August Card Deals: Highest-ever Sign-up Gifts For Citi, StanChart, DBS (updated)

Imagine telling someone this time last year that in August 2021, we’d not be able to dine out or hang out in more than groups of two. Wild.

Here are some great card deals for August while we twiddle our thumbs and wait for things to get better.


  • DBS’s highest-ever $300 offer is back
  • Citi now offers a $599 Dyson Supersonic HairDryer
  • StanChart’s highest-ever $300 offer is ending 4th August 2021 Ended!
  • CIMB is now offering $130; a tad higher than last month’s promo

2021 has been great for credit card offers at least. DBS and StanChart are offering the highest-ever gifts of $300 cash for you to get your first card with them. Citi is aggressive as usual with $350 of cash gift, and now even offering a $599 sign-up gift: a Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer.

For applications that start by asking you for your email, make sure you note down the application number and fill up the form found in your email after application to ensure you get your sign-up gift. For DBS applications, make sure to use the promo code found below during the sign-up process.

Sign-up gifts typically take a few months to be disbursed, but a little wait is surely fine for gifts as attractive as these.

Do also read through the terms and conditions while signing up.

Some card recommendations from each bank

You can head over to for more choice, but here are what I’d recommend as your first card from each bank:

  • DBS LiveFresh is a decent card for cashback. Somewhat inferior to OCBC FRANK and UOB EVOL, but that sign-up bonus…
  • Use the Citi Cash Back to buy $800 to $1,000 of supermarket vouchers within a single month and get 8%, then take your time to spend those vouchers over a few months… alternatively you may want to consider the Citi SMRT card
  • StanChart Unlimited Cashback card and CIMB World MasterCard both give unlimited 1.5% cashback


New to bank
Get $300 cashback with min spend of $300 within 30 days of card approval. Use code DECLFASH

Until 11th January 2022

Cash Back

New to bank*

  1. Apple AirPods Pro (worth S$379) or
  2. Ninja OP300 Multi Cooker (worth S$499) or
  3. S$350 cash 

Existing customers
$30 via PayNow, no min spend required

*Minimum spend of S$500 within 30 days of card approval.

Until 30th January 2022

World Mastercard

Annual income: $50,000

New to bank
Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone or
S$150 cash via PayNow
– make min. spend of $500/mth for 2 months

Until 28th February 2022


New to Amex (Promo 1)


  • Apple Airpods (3nd Generation) (worth S$269); or
  • S$160 cash via PayNow

Existing Amex customers (Promo 1)

$30 via PayNow*

*min spend of S$500 required within 30 days of card approval

Until 31st January 2022

OR Promo 2:

New Amex customers (Promo 2)


  • 200,000 STAR$ (worth S$200 eCapitaVouchers)
  • Chance to win TESLA model 3

Existing Amex customers (Promo 2)


  • 50,000 bonus STAR$ (worth S$50 eCapitaVouchers)*
  • Chance to win TESLA model 3

Valid until 31st January 2022

* min spend of S$1,500 in the first 3 months of Card Membership (bonus STAR$ is on top of STAR$ given on spend!)
^ sign up with SingPass MyInfo and make one spend of minimum $1
Fees shall be charged if card is cancelled within 6 months from card approval

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