Are you a luxury traveller, or a gourmand? The right credit card for you might also come with free luggage welcome offers.
Credit card terms and conditions are valid as of 4 Jul 2017.
When choosing a credit card, we always tell people to focus on the card’s benefits, not the welcome offers. The best credit card for you should reward you for things you already spend on.
But it’s hard to maintain this sort of rational decision-making when a flashy credit card comes with equally flashy free luggage. After all, aren’t you saving S$300-S$900 on new luggage by going for the welcome offer?
What most Singaporeans don’t realise is that you must meet certain terms and conditions before claiming the luggage. This usually means spending a minimum amount on the credit card you applied for.
If you didn’t pay attention to what the card itself does, you could be spending hundreds of dollars and missing out on air miles, cashback, or rewards points. So we’re making it easier for you by rounding up all the credit cards with free luggage welcome offers, and what kind of Singaporean can benefit most from it.
Credit Cards with Free Luggage Welcome Offers
|Credit Card||Free Luggage||Requirements||Credit Card Benefits||Best For|
|HSBC Advance Credit Card
|Delsey Helium Aero 71cm TSA luggage worth S$529||Charge minimum S$600 to card within first month.||Up to S$2,000 spend: 1.5% cashback, S$75 cap
More than S$2,000 spend: 2.5% cashback, S$75 cap
With HSBC Advance banking account: Additional 1% cashback, and raise monthly cashback to S$125
|Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Card||28” Samsonite Lite Shock Spinner||Upon application, choose between 1) 35,000 welcome miles, or 2) 15,000 welcome miles plus Samsonite luggage (worth S$950)||1.4 miles for every S$1 spent locally, 3 miles for overseas spends
Up to 6 Priority Pass airport lounge passes per year
10% rebates for all Uber rides worldwide (capped at S$400 per year)
|American Express Platinum Card||Samsonite Sigma 76cm Expandable Spinner||Spend S$7,500 within first 6 months of card approval||Up to 50% off Singapore’s best restaurants and complimentary Far Card membership||Gourmands|
For the Thrifty Spender: HSBC Advance Credit Card
With up to 3.5% cashback on unlimited transactions, and no minimum spend to start enjoying savings, the HSBC Advance Credit Card is ideal for those looking for everyday savings. This card also gives you maximum cashback of up to S$125 per month, which is currently the highest on the market. If you’re wondering, that means a potential savings of S$1,500 in a year.
Although the card’s highest rebate tier (3.5%) and cashback cap (S$125) is only unlocked when you also sign up for an HSBC Advance banking account, the overall savings you will receive far outstrip any potential account fees.
All told, this is the cashback credit card to gun for if you’re serious about saving money on your everyday expenses.
The Luggage: Delsey Helium Aero TSA – 71cm TSA
Apply now for the HSBC Advance Credit Card and you’ll receive a Delsey Helium Aero TAS 71cm spinner luggage. Available in your choice of graphite grey or crimson, these luggage are stylishly designed pieces that you’ll love to pull behind you as you make your way to the check-in counters.
The polycarbonate exterior sport a high-gloss hard shell that not only looks gorgeous, but adds sturdy protection to your valuable travel essentials. Despite the somewhat burly stylings, the Delsey Helium Aero offers easy handling, thanks to its lightweight construction and solid, smooth wheels.
Terms and Conditions:
- To claim the luggage, apply for the HSBC Advance Credit Card card by 31 Jul 2017
- Application must be approved by 15 Aug 217
- Spend S$600 minimum within the first month of card approval
- Read the full terms and conditions here
For the Luxury Traveller: Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card
The Standard Chartered Visa Infinite card is designed for high-end users who enjoy luxury and quality, and don’t mind paying for it. This card opens up a host of privileges usually reserved for the rich and famous – exclusive discounts at top end hotels and resorts, complimentary yacht rental, golf privileges, even luxury Gold Class movie benefits!
And as if that’s not enough, the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite card lets you earn 1.4 miles on the dollar locally, and 3 miles per S$1 for foreign transactions – with only a minimum monthly spend of S$2,000. (If you somehow fall below this minimum spend, you’ll still earn 1 mile per S$1 spent!)
The Luggage: Samsonite Lite Shock Spinner – 28”
With such impressive privileges, you’d expect no less of your welcome gift. Don’t worry, you’ll be receiving none other than the Samsonite Lite Shock Spinner, and in the generously sized 28″ version to boot. This lightweight travel case (at just 1.7kg, it can be flown in via drone!) comes with Samsonite’s legendary sturdiness, making it a great addition to your travel must-haves.
Terms and Conditions:
- To claim the luggage, apply for the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite card by 31 Dec 2017
- Choose the welcome gift option “15,000 welcome miles and 28″ Samsonite Lite-Shock Spinner” during application
- Read the full terms and conditions here
For the Gourmand: American Express Platinum Card
Being a foodie in Singapore is a serious commitment. While it’s never a waste to spend money where it makes you happy, you don’t always have to pay full price for it. And that’s why among all the dining credit cards, the American Express Platinum Card is a great companion to the Singaporean Gourmand.
Cardmembers get instant access to Amex’s new dining programmes, Love Dining @ Restaurants and Love Dining @ Hotels. These give you up to 50% off at Singapore’s best restaurants and hotel dining destinations when you go with a friend.
You also get a complimentary Far Card Membership worth S$425, which gives up to 50% off at restaurants in Fairmont Singapore, Swissotel the Stamford, Equinox Complex, and Swissotel Merchant Court. And if you prefer to end your meal with craft beer or cocktail, cardmembers also get free welcome drinks or 1-for-1 deals at Singapore’s hottest bars.
The Luggage: Samsonite Sigma 76cm Expandable Spinner
Most credit cards give you a first-year annual fee waiver, which lets you save several hundred dollars on top of the card’s rewards. But in some cases, paying the annual fee can be worth it, such as when there are several high-value gifts at stake.
If you have never owned an Amex card in your life and are fine with paying the annual fee, the Amex Platinum Card comes with a gorgeous Samsonite Sigma 76cm Expandable Spinner.
Made of 100% polycarbonate, this luggage can absorb being tossed around by baggage handlers by flexing under stress, then returning to its original shape. It’s got a brush-stroke pattern, which is perfect for hiding any scuffs or scratches from your trips. Inside, a full-zip interior divider with pockets keeps your things organised throughout your journey.
Terms and Conditions
- Apply for the card and get it approved before 31 July 2017
- Opt to pay the full annual fee to get the Samsonite luggage (as well as pair of B&O Play H5 earphones)
- Spend a total of S$7,500 within the first 6 months of owning your card (spending this amount will also entitle you to 2D1N stay at Dorsett Singapore)
- You’ll receive a letter within 8 weeks from the time your account reaches the S$7,500 spend
- Your account must be in good standing at the time of redemption
- Make sure to redeem your luggage within 2 months of receiving the redemption letter; otherwise, your gift will be forfeited
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By Lauren Dado
Lauren has been a content strategist and digital marketer since 2007. As SingSaver.com.sg’s Content Manager, Lauren edits and publishes personal finance stories to help Singaporeans save money. Her work has appeared in publications like Her World, Asia One, and Women’s Weekly.