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Top 3 Credit Cards for Cash Rebates

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In a fight for customers in a market worth over S$25 billion a year, Singapore banks now often dangle cash rebates on spending via credit cards. With a wide array of cashback percentages and conditions, which card offers the best rebate?

01Standard Chartered Manhattan Card

Monthly spending (Cash rebate)

  • S$1 to $999 (0.5%)
  • $1,000 to $2,999 (1%)
  • $3,000 and above (5%)

The Fine Print

  • Rebate is paid quarterly one month after each quarter
  • Applicable for retail spending only
  • Rebate is capped at $200 per quarter

Good for

  • Paying for one-off big-ticket items not exceeding $6,000

02UOB One Card

Amount of spending (Cash rebate)

  • $300 to $799 per month for 3 consecutive months ($30 rebate per quarter)
  • $800 and above per month for 3 consecutive months ($80 rebate per quarter)
  • Equivalent to maximum 3.33% rebate, capped at $80 per quarter

The Fine Print

  • Minimum 3 transactions required per month
  • Applicable to transactions with merchants only (i.e. rebates not for payment of bank fees, balance transfers, cash advances etc)

Good for

  • Paying for small personal expenses (non-big ticket purchases in view of the low cap on rebates)

03Citibank Dividend Card

Type of spending (Cash rebate)

  • Petrol (5%)
  • Dining (2%)
  • Groceries (2%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (2%)
  • All others (0.5%)

The Fine Print

  • For groceries spending at Carrerfour, rebate is only 0.5%
  • 2% cash back on dining excludes food & beverage spend within hotels and wedding banquets held in hotels.
  • Cash will be credited only upon accumulation of $50 worth of rebates and paid only 1 month after each quarter. If $50 threshold is not reached, the rebate is rolled over to the next quarter, up to a maximum of 15 months
  • Rebate is capped at $800 per year (non-calendar)

Good for

  • Paying for general spending and petrol

04Also-Ran: POSB Everyday Card

Type of spending (Cash rebate)

  • Carrefour (5%)
  • Watson's (3%)
  • Petrol - SPC (2%)
  • Utilities - SP Services (1%)
  • Starhub (1%)
  • Comfort/CityCab Taxis (1%)
  • All others (0.3%)

The Fine Print

  • Rebates not applicable on internet bill payments and 0% installment plans
  • Rebate is capped at $400 per month (calendar)

Good for

  • Paying for spending at Carrefour and Watson's

05Special Mention: Standard Chartered Xtrasaver Account

The Stanchart Xtrasaver is not strictly-speaking a credit card, but offers attractive cashback for spending via Nets and debit Mastercard, in conjunction with the maintenance of a current account.

Checking account deposit balance - CashBack on petrol

  • $6,000 and above - 7%
  • $20,000 and above - 10%
  • $50,000 and above - 12%
  • $200,000 and above - 15%

Checking account deposit balance - CashBack on others (with & without petrol spending)

  • $6,000 and above - 1% & 2%
  • $20,000 and above - 1% & 2%
  • $50,000 and above - 1.5% & 3%
  • $200,000 and above - 1.5% & 5%

The Fine Print

  • Monthly cap on petrol cashback: $15, $40, $48 and $60 on above deposit balance categories
  • Monthly cap on Nets cashback: $50, not valid for cashcard top up
  • Monthly cap on debit Mastercard cashback: $300

Good for

  • Paying large bills (e.g settlement of credit card bills) via Nets on AXS and SAM, as well as big-ticket items via debit Mastercard

Conclusion

The Standard Chartered Manhattan Card offers the best combination of an attractive rebate, high quarterly cap and flexible usage terms. The UOB One Card would have trumped the competition with the highest cashback percentage if not for a very low $80 quarterly cap on rebates and requirements to maintain a monthly minimum spending. The Citibank Dividend Card looks very attractive at first glance, but the $50 accumulated rebate requirement means that some rebates are inevitably forfeited when the rebates expire or when the credit card is canceled. When it comes to purchases at Carrefour, the POSB Everyday card is the card to use.

Finally, the Stanchart Xtrasaver Nets/Debit Card deserves a mention, for having the largest cap on cashback, but a large cash balance in the Xtrasaver current account is required.

 

Note: Information valid as of Jun 2010 and exclude limited-time promotions. Feedback and comments are welcome.

Note2: Effective 1 May 2011, Stanchart Manhattan's rebates for spending below $3,000 per month have been revised downwards and updated here according. The quarterly cap on rebates has also been reduced from $300 to $200.

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 May 2011 06:17 )  

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0 #25 Tugsunwilus 2013-10-07 08:47
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+1 #24 Willy 2013-09-06 03:12
Stanchart Manhattan card is still better than the rest of the pack for big-ticket items, even after both the downgrades. The rebate rate is 3% and the dollar amount is $200 per quarter, $800 per year.

The closest match is the Citi Dividend card which also gives $800/year but the rate is only 2% & you are limited to dining, groceries, pharmacies only. With the Manhattan card your spending is not limited to anything, including wedding banquets that's excluded in the Citi card.
 
 
0 #23 Lily 2013-08-21 04:23
Quoting Johnny:
Yes, manhattan card has dropped their rebate to only 3%. What a letdown!


With this new move, I'm considering dropping the card. The changes seem less beneficial to cardmembers (from rebates down from $300 to $200, and now with the recent change from 5% to 3%). Sigh ...

Wondering which card is better ...
 
 
+1 #22 Johnny 2013-07-24 02:12
Yes, manhattan card has dropped their rebate to only 3%. What a letdown!
 
 
0 #21 Pen 2013-07-08 15:05
Is this thread still active? I heard SCbank is lower their rebates for manhattan world card this 28 Jul. how true is this?
 
 
+2 #20 snowbee88 2012-10-05 09:09
how about CIMB card. it also offer cash rebate and will offset the following month bill.
 
 
+2 #19 Curious 2012-09-06 05:38
Quoting me:
Maybank family & Friends card, gives you 5% rebate on any spending at Fairpric, Gardian and Coldstorage, as long as the shops accept that cards.


If most groceries purchases are from Fairprice & Giant, would OCBC's fairprice card provide better deal than these cashback card? Can someone with both cards share your experience? Thanks.
 
 
0 #18 admin 2012-08-27 09:25
Quoting limK:
If I can consistently spend about 2000 per month, which credit card would be suitable for me? If I apply for the Manhattan card, would the spending be tiered, that is, I need to spend 3000 per month to get the rebate of 5% ==> 9000 per quarter to get the max of 200?


The good thing about the Manhattan card is that you don't need to spend $3,000 per month to get the rebate. Spend $3000 in one month but zero in the other 2 months for the quarter and you will still get the $150 rebate (i.e. 5% of $3,000).

If you spend an average of $2,000 per month, you would hit Manhattan's cap. I suggest you use UOB One as a secondary card.
 
 
0 #17 limK 2012-08-25 23:57
If I can consistently spend about 2000 per month, which credit card would be suitable for me? If I apply for the Manhattan card, would the spending be tiered, that is, I need to spend 3000 per month to get the rebate of 5% ==> 9000 per quarter to get the max of 200?
 
 
0 #16 ron 2012-04-13 12:02
there's no free money in the world. just concentrate in one card. Market rate average is 0.5% rebate. all variations are just packaging.
 
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