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Local General Spending
Foreign Currency Spending
Air Tickets
CardUp
Charitable Donations
Dining
Education
Grab/gojek/Ryde/TADA
Groceries
Hotels
Insurance
Online transactions
Paywave
Petrol
Public Transportation
Shopping (offline)
Telcos
Utilities
Advertising

[Last updated: 1 Jan 2020]

Local General Spending

BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard

1.5 mpd

UOB PRVI Miles (All variants)

1.4 mpd

SCB Visa Infinite

1.4 mpd, min $2K overall spend per statement cycle (otherwise 1 mpd)

Citi Prestige

1.3 mpd (up to 0.06/0.12 mpd relationship bonus for non-Citigold/Citigold customers)

HSBC Visa Infinite

1.25 mpd (1 mpd if first year or if previous year spending <$50K)

OCBC 90°N Card

1.2 mpd

SCB X Card

1.2 mpd

DBS Altitude (all variants)

1.2 mpd

OCBC VOYAGE

1.2 mpd (Premier & Private banking versions earn 1.6 mpd)

KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card 

1.2 mpd

Citi PremierMiles Visa

1.2 mpd

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

1.2 mpd

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

1.1 mpd

Foreign Currency Spending

OCBC 90°N Card

4 mpd until 29 Feb 20. 2.1 mpd after


UOB Visa Signature

4 mpd, if payment processing done outside of Singapore, min $1K max $2K foreign currency spending per statement cycle

SCB Visa Infinite

3 mpd, min $2K overall spend per statement cycle (otherwise 1 mpd)

BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard

3 mpd, if payment processing done outside of Singapore 

SCB Rewards+

2.9 mpd, capped at $2,222 of foreign currency spending a year

UOB PRVI Miles (All variants)

2.4 mpd, if payment processing done outside of Singapore 


DBS Treasures AMEX

2.4 mpd

OCBC VOYAGE

2.3 mpd

HSBC Visa Infinite

2.25 mpd (2 mpd if first year or if previous year spending <$50K)

DBS Altitude (All variants)

2 mpd

Citi PremierMiles Visa

2 mpd

SCB X Card

2 mpd

Citi Prestige

2 mpd (up to 0.06/0.12 mpd relationship bonus for non-Citigold/Citigold customers)

Maybank Horizon Visa Signature
2 mpd, min $300 total card spending in a month

Air Tickets

UOB PRVI Miles (All variants)

6 mpd for selected airline bookings on Expedia and UOB Travel. List subject to change, refer to website for latest. Capped at $3K spend till 31 Dec 20 (UOB Travel), 30 Apr 20 (Expedia). Details here

OCBC 90°N Card

4 mpd on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot, AirAsia and Jetstar, until 29 Feb 20


UOB Visa Signature

4 mpd if charged in foreign currency and payment processing done outside of Singapore (e.g booking United Airlines domestic USA tickets on United Airlines US website). Min $1K max $2K per statement period

UOB Lady’s Card & UOB Lady’s Solitaire

4 mpd, capped at $1K per month for Lady’s Card and $3K per month for Lady’s Solitaire. Travel must be chosen as your bonus category at the start of each quarter. Lady’s Card gets one bonus category, Lady’s Solitaire gets two bonus categories


DBS Woman’s World Card

4 mpd, limit $2K per month 

DBS Altitude (All variants)

6 mpd on Expedia (until 31 Mar 20), otherwise 3 mpd, limit $5K per month

BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard

3 mpd, if in foreign currency and payment processing done outside of Singapore 

KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card

3 mpd on SIA-related transactions (Scoot, SilkAir, Singapore Air)

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

2 mpd on SIA-related transactions (excluding Scoot)

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

2 mpd on SIA-related transactions (excluding Scoot)

Maybank Horizon Visa Signature
2 mpd, min $300 total card spending in a month

AMEX Platinum Charge

1.95 mpd on Singapore Air, SilkAir, and Scoot tickets purchased through website or Platinum concierge

CardUp

Any general spending card will earn miles with CardUp. CardUp keeps an up-to-date list here, a copy of which is shown below. 

  • American Express® Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card
  • American Express® Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card
  • American Express® Singapore Airlines PPS Club Credit Card
  • American Express® Singapore Airlines Solitaire PPS Club Credit Card
  • Bank of China Elite Miles World Mastercard
  • Citi PremierMiles Visa Card
  • Citi PremierMiles American Express Card
  • Citi Prestige Card
  • Citi ULTIMA Card
  • DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card
  • DBS Altitude American Express Card
  • DBS Insignia Visa Infinite Card
  • DBS Treasures Black Elite American Express Card
  • HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card
  • OCBC Voyage Card
  • OCBC 90ºN Card
  • Standard Chartered Priority Banking Visa Infinite Credit Card
  • Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card
  • Standard Chartered Visa Infinite X Credit Card
  • UOB PRVI Miles Mastercard
  • UOB PRVI Miles Visa Card
  • UOB PRVI Miles American Express Card
  • UOB Reserve Card
  • UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card
  • KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card

Spending on CardUp is treated the same as any other spending.  In other words, it will count towards sign up bonuses (with the exception of the X Card and UOB PRVI Miles), as well as spending requirements to trigger bonus miles (e.g. SCB Visa Infinite’s $2K spending requirement to unlock 1.4/3.0 mpd on local/overseas spending).

If this is your first payment with CardUp, use the code MILELION to get $20 off a $1,000 minimum payment. Alternatively, you can use the code SAVERENT19 to enjoy a 1.9% discounted rate on rental payments (for rental payments due by 30 Jun 20, max one payment a month, Visa/Mastercard only) 

 Charitable Donations

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

1.2 mpd

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

1.1 mpd

Dining


UOB Preferred Platinum AMEX

4 mpd, capped at $6K per calendar year. No longer available for application

UOB Lady’s Card & UOB Lady’s Solitaire

4 mpd, capped at $1K per month for Lady’s Card and $3K per month for Lady’s Solitaire. Dining must be chosen as your bonus category at the start of each quarter. Lady’s Card gets one bonus category, Lady’s Solitaire gets two bonus categories


Maybank World Mastercard

4 mpd at selected Paradise Group, Imperial Treasure, RWS and Les Amis restaurants

Maybank Horizon Visa Signature
3.2 mpd, min $300 total card spending in a month. Local dining only. 
KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card 3 mpd, min $500 spend on SIA-related transactions in a membership year. Bonus miles credited 2 months after the card anniversary

HSBC Revolution
2 mpd

OCBC VOYAGE
1.6 mpd

Education/tuition fee payments


HSBC Revolution
2 mpd, if paid online

BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard

1.5 mpd

SCB Visa Infinite

1.4 mpd, min $2K overall spend per statement cycle (otherwise 1 mpd)

HSBC Visa Infinite

1.25 mpd (1 mpd if previous year spending <$50K or first year)

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

1.2 mpd

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

1.1 mpd

Grab/gojek/Ryde/TADA (rides only, does not include top-ups unless otherwise stated)

DBS Woman’s World Card

4 mpd, limit $2K per month

UOB Lady’s Card & UOB Lady’s Solitaire

4 mpd, capped at $1K per month for Lady’s Card and $3K per month for Lady’s Solitaire. Transport category must be chosen as your bonus category at the start of each quarter. Lady’s Card gets one bonus category, Lady’s Solitaire gets two bonus categories. 

Citi Rewards Visa

4 mpd, limit $1K per statement month. GrabPay top ups not officially included, but numerous reports of 4 mpd being awarded

Maybank Horizon Visa Signature
3.2 mpd on Grab and taxis, min $300 total card spending in a month. 

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

3.2 mpd, capped at $200/month. Includes GrabPay top up (until 1 Mar 2020)

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

3.1 mpd, capped at $200/month. Includes GrabPay top up (until 1 Mar 2020)

KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card

3 mpd (with min $500 spend on SIA-related transactions in a year). Also includes general taxi rides. Bonus miles credited 2 months after the card anniversary


HSBC Revolution

2 mpd. Includes first $200 of GrabPay top up. Anecdotal reports that you can earn 2 mpd on >$200.

Groceries/Supermarket

UOB Lady’s Card & UOB Lady’s Solitaire

4 mpd, capped at $1K per month for Lady’s Card and $3K per month for Lady’s Solitaire. Family must be chosen as your bonus category at the start of each quarter. Lady’s Card gets one bonus category, Lady’s Solitaire gets two bonus categories. Does not apply at Cold Storage, Giant, Jasons (SMART$ merchants)

POSB PAssion Debit Card

2.6 mpd with min S$400 spend on anything in a month. Capped at S$1,250 of grocery expenditure. Valid at Cold Storage, Giant, Jasons and Market Place
If PayWave is accepted (NTUC/Sheng Siong), refer to PayWave section

Hotels (online)

Citi PremierMiles Visa

7 mpd on Agoda, 3 mpd on Expedia

DBS Altitude (All variants)

10 mpd on Kaligo, 6 mpd on Expedia, 3 mpd for other hotels, limit $5K per month. Only works if your reservation is fully prepaid online. Submitting your card info online does not guarantee the reservation is processed online 

UOB PRVI Miles (All variants)

7 mpd on Agoda, 7 mpd on Expedia, 7 mpd on UOB Travel. Caps apply, full details here

OCBC 90°N Card

8 mpd on Airbnb, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Expedia, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Agoda until 29 Feb 20

DBS Woman’s World Card

4 mpd, limit $2K per month. Only works if your reservation is fully prepaid online. Submitting your card info online does not guarantee the reservation is processed online. 

UOB Lady’s Card & UOB Lady’s Solitaire

4 mpd, capped at $1K per month for Lady’s Card and $3K per month for Lady’s Solitaire. Travel must be chosen as your bonus category at the start of each quarter. Lady’s Card gets one bonus category, Lady’s Solitaire gets two bonus categories. Transaction need not be online. 


Maybank Horizon Visa Signature

3.2 mpd for bookings made at Agoda.com/horizon. Min $300 total card spending in a month

BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard

3 mpd, if in foreign currency and payment processing done outside of Singapore 

KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card 

3 mpd for Agoda, AirBnB, Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Kaligo, Traveloka, Trip.com, UOBTravel.com (with min $500 spend on SIA-related transactions in a year). Bonus miles credited 2 months after the card anniversary 

Insurance Premiums


HSBC Revolution

2 mpd, must be paid online

BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard

1.5 mpd

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

1.2 mpd (until 1 Mar 20)

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

1.1 mpd (until 1 Mar 20)
For you to earn miles on insurance premiums, you must charge the premium directly to your card. Payments through AXS will not earn any miles. 

Online Transactions

DBS Woman’s World Card

4 mpd, limit $2K per month

Citi Rewards Visa & Citi Rewards Mastercard

4 mpd, except travel, limit $1K per statement month
OCBC Titanium Rewards 4 mpd on online shopping, limit $12K per membership year
UOB Preferred Platinum Visa 4 mpd on online shopping and entertainment, limit $1K per month

KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card

3 mpd (with min $500 spend on SIA-related transactions in a year). Bonus miles credited 2 months after the card anniversary


HSBC Revolution

2 mpd

DBS Woman’s Card

2 mpd, limit $1K per month
The definition of eligible online transactions will differ by bank. Refer to individual card T&Cs when in doubt

PayWave

UOB Preferred Platinum Visa 4 mpd, except at places which award SMART$. Limit $1K per month. Also works for Google, Apple, Samsung Pay. Applies to both local and overseas transactions.


UOB Visa Signature

4 mpd, except at places which award SMART$. Subject to min $1K max $2K combined spending on petrol and PayWave per statement cycle. Only local PayWave transactions eligible. 

Petrol


UOB Visa Signature

4 mpd, except at places which award SMART$ eg Shell. Subject to min $1K max $2K combined spending on petrol and PayWave per statement cycle


Maybank World Mastercard

4 mpd


Maybank Horizon Visa Signature

3.2 mpd, min $300 total card spending in a month

Public Transportation (Simply Go)

UOB PRVI Miles Visa & Mastercard

4.4 mpd until 28 Feb 20, capped at $80 per month. Must add card to mobile wallet and use, no bonus awarded for tapping physical card. Registration required

UOB Lady’s Card & UOB Lady’s Solitaire

4 mpd, capped at $1K per month for Lady’s Card and $3K per month for Lady’s Solitaire. Transport must be chosen as your bonus category at the start of each quarter. Lady’s Card gets one bonus category, Lady’s Solitaire gets two bonus categories


Maybank Horizon Visa Signature

3.2 mpd with min $300 spend on anything in a month

KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card

3 mpd (with min $500 spend on SIA-related transactions in a year). Bonus miles credited 2 months after the card anniversary

BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard

1.5 mpd

UOB PRVI Miles Mastercard/Visa

1.4 mpd

SCB Visa Infinite

1.4 mpd, min $2K overall spend per statement cycle (otherwise 1 mpd)

HSBC Visa Infinite

1.25 mpd (1 mpd if previous year spending <$50K or first year)

OCBC VOYAGE

1.2 mpd (Premier & Private banking versions earn 1.6 mpd)

Shopping (offline)


AMEX Platinum Charge

7.8 mpd on the first $16K spent per year at Platinum EXTRA merchants, 3.9 mpd after that 

Citi Rewards Visa & Citi Rewards Mastercard

4 mpd, limit $1K per statement month
OCBC Titanium Rewards 4 mpd, limit $12K per membership year

UOB Lady’s Card & UOB Lady’s Solitaire

4 mpd, capped at $1K per month for Lady’s Card and $3K per month for Lady’s Solitaire. Fashion must be chosen as your bonus category at the start of each quarter. Lady’s Card gets one bonus category, Lady’s Solitaire gets two bonus categories


Maybank World Mastercard

4 mpd at participating Club 21 boutiques and T Galleria by DFS Singapore

DBS Treasures AMEX

3.2 mpd with min $300 single receipt spend at participating Club 21 boutiques 
The definition of eligible shopping transactions will differ by bank. Refer to individual card T&Cs when in doubt.

Telco Bills (Singtel, Starhub, M1 etc)


DBS Woman’s World Card

4 mpd, caped at $2K per month, for Singtel bills if paid via Singtel app or online via Singtel account, for M1 bills if paid via M1 app. No points if set up as recurring credit card payment.

Citi Rewards Visa & Citi Rewards Mastercard

4 mpd, limit $1K per statement month, must be paid online or via app . No points if set up as recurring credit card payment.

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

1.2 mpd

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

1.1 mpd

Utilities


HSBC Revolution

2 mpd for online utilities payments

UOB PRVI Miles (All variants)

1.4 mpd on Keppel Electric and SP. Other providers may be possible, but not tested. 

AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

1.2 mpd for SP Utilities via app

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

1.1 mpd for SP Utilities via app

AMEX Platinum Cards

0.78 mpd for AMEX Platinum Charge, 0.69 for all others. SP Utilities only.

262 comments

  1. Hi, just called up Citibank customer service and was told that using One Bill does not award miles anymore, even though previously it did. Can anyone else confirm this?

  2. Hi,
    Can I check if the following cards will yield 4mpd for overseas usage,

    UOB PPV – Paywave/Applepay
    Citi Rewards – Fashion
    UOB Lady – Fashion and Dining

  3. Does UOB lady card gives 4mpd for grab pay top up if the category is set as transport? Because apparently when I called the bank, they say both grab top up and rides belong to the same MCC..

  4. Do you get 4mpd on payment of gym memberships (e.g. PURE, VirginActive, Barry’s etc.) online via DBS Woman’s World Card as well? Tried checking the crowdsourced spreadsheet but couldn’t find anything

    Thanks!

  5. A suggestion for the categories to be on top such that one can click on it and it goes to that category to look at the cards directly.

    Once you are at the cards, you can click go back to top and re-select another category to look at the various cards for that category.

      1. Aaron, it is really great now. At least we won’t need to keep scrolling down and sometimes we can’t remember whether which category is after or before another category.
        At least for iPhone user (not sure about android phones), we can just tap the top of the phone screen to go back up for now. Thank you

  6. Hi Aaron.. Would you know for sure? cos I read every T&C I could find on OCBC website and couldn’t find anything explicit on this.. OCBC’s 90•N card.. online purchases in foreign currency.. 4mpd during promo or not..?

  7. Pls note that uob doesn’t issue Uni$ for SPC petrol. It is stated as a foot note in the UOB fuel page.

    Bummer. As I had just switched to SPC for 3 months. Will go back to caltex at lower discount but with 4mpd.

  8. Hi Aaron thanks for the detailed list! I’ve been using my Prvi miles visa for transit and I got my 1.4 miles since June. It seems like for visa they accumulate by calendar month and award based on that and not by each transaction. I was using Prvi miles mastercard previously and also got my miles cos each transaction was higher than $5.

  9. What I figured out, there is a hidden fee for the exceptional rate of 7 or 8 MPD.
    A special link to Agoda must be used which slightly marks up the price to the normal link, plus promotions cannot be used anymore.
    Using the regular link I get a hotel for 103.- resulting in 412 Miles with the Womans card.
    Using OCBC I get the same property for 110, resulting in 880 Miles. So I pay 7 dollar for 468 additional miles which is 1.14.- cents per mile.
    There is no free lunch, Banks will always make sure they don’t make a loss. it just looks like scam to me.

  10. Hi Aaron,
    Thank you for this article. I’ve been following your blog for nearly 3 years, and shared your articles to anyone I know who’s interested in the miles games. However, this is the first time I posted a reply.
    I’d like to report that GrabPay top-up no longer earns any points on Citibank Rewards MasterCard, not even for add-hoc transactions (for my last transaction on 23 Dec 2019).
    Someone on the HWZ thread (https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/credit-cards-line-credit-facilities-243/citibank-citi-rewards-card-2959779-287.html) mentioned it was due to a recent change of GrabPay top-up MCC using MasterCard.

  11. American Express® Singapore Airlines Credit Cards

    n) Bill payments and all transactions via SingPost SAM kiosks and mobile app (with effect from 1
    March 2020);
    o) Payments to insurance companies (except payments made for insurance products purchased
    through American Express authorized channels) (with effect from 1 March 2020);
    p) Payments to Singapore Petroleum Company Limited (SPC) service stations (with effect from 1
    March 2020);
    q) Payments for the purpose of GrabPay top-ups (with effect from 1 March 2020);

  12. Do you know if Facebook ads, Google Ads and other advertising expenses etc are considered Online Shopping? What about if they are in foreign currency?

    These expenses can be very large, real quick.

    Thanks

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