There's only a couple more days left to take advantage of the DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card Online Sign-up Promotion! All you have to do is sign up for the credit card online and spend S$800 from the date of approval (or 31 October 2015 - whichever is earlier) to earn up to 14,400 Miles! Here's why you should definitely sign up for the DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card over the next couple of days:
1. Earn up to 18 Miles per S$1 (for the first S$800) - Ended on 30 September 2015
Earning 14,400 miles on S$800 spend will net you 18 miles per S$1 - essentially one of the highest earning rates in Singapore. This is obviously just a one-off promotion but it is something that you can definitely take advantage of. Also, do note that the bonus miles (in DBS Points) will be credited into the cardholder's account within 90 days after the Card has been approved.
2. 3 Miles per S$1 on all online Flight and Hotel transactions
If you book flights and hotels online a lot, the DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card will give you 3 miles per S$1 for the first S$10,000 spent each month. This also applies to Online Travel Agents like Zuji and Agoda.
3. Two Complimentary Priority Pass Visits per Year
It has recently been clarified by DBS that the Priority Passes can be utilised for the cardholder and an accompanying guest. Lounge access in the airport can be useful before the start of a nice vacation to grab a quick bite or a drink (alcoholic or otherwise) for free. Do note that an accompanying guest will count towards the number of free entries each year (i.e. entering an airport lounge with a guest will count as two visits).
4. It may be better than the Citi PremierMiles Visa (or AmEx) Card
The DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card gives the same base earning rate as the competition - Citi PremierMiles Visa (or AmEx) Card - 2 miles for foreign currency and 1.2 miles for local currency spend per S$1. Additionally, both cards give two complimentary Priority Pass visits per year (if you do hold both cards, you will end up with four). The DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card stands out if you spend quite a bit online on travel and hotels (3 miles per S$1) and it also offers a pretty amazing 12,000 bonus miles signing bonus for a mere S$800 spend.
5. It's Free Anyway!
Well, for the first year at least, you will get a free fee waiver but on subsequent years, an annual fee of S$192.60 for Principal Card will apply. Paying the annual fee will however give you 10,000 miles (or 5,000 DBS Points) which may not necessarily be a bad deal for mile chasers. If your annual spend exceeds S$25,000, the annual fee will be waived.
The ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card was one of my favourite credit cards in Singapore when I first starting working - it once offered complimentary and unlimited lounge access, limousine transfer after spending a reasonable amount and paying the annual fees (S$200) for 10,000 miles seem to be pretty reasonable. Starting from 01 April 2017 however, the ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card will no longer offer lounge access (yes not even the horrible DragonPass Airport lounge access) and there will no longer be anymore renewal miles when you pay the annual fee - how is this even a travel card anymore?!
When I wrote about the OCBC VOYAGE Card last month, I mentioned that cardholders will have access to a dedicated concierge that can assist you in making restaurant reservations, travel itinerary planning and also provide to you a range of other services (so long it is legal!) that cardholders like myself can enjoy. One of the feedback that I have gotten from that article was that the Visa Infinite brand itself has a concierge that cardholders can benefit from - as such, I felt the desperate need to basically compare both the Visa Infinite Concierge and the VOYAGE Exchange (private concierge service for OCBC VOYAGE Card) to find out whether or not the higher annual fee (after factoring in the value of renewal miles) is justified.
I have written a number of articles on which credit card to get in Singapore in order to maximise miles accrual and I have always deliberately excluded the HSBC Advance Visa Platinum Credit Card because of the conditions required to get this card (it is not just about the annual income requirement). More importantly, the 10X HSBC Rewards Points promotion was supposed to end last year but it has been extended until 31 March 2017.
Having the right credit card in Singapore is extremely important if you travel quite a bit - it can help you rake up significant miles which you can use for free premium cabin travel and some of the credit cards actually have tangible travel benefits like free airport lounge access and limousine transfer amongst other things. There are two main types of credit cards in Singapore that offer complimentary airport lounge access - one requires a minimum spend and one does not. Check out my summary of credit cards in Singapore that offer complimentary lounge access below!
The OCBC VOYAGE Card allows you to earn up to 2.3 VOYAGE Miles (redeemable for KrisFlyer Miles) per S$1 and it offers some pretty impressive benefits like a personal concierge service, unlimited access to Plaza Premium Lounges and other Visa Infinite perks. Is this card worth its S$488 annual fee? Find out everything you need to know about maximising the benefits on the OCBC VOYAGE Card.
If you have seen my complete list of credit card renewal miles in Singapore, you would have noticed that the UOB Reserve Card offers 100,000 renewal miles each year. One of the ways to get invited for this exclusive credit card is to be a UOB Privilege Reserve Client with S$2,000,000 in deposits/investments with the bank. Not much is known about this card until now - find out what the benefits of this ultra-elite card is.
The Citi Rewards Card is one of the best Singapore credit card (in my opinion) to have in 2017. When you charge the right type of transaction to this credit card, you can earn up to 10X Citi Dollars (equivalent to 4 miles per S$1). While there are ways to verify whether or not a transaction will earn you 10X points thanks for crowd-sourcing, I recently realised that you can check on the number of points awarded per transaction (after it has been posted) which really helps to verify and mitigate some risk in those large purchases.
There are no lack of elite credit cards in the Singapore market but let's face it - the regular one for the masses are the ones with the best benefits in terms of mile accrual. Of course there are some exceptions (i.e. using a Centurion Card on EXTRA Partners) but most of the best cards for mile accrual in Singapore are credit cards that most working Singaporean adult can qualify for. With that being said, there may be instances where people cannot qualify for the credit card they want and there may be many different reasons like bad credit score or insufficient annual income. One way around this is to apply for a secured credit card instead as this will provide you access to a card you really want (even if you do not meet the general criteria for it!).
If you saw my article last week on the credit cards to get in 2017, you would have (and should have!) noticed a new addition - the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card. Let's be honest here, OCBC has not been on the list of credit cards to get (for mile accrual) in the last couple of years. So when I found out that the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card now gives up to 10X OCBC$ (which translates into 4 miles per dollar), I had to check it out for myself. My conclusion? This could very well be OCBC's best credit card in the market right now for mile chasers.
As 2016 comes to an end, it is important to look ahead in the new year and plan for your mileage accrual (and redemption!) next year. Miles are worth a lot - especially when you use them wisely and redeem them in premium cabin classes. Obviously, there are people in the market that prefers cash backs over miles for instant gratification and sometimes I feel like no amount of convincing can sway them over but in all honestly, we need them. We can't have the whole Singapore fighting to redeem those premium cabin seats all at once! So here it is, the list of the best credit cards in Singapore to get in order to earn maximum miles.