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OCBC Rewards Card Review: THE Shopping Card You’ll Want In Your Wallet

SingSaver team

SingSaver team

Last updated 02 April, 2024

New year, new card! The OCBC Rewards Card — previously OCBC Titanium Rewards Card — has been completely revamped along with new exciting rewards. Keep reading to learn about the new changes.

Promising 15 OCBC$ (worth 6 miles) per S$1 spend on selected retailers and 10 OCBC$ (worth 4 miles) per S$1 spend for eligible online and in-store purchases, this rewards credit card by OCBC is the epitome of shopping till you drop for true shopaholics.

But if miles aren't your cup of tea, OCBC$ can be exchanged for a plethora of other rewards like vouchers, products, experiences, and even cash rebates to offset your next month's bill if need be.

[Update!] From 1 April to 30 June 2024, OCBC Rewards Cardholders will earn 6 miles for every S$1 spent at Watsons, department stores or duty-free shops.

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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.


OCBC Rewards Credit Card Overview: Key Features

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OCBC Rewards Card product summary:

  • Bonus on 15 OCBC$ (6 miles) per S$1 spend on selected retailers per quarter (new ones every 3 months)
    • [New!] From 1 April to 30 June 2024, OCBC Rewards Cardholders will earn 6 miles for every S$1 spent at Watsons, department stores or duty-free shops.
  • Bonus 10 OCBC$ (4 miles) per S$1 spend on shopping, department store, and online spend categories
  • 1 OCBC$ per S$1 spend on all other retail spend, no cap on points earned
  • Bonus 2% cash rebate on electronics at Best Denki
  • Bonus OCBC$ capped at 10,000 bonus OCBC$ per month, up to 120,000 OCBC$ per year
  • Transactions at electronic stores falling under MCC 5045, 5262, and 5732 are not eligible for bonus OCBC$
  • Complimentary e-Commerce protection on all online shopping purchases
  • Flexibility in OCBC$ conversion to cash, miles, vouchers, rewards, and more
  • Enjoy interest-free, fixed monthly instalment plan with min. S$100 spend on OCBC credit card under OCBC PayLite
  • Earn up to 4.65% p.a. interest on OCBC 360 Savings Account when paired with OCBC credit card spend
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Annual income requirement: S$30,000 (Singaporeans/PRs), S$45,000 (Foreigners)
  • Annual fee: S$196.20 (First 2 years waived)
    • Subsequent S$10,000 per year required for annual fee waiver 
Pros ✅ Cons ❌

15 OCBC$ per S$1 spend (6 mpd) on selected retailers per quarter

  • [New!] From 1 April to 30 June 2024, OCBC Rewards Cardholders will earn 6 miles for every S$1 spent at Watsons, department stores or duty-free shops.
120,000 OCBC$ cap on bonus spend per year; limited to 10,000 OCBC$ per month
10 OCBC$ per S$1 spend (4 mpd) on selected online and in-store shopping OCBC$ awarded per S$5 blocks
Additional 2% cash rebate on electronics at Best Denki Subsequent annual fee waiver require min. S$10,000 spend per year
No cap on base OCBC$ earned  
Annual fee waived for first 2 years  
OCBC$ can be redeemed as cash rebate, miles, vouchers, products or experiences  
Pair credit card spend with OCBC 360 Savings Account to earn up to 4.65% p.a. interest

 

 


Reasons to get the OCBC Rewards Card

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Here’s listing out the 5 USPs of adding the OCBC Rewards Card to your wallet that will likely hold you in good stead.

Pros

#1: Earn 6 miles per dollar on selected retailers per quarter 

Prior to the OCBC Titanium's major rebranding to the OCBC Rewards Card, the UOB Lady's / Lady's Solitaire Cards were the only miles card on the market offering up to 6 miles per dollar (6 mpd) spend. 

[Update!] However now, all OCBC Rewards cardholders can expect to earn up to 15 OCBC$ (6 miles) per S$1 spend on selected retailers per quarter! In fact, from 1 April to 30 June 2024, OCBC Rewards Cardholders will earn 6 miles for every S$1 spent at Watsons, department stores or duty-free shops.

This means that you can effectively earn up to 5,000 additional OCBC$ per month, on top of the 10,000 bonus OCBC$ cap. To put things into perspective, 1 OCBC$ is equivalent to 0.4 miles. Hence, 5,000 OCBC$ is worth 2,000 miles per dollar spent on these selected retailers. 

Note: This 5,000 OCBC$ does not fall under the bonus 10,000 OCBC$ cap because it's classified as a "gift" reward. 


#2: Earn 4 miles per dollar on shopping 

OCBC rewards you with OCBC$ when you spend in blocks of S$5. Earn 50 OCBC$ (20 miles) for every S$5 spent on your shopping, whether it’s in store or online, locally or overseas. That's equivalent to 10 OCBC$ per S$1 or 4 mpd spend.

This includes transactions made at department stores, shoe stores, men’s and women’s clothing stores, family clothing stores, kids’ stores and more. 

Here's the updated list of eligible MCCs: 

Source: OCBC

Out of the lot, the following are newcomers on the MCC list:

  • MCC 5309: Duty Free Stores
  • MCC 5655: Sports & Riding Apparel
  • MCC 5941: Sporting Goods Stores
  • MCC 5948: Luggage or Leather Goods Stores
  • TikTok Shop, Guardian, NTUC Unity, Watsons

If you frequently shop at these stores, be it online or offline, the OCBC Rewards Card can be a great option to earn you miles that go towards your next overseas trip.

💡 Pro-tip: You can also check out our articles with the latest promo codes to use at: Lazada, Qoo10, Redmart, Klook, Shopee and food delivery services (including Foodpanda, GrabFood, Deliveroo and WhyQ).

While its bonus OCBC$ is still capped at 120,000 OCBC$ per card anniversary year, since 1 November 2023, this has been further restricted to 10,000 OCBC$ per month.

Once you hit the 10,000 OCBC$ cap, all transactions made on shopping will earn the base rate of 5 OCBC$ per $5 spent or 0.4 mpd on your spend.


#3: E-commerce protection

Shopping online has its pros and cons. There are times when you’ll receive products with defects or won’t receive them at all.

This is where the OCBC Rewards Card comes in.

It lets you enjoy e-commerce protection, which safeguards you against non-delivery and defective products, or in cases when the seller fails to reimburse you.

When you buy any physical goods online with this card, you will be provided with worldwide coverage for online purchases under these conditions:

  • Incomplete delivery or wrong item delivered
  • Improperly functioning due to physical damage to delivered items
  • Non-delivery of purchase after 30 days of the scheduled delivery

#4: Extra cash rebate at BEST Denki 

BEST Denki: If you have plans to purchase BEST Denki, either at their retail outlets or online, you can earn an additional 2% cash rebate on your purchase.

To put things into perspective, an Apple MacBook Air from BEST Denki costs roughly S$1,500 currently. This can get you a cash rebate of $30, so that's better than nothing!


#5: Two-year annual fee waiver

Many credit cards offer waivers for the annual fee, typically for the first 1 or 2 years. For the OCBC Rewards card, the annual fee of $196.20 is waived for the first 2 years. 


Cons

#1: You don’t earn 50 OCBC$ (4 mpd) on other spend

This card specifically rewards you for the purchases you make on shopping. However, on all other spending outside of shopping purchases, such as dining and transport, you will earn 5 OCBC$ per $5 spent or 0.4 mpd only.

💡Pro-tip: For miles-chasers, this equates to 0.4 mpd, lower than the average 1.2 mpd you can earn with other miles credit cards.


#2: OCBC$ awarded in S$5 blocks

Another rather glaring disadvantage of its rewards point system – OCBC$ – is that it's awarded in S$5 transaction blocks. This follows a similar structure as UNI$ (UOB) and DBS Points (DBS). 

For example, if your transaction adds up to S$99, it will not be rounded up to S$100. Instead, it'll be rounded down to S$95 and then divided per S$5 blocks to tally the bonus OCBC$ points earned on this purchase.

OCBC$ can be exchanged for rewards such as KrisFlyer Miles, shopping vouchers, dining vouchers, mall vouchers, department store vouchers, movie vouchers, cash in your credit card and more.

For example:

25,000 OCBC$ = 10,000 Krisflyer Miles 
3,600 OCBC$ = S$10 cash rebate 

Click here for the catalogue of rewards you can exchange your OCBC$ for.

Again, this pro-rated calculation applies to UNI$ and DBS Points too. So honestly, this isn't a huge issue when considering that other popular rewards credit cards like UOB Lady's & UOB Lady's Solitaire Cards and the DBS Woman's & Woman's World Card are also subjected to caveat.

It's just that those cards offer a broader range of bonus spend categories as opposed to the OCBC Rewards Cards being mostly on retail shopping.


#3: Changes to the bonus OCBC$ spending cap

For the most part, the OCBC Rewards Card still maintains a 120,000 bonus OCBC$ (or about S$12,000 spent on shopping) cap annually. This cap could be limiting for big spenders who shell out more than S$12,000 on shopping through the year. 

However, what's changed is that this annual cap is now restricted to only 10,000 OCBC$ per calendar month. This roughly equates to S$1,110 spend per month. At first glance, you might be thinking, "Isn't that still a rather high expense each month?".

While you're not wrong, the monthly cap becomes a disadvantage when we account for the fact that most cardholders use the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card for big-ticket item purchases. Such purchases easily exceed the S$1,110 mark, rendering your over-limit amount disqualified from earning the bonus OCBC$ rate, and only the base OCBC$ rate instead. See the bigger picture now? (No pun intended.) 

Considering this, if you're exploring other alternatives, be sure to check out these other credit card recommendations for big-ticket purchases.


#4: Removal of MCCs

Most notably, the MCC eligibility list has changed considerably since 1 November 2023. For context, OCBC Rewards follows a whitelist approach — meaning that only specific merchants under the relevant MCC categories can earn bonus OCBC$.

For instance, previously, merchants under MCC 5045 (Computers, Peripherals, and Software) and MCC 5732 (Electronics Stores) could earn bonus OCBC$. However, these two MCC categories have now been removed

Other department store merchants such as Courts and IKEA have also been removed.

Examples of ineligible merchants under these categories include:

Ineligible merchants ❌
MCC 5045 Computers, Peripherals, and Software
Apple, Aftershock, Dreamcore, Prism, Plus, Dell, etc.
MCC 5732 Electronics Stores
Best Denki, Harvey Norman, Gain City, Challenger, etc.
IKEA, Courts
 

Note: The list of examples above is non-exhaustive.

This also means that BEST Denki no longer qualifies as an eligible merchant for bonus OCBC$ due to the removal of MCC 5732 (Electronic Stores) from OCBC Rewards' T&Cs. Despite this change, you can still rest assured that your Apple Macbook or Samsung fridge bought from BEST Denki will net you extra 2% cash rebate, at the least.

Examples of other excluded categories are:

  • MCC 8398: Charitable Donations
  • MCC 8211, 8244, 8299: Education
  • MCC 6300: Insurance Premiums
  • MCC 8062: Non-Profit and Government Hospitals
  • Real Estate Agents & Managers
  • MCC 5262: Marketplaces (only for Shopee Pay)

You can refer to their T&Cs here for the full, exhaustive list.

Although these MCC removals might be quite disappointing to most of us, it's out with the old and in with the new. So say hi to these new eligible merchants:

Eligible merchants ✅
MCC 5309 Duty Free Stores
Lotte Duty Free, King Power Duty Free, The Shilla Duty Free, etc.
MCC 5655 Sports and Riding Apparel
Nike, Lululemon, Adidas, etc.
MCC 5941 Sporting Goods Stores
Decathlon, Fila, New Balance, etc.
MCC 5948 Luggage or Leather Goods Stores
Louis Vuitton, Coach, Rimowa, Boarding Gate, etc.
TikTok Shop
 
Guardian, NTUC Unity, Watsons
 

Note: The above list of merchant examples is not exhaustive. ShopeePay transactions under MCC 5262 are not eligible to earn OCBC$. Amazon and Mustafa Centre transactions under MCC 5411 are not eligible either.


What fees & charges should you look out for?

  • Annual fee: S$196.20 (First 2 years waived)
    • Spend a min. of S$10,000 per year for subsequent years of annual fee waiver
  • Minimum monthly payment: 3% of total balance or S$50, whichever is higher
  • Late payment fee: S$100
  • Overlimit fee: S$40
  • Interest on purchases: 27.78% p.a. 
  • Interest on cash advance: 28.92% p.a. subject to compounding
  • Cash advance fee:
  • Foreign transaction fee: 3.25% (inclusive of 1% currency conversion from Visa/Mastercard)
  • Dynamic currency conversion fee: 1%

Eligibility criteria

  • At least 21 years old
  • Annual income requirement for Singaporeans/PRs: S$30,000
  • Annual income requirement for Foreigners: S$45,000

How to apply?

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Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page and complete the application form on SingSaver site. You might need to prepare the following documents for the application process:

  • Front and back of NRIC/Passport/Employment Pass
  • Salaried employees: Past 6 months' CPF statement (Singaporean/PR) or latest Income Tax Notice of Assessment and latest original computerised payslip
  • Self-employed / Commission earner: Latest Income Tax Notice of Assessment or latest 12 months' CPF statement
  • Foreigners:
    • Passport
    • Employment Pass
    • Latest original computerised payslip and latest Income Tax Notice of Assessment or original company letter certifying employment and salary

Credit cards similar to OCBC Rewards Card

If you are looking for a credit card that rewards you for your shopping, you can also consider these cards:


Citi Rewards Credit Card

Citi Rewards Credit Card | SingSaver

The Citi Rewards Card also gives you 4 mpd for your shopping and online spend. This includes shopping at department stores, spending on bags, shoes, clothes, both online and offline.

Note that the Citi Rewards Card rewards you with 4mpd on all online spend as well, allowing you to earn 4mpd on online transactions for other categories such as transport.

Outside of shopping and online transactions, the earn rate is 0.4 mpd, mirroring the non-shopping earn rate of OCBC Rewards card.

Read our full Citi Rewards Credit Card review here.

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SingSaver's Exclusive Offer: Receive the following rewards when you sign up for a Citi Rewards Card:

Get a Dyson Supersonic (worth S$699) or Apple iPad 9th Gen 10.2 Wifi 64GB (worth S$508.30) or Dyson V8 Slim Fluffy (worth S$509) or S$400 eCapitaVoucher or S$300 cash via PayNow upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. Valid until 30 April 2024. T&Cs apply.

See also: Credit Card Combo: Why You Should Pair Citi PremierMiles & Citi Rewards


UOB Lady’s / Lady's Solitaire Credit Card

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UOB Lady's Card
uob-ladys-solitaire-cardUOB Lady's Solitaire Card

The UOB Lady’s Card and the UOB Lady's Solitaire Card are win-win for everyone.

It can be useful to carry in your wallet, especially since it lets you choose the category that earns you 6 mpd. This category can be changed every quarter, allowing you to earn more miles on any other category depending on your spending for that quarter.

You can choose among these:

  • Beauty & Wellness
  • Fashion
  • Dining
  • Family
  • Travel
  • Transport and Entertainment

For shopping, select ‘Fashion’ as your preferred category for the current quarter to earn 6 mpd on your fashion spend. There is also an e-Commerce Protection provided for all your online purchases.

UOB Lady's Card Welcome Offer: 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.


DBS Woman’s / Woman's World Card

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DBS Woman's Card

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DBS Woman's World Card

The DBS Woman’s Card earns 2 mpd on the first S$1,000 online spend each month. The DBS Woman’s World Card earns 4 mpd on the first S$2,000 online spend each month. There is also e-Commerce Protection provided for your online purchases.

Or if you want more options beyond the above-listed rewards credit cards, you can check out other shopping credit cards here.

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.


See also:
7 Reasons Why Men Should Sign Up for Women’s Credit Cards


Should you get the OCBC Rewards Credit Card?

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Honestly, with the massive overhaul that the OCBC Rewards Card has received since 1 November, this rewards credit card has lost its lustre as an illustrious big-ticket shopping credit card.

After all, its coveted bonus 50 OCBC$ rate earned on your favourite gadgets and electronic home appliances paired with its annual 120,000 OCBC$ cap were top-tier. But now, those MCCs have been removed and its annual cap has been nerfed to a monthly limit of 10,000 OCBC$.

That said, with new eligible MCCs specifically targeting duty-free stores, sporting goods & apparel, luggage & leather goods, TikTik Shop, and pharmacies (Guardian, Watsons, Unity), the perks of OCBC Rewards Card haven't completely gone down the drain.

Moreover, with its major refresh, you can now stand to earn 6 mpd on selected retailers per quarter (e.g. Watsons, department stores or duty-free shops until 30 Jun 2024). So if you foresee yourself shopping at such retailers often, the OCBC Rewards Card might've just been reinstated as a top-tier shopping credit card once again.

See also: Best 6 Credit Cards For Overseas Spending

 

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