Best Overseas Spending Credit Cards in Singapore (2020)

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Citi Cash Back Card

Citi Cash Back Card

SingSaver's Exclusive Offer
Citi Cash Back Card
3.25%
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee
SingSaver's Exclusive Offer:
Get rewarded with a set of Apple AirPods Pro (worth S$379) or S$250 cash via PayNow when you apply and make a qualifying spend with your card. Valid till 7 Dec 2020. T&Cs apply.
Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card

Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card

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Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card
S$30,000
Min. Annual Income
3%
Cashbackon online spends in foreign currency and all vPost spend
3.5%
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee
OCBC 90°N Card

OCBC 90°N Card

Popular
OCBC 90°N Card
S$30,000
Min. Annual Income
2.1%
Cashback
3.25%
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee
UOB PRVI Miles American Express Card

UOB PRVI Miles American Express Card

Welcome Gift
UOB PRVI Miles American Express Card
S$30,000
Min. Annual Income
3.25%
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee
Welcome Gift:
Get S$150 cash credit when you apply and make a min. spend of S$1,500. Valid till 31 Dec 2020. T&Cs apply.
Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card

Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card

Welcome Gift
Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card
S$30,000
Min. Annual Income
Not Available
Cashback
2.75%
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee
Welcome Gift:
Receive S$100 cash credit when you apply and make a min. spend of S$250 for two consecutive months. Valid till 31 December 2020. T&Cs apply.
UOB YOLO Card

UOB YOLO Card

Welcome Gift
UOB YOLO Card
S$30,000
Min. Annual Income
Not Available
Cashback
3.1%
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee
Welcome Gift:
Get S$150 cash credit when you apply and make a min. spend of S$1,500. Valid till 31 Dec 2020. T&Cs apply.
Standard Chartered Rewards+ Credit Card

Standard Chartered Rewards+ Credit Card

SingSaver's Exclusive Offer
Standard Chartered Rewards+ Credit Card
S$30,000
Min. Annual Income
3.5%
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee
SingSaver's Exclusive Offer:
Receive a set of Sony WF1000XM3 True Wireless earbuds (worth S$349) or S$200 cash via PayNow when you apply and make a min. spend of S$80. Valid till 6 Dec 2020. T&Cs apply.
American Express True Cashback Card

American Express True Cashback Card

Welcome Gift
American Express True Cashback Card
S$30,000
Min. Annual Income
2.95%
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee
Welcome Gift:
Score S$80 CapitaVouchers + S$120 vouchers of your choice when you make a min. spend of S$500 within the first month of card approval. Valid till 14 Dec 2020. T&Cs apply.

Why get a credit card for overseas spending?
Some credit cards reward you with additional cashback or miles for spending in foreign currencies. For example, the UOB PRVI Miles Card earns you 1.4 mpd for local spend, but offers an enticing 2.4 mpd for overseas spending.

Who should get a credit card that rewards you for overseas spending?
Those of you who frequently make transactions in foreign currencies. Some examples of such activities include:

  • Making online purchases from overseas retailers in foreign currency
  • Travelling overseas, be it for business or leisure

What is a foreign currency transaction fee?
This is a fee charged by the bank for transactions made overseas or through an online merchant based overseas. Foreign currency transaction fees can range from 2.5% to 3.5%.

Why pay in foreign currency when you can pay in Singapore dollars (SGD)?
When spending overseas, the option to pay in SGD can be offered through a Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC). However, you often end up paying more with the DCC than in foreign currency, where the bank handles the conversion and charges you the transaction fee. You also miss out on the extra credit card perks you get from paying in foreign currency.

Here are more reasons why you should not pay in SGD when swiping your credit card abroad.

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How do I activate my credit card for overseas use?

In order to use your credit card overseas, you have to activate the overseas usage feature on your card which will enable the magnetic stripe for use. Most banks offer a number of ways for you to activate your credit card for overseas use, such as:

  • Online through iBanking
  • Using the bank’s mobile app
  • via SMS
  • Through an ATM
  • Visit the bank
  • Talking to a virtual assistant
  • Calling the customer service
Do you get rebates for spending on your credit card overseas?

Credit cards offer additional rewards in the form or miles, cashback or reward points for your overseas spend. This typically includes spending made in foreign currency, even from the comforts of your home.

What is the credit card foreign currency transaction fee?

When you pay in foreign currency, the bank converts the foreign currency into Singapore Dollars (SGD) for you prior to your next credit card bill statement. Transactions in foreign currencies that are not US Dollar (USD), will be converted to USD before being converted to SGD.

The foreign currency transaction fee is the fee you incur for this currency conversion. It includes the currency conversion charge imposed by card associations (such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express), as well as an administrative fee on the foreign transaction amount charged by the bank. These charges can range from 3% to 3.25% in total.


What is dynamic currency conversion (DCC)?

Dynamic currency conversion (DCC) is a service that converts the local currency amount you are about to transact on your credit card to SGD on your behalf. This is made available at certain overseas merchants or websites. When you pay in SGD using the DCC service, the process of conversion and the exchange rate applied will be determined by the relevant DCC service provider and not the bank.


However, the exchange rate used for DCC transactions is often less favourable than a foreign currency transaction and you could also incur processing fees charged by the bank. Read this article for three reasons not to pay in SGD when paying with your credit card overseas.

Do I need One Time Password (OTP) when using a credit card overseas?

An OTP is a security feature offered by banks that requires you to verify your transaction with a passcode sent to the mobile phone number registered with the bank. It is required for certain transactions such as making online credit card transactions, updating your particulars etc.

If an OTP is required while you are overseas, you might need to have global roaming services activated for your phone line in order to receive the OTP SMS. But there are also other ways to verify your transaction, such as using the bank’s mobile application to generate a one-time PIN.

How to check credit card foreign exchange rate and currency transaction charges?

You can check the charges incurred from your foreign currency transaction in the credit card statement provided at the end of the month. You can also view your current credit card eStatement online via iBanking or through the bank’s mobile application. Do keep in mind that the rate used for the conversion could differ from the rate that was in effect on the date of the transaction due to currency fluctuations in the market.

How do I avoid foreign transaction fees?

You can consider options such as a multi-currency account. Multi-currency accounts are offered by banks as well as fintech companies. These accounts allow you to store multiple different currencies within the account. You can also exchange different currencies at the prevailing exchange rate within the account. These multi-currency accounts typically come with a debit card that allows you to spend in the currency of your choice without incurring additional fees.

What are the fees and charges incurred for a credit card used for overseas transactions?

Credit cards may charge annual fees and late payment fees. These fees are similar across all types of credit cards. What you will need to look out for when it comes to using credit cards for overseas purchases would be the foriegn currency transaction fee.

Confused about credit card terms?

Glossary terms to know for first-time credit card users

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