Best CIMB Credit Cards In Singapore (2021)

Aaron Wong
Last updated Dec 01, 2021

Every spending situation is unique. SingSaver assembles the ‘Best For‘ list, so you can decide what’s best for you.

Which CIMB credit card is right for you? Here’s an overview of the key features and benefits of each of them.

CIMB may be a relatively small player in the Singapore credit card scene, but it’s still worth familiarising yourself with their products. 

That’s because they offer some rather unique bonus categories, making for useful additions to your wallet. In this post, we’ll look closely at the key features and benefits of each CIMB credit card.

Overview: CIMB credit cards

The first thing to know is that CIMB credit cards aren’t for miles chasers. CIMB only offers cashback options in Singapore, and those who want to accrue frequent flyer miles will have to look elsewhere. 

On the plus side, CIMB is the only bank to offer a perpetual annual fee waiver across all its credit cards. Regardless of how many principal or supplementary cards you hold, you will not pay any annual fees for life. 

All CIMB card holders are eligible for various shopping, dining, travel and wellness deals when they pay using their credit card. 

Best CIMB credit cards

Credit cardBest forBenefits
CIMB Visa SignatureBest for online shopping and groceries10% cashback on online shopping, groceries, beauty & wellness, pet shops and cruises
CIMB World MastercardUnlimited cashbackUnlimited 2% cashback with S$1,000 min. spend on wine & dine, online food delivery, movies & digital entertainment, taxi & automobile and luxury goods transactions
CIMB Visa InfiniteTravelling and golfing Unlimited 2% cashback on travel and foreign currency spending

1. CIMB Visa Signature: Best for online shopping (and pet services!)

  • Type: Cashback
  • Income requirement: S$30,000
  • Annual fee: None

The CIMB Visa Signature awards 10% cashback on online shopping, groceries, beauty & wellness, pet shops and cruises. The 10% cashback is capped at S$100 per statement month, and S$20 per category. A minimum of S$800 must be spent each month, otherwise you’ll only earn 0.2% cashback on everything (the 0.2% cashback is unlimited). 

Here’s how CIMB defines each of the bonus categories:

  • Beauty & wellness: Pharmacies, cosmetic stores (excluding department stores), hairdressers, massage parlours, spas
  • Online shopping: All online merchants that sell clothes, accessories, bags and electronics, plus specific e-commerce merchants like Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, Daigou, Ezbuy and Shopee
  • Grocery: All supermarkets
  • Pet shops: Pet shops or veterinary services
  • Cruise: All cruise operators

While online shopping and groceries are common bonus categories for other banks, it’s very rare to find a card that gives you cashback for pet shops, much less veterinary services! 

2. CIMB World Mastercard: Best for unlimited cashback

  • Type: Cashback
  • Income requirement: S$30,000
  • Annual fee: None

The CIMB World Mastercard awards an unlimited 2% cashback with S$1,000 minimum spend on wine & dine, online food delivery, movies and digital entertainment, taxi and automobile, and luxury goods transactions. To give you a better idea of what this encompasses:

  • Wine & Dine: Caterers, bars, lounges, clubs, fast food restaurants, full service restaurants
  • Online Food Delivery: Deliveroo, Foodpanda, GrabFood, WhyQ and AirAsia Food
  • Movies and Digital Entertainment: Theatres, games, audiovisual media, Youtube, Apple, Spotify, Netflix, Viu, Disney+, Google Play Store, VIMEO (and more) transactions made online with POS Entry Mode ‘09’, ‘10’ and ‘81’
  • Taxi & Automobile: Taxicabs, limousines, auto dealers, repair and service
  • Luxury Goods: Leather Goods, watches and jewellery stores classified under the following Merchant Category Code (MCC) Classifications: 5094, 5944, 5948

If you’re unable to hit the S$1,000 minimum spend requirement in the statement month, you’ll still get to earn unlimited 1% cashback on the above-mentioned categories.

That’s a fairly wide range of bonus categories, and all other spending earns an unlimited 1% cashback if you manage to make a minimum spend of at least S$500 within the statement month!

Also, I can’t think of any other bank which awards bonus cashback on vehicle repair and servicing, so this card could be a good choice for motorheads.

Cardmembers will also enjoy 50% off green fees at 42 golf courses around the region under the Mastercard Southeast Asia Golf Program.

3. CIMB Visa Infinite: Best for travelling and golfing

  • Type: Cashback
  • Income requirement: S$120,000
  • Annual fee: None

The CIMB Visa Infinite is one of the only no-fee Visa Infinite cards in Singapore. For the uninitiated, Visa Infinite is the highest tier of all Visa cards, and comes with special perks like concierge service.

CIMB Visa Infinite cardmembers will earn an unlimited 2% cashback on travel and foreign currency spending with a minimum spend of S$2,000 in a statement month. Otherwise, they will earn an unlimited 1% cashback on all spends. 

While this isn’t a miles card, cardmembers will enjoy certain travel privileges like three complimentary airport lounge visits per year through DragonPass. Up to S$1 million of complimentary travel insurance is provided for cardmembers who charge their airfares to the card. 

For those who golf, cardholders enjoy complimentary green fees with a minimum spend of S$2,000 in the previous statement month at four golf clubs in Singapore and 104 clubs overseas. 

Exclusive sign-up promotions for CIMB credit cards

Welcome gift: Receive a set of Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones worth $219 or $150 cash when you make a min. spend of S$500 for two consecutive 30-day periods following card approval. Valid till 28 February 2022. T&Cs apply.

Summing it up

While there’s no shortage of cashback cards on the market, CIMB attempts to differentiate themselves by offering bonuses on unique categories like medical bills, pet care and automobile repair. The ongoing sign-up offer is also an excellent opportunity to earn rewards on commonly-excluded categories of spending like insurance and education bills.

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By Aaron Wong
Aaron started The MileLion to help people travel better for less and impress “chiobu”. He was 50% successful.

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