Best Credit Cards for Paying Utility Bills in Singapore

Zann Huang

Zann Huang

Last updated 01 January, 2024

 


Best Credit Cards for Paying Utility Bills in Singapore

Telco: OCBC 365 Card | POSB Everyday Card | Maybank Family & Friends Card | UOB One Card | UOB Absolute Cashback Card | Citi Cash Back+ Card | Standard Chartered Simply Cash Card

Electricity Retailer: UOB One Card | OCBC 365 Card | POSB Everyday Card | UOB Absolute Cashback Card | Citi Cash Back+ Card | Standard Chartered Simply Cash Card


Get more out of your monthly expenses by paying your utility bills with these cashback and rewards credit cards.

If you own a home in Singapore, you may have observed a slight uptick in your utility bills during the last quarter. Notably, electricity tariffs have seen a 5% increase from in Q1 2024 to 32.58 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) after GST, due to higher energy costs. 

For homeowners seeking ways to mitigate these rising costs, there are limited options beyond comparing and switching to different electricity providers.

Fortunately, there is a silver lining—certain credit cards offer the opportunity to earn cashback and rebates on your utility bills, providing a small but valuable way to offset these increases.

Without further ado, here are the best credit cards for paying your utility bills in Singapore.

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7 Credit Cards to Maximise Your Spend in Utility Bills

Credit Card

Rebate

Eligible partners

Min. spend needed

Monthly cashback cap

OCBC 365 Card

OCBC365

 

 

3%

Telcos:
Singtel, M1, StarHub, Circles.Life and MyRepublic.

Power service providers:
Senoko Energy, Sembcorp Power and Geneco.

S$800 per month (less gets flat 0.25% cashback)

S$1,600 per month (less gets flat 0.25% cashback)

S$80 or S$160 per month, depending on min. spend.

UOB One Card

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Up to 4.33%

SP Group

S$500
S$1,000
S$2,000
per month
(min. 5 card transactions) for the quarter

S$50
S$100
S$200
cashback
per quarter
depending on min. spend

POSB Everyday Card

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Up to 3%

Telcos:
Singtel, Singtel, GOMO, StarHub, StarHub giga, M1, MyRepublic
and Circles.Life

Power service providers:
SP Group, Union Power, Tuas Power, Geneco, Keppel Electric, Senoko Energy and Sembcorp Power

S$800 per calendar month for telcos

Capped at POSB Daily$3 per calendar month

Maybank Family & Friends Card

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8%

Starhub, Singtel, M1 Limited, Circles.Life, MyRepublic, Netflix, Disney+, cable TV etc.

S$800 per month to qualify for 8% cashback

S$25 per month for Data Communication & Online TV Streaming

Standard Chartered Simply Cash Card

SCB_SIMPLYCASH

 

1.5%

All expenditure

None

Unlimited

American Express True Cashback Card

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1.5%

All expenditure

None

Unlimited

UOB Absolute Cashback Card

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1.7%

All expenditure

None

Unlimited



1. OCBC 365 Credit Card

OCBC365

The OCBC 365 Credit Card gives you a decent 3% rebate, which covers multiple telcos – Singtel, StarHub, M1, Circles.Life and MyRepublic – as well as power service providers such as Senoko Energy, Sembcorp Power, and Geneco.  But you’ll need to charge a minimum of S$800 per month on your card to qualify. Otherwise, the cashback rate falls to a measly 0.25%. S$800 a month is achievable by consolidating all your utility and telco bills on this card.

Hitting the minimum S$800 minimum spend will see you earn S$80 cashback cap, but if you are a big spender, hitting a S$1,600 minimum spend will unlock a S$160 cashback! Note the cashback is capped at S$160 a month, and this adds up to a hefty S$1,920 per year in cashback!

Besides monthly utility bills, you will earn 5% cashback on dining and online delivery, 3% cashback on grocery shopping and online groceries and 6% cashback on fuel charges (both local and overseas spending apply for dining, grocery shopping, and fuel charges).

OCBC 365 credit card product summary:

  • Highest possible cashback: 6%
  • Minimum monthly spend: S$800 / S$1,600
  • Maximum cashback you can earn: S$80 / S$160 a month 
  • Income requirements: S$30,000 (Singaporeans/PR), S$45,000 (Foreigners)
  • Annual fee: S$196.20 (First 2 years waived)

Pros ✅

Cons ❌

6% cashback on fuel spend at all petrol service stations

Minimum monthly spend of S$800/S$1,600 required to enjoy S$80/S$160 cashback.

If you spend less than S$800, a flat 0.25% cashback is awarded.

5% cashback on local/overseas dining and online food delivery 

0.25% cashback on all other expenses 

3% cashback on groceries, transport, telco bills, electricity bills, streaming, drugstore and EV charging

 

Monthly cashback capped at S$80/S$160

 

2. UOB One Card

UOB One Card

The UOB One Card gives you one of the highest utility rebate at 3.33%. However, this comes with a high spending bar — Spend a minimum of S$2,000 per month for three consecutive months to earn the additional 5% cash rebate. Do note that the cash rebates only come every quarter.

You will also get an additional 1% rebate (up to 4.33% rebate) on your SP bills when you qualify for your quarterly cash rebate.

Enjoy an additional 6.67% rebate on Dairy Farm Group Singapore merchants (e.g. Cold Storage, Giant, Guardian, 7-Eleven), Grab (excludes mobile wallet top-ups), Shopee (excludes ShopeePay) and UOB Travel transactions when you qualify for your quarterly cash rebate.

UOB One Card product summary:

  • Highest possible cashback: 15% 
  • Minimum monthly spend on 5 purchases or more:
    • Min. S$2,000 spend for three consecutive months: Additional 6.67% cashback + Enhanced 5% cashback
    • Min. S$500 or S$1,000 spend for three consecutive months: Additional 5% cashback + Enhanced 6.67% cashback
    • Up to 21.15% fuel savings at Shell kiosks
    • Up to 22.66% fuel savings at SPC kiosks
    • Up to 4.33% cashback on Singapore Power utilities bill
  • Maximum cashback you can earn:
    Base 3.33% + (Additional & Enhanced) 11.67% = Up to 15% cashback total

    Base cashback is capped at S$50, S$100, or S$200 per quarter, not including additional & enhanced cashback. Hence, cardholders can earn a combined total cashback of up to S$2,000 cash rebates in a year.
  • Annual fee: S$196.20 (1st year waived)

Pros ✅

Cons ❌

3.33% base cashback on all qualifying retail spend

Minimum monthly spend of S$2,000 (with minimum 5 purchases) to earn maximum cashback

Up to 15% (new-to-UOB cardmembers) or 10% cashback on:
- Shopee,
- Grab services,
- Dairy Farm Group merchants (e.g. Cold Storage, Giant, Guardian, 7-Eleven), and
- UOB Travel Planner transactions

Quarterly cashback only

- Up to 21.15% fuel savings at Shell

- Up to 22.66% fuel savings at SPC

Enhanced cashback (5% or 6.67%) only applicable to new-to-UOB cardmembers applying for UOB One Card

Additional 5% cashback for eligible Shell transactions

Additional 4.33% cashback for Singapore Power utility bills

Cashback will be forfeited upon card termination, as all benefits and privileges offered by the card will no longer available

Up to S$2,000 total cashback per year

 

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🆚SingSaver's Cashback vs Miles Campaign (Round 2) 🆚: Are you Team Cashback or Team Air Miles?

Be one of the first 400 to receive rewards of up to +S$740 Vouchers or up to +74K Miles when you sign up for any participating Cashback or Miles Credit Card, respectively, within the promo period. The team with the most applications wins the rewards! Promo runs from 24 May, 12pm - 6 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

Plus, get up to 31x chances to win a Pair of RETURN Business Class Tickets to Tokyo, Japan (worth 120K Max Miles) in the Grand Lucky Draw when you successfully apply for participating products. Promo runs from 24 May, 12pm - 6 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

UOB One Card Welcome Gift: Enjoy the following rewards when you sign up for a UOB One Card (Team Cashback):

Get S$350 Cash Credit as one of the first 200 new-to-UOB credit cardmembers with a minimum spend of S$1,000 per month for 2 consecutive months from card approval date. Valid till 30 June 2024. T&Cs apply.


3. POSB Everyday Card

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A newly enhanced perk, the POSB Everyday Card earns you 3% rebate on recurring utility bills from SP Group, Geneco, Union Power, Tuas Power and 2% rebate on Keppel Electric, Senoko Energy and Sembcorp Power

The big plus about this card? No minimum monthly spend required in order to earn the rebate on your utility bills. But take note, the cash rebate is capped at POSB Daily$3 per calendar month for your electricity bill.

That's not all. You can also earn 3% rebate on telco bills from M1, Singtel, Singtel GOMO, StarHub, StarHub giga, MyRepublic and Circles.Life so long as you make at least S$800 on eligible spend within the calendar month. Just remember that the cashback cap for your telco bill is set at POSB Daily$3 per calendar month.

POSB Everyday Card product summary: 

  • Highest Possible Cash Rebate Rate: 10%
  • Minimum Monthly spend: S$800
  • Income requirement: S$30,000 (Singaporeans/PR), S$45,000 (Other foreigners)
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Annual fee: S$196.20 (1st year waived)

Pros ✅

Cons ❌

10% cash rebates on foodpanda, Deliveroo and WhyQ spend; 3% cash rebates on other dining spend (excluding fast food) 

S$800 minimum spend per calendar month to earn online food delivery, dining, online shopping, and telco cash rebates

8% cash rebates on online shopping websites such as Amazon.sg, Lazada, Shopee, RedMart, and Taobao; 8% cash rebates at POPULAR stores

Dining, food delivery, and online shopping capped at Daily$15 per category per calendar month

5% cash rebates at Sheng Siong 

Sheng Siong cashback capped at Daily$30 per calendar month 

3% cash rebates at Watsons (0.3% from 1 October 2023 onwards); 3% cash rebates at Pet Lovers Centre with min. S$15 spend 

Cashback on recurring utility bills and recurring telco bills are capped at Daily$3 per calendar month respectively

Up to 20.1% fuel savings at SPC + 2% cash rebates at SpeedyCare

 

Up to 3% cash rebates on recurring utilities and telco bills 

 

No monthly cap on fuel, Watsons, or Pet Lovers Centre spend

 

DBS/POSB Credit Card Welcome Gift: Receive up to S$388 cashback or 85,000 miles when you apply for select DBS credit cards and fulfil the relevant promotion criteria. T&Cs apply.

 


4. Maybank Family & Friends Card

The Maybank Family & Friends card lets you earn 8% cashback on Malaysian Ringgit spend on top of five categories of your choice when you make a minimum monthly spend of S$800. The categories that you can choose from include Groceries, Dining & Food Delivery, Transport, Data Communication & Online TV Streaming, Retail & Pets, Online Fashion, Entertainment, Pharmacy, Sports & Sports Apparels, and Beauty & Wellness

One thing that sets this card apart from the others is that you can enjoy cashback on online TV streaming on top of the usual internet and telco bills. You won't do your family and friends wrong if they, too, want to cut back on utilities while Netflix-ing or binge-watching Disney+ in peace.

Maybank Family & Friends card product summary: 

  • Highest Cashback Rate: 8%
  • Minimum Monthly spend: S$800
  • Maximum cashback you can earn: S$150 per calendar month
  • Income requirement: S$30,000 (Singaporeans/PR), S$45,000 (Malaysians), S$60,000 (Other foreigners)
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Annual fee: S$181.80 (First three years waived)

Pros ✅

Cons ❌

Can pick 5 preferred 8% cashback categories: Groceries, Dining & Food Delivery, Transport, Data Communication & Online TV Streaming, Retail & Pets, Online Fashion, Entertainment, Pharmacy, Sports & Sports Apparels, and Beauty & Wellness

Plus, enjoy 8% cashback on Malaysian Ringgit spend on top of your 5 preferred categories

S$25 monthly cashback cap for each bonus category

8% cashback categories can be changed trimonthly or every three months

0.3% cashback on all other spend

Up to S$150 cashback per calendar month

0.3% cashback on all spends below S$800

3-year annual fee waiver

 

5. Standard Chartered Simply Cash Credit Card

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Like its slogan, “the card that lets you live without limits”, the Standard Chartered Simply Cash Credit Card truly lives up to its name.

This card certainly makes life simpler (and cheaper): earn 1.5% rebate on all expenditure, period. No minimum spend required. No restriction on telco or power service provider you’re signed up to.

Other perks include generous discounts on a wide range of dining, travel, hotel bookings and entertainment. We also wrote about this card as being a simple, fuss-free cash-back card.

Standard Chartered's instant credit card approval is also a great perk – receive your digital card instantly when you apply with MyInfo.

Standard Chartered Simply Cash Card product summary: 

  • Earn up to 1.5% cashback on all spends
  • No cashback cap 
  • No minimum spend required to start earning cashback 
  • Income requirement: $30,000 (Singaporeans/PR), $60,000 (Foreigners)
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Annual fee: S$196.20 (1st year waived)

Pros ✅

Cons ❌

Earn 1.5% cashback for all spend, no min. spend and no cashback cap

Cannot be used for EZ-Reload

Get cashback on IRAS, Education, Insurance and rental payment with SC EasyBill

Does not come with EZ-Link facility 

Enjoy offers and privileges for online, dining, retail and more with The Good Life®

Relatively low cashback rate of 1.5%

1-year annual fee waiver

 

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🆚SingSaver's Cashback vs Miles Campaign (Round 2) 🆚: Are you Team Cashback or Team Air Miles?

Be one of the first 400 to receive rewards of up to +S$740 Vouchers or up to +74K Miles when you sign up for any participating Cashback or Miles Credit Card, respectively, within the promo period. The team with the most applications wins the rewards! Promo runs from 24 May, 12pm - 6 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

Plus, get up to 31x chances to win a Pair of RETURN Business Class Tickets to Tokyo, Japan (worth 120K Max Miles) in the Grand Lucky Draw when you successfully apply for participating products. Promo runs from 24 May, 12pm - 6 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

SingSaver's Exclusive Offer: Enjoy the following rewards when you sign up for a Standard Chartered Simply Cash Card (Team Cashback):

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Receive a Sony HT-AX7 (worth S$769) or Dyson SSHD (worth S$699) or Apple iPad 9th Gen 10.2 Wifi 64GB (worth S$508.30) or S$330 cash upon activating and spending min. $500 spend within 30 days of card approval. Also, get an additional S$30 e-Capitaland voucher when you make a min. spending of $1,000 in your 2nd month. Valid till 2 June 2024. T&Cs apply.
 

Plus, get an additional S$20 e-Capitaland Voucher when you split the payment for your purchases with SCB Easy Pay, pay your bills with SCB Easybill or put any of your purchases on instalment in SCB Savings Account or Current Account within 60 days of approval. Valid till 2 June 2024. T&C applies.


6. American Express True Cashback Card

Like the Standard Chartered Simply Cash Credit Card, the American Express True Cashback Card is a fuss-free cashback credit card that rewards you with a flat 1.5% cashback on all your spending.

What sets the American Express True Cashback Card apart from the Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card then?

As a sweet welcome bonus for new American Express cardmembers, American Express is throwing in a welcome bonus of 3% cashback on up to a total of S$5,000 spend in your first 6 months. This means you get to earn double cashback on the first S$5,000 of your spending within 6 months of card approval!

AMEX True Cashback Card product summary:

  • Base cashback rate: Unlimited 1.5% cashback, no cap
  • Welcome bonus: 3% cashback on up to S$5,000 eligible spend within first 6 months
  • Minimum monthly spend: N/A
  • Two supplementary cards free for life
  • Annual income requirement: Card application is subjected to customers meeting the regulatory minimum income requirement and internal assessment
  • Annual fee: S$174.40 (1st year waived)

Pros ✅

Cons ❌

Earn 1.5% cashback for all spend, no min. spend and no cashback cap

Relatively low cashback rate of 1.5%

Immediate cashback in the same month’s statement

Welcome bonus 3% cashback only applicable for up to $5,000 spend

Welcome bonus of 3% cashback on up to $5,000 eligible spend in first 6 months of card approval

 

Can earn cashback on commonly excluded merchant categories

 

Relatively lower annual fee of S$174.40 (First year waived)

 

Two free supplementary cards with permanent annual fee waiver

 

TeamCashback-VS-TeamMiles-KV2.1_BLOGARTICLE_800x250

🆚SingSaver's Cashback vs Miles Campaign (Round 2) 🆚: Are you Team Cashback or Team Air Miles?

Be one of the first 400 to receive rewards of up to +S$740 Vouchers or up to +74K Miles when you sign up for any participating Cashback or Miles Credit Card, respectively, within the promo period. The team with the most applications wins the rewards! Promo runs from 24 May, 12pm - 6 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

Plus, get up to 31x chances to win a Pair of RETURN Business Class Tickets to Tokyo, Japan (worth 120K Max Miles) in the Grand Lucky Draw when you successfully apply for participating products. Promo runs from 24 May, 12pm - 6 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

SingSaver's Exclusive Offer: Receive the following rewards when you sign up for an Amex True Cashback Card (Team Cashback):

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Receive S$150 Cash via PayNow when you apply for an Amex True Cashback Card and make a min. S$500 spend within 1 month of Card approval. Available to new-to-American-Express card members only. Valid until 6 June 2024. T&Cs apply.


7. UOB Absolute Cashback Card

If you want to earn 1.7% cashback the easy way on literally everything you spend on — including electricity bills and insurance premiums — whip out the UOB Absolute Cashback Card. There’s no minimum spend requirement and no cap on how much you can earn. 

The only thing you need to take note of? It’s an American Express card; not every merchant accepts American Express. Definitely check with your utility providers if they accept American Express payments! 

UOB Absolute Cashback Card product summary:

  • Earn up to 1.7% cashback on all spends
  • No cashback cap 
  • No minimum spend required to start earning cashback 
  • Income requirement: $30,000 (Singaporeans/PR), $40,000 (Foreigners)
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Annual fee: S$196.20 (1st year waived)

Pros ✅

Cons ❌

Earn 1.7% cashback for all spend, no min. spend and no cashback cap

Relatively low cashback rate of 1.7%

Get cashback on commonly excluded categories such as insurance premiums, wallet top-ups, rental payments, and telco bills

Cashback rate for Grab mobile wallet top-ups, charity, education, government, healthcare, utilities, and other professional services has been revised to 0.3%

No spending exclusions

 

1-year annual fee waiver

 

UOB Absolute Cashback Card Welcome Offer: Get S$350 Cash Credit as one of the first 200 new-to-UOB credit cardmember and make a min. spend of S$1,000 per month for 2 consecutive months from card approval date. Valid till 30 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

Also, get up to 10% cashback (equivalent to S$100) on the first S$1,000 spend within 30 days from card approval date. Valid till 30 June 2024. T&Cs apply.


From Bills to Bonuses: How Credit Cards Brighten Up Utility Payments

Convenience and Speed

Paying your bills with a credit card eliminates the need to visit payment centres physically. You can easily settle your bills through the credit card's online portal, even while on the move, ensuring you avoid late payment fees. Additionally, using a credit card can save you from incurring extra interest charges. Numerous online and offline merchants accept credit card payments, including the option to pay your bills conveniently.

Expense Tracking

Contrary to the misconception that credit cards lead to debt, they can actually serve as efficient budgeting tools when used wisely. Each credit card transaction can be tracked through the card company's online banking service. This feature helps you stay within your budget limits, preventing debt accumulation and unnecessary expenses.

No Convenience Fees

You can use your preferred credit card to pay your utility bill without concerns about extra charges. However, it's worth noting that some utility companies may impose a convenience fee when credit cards are used for bill payments. Unfortunately, some people switch to alternative payment methods to avoid these fees, unknowingly accumulating additional monthly charges. Consequently, settling dues with your credit card in one go may be the wiser choice.

Automatic Bill Payment

Another advantage of using the best credit card for paying your utility bill is the option to set up automatic bill payments. This eliminates the need to remember various payment due dates, making it a time-saving and hassle-free way to manage multiple utility and insurance bills.

Earn Rewards

Many credit card companies offer rewards, cashback, or points for using their cards to pay bills. It's essential to keep an eye out for such deals, as they can help you save money and provide additional perks for your financial transactions.


Looking for the best credit cards to complement your spending patterns and expenditure in 2024? Check out our Ultimate Credit Card Guide that covers all things credit cards in Singapore – from choosing between a cashback, miles, or rewards credit card to planning your credit card strategy.


Bottom line

When choosing the right credit card for you, be holistic. Don't just consider the card's rebate rate – also ask yourself questions like:

  • Can you meet the minimum monthly spend?
  • How likely are you to hit the rebate cap?
  • Does the card provide access to other retail perks and discounts?

For example, if you're splitting your expenses between cards and are unlikely to reach the minimum S$800 per month spend for the OCBC 365 Credit Card, you may be better off with the Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card, despite its lower cashback rates.

Similarly, the high rebate of up to 6% for the UOB One Card is only if you can spend S$2,000 on your card each month. This means you have to be prepared to spend a much higher amount each month to earn your cashback.


 

A recipient of the Magnum Foundation Emergency Grant in 2014, my photos from the Middle East and Asia have also been published in Time Magazine and Le Monde etc. My written work ranges from travel, politics (Mid-East) to the environment and finance-related matters.

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