UOB One Account Review 2022: A Hassle-Free High Yield Savings Account Of Up To 3.6% Interest Per Year

Kendra Tan

Kendra Tan

Last updated 01 September, 2022

The UOB One Account touts a fuss-free savings experience, with just two requirements to snag a higher interest rate of up to 3.6%. Here’s what they are and everything else you need to know about this savings account.

 

For most working professionals, it’s a no-brainer to have at least one high yield savings account.

After all, it’s close to effortless when things like salary crediting and credit card spend help in raising your account’s interest rate.

Unfortunately, a good number of high yield savings accounts out there have many more hoops to jump through than that.

Fortunately, the UOB One Account might just be the most hassle-free of them all. Instead of the usual five or six requirements to earn the highest possible interest rate, it has just a fraction of that.

Both requirements even have some leeway, which opens this savings account up to a lot of people.

From 1 September 2022, the UOB One Account will allow you to earn an effective interest rate (EIR) of up to 3.6% a year on your first S$100,000.

Here’s SingSaver’s full review of the UOB One Account and how you can apply for it.

How does the UOB One Account work?

The UOB One Account now lets you enjoy an interest rate of up to 3.6% p.a. when you fulfill two criterias.

The first would be making a minimum monthly credit or debit card spend of S$500.

As for the second? Crediting a minimum monthly salary of S$1,600 to your account or making at least three GIRO transactions a month.

This 3.6% p.a. interest rate is applicable to the first S$100,000 in your account and there are no other hoops that you need to jump through.

UOB One Account revised interest rates

Account Monthly Average Balance (MAB) Spend min. S$500 (calendar month) on eligible UOB Card
Total interest
Spend min. S$500 (calendar month) on eligible UOB Card AND make 3 GIRO debit transactions Spend min. S$500 on eligible UOB Card AND credit your salary via GIRO
Total interest
First S$15,000 0.25% 0.75% 1.40%
Next S$15,000 0.25% 0.80% 1.40%
Next S$15,000 0.25% 0.85% 1.50%
Next S$15,000 0.25% 0.90% 1.50%
Next S$15,000 0.25% 2.50% 2.50%
Next S$25,000 0.05% 0.05% 3.60%
Above S$100,000 0.05% 0.05% 0.05%

In fact, there are quite a few credit and debit cards that are eligible for that first criteria. These naturally include the UOB One Card, UOB One Debit Visa Card, and UOB One Debit Mastercard, amongst others.

If you’re using GIRO transactions to fulfill the second criteria, there’s flexibility there too. Any billing organisation that accepts GIRO arrangements is fair game, unless you’re making repayments for mortgage or car loans.

Several eligible billing organisations include HDB, Prudential, SP Services, and Singtel.

What are the benefits of the UOB One Account?

If you spend S$500 a month on your credit or debit card and have up to S$75,000 in savings, the UOB One Account should be one to consider. Here are five reasons why:

1. There are just two hoops to jump through

Unlike savings accounts that require you to jump through five or six hoops in order to earn higher interest, the UOB One Account has just two simple requirements:

1. Credit a minimum salary of S$1,600 or make three GIRO transactions per month 

2. Spend a minimum of S$500 on an eligible UOB credit card to enjoy the higher interest rate

No fuss, no muss.

2. It can be used as a second savings account

Remember, the UOB One Account lets you choose between monthly salary crediting or making three GIRO transactions to land better interest rates.

If you’re a salaried employee, you can credit your paycheck to your primary high yield savings account while utilising the UOB One Account for GIRO arrangements.

In turn, this maximises the interest earned across two savings accounts. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

3. Get competitive exchange rates by linking UOB Mighty FX to your UOB One Account

If you’re someone who frequently makes purchases in a foreign currency - via shopping on e-commerce platforms like Taobao, for example - you can tap on UOB’s Mighty FX for competitive exchange rates.

Paying in the local currency could help you to avoid dynamic currency conversion (DCC), which more often than not shortchanges the consumer.

UOB’s Mighty FX lets you exchange your Singapore dollars into 10 different currencies (AUD, CAD, CHF, CNH, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, USD), with no admin fees on all your online shopping and overseas spends.

4. Capitalise on the perks of the UOB One Card

Combine the UOB One Account and UOB One Card to earn cashback on your daily spend while achieving the monthly S$500 credit/debit card spend requirement. The UOB One Card grants a generous 10% cashback on Shopee, Dairy Farm Group merchants, Grab, and UOB Travel. You also stand to earn up to 5% cashback on all retail spend when you meet certain criteria.

Read SingSaver’s full review of the UOB One Card here.

5. Take advantage of other UOB credit and debit cards

As mentioned earlier, there are several credit and debit cards in UOB’s roster that you can use to meet the minimum monthly spend requirement. Apart from the eponymous ones, you can use the UOB EVOL Card, all variations of the UOB Lady’s Card, and the UOB Mighty FX Debit Card.

Although several miles cards like the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa Card and UOB Visa Signature Card aren’t eligible, it’s a small price to pay.

What fees and charges should I be aware of?

The UOB One Account does not have a minimum initial deposit requirement. However, it does have a minimum account balance requirement of S$1,000. If you’re unable to meet it, you’ll incur a monthly fall-below fee of S$5.

Additionally, there’s an early account closure fee of S$30 if you decide the UOB One Account isn’t for you within six months of opening it.

Finally, UOB charges S$10 should you need a cheque book. However, that’s completely optional so you need not worry much about this particular fee.

How does the UOB One Account compare against other bank accounts?

The UOB One Account isn’t the only high yield savings account in town. Almost every bank has a savings account that rewards you with higher interest rates as you transact across various categories.

Here’s how UOB’s solution fares against some of its competitors out there.

UOB One Account vs DBS Multiplier Account

Savings Account Minimum Annual Interest Rate Maximum Annual Interest Rate
UOB One Account 0.05% 3.6%
DBS Multiplier Account 0.05% 3.5%

Numbers don’t tell the full story when it comes to these two high yield savings accounts. Although the DBS Multiplier has a slightly lower interest rate compared to the UOB One Account, there are more hoops to jump through.

To earn the maximum 3.5% interest on your DBS Multiplier, you'll have to:

  1. Have S$100,000 in the account
  2. Credit salary and make transactions across three categories every month
  3. Make at least S$30,000 in eligible transactions per month

The UOB One Account’s S$500 credit/debit card spend and S$1,600 minimum salary crediting or three GIRO transactions is much easier to achieve.

UOB One Account vs OCBC 360 Account

Savings Account Minimum Annual Interest Rate Maximum Annual Interest Rate
UOB One Account 0.05% 3.6%
OCBC 360 Account 0.05% 4.05%

The OCBC 360 Account features a higher maximum annual interest rate than the UOB One Account, at 4.05% on your first S$100,000.

However, just like the DBS Multiplier, you'll have to fulfil more than two conditions in order to get the maximum interest.

To earn yourself bonus interest on the first S$100,000 of your OCBC 360 account balance, you will need to fulfil these categories:

  • Salary: Credit a minimum salary of S$1,800 per month through GIRO
  • Save: Increase your average daily balance by at least S$500 every month
  • Spend: Charge at least S$500 to your OCBC 365 Credit Card each month
  • Insure: Purchase an eligible insurance product from OCBC to earn this bonus interest rate for 12 months after the effective date of purchase
  • Invest: Purchase an eligible investment product from OCBC to earn this bonus interest rate for 12 months after the effective date of purchase
  • Grow: Maintain an average daily balance of at least S$200,000 to earn this extra 0.6% p.a. bonus each month

Realistically speaking, not everyone will be able to hit the maximum interest of 4.05%, because the Insure, Invest and Grow categories are tougher to meet.

In my humble opinion, I would rather much stick to the UOB One Account which gives you 3.6% interest when you simply 1) credit a minimum salary of S$1,600 and 2) spend S$500 on eligible UOB credit cards a month.

UOB One Account vs BOC SmartSaver

Savings Account Minimum Annual Interest Rate Maximum Annual Interest Rate
UOB One Account 0.05% 3.6%
BOC SmartSaver 0.1% 3%

Although COVID-19 caused interest rates for high yield savings accounts to be slashed left, right, and center, the BOC SmartSaver remained a highly competitive option. But that's in the past.

For the BOC SmartSaver, you'll have to spend a minimum of S$500 monthly on your credit or debit cards to earn 0.3% p.a. This is bumped up to 0.5% p.a. when you spend a minimum of S$1,500.

Ditto for salary crediting, which nets you 0.3% p.a. for a minimum of S$2,000. Credit S$6,000 at least and you’re looking at 0.5% p.a.

There’s GIRO transactions too, where three payments per month earns you 0.3% p.a.

How do I apply for the UOB One Account?

To apply for the UOB One Account, you need to be at least 18 years old . You can apply to open a UOB One Account or a UOB One Account and a UOB One Card.

For Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, applications are easier thanks to the integration of SingPass MyInfo. There’s no need to manually submit forms or documents should you apply using this method.

Foreigners will need to head to a UOB branch and have the following documents ready:

  • Passport
  • Proof of Residential Address
  • Employment Pass, S Pass, or Dependent Pass

Existing UOB customers can simply log on to the bank’s internet banking portal to apply.

What promotions are there for applicants?

Simply deposit fresh funds in your UOB account and earn up S$580. Refer your friends and family and earn additional rewards of up to S$120.

Here's how:

  1. Deposit a minimum of S$30,000 in Incremental Fresh Funds in an Eligible Account by 30 September 2022.
  2. Register your participation here by 30 September 2022.
  3. Refer your friends and family to participate via this link. They simply need to indicate your mobile number that is registered with UOB under 'Mobile Number of Referrer'.
  4. That's it! You will now receive S$30 for every successful referral, capped at S$120.

Promotion ends 31 October 2022.

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