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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New to bank

Gift A: S$150 cash credit for signing up card

Gift B: S$80 for customers new to UOB bank; or
S$60 for customers new to UOB deposit accounts; or S$30 for existing UOB deposit customers

Gift C: S$50

Total: Gifts A + B + C = up to S$280!

Terms and Conditions

Gift A: successfully apply for a UOB personal credit card in the month of July 2022 and spend a min. of S$1,500 within 30 days from card approval date on their new UOB credit card. Card exclusions apply. Tap here for full terms and conditions.

Gift B:

  1. Successfully open a new Eligible UOB Account online from 1 May 2022 to 31 July 2022, and
  2. Deposit at least S$5,000 into their new UOB account within the account opening month and hold it till the end of the following calendar month.
  3. S$5,000 must be fresh funds for existing customers
  4. Tap here for full terms and conditions

Gift C:

  1. successfully submitted an online participation form here; and
  2. successfully credit monthly salary (of at least S$1,600) into an Eligible UOB Account+ via GIRO within two calendar months from the date of submission of the participation formd

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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New to bank

Gift A: S$150 cash credit for signing up card

Gift B: S$80 for customers new to UOB bank; or
S$60 for customers new to UOB deposit accounts; or S$30 for existing UOB deposit customers

Gift C: S$50

Total: Gifts A + B + C = up to S$280!

Terms and Conditions

Gift A: successfully apply for a UOB personal credit card in the month of July 2022 and spend a min. of S$1,500 within 30 days from card approval date on their new UOB credit card. Card exclusions apply. Tap here for full terms and conditions.

Gift B:

  1. Successfully open a new Eligible UOB Account online from 1 May 2022 to 31 July 2022, and
  2. Deposit at least S$5,000 into their new UOB account within the account opening month and hold it till the end of the following calendar month.
  3. S$5,000 must be fresh funds for existing customers
  4. Tap here for full terms and conditions

Gift C:

  1. successfully submitted an online participation form here; and
  2. successfully credit monthly salary (of at least S$1,600) into an Eligible UOB Account+ via GIRO within two calendar months from the date of submission of the participation formd

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

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New to bank*

Click here to see Citi promos

  • Up to 30,000 miles, 120,000 points and more

Or choose Singsaver’s promos:

  1. Apple iPad 9th Gen (worth S$499) or
  2. ErgoTune Supreme V3 (worth S$850) or
  3. Apple Watch SE 2nd Gen (worth S$379) or
  4. S$350 Cash

Until 2nd October 2022

*Minimum spend of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. Terms and conditions apply

Sign-up Process

  1. Apply with the link
  2. Important: find SingSaver email and fill in redemption form after application
  3. Fulfil requirements as stated in terms and conditions

Credit card terms and conditions
Banking account terms and conditions
Priority banking terms and conditions

Get 8% cashback on groceries and petrol, as well as 6% on 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.

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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