My Credit Card Strategy for 2022

VTLs have been suspended and travel is once again a medium-sized question mark. I’m stuck with too many miles (watch the video to find out exactly how many) and I don’t foresee my stash being used up over the next couple of years, so it’s going to be another year of cashback for me in 2022.

Besides, cashback cards are so good now with a rate of 5% easily achievable. I’m not going to give up 5% for only 4 miles per dollar.

Primary Card for everyday expenses

UOB EVOL has become my card of choice. Spending $600 a month both satisfies its monthly minimum spend, and hits the maximum cashback cap of $40 a month. While it’s advertised as an 8% cashback card, the effective yield is closer to 6.67% cashback since there are sublimits of $20 on each of the online and contactless categories.

Nonetheless, 6.67% cashback is a generous rate since you can spend on most things either online or through contactless these days.

Mile chasers can replace this with HSBC Revolution which can give 1% cashback on top of 4 mpd.

UOB EVOL

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S$350 Cash credits: 
 The first 200 new-to-UOB credit card customers in May 2024 who successfully apply for an eligible UOB Credit Card between 1 May 2024 and 31 May 2024 (both dates inclusive) and spend a min. of S$1,000 per month for 2 consecutive months from their card approval date, will receive S$350 cash credit. Click here for full terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions

Get 6.67% effective cashback on $600 of spend each month!

Card for mortgage

My mortgage is almost $2,000 a month, and that is the magic number for UOB One’s 5% cashback tier. ipaymy and CardUp both support mortgage payments, so it’s an excellent way to get cashback on an unavoidable expense that normal does not generate any card reward.

ipaymy and CardUp’s fees range between 1.8 to 2.25% or so, and hence you can earn the difference between the cashback you receive and the fees you pay. No brainer.

UOB One

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S$350 Cash credits: 
 The first 200 new-to-UOB credit card customers in May 2024 who successfully apply for an eligible UOB Credit Card between 1 May 2024 and 31 May 2024 (both dates inclusive) and spend a min. of S$1,000 per month for 2 consecutive months from their card approval date, will receive S$350 cash credit. Click here for full terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions

For New-to-UOB Credit Card Customers: Enjoy enhanced cashback of up to 15% cashback on McDonald’s, DFI Retail Group , Grab, SimplyGo (bus and train rides), Shopee and UOB Travel transactions when you apply for a UOB One Credit card till 31 Mar 2024. Terms and conditions apply.

Get 3.33% base cashback if you spend $500, $1,000, or $2,000 a month for three consecutive months. Up to 6.67% additional cashback for Grab, Shopee, and Diary Farm merchants.

Card for excess spending

Once the maximum cashback caps for UOB EVOL and UOB One have been reached, excess spending can be placed on my GrabPay Mastercard which I top up using UOB Absolute. UOB Absolute is one of two cards giving cashback on Grab top ups (the other being Amex True Cashback), and you get more rebates in form of Grab points when you spend using the GrabPay Mastercard. The effective yield is about 2.9%, and it only goes up when you include things like Grab Power Up Challenges and redemption sales.

Card for groceries

Groceries easily get 8% cashback with the Citi Cash Back Card, and I use it to buy $800 to $1,000 worth of vouchers at a time to satisfy the monthly minimum spend for a month. Thereafter, I use the vouchers over the next few months, having already earned 8% cashback. The Mastercard variant of this card can even be paired with the Instarem Amaze for an additional 1% cashback. 9% cashback is too good to pass up.

Citi Cash Back

Please note there are different promos so select carefully:

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Citi Promo:

  • Citi PremierMiles: 30,000 miles
  • Citi Prestige: 125,000 points and more
  • Citi Rewards: 40,000 points
  • Citi Cash Back: S$300 cashback
  • Citi SMRT: S$300 cashback
  • Tap here to see Citi promos

Last day to apply: 31st July 2024


SingSaver Promo:

Choose:

  • Apple iPad 10th Gen 64GB WiFi (retailing for S$529)
  • Dyson Supersonic (retailing for S$699)
  • Sony HT-AX7 Portable Theatre System (retailing for S$769)
  • S$450 eCapitaVoucher
  • S$300 cash via PayNow

Optional – upgrade reward:

  • Top up S$999 for MacBook Air 13-inch 256GB M3
  • Top up S$1,099 for iPhone 15 Pro 128GB
  • Top up S$1,488 for Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra 512GB

Last day to apply: 2nd June 2024

New cardholders only; spend S$500 within first 30 days of card approval to qualify.
⚠️ Fill out SingSaver Rewards Redemption Form after application. No form = no reward
Terms and conditions apply

Get 8% cashback on private commute and petrol, as well as 6% on groceries and dining! Read the review here

Card for big purchases

When I want to buy something substantial – a new laptop, phone, or furniture perhaps – Citi SMRT is the cashback card that handles big purchases handily. Having an annual $12,000 cap instead of a monthly limit, the Citi SMRT card is perhaps the only cashback card giving a high earn rate for large purchases. A useful card to apply and keep on the off-chance you need to buy something expensive for sure.

Citi SMRT

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One of the only high-earn cashback cards with no monthly cap! Gives 5% cashback on online transactions. Read the review here.

Take note of prevailing promotions

Promotions will change the value proposition of cards, and companies can be very generous with their spending promos. DBS, for instance, has been giving as much as 8% in additional cashback on top of its usual card rewards, and that makes the humble 5% LiveFresh card a lot better than the UOB EVOL.

Grab Power Up Challenges too boost the rebates given by the GrabPay Mastercard, so these are things you need to take note of if you do want to get as much card rewards as possible.

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