Singaporeans are always on the look out for the best cashback credit card to optimise their card spend. But many cashback cards have a minimum spend criteria and there’s only so much shopping, dining or travelling you can spend on each month. Plus there are a number of big payments you can’t pay with your credit card, such as rent, insurance premiums or school fees. It is often frustrating to the cardholder that they can’t earn cashback on these big bills – but CardUp’s here to help!
If you have been sceptical about signing up for CardUp and aren’t sure if the 2.6% fee is worth it, read on to see how someone who’s paying monthly expenses of over $3,200 can save nearly $700 on his rent, insurance and parking payment annually! But first, let us introduce 4 of the best cashback credit cards that work well with your CardUp spend.
1. UOB ONE Card
Already known as one of the best cashback credit cards in the market, it has a 3-tier spend system that rewards 3 levels of cashback to the cardholder.
Based on a spend of S$500 or S$1,000 monthly made over 5 or more purchases, cardholders enjoy up to 3.33% cashback for each qualifying quarter. This gives a quarterly cashback amount of S$50 or S$100 respectively. Those who spend $2,000 a month made over 5 or more purchases enjoy a maximum of 5% cashback for each qualifying quarter, giving a quarterly cashback amount of S$300.
While the various levels of cashback might be confusing to some, it can be extremely useful for those who need to pay a large bill on a monthly basis and have no problems meeting the minimum spend to earn the maximum amount of cashback.
2. Bank of China Family Card
An often overlooked cashback card locally is the Bank of China Family card. It’s a great cashback card for everyday spend because it offers a rather high percentage of cashback compared to other cards in the market.
For a start, foodies will love this card because you get to enjoy 7% cashback on dining everyday of the week. You also get a nice 3% cashback on online purchases such as CardUp payments, supermarket spend and even hospital bills!
3. Maybank Platinum Visa Card
With up to 3.33% cashback on local purchases including CardUp payments, the cashback earned will automatically be used to offset your bill. Similar to the UOB ONE Card, the minimum monthly spend and cashback given is on a quarterly basis. Simply charge a minimum of S$300 monthly for each quarter to qualify.
4. Standard Chartered MANHATTAN World Mastercard Card
This card is suitable for those with large monthly expenses. With 3 cashback tiers capped at S$200 per quarter, you can get up to S$800 in cashback a year with no minimum spend required. Here’s how the 3 tiers work: 3% cashback when you spend S$3,000 or more a month, 1% cashback when you spend between S$1,000 and S$2,999 a month and 0.5% cashback when you spend below S$1,000 a month.
How to optimise your cashback with CardUp
By signing up with CardUp, you can start earning cashback on all your monthly expenses such as rent and insurance premiums by making these payments through our platform. Your payee doesn’t even need to sign up with us or accept credit card payments. Yes, it’s that easy!
Let’s take a look at an example to show how much you stand to gain with CardUp:
Damien has a rent payment of $1,950 per month which he usually pays via bank transfer. In addition he pays his $793 monthly insurance premiums by GIRO as his insurer doesn’t accept credit card payments. He also incurs office season parking and other expenses of close to $500 each month which he pays by cheque. By using CardUp and splitting his payments onto 3 cashback credit cards, he can earn cashback of almost $700 annually.
|Monthly payment||Monthly Cardup fee (2.6%)||Monthly cashback||Annual cashback||Net gain per year|
|UOB One Card||$1,950||$50.70 ($608 per year)||$100 ($300 per quarter)||$1,200*||$1,200 - $608 = $591|
|BOC Family Card||$1,000||$26 ($312 per year)||$30 (Capped at $30 monthly)||$360||$360 - $312 = $48|
|Maybank Platinum Visa Card||$293||$7.60 ($91 per year)||$10 ($30 per quarter)||$120||$120 - $91 = $29|
*Valid for users who meet the minimum spend requirement of 5 or more purchases on the UOB ONE Card
Even after deducting the CardUp fee, Damien saves almost $700 per year just by paying his rent, insurance premiums and season parking via CardUp! That’s a hefty amount of savings, isn’t it? So stop hesitating and start using CardUp to get more out of your cashback credit cards now!
The information above is correct as of 1 June 2019. For cards not listed here, please note that only the base earn rate of cashback applies. The rate of cashback and rewards earned is at the discretion of the card issuing bank and card terms can change at any time. CardUp makes no warranties that the example given will be reliable, complete or kept up-to-date at all times, and shall not be liable in respect thereof.