This post was updated on 24 May 2018 to include updated information.
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Since we wrote three weeks ago about an awesome credit card promotion that we are currently collaborating with SingSaver on, I have received a handful of messages from friends asking me on which are the best credit card(s) that they should apply for.
Within the personal finance community of writers, I considered myself one of the weakest when it comes to credit cards hacks. Fellow writers like MileLion, SG Budget Babe and Cheerful Egg are much more knowledgeable when it comes to how you can use your credit cards in the smartest possible ways.
I prefer to think of the credit cards that I own as part of a team of credit cards designed to collectively give me the most benefits based on my lifestyle. At the same time, I do not want to be worried in having to track and meet minimum spend each month on my cards in order to extract all the benefits.
You do not need to agree with the cards that I am using. In fact, if you know your credit cards well, there is a good chance you can find a better combination compared to what I am using.
Firstly, You Should Have More Than One Credit Card
To start off, I think you should aim to have more than one credit card. If possible, get a card each from Visa, Mastercard and American Express. That’s because all of these companies roll out different kinds of promotions so having one of each will ensure that you always qualify for any promotions that are tied to each of these companies.
Here are the five cards that I currently own, and how I use each one of them.
# 1 OCBC 365
Purpose: Daily Essentials
I applied for the OCBC 365 when I first opened my 360 Account. The reason is simple; ensure that I hit the minimum spend of $500 each month on OCBC credit cards in order to enjoy the bonus interest on my 360 Account.
Even on its own, the OCBC 365 is a pretty powerful cashback card. Here’s a quick look at the benefits it offers.
The OCBC 365 is basically the main card when it comes to household essentials. All these spending is charged to the card. On an average month, if we spend about $1,000 as a family, we can expect a cash rebate of about $30 to $40.
# 2 OCBC Frank Card
Though OCBC likes to market the Frank as a card meant for young adult, I will be frank (pun intended) in saying that it’s only in my wallet for two (good) reasons.
Firstly, it is my ez-link card and I use it for daily public transport. The second reason is that you can use it to tap for your parking fee as you exit from a carpark gantry. This has save me on occasions where I didn’t have enough money in my cashcard. I basically treat it (for now) as my main transport card.
Purpose: Big-Ticket Item
While the two OCBC cards are useful for daily and monthly expenses, the Citibank Premier Miles Card is my preferred choice when it comes to big-ticket spending. These include the purchase of electronics, medical bills, flights and accommodation.
In addition, the Citibank Premier Miles comes with two lounge access pass each year, suitable for us to start our annual holiday trip in comfort. The miles accumulated do not expire, which is another big advantage.
Purpose: Cash Rebate
The Standard Chartered Unlimited is the card I used whenever I am unsure of how much cash rebate my OCBC 365 will earn me. For example, if I were to pay for concert tickets or purchase toys, I will use the Standard Chartered Unlimited card. The advantage that the Standard Chartered Unlimited card also gives is that there is no minimum amount you need to spend in order to enjoy the 1.5% cashback.
Purpose: Business Related Expenses
When it comes to differentiating between personal and business-related expenses, I don’t take the time to differentiate between the two well. What usually happened in the past is that a lot of my business-related expenses ended up being paid by me personally because I do not always remember to claim them.
To keep things easier, I now charge all my business-related expenses to my American Express Krisflyer Card, which is now my designated business-related expense credit card. This allows me to accumulate more miles as an individual, on top of what I also enjoy from my Citi Premier Miles Card.
If you are someone who accumulate a fair amount of work-related expenses each month, it may be a convenient solution to simply designate one credit card for all your work expenses. This makes it much easier when it comes to claiming.
Apply for The Suitable Credit Cards That You Need
Most people always aim to apply for the “best credit card”. For me, the definition of “best” is what makes the most sense, based on what you already have, and your current lifestyle.
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Exclusive Promotion Through SingSaver – For Standard Chartered, Citibank & American Express Till 31 May 2018
If you are looking to sign up for any Standard Chartered, American Express or Citibank cards, SingSaver has an exclusive promotion for a limited time till 31 May 2018
For every successful Citibank Card sign up (New Citi Customers Only), you will receive $150 in cash from SingSaver (Yes, that’s right, cash!) and up to $120 cashback from the bank.
For every successful Standard Chartered Card sign up, you will receive $150 in cash from SingSaver (Yes, that’s right, cash!) and up to $120 cashback from the bank.
For every successful American Express sign up, you will receive $100 in cash from SingSaver.
The cash rewards are given by SingSaver, and are on top of any existing promotions that may also be offered by the banks issuing the credit cards.
We are sorry if you read this article after 31 May 2018. We will update this post again if there are any further promotions.
How To Apply For These Cards
If you want to find out what’s the full list of credit card promotions that SingSaver is offering for the month of May 2018, you can check it out on their website here.
For easy reference, here’s a quick summary.
Citibank Credit Cards (New Citi Customers Only) – $150 Cash (yes, cash!) and up to $120 Cashback
- Citi Cashback
- Citi PremierMiles
- Citi Reward
- Citi SMRT Card
Standard Chartered Credit Cards – $150 Cash (yes, cash!) and up to $120 Cashback
- Standard Chartered Unlimited Card
- Standard Chartered Spree Card
- Standard Chartered Visa Infinite
American Express – $100 Cash
- American Express Singapore Airline Krisflyer Card
- American Express True Cashback Card
- American Express Krisflyer Ascend Card
- American Express Capitacard
2. You will land on the SingSaver landing page.
3. Once you click apply on one of the selected credit cards with the promotion, you will be brought to a page to fill up your name and email before you are directed to the bank’s application page. It’s important that you fill this page up before heading to the bank’s application page. Otherwise, it will not show that you applied through SingSaver.
4. Complete the bank credit card application form. Separately, you will receive an email from SingSaver for your next step.
– provide bank application ref. no
– or provide approval letter screenshot
– or no further action needed
This promotion ends on 31 May 2018.
For any further questions or clarification, you can email Singsaver at [email protected]
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