In partnership with CapitaLand Mall Asia, CapitaLand, American Express has launched Singapore's only multi-mall loyalty credit card - the American Express CapitaCard. Back by CapitaLand's rewards programme CAPITASTAR, cardholders of CapitaCard will be able to enjoy the highest STAR$ earn rates in the market - these STAR$s can be redeemed for free CapitaVouchers and parking privileges in participating CapitaLand malls.
Earn Rate - 20 STAR$ per S$1 on CapitaCard (up to S$1,200 per month)
You can easily earn 20 STAR$ per S$1 when you spend at any participating CapitaLand mail retailer with your CapitaCard - you do have to scan your receipts using the CAPITASTAR app or any one of the self-service kiosks though. Since you can exchange for a S$5 CapitaVoucher with 5,000 STAR$, this is essentially a 2% rebate on your purchases (since you would have to spend at least S$250 to get a S$5 voucher).
Park for Free at CapitaLand Malls
If you spend at least S$1,200 per month on your CapitaCard, you will enjoy up to three hours of complimentary parking in each one of the participating CapitaLand mall per day. Spend at least S$1,800 per month and you will even get access to the reserved bays for privileged parking.
Welcome Bonus - 50,000 STAR$ (S$50 CapitaVoucher)
Simply get approved and spend at least S$1 to receive a welcome bonus of 20,000 STAR$. If you spend at least S$888 within the first six months, you will receive another bonus of 30,000 STAR$ - total of 50,000 STAR$.
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