These Are The Five Cards That I Use Everyday

Aaron Wong

Aaron Wong

Last updated 13 July, 2023

Racking up miles isn’t about spending big; it’s about spending smart. Here are five credit cards to accelerate your miles collection.

While anyone can earn a ton of miles through uninhibited spending, true miles gamers know that it’s all about getting the biggest possible return for the lowest possible spend. In other words, you don’t need to spend big to accumulate miles; you just need to spend smart!

What does that look like for me? In this post, I’ll share the five credit cards which enable me to maximise my miles while minimising my spend – the perfect way of travelling better for less.

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Ground rule: Use specialised spending cards wherever possible!

Before we talk about specific cards, we need to divide them into two categories: general spending and specialised spending

    • General spending cards earn the same rate regardless of merchant. For example, the Citi PremierMiles Card earns 1.2 miles per dollar (mpd) on all local spending, whether it’s a supermarket, a restaurant, or a taxi ride.
    • Specialised spending cards earn a bonus on selected categories, but a very low rate on everything else. For example, the DBS Woman’s World Card earns 4 mpd on online transactions, but 0.4 mpd on everything else

The key to accelerating your miles accumulation is to use specialised spending cards wherever possible. It’s simple maths: spending S$1,000 at an average earn rate of 4 mpd will obviously accumulate miles a lot faster than spending S$1,000 at an average earn rate of 1.2 mpd.

While it does mean you’ll need to apply for more than one card and remember which card to use when the rewards are certainly worth it. 


UOB Preferred Platinum Visa Card


UOB Credit Card Welcome Offer: Receive S$350 Cash Credit or up to 50,000 miles when you apply for select UOB credit cards and fulfil the minimum spending requirements. Valid till 30 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

👍🏻Use: Whenever mobile contactless payments are accepted

The UOB Preferred Platinum Visa Card is a simple, no-nonsense solution that earns 4 mpd on all mobile contactless payments, capped at S$1,110 per calendar month. Keep in mind that “mobile contactless” means you’ll need to add the card to your Apple, Google or Samsung Pay wallet. Tapping the physical card will not earn you any bonus!

Still, contactless terminals have become so ubiquitous that whether you’re paying for dinner, getting a haircut, stocking up on household supplies or even visiting the dentist, you’ll be able to earn 4 mpd with just one tap. 

The only caveat to note is that UOB has a separate rewards scheme called UOB$, which functions like a cashback programme. Transactions at UOB$ merchants earn UOB$ (cashback) instead of UNI$ (which can be converted into miles), so avoid using UOB cards in such situations. The UOB$ merchant's list can be found here, but the key ones to take note of are Cold Storage, Giant, Guardian, Crystal Jade, Starbucks and BreadTalk.

By the way, if you think you’ll spend more than S$1,110 per calendar month, you can consider using the UOB Visa Signature Card instead. This also earns 4 mpd on all mobile contactless payments, with a minimum local spend of S$1,000 per statement month and capped at S$2,000 per statement month.

See also: Best UOB Credit Cards in Singapore


DBS Woman’s World Card


👍🏻Use: For all online transactions

While the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa Card covers all my in-person spending, I need a solution for online transactions too. That comes in the form of the DBS Woman’s World Card, which, despite the name, is open to both men and women.

Just think about all the online transactions you perform in a given month: Netflix and Disney Plus subscriptions, Grab and Gojek rides, FoodPanda and Deliveroo orders, Shopee and Lazada sprees…the list goes on.

By charging these to the DBS Woman’s World Card, you can earn 4 mpd on up to S$1,500 of online transactions per calendar month. That alone would be just shy of a round-trip Business Class ticket to Japan or South Korea!

See also: Best DBS/POSB Credit Cards in Singapore

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.


Citi Rewards + Amaze Card


👍🏻 Use: For any transaction, excluding travel-related categories like airlines, hotels, rental cars, cruises and travel agencies

The Citi Rewards Card has a very similar use case to the DBS Woman’s World Card, as it earns 4 mpd on all online transactions (except travel), capped at S$1,000 per statement month.

So why bother with this card if its monthly cap is lower, and there’s an additional restriction on travel? Simple: because you can pair the Citi Rewards Card with Amaze to earn 4 mpd practically anywhere.

Here’s how it works. Amaze is a debit card that lets you pair up to five different Mastercards. When a transaction is changed to the Amaze, it will be passed through to the paired Mastercard (and converted into Singapore dollars if necessary, at a foreign currency fee that’s lower than the banks). 

The crucial bit: all Amaze transactions code as online spending. Therefore, when paired with a Citi Rewards Card, you basically earn 4 mpd on all your spending (except the aforementioned travel-related transactions). In a way it replicates the functionality of the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa, but without the pitfalls of UOB$ merchants. 

The other great thing about Citibank is that it has a very wide variety of transfer partners. In addition to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, cardholders can transfer miles to other programmes like Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles, British Airways Executive Club, and Etihad Guest. This provides additional redemption options.

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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: Receive the following rewards when you sign up for a Citi Rewards Card (Team Air Miles):

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Get a Dyson Supersonic (worth S$699) or an Apple iPad 10th Gen 10.9 wifi 64GB (worth S$529) or Sony Portable Theatre System HT-AX7 (worth S$759) or S$450 eCapitaVoucher or S$300 cash via PayNow upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. Valid until 2 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

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Plus, upgrade your rewards when you top up S$999 for an Apple MacBook Air 13” (M3 chip) 256GB (worth S$1,599) or an Apple iPhone 15 Pro 128GB (worth S$1,664.25). Alternatively, top up S$1,488 for a Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Titanium Gray 12+512GB 5G (worth S$2,128). Valid till 6 June 2024. T&Cs apply.


HSBC Revolution Card


👍🏻Use: For dining, groceries, shopping, travel

The HSBC Revolution Card received a makeover in August 2020, making it a must-have for any miles collector. Not only was the annual fee permanently removed, but the range of bonus categories was also significantly widened.

Cardholders can now earn 4 mpd, capped at S$1,000 per calendar month, on the following categories of spend:

  • Dining (restaurants, cafes, fast food, food delivery)
  • Groceries
  • Shopping (department stores, Lazada, Qoo10, Amazon)
  • Travel (airlines, car rental, hotels, cruise liners, travel agencies)
  • Taxi rides (Grab, Gojek, Comfort)

Transactions can either be online or offline, but do note that if they’re offline, you must make them via contactless methods (e.g. tapping the physical card or adding it to your mobile wallet). 

Thanks to its wide range of bonus categories, this can be the staple card for the vast majority of your everyday spend. You even enjoy a complimentary copy of The Entertainer, with hundreds of 1-for-1 dining and activity deals across Singapore.

[Update!] Starting from 1 January 2024, HSBC Revolution will be removing MCC 4722 (Travel Agencies & Tour Operators) and MCC 7011 (Lodging - Hotels, Motels, and Resorts) from its whitelist of eligible merchants.

[Update!] Unfortunately, the nerfs don't just stop there. Starting 1 May 2024, three more MCCs will be removed from the list: MCC 5411 (Supermarkets), MCC 5499 (Miscellaneous Food Stores), and MCC 5814 (Fast Food).

Enjoy the following rewards when you sign up for an HSBC Revolution Card:

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⚡Flash Deal⚡: Get a PlayStation 5 Disc Version (worth S$799) or a Dyson Airwrap (worth S$859) or S$500 e-capita Vouchers when you are one of the first 500 to apply and spend a minimum of S$500 by the end of the following calendar month from the card account opening date. Remaining applicants will enjoy SingSaver Exclusive rewards. Valid till 4 June 2024. T&Cs apply

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SingSaver's Exclusive Offer: Receive a Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer (worth S$699) or an Apple iPad 9th 10.2" WiFi 64GB (worth S$508.30) or S$350 eCapitaVoucher or 21K Max Miles upon activating and spending min. S$500 by the end of the following calendar month from the card account opening date. Valid till 4 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

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Plus, upgrade your rewards when you top up S$200 to get a Xiaomi Robot Vacuum X20 (worth S$699) or Sony Portable Theatre System HT-AX7 (worth $$759). Alternatively, top up S$1,099 for an Apple MacBook Air 13” (M3 chip) 256GB (worth S$1,599) or an Apple iPhone 15 Pro 128GB (worth S$1,664.25). Valid till 4 June 2024. T&Cs apply.


UOB Lady’s Card


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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 Lady's Card Welcome Gift: Enjoy the following rewards when you sign up for a UOB Lady's Card (Team Air Miles):

Get a chance to enjoy an exquisite dining experience for two at Michelin-starred restaurants (worth S$900) when you are one of the first 150 applicants every month during the promo period and make a min. spend of S$1,500 per month for 2 consecutive months from card approval date. Valid till 30 June 2024. T&Cs apply.

👍🏻Use: For your choice of bonus category (see below)

The UOB Lady’s Card is undoubtedly the best rewards card on the market right now, thanks to an upsized earn rate of 6 mpd on the first S$1,000 of spend per calendar month. This bonus lasts till 29 February 2024, after which it reverts to 4 mpd. 

Cardholders can choose one of six bonus categories, and rotate their selection every calendar quarter if they wish:

  • Beauty and Wellness: Drug stores, cosmetic stores, barbers, spas, massage parlours
  • Dining: Caterers, restaurants, fast food, food delivery
  • Entertainment: Bars, nightclubs, theatres
  • Family: Grocery stores, children and infant wear stores
  • Fashion: Department stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, luggage stores
  • Transport: Taxis, petrol, public transportation
  • Travel: Airlines, cruise liners, duty-free stores, hotels, travel agencies

Unfortunately, unlike the DBS Woman’s World Card, the UOB Lady’s Card is open to females only.

So how do I have one? Well, there’s nothing stopping you from asking your other half to apply, then adding their card to your mobile wallet and using it as if you were them (with their express permission, of course!).

Remember – the key advantage of this card (besides its 6 mpd earn rate) is the ability to rotate bonus categories every quarter. That means this card can be different things to you at different times. If you’re travelling this quarter, opt for Travel. If you’re stocking up on goodies for Chinese New Year, opt for Family. If you’re buying an expensive spa or beauty package, opt for Beauty and Wellness.

By the way, if you earn at least S$120,000 a year (and even if you don’t- there’s no harm in trying to apply), you can get the UOB Lady’s Solitaire Card, which offers 6 mpd on the first S$3,000 spend per calendar month on your choice of two bonus categories. 

UOB Credit Card Welcome Offer: Receive S$350 Cash Credit or up to 50,000 miles when you apply for select UOB credit cards and fulfil the minimum spending requirements. Valid till 30 June 2024. T&Cs apply.


Conclusion

While I mentioned at the onset that everyone should endeavour to use specialised spending cards where possible, it doesn’t mean you should turn up your nose at general spending cards either! 

General spending cards like the Citi PremierMiles Card or DBS Altitude Card often run lucrative sign-up bonuses, which are an opportunity to pick up extra miles on a big ticket transaction. These change regularly, so always check online for the latest deals. 

One final caveat: do remember that regular exclusions still apply to all the cards above. For example, insurance premiums are excluded by all banks, so you won’t earn 4 mpd by using your DBS Woman’s World Card to pay your premium, notwithstanding the fact it’s online. You can find the full list of exclusions in the card’s terms and conditions, so be sure to familiarise yourself with that.


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Aaron founded The Milelion to teach people how to travel better for less, with credit cards, airline and hotel loyalty programmes. With 500,000 miles flown and counting, he’s keen to debunk the myth that you can’t travel in style without breaking the bank.

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