Choosing the right air miles credit card can help you earn frequent flyer miles cheaper and quicker. Here are the best ones to apply for.
At SingSaver, we are big advocates that you should save and invest your money wisely. That’s also why it’s critical to understand what kind of spender you are and where most of your money goes to each month. Food? Groceries? Shopping? Travel? Only then can you identify the right credit card and maximise its benefits.
Air miles credit cards are one of our favourite methods of earning as you spend — earn air miles with every purchase and redeem them for travel flights, seat upgrades and even hotel and car rental discounts. That is the essence of travel hacking — flying further, for cheaper.
So if earning frequent flyer miles is your thing, then here are six of the best air miles credit cards to consider! You can also check out some travel hacks here.
Best Air Miles Credit Cards In Singapore
|Card Type||Annual Fee||Miles Earned (Local)||Miles Earned (Overseas)||Bonus Miles||Redemption Fees|
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
|$176.55 (1st year waived)||$1 = 1.1 miles||$1 = 2 miles||Up to 8,800 KrisFlyer miles (min. spend of $3,000 in first 3 months)||N.A|
|$192.60||$1 = 1.2 Citi miles||$1 = 2 Citi miles||10,000 Citi miles (min. spend of $3,000 in first 3 months) for new customers
37,300 Citi miles (min. spend of $9,000 in first three months)
|$25 per redemption|
Altitude Visa Signature
|$192.60||$1 = 1.2 miles ($1 = 3 miles on online flight and hotel transactions)||$1 = 2 miles||Up to 38,000 welcome miles (with min. $6,000 spend in first 3 months||S$26.75 per redemption|
|$256.80 (first year waived)||$1 = 1.4 miles||$1 = 2.4 miles||20,000 loyalty miles with min. spend of $50,000 per year||$25 per redemption|
|$488||$1 = 1.3 VOYAGE miles (1 VOYAGE mile = 1 KrisFlyer mile)||$1 = 2.2 VOYAGE miles||15,000 VOYAGE miles with annual fee payment||N.A|
Visa Infinite Card
|$650||$1 = 1.25 miles (with min. spend)||$1 = 2.25 miles (with min. spend)||35,000 welcome miles (in 87,500 HSBC rewards points) for new customers||Annual program fee of $40, $25 per redemption|
|Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card||$180 (3 years fee waiver)||$1 = 3.2 miles for dining, petrol, transport and on Agoda (with min. monthly spend of $300)||$1 = 2 miles (with min. monthly spend of $300)||$25 per redemption|
*Credit card and miles offers are subject to changes at any time.
1. American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Card: Lowest annual fee and no redemption fee
Most credit cards make you pay a redemption fee when you convert your miles (such as CITI miles or DBS miles) to Krisflyer miles, but not this one. This Amex card is special.
For starters, you get 5,000 KrisFlyer Miles for spending $3,000 within the first three months. You will also earn 3,300 KrisFlyer miles based on the 1.1 mpd rate for local spend.
This adds up to 8,800 KrisFlyer miles when you spend $3,000 in your first three months. For new American Express card holders, you also get a 24″ Acer Monitor (worth $349).
2. Citi PremierMiles Visa Card: Best all-rounded air miles card
The Citi PremierMiles Visa Card is truly your all-in-one go-to-card. It’s a good steady workhorse for accumulating miles slowly but surely. And the miles never expire!
Citi PremierMiles has an earn rate of 1.2 miles per dollar. There are also two different welcome offers available.
You can earn 37,300 Citi Miles when you apply for a Citi PremierMiles Visa Card and spend $9,000 within 3 months from date of card approval. Of this 37,300 Citi Miles, 10,800 Citi Miles would have been earned on your $9,000 spend based on 1.2 mpd and 26,500 Citi Miles will be bonus Citi Miles earned upon meeting spend requirement and paying the annual fee.
If spending $9,000 is not possible, a 10,000 Citi Miles welcome offer awaits you when you spend $3,000 in the first three months. If that’s not enough to entice you, booking your holiday on travel booking site Agoda gets you up to 7 miles per dollar, while on Kaligo, it’s 10 miles per dollar.
Lastly, this card gets you covered with travel protection and privileges like two complimentary airport lounge access per year.
SingSaver exclusive promotion: Get an Apple AirPods Pro (worth $379) or $300 cash when you apply for a qualifying Citibank credit card as a new cardmember.
You will have to make a qualifying spend transaction of any amount on your new card to be eligible. Existing Citibank cardmembers will get $30 cash via PayNow instead. Promotion is valid from 5 to 19 October 2020. Pick your Citibank card here!
3. DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card: Best for booking on travel aggregators
This DBS card is just what you need to put your miles ahead of the rest, especially if you’re spending on travel. Enjoy 3 miles per $1 spent on online flights and hotel transactions. Additionally, you earn more miles when you book with travel partners such as Agoda and Kaligo that give you 10 mpd, or Expedia that earns 6 mpd. All other spend earns 1.2 mpd.
Golfers, you’re going to want to swing for this one to enjoy 30% off on weekdays in participating golf clubs around Asia, not to mention two free airport lounge visits per year and travel insurance coverage.
Apply online now and get 38,000 bonus miles when you charge $6,000 to the card in the first 3 months. If you’re in it for the long haul, even better — receive additional 10,000 bonus miles when you pay the annual fee of $192.60 to renew your card.
DBS Promotion: Get $200 cashback when you apply and spend on one of these five DBS/POSB credit cards: DBS Altitude (Visa), DBS Live Fresh, DBS Woman’s World Card, DBS Woman’s Card or POSB Everyday card. You can get up to $250 cashback if you apply for the DBS Altitude (Amex).
Simply enter promo code DBSFLASH in your application to qualify. Promotion is valid from 21 September to 5 October 2020. You’ll have to be a new DBS/POSB credit cardholder and make a qualifying transaction within 30 days of card approval date to be eligible. Terms and conditions apply.
If you’re not a new DBS/POSB credit cardholder, consider these promotions instead.
4. UOB PRVI Miles Card: Best local miles earn rate
This is a perennial favourite because of its decent miles per dollar earn rate (1.4 mpd on local spend, 2.4 mpd on overseas spend), as well as the bonus miles you get from transacting on travel booking sites. When you sign up, not only will you get a choice of American Express, Visa and MasterCard, but you’ll be spoilt by a plethora of privileges: up to eight complimentary airport transfers to Changi Airport and travel insurance of up to $500,000.
For frequent travellers, you earn 6 miles for every $1 spent on major airlines and hotels booked through Expedia, UOB Travel, and Agoda. There’s also no minimum spend and cap on miles earned at all times. You can also use this card for your transport spending on bus and train rides with SimplyGo.
For those applying for the Amex version of this card, there’s an exclusive benefit whereby you’ll gain bonus 20,000 miles, provided your annual spending can hit at least $50,000.
SingSaver Promotion: Get $80 cash via PayNow when you apply as a new to UOB credit cardmember. Existing UOB cardmembers can get $20 GrabFood vouchers. This promotion is valid till 15 October 2020.
5. OCBC Voyage Card: Best for VIP level perks
The OCBC Voyage card has recently gone through a round of revision and it now gives you 2.2/1.3 VOYAGE Miles (1 VOYAGE Mile = 1 KrisFlyer Mile) for overseas and local spends respectively. Previously, cardmembers were getting 2.3/1.2 mpd; against a backdrop of the travel doldrums, you’ll be getting a tad more miles for buck whenever you spend locally.
If hotel-hopping is your thing, you’ll be glad to know that the card offers exclusive deals on hotel dining and staycations. When you’re finally ready to travel abroad, take advantage of the complimentary limousine services, lifted blackout dates and KrisFlyer miles conversion fee waiver.
VOYAGE miles never expire, and cardholders will get to enjoy 24/7 VOYAGE Exchange Personal Concierge services, unlimited free Plaza Premium airport lounge access throughout the year, and free travel insurance of up to $1.5 million. However, you will need an annual income of at least $120,000 to apply for this card.
6. HSBC Visa Infinite Card: Best bonus welcome miles for new customers
They say time is money. If you want to get ahead of the queue at immigration, the HSBC Visa Infinite card is your ticket. Express immigration clearance is one of the perks of this card. Other equally enticing VIP treatments include airport limousine transfers, travel insurance of up to US$2 million coverage for you and your family, and unlimited access to over 1,100 VIP airport lounges worldwide.
Apply for a new HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card and receive 35,000 miles, awarded as 87,500 HSBC Rewards points redeemable with over 40 airlines. You will also receive $30 worth of Grab rides when you apply online with MyInfo via SingPass.
With the HSBC Visa Infinite, you can earn up to 1.25 mpd on local spend and up to 2.25 mpd on overseas spend. You also enjoy golfing privileges that include 50% off green fees at participating golf clubs across Southeast Asia and complimentary weekday green fees at the Serapong and New Tanjong courses at Sentosa Golf Club. A premium credit card, you need a minimum annual income of $120,000 to apply.
7. Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card: Best for no annual fee
If you don’t like making your case for annual fee waivers every year, and are keen on a card that earns you miles, the Maybank Horizon Visa Signature credit card makes life easier.
While most credit cards offer annual fee waivers to entice customers to sign up, this card offers a guaranteed annual fee waiver for the first three years. That’s equivalent to $540 in savings. If you spend regularly on local dining, petrol, taxi fares and ride-sharing services, you will earn a generous 3.2 air miles per local spend. Overseas, cardholders earn a rate of 2 miles per dollar which still aligns with the market average.
If you don’t spend a lot on the above categories, cardholders only earn 0.4 miles per dollar on general spends. You’ll also have to spend a minimum of $300 per month on the above categories – local dining, petrol, taxi fares and ride-sharing – to earn the 3.2 miles per dollar earn rate. The total bonus TREATS Points you can chalk up is capped at 30,000 per calendar month. You’ll also have to pay a $25 points-to-air miles conversion fee for each redemption.
SingSaver promotion for Maybank credit cards: From now till 31 December 2020, get $100 in cashback when you apply for one of seven participating Maybank credit cards (for new Maybank cardmembers only). To earn this reward, you will have to spend a minimum of $250 qualifying spend each month for two consecutive months upon card approval. More details here.
Ready to hop onto the miles-chasing life? Here’s an infographic that sums up travel hacking.
Still unsure on which miles card to apply for? Compare the best air miles credit cards in Singapore with our simple comparison tool and get rewarded with exclusive promotions and gifts today!
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By Alexa Fang
Alexa is a pop-culture vulture. She lives to read, write and travel, and decided long ago that life is stranger than fiction. When she’s having a croissant, she thinks in French. “31 Rue Cambon” is her favourite address, and she believes that money one enjoyed spending is never money wasted.