it’s how you evaluate whether trading an X% discount for Y miles makes sense.

Two more points before we get started:

  1. I’m going to be focusing on the cards that represent a good trade-off between miles and discounts. If you’re interested in pure cashback, this isn’t the article for you. 
  2. I’m going to assume you’re pumping 92/95 grades. Petrol stations may give slightly higher discounts for premium grades like Shell V-Power or Caltex Platinum 98

Shell

Membership discount

Anyone with the free-to-use Shell Go+ app (Android | iOS) will receive a 10% discount.

Shell Go+ App10% discount
(min. S$20 spend)

Credit card discounts

BankAdditional Discount
+4%
+4%
+4%
(+7% for UOB Reserve)

Citi, HSBC and UOB cardholders receive a further 4% discount (total: 14%) at Shell.

While UOB’s T&Cs explicitly state that Shell transactions do not earn UNI$, it’s been well documented that they actually do. But since this is an unofficial featureUOB could “fix” it at any time without warning. 

CardDiscountEarn Rate
UOB Lady’s Solitaire Card14%6 mpd1 
UOB Lady’s Card14%6 mpd1 
UOB Pref. Plat. Visa14%4 mpd2
UOB Visa Signature14%4 mpd3
Amaze + Citi Rewards Mastercard10%4 mpd4
Maybank World Mastercard10%
(15% with the Corporate Fuel Card)
4 mpd
UOB Reserve17%1.6 mpd
Citi Prestige14%1.3 mpd
HSBC Visa Infinite14%1.25 mpd5
Citi PremierMiles14%1.2 mpd
1. Must select Transport as quarterly bonus category. Earn rate decreases to 4 mpd from 1 March 2024. Capped at S$1,000 per c. month (Lady’s) or S$3,000 per c. month (Lady’s Solitaire)
2. Must use mobile contactless payments. Capped at S$1,110 per c. month
3. With min. S$1,000 spend on petrol + local contactless in a s. month
4. Capped at S$1,000 per s. month
5. With min. spend of S$50K in previous membership year. If <S$50K or first year of membership, 1 mpd

SPC

Membership discount

All SPC&U Cardholders receive a 10% discount.

SPC&U Card10% discount

Credit card discounts

BankAdditional Discount
+11%
+5%
+5%
(+S$3 off every S$51 nett petrol purchase till 31 Mar 24)

American Express cardholders enjoy a further discount of 11% (total: 21%) at SPC, broken down as follows:

  • 10% SPC&U card discount
  • 5% AMEX discount
  • 7.1% statement credit on final charge amount (registration required, capped at S$120 per card)

Do note that American Express cards will not earn any miles on SPC transactions, however.

DBS and UOB cardholders enjoy a further 5% discount (total: 15%) at SPC, with UOB cardholders receiving a further S$3 off every S$51 nett purchase (i.e. after all station discounts and coupons are deducted).

SPC transactions are explicitly excluded from earning rewards with UOB cards, but like Shell, it’s different in practice. The latest data points I have suggest that the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa and UOB Visa Signature will not earn miles for SPC, but the UOB Lady’s Cards will.

CardDiscountEarn Rate
UOB Lady’s Solitaire Card15%6 mpd1 
UOB Lady’s Card15%6 mpd1
Amaze + Citi Rewards Mastercard10%4 mpd2
Maybank World Mastercard10%4 mpd
DBS Insignia15%1.6 mpd
DBS Vantage15%1.5 mpd
DBS Altitude Card15%1.3 mpd
1. Must select Transport as quarterly bonus category. Earn rate decreases to 4 mpd from 1 March 2024. Capped at S$1,000 per c. month (Lady’s) or S$3,000 per c. month (Lady’s Solitaire)
2. Capped at S$1,000 per s. month

Esso

Membership discount

All Esso Smiles Cardholders receive a 10% discount.

Esso Smiles Card10% discount

Credit card discounts

BankAdditional Discount
+4%
+4%
(+8% for Insignia and Vantage)
+4%

Citibank, DBS and OCBC cardholders receive a further 4% discount at Esso (total: 14%). DBS Insignia and DBS Vantage Cards receive a further 8% discount (total: 18%).

Drivers who pump the premium Synergy Supreme+ grade will be eligible to double dip on KrisFlyer miles and Esso Smiles points, earning the equivalent of 2 mpd on top of credit card miles. Registration is required, and can be done via this link.

CardDiscountEarn Rate
UOB Lady’s Solitaire Card10%6 mpd1 
UOB Lady’s Card10%6 mpd1
Amaze + Citi Rewards Mastercard10%4 mpd2
UOB Pref. Plat. Visa10%4 mpd3
UOB Visa Signature10%4 mpd4
Maybank World Mastercard10%4 mpd
DBS Insignia18%1.6 mpd
Citi ULTIMA14%1.6 mpd
OCBC VOYAGE
(Premier, PPC, BOS)
14%1.6 mpd
DBS Vantage18%1.5 mpd
Citi Prestige14%1.3 mpd
OCBC 90°N Cards14%1.3 mpd
OCBC VOYAGE14%1.3 mpd
DBS Altitude Card14%1.3 mpd
Citi PremierMiles 14%1.2 mpd
1. Must select Transport as quarterly bonus category. Earn rate decreases to 4 mpd from 1 March 2024. Capped at S$1,000 per c. month (Lady’s) or S$3,000 per c. month (Lady’s Solitaire)
2. Capped at S$1,000 per s. month
3. Must use mobile contactless payments. Capped at S$1,110 per c. month
4. With min. S$1,000 spend on petrol + local contactless in a s. month

Caltex

Membership discount

CaltexGO app14% discount

The free-to-use CaltexGo app (Android | iOS) allows cardholders to pay for petrol without entering the station, and the default discount for CaltexGo users is 14% with any Visa or Mastercard credit/debit card. 

Caltex scrapped its in-house loyalty program in 2016 in favour of Plus! by NTUC Link.

  • Motorists earn 2 LinkPoints per litre of fuel purchased
  • 100 LinkPoints can be redeemed for S$1, or converted to Asia Miles at a rate of 290 LinkPoints= 110 Asia Miles (equivalent to an extra 0.76 miles per litre)

Credit card discounts

BankAdditional Discount
+2%
+4%
(+5% for VOYAGE, Premier Visa Infinite)
+2%
(+3% for Visa Infinite)

HSBC and Standard Chartered cards enjoy an additional 2% discount (total: 16%) when paying with the CaltexGo app. The discount increases to 3% (total: 17%) when paying with the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite.

OCBC cards enjoy an additional 4% discount (total: 18%), while OCBC VOYAGE and OCBC Premier Visa Infinite cards will enjoy an additional 5% discount (total: 19%). 

CardDiscountEarn Rate
UOB Lady’s Solitaire Card14% 6 mpd1
UOB Lady’s Card14% 
6 mpd1
UOB Pref. Plat. Visa14% 4 mpd2
UOB Visa Signature14%
4 mpd3
Maybank World Mastercard14% 4 mpd
OCBC VOYAGE
(Premier, PPC, BOS)
19%
1.6 mpd
SCB Visa Infinite17%1.4 mpd4
OCBC 90°N Card
18%
(Pay via CaltexGo)
1.3 mpd
OCBC VOYAGE19%
1.3 mpd
HSBC Visa Infinite16%1.25 mpd5
SC Journey Card16%1.2 mpd
1. Must select Transport as quarterly bonus category. Earn rate decreases to 4 mpd from 1 March 2024. Capped at S$1,000 per c. month (Lady’s) or S$3,000 per c. month (Lady’s Solitaire)
2. Must use mobile contactless payments. Capped at S$1,110 per c. month
3. With min. S$1,000 spend on petrol + local contactless in a s. month
4. ≥S$2K spend per statement month, otherwise 1 mpd
5. With min. spend of S$50K in previous membership year. If <S$50K or first year of membership, 1 mpd

Sinopec

Membership discount

Sinopec has its own loyalty card called the X Card, which isn’t so much a discount programme as it is a rewards one. Members earn 1-1.5 points per litre pumped, and every 90 points gives you S$3 off petrol. 

Credit card discounts

Sinopec keeps things very straightforward by running periodic 23% off discounts, valid for all grades of petrol, and all payment methods. This discount may not be available at all of its three stations though, so be sure to consult the Sinopec Facebook page for the latest details.

CardDiscountEarn Rate
UOB Lady’s Solitaire CardUp to 23% 6 mpd1
UOB Lady’s CardUp to 23% 6 mpd1
Amaze + Citi Rewards MastercardUp to 23% 4 mpd2
UOB Pref. Plat. VisaUp to 23% 4 mpd3
UOB Visa SignatureUp to 23% 4 mpd4
Maybank World MastercardUp to 23% 4 mpd
1. Must select Transport as quarterly bonus category. Earn rate decreases to 4 mpd from 1 March 2024. Capped at S$1,000 per c. month (Lady’s) or S$3,000 per c. month (Lady’s Solitaire)
2. Capped at S$1,000 per s. month
3. Must use mobile contactless payments. Capped at S$1,110 per c. month
4. With min. S$1,000 spend on petrol + local contactless in a s. month

Conclusion

Petrol transactions in Singapore are a confusing mix of discount schemes, but my overall strategy is to stick to Shell and Sinopec and use my UOB Lady’s Card or UOB Preferred Platinum Visa. 

As always, you need to have your value of a mile figure in mind so you can weigh whether the incremental miles justify any loss in discount.

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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Phoebe

Forgotten about UOB ladies card?

Russell

The FAQ for uob/SPC promo states that “No UNI$ or SMART$ will be awarded on your UOB card for any spend at SPC, unless otherwise stated for any respective UOB card entitled privileges.”

Based on this UOB ppv should earn 4mpd if you paywave at SPC

S

Amex cashback card is excluded from the T&C changes in March, so using that card offers effectively another 1+% rebate, bringing the total rebate to 22+%. Sinopec (especially with PPV) is still better for now, but this isn’t far behind.

Jack

SCB Visa Infinite gives additional 10.8% ($200 cap) if >$600 monthly spend. So if you spend >$2000, you will get 1.4mpd and ~25% discount. If you spend $600-1999, then 1mpd and ~25% discount. If you spend below $600, then 1mpd and 16% discount.

Adam

For Caltex, it would be good to include the miles that you can earn should you convert your Linkpoints to miles (I believe Linkpoints has a tie up with Asia Miles)

Adam

The math:
440 Linkpoints converts to 110 Asia Miles (4:1)
1 litre of Caltex fuel earns 3 linkpoints.

Therefore, 1 litre of Caltex fuel earns 0.75 miles.

ken lee

SPC x UOB

can get up to 20% on a normal VISA/MC UOB card ( but no miles 🙁 )

S$3 off is only applicable with every gross S$60 spend (or S$51 nett after all station discount and/or coupons are deducted from the gross amount), for payment made with UOB Visa, MasterCard or UnionPay Credit/Debit Cards only.

https://www.uob.com.sg/personal/cards/cards-privileges/fuel-power/spc.page

YH

UOB one card with Shell 20.88%

Harin

For SPC, doesn’t the POSB Everyday card give the best discount. Have been using it for ages, and don’t know whether I am still mechanically flipping out the card without checking the discount anymore.

Adam

20.1%, inferior to Amex in that aspect.

Kev

Believe you are referring to the AMEX Capitastar card?

Ely

13% + 3% at Caltex for Favepay, link it to Grab and it’ll open other options like CRV or UOB One for Caltex.

https://www.caltex.com/sg/motorists/rewards-and-offers/promotions/favepay-caltex.html

MG

Don’t bother with miles with petrol. Just go for the cheapest based on your CC discount

Bunny

Juat to confirm, does UOB krisflyer card get miles or SMART points at SPC?

Yiwei

I am pretty sure I earn UNI$ for SPC transaction back in January this year. Just make sure you choose transport as the category.
UOB no longer lists SPC as smart$ merchant?

Joan

Hi Aaron, will this be updated soon?

r k

Hi Aaron, found out recently that Grabpay option allows for 16% discount. Not the best payment method to use out there right now but this can be combined with the 0.9mpd for Amex HF or 1mpd topup for Amex cards going on now.

More info: https://www.caltex.com/sg/motorists/rewards-and-offers/promotions/grabpay-caltexgo.html

Abc

Don’t forget cashback cards, where cashback is still given and points or miles aren’t. Eg smart$ and spc transactions still count towards uob one spend targets, and amex true cashback still earns 1.5% cashback at spc.

AWe

HSBC Revo don’t enjoy 4mpd at Sinopec? Contactless …

Gee

I seem to recall being told at Esso? that using contactless payments will cause credit cards discounts not to register. Does anyone know if this is true at Esso, or any of the other brands?

Richard

Yes, I have been told numerous times by the Esso station staff. Was asked to pay with physical card instead of mobile contactless option. This needs to be investigated further and the impact on discounts/miles updated on this article

A. Low

Shell no longer earns Smart$. Does that mean UOB PPV is now available to earn 14% + 4MPD at Shell?

Stajin

Its too confusing lol.
Which card gives you best on-site upfront discount for shell petrol station ignoring miles points?

I find this the easiest. So many card with cash back or miles have so many rules on min monthly spend etc.

Just looking for the easiest instant on the spot discount for shell. Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance
Stajin

Jo A

Will this article be updated? 🙂

Mike

What about Amaze + WWMC at Sinopec during their regular 23% discounts? Able to get 4 mpd?

Denny

Yes.

Anon

Would the credit card xtra discount be applied if you’re using mobile payment? I.e. UOB card through Google pay.

Anon

ahh ok. Though must be physical card present for the 5% to kick in (at least for SPC since it is not manually entered by the cashier but through a tap on the POS).

Curious Bald Guy

How about overseas petrol stations? Only VS and Amaze? How PPV?

Adam

If you’re overseas best to use Amaze + CRMC (or Lady’s, possibly) to save on FX fees,

MonteCarloMarkovChain

DBS Vantage gives 18% off at Esso and earns 1.5 mpd

Patrick

Amex highflier is the best card ever. A pity only $30,000 a year

Chris

FYI DBS Vantage Card gives 1.5 MPD + up to 19% petrol discounts at Esso.

LSD

Does applying for the MayBank Shell Corporate card and then linking it to the Maybank world master card provides the best of both world of discount of 15% and 4mpd?

Last edited 1 year ago by LSD
Sam

Can update the OCBC N90 MC to 1.3 mpd

Asam

Hi, how would you get 10% discount + 4mpd with Amaze + Citi combo? Because Amaze technically is not a Citi branded card?
Thx

Ronald

Are petrol usually considered as “Utilities”?

TY 123

Anybody had issues adding amaze card to caltex go? Order keeps decline during the verification stage

Tony

Thanks for your kind work. I always refer to your articles to work out the best way to use the various CCs. In general, I go for more discount rather than miles for petrol as it is money saving upfront and with CCs shifting T&Cs, things can fall into the gap.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tony

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