One Card to Rule Them All… Or: “Better Credit Cards for Lazy People”

Are you using a 1.5% cashback card or a 1.2 mpd one because you are just too lazy to bother with all the complicated conditions high earn cards, and somehow can’t find space in your wallet for more than one card? I get it – trying to meet all the silly requirements and using multiple credit cards can be such a chore, but here are some cards that are low on fuss and higher on the rewards.

Top Pick: Amex True Cashback with Grab MasterCard

There are very little options that give you a relatively high earn rate with this little fuss. Simple use your Amex True Cashback Card for 3% cashback on its first $5,000 spend and top up your Grab wallet. You can then use your Grab card for practically anything that accepts credit cards, and then get a further 4 points per dollar (roughly equivalent to 0.8% rebate). This is the most fuss-free “spend anywhere card” I can think of, and perfect for people who just don’t want the trouble of meeting spending requirements.

Earn rate: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Fuss-free: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

American Express True Cashback

New to Amex Basic Cards

RequirementReward
New cardholder of Amex True CashbackBoosted 3% cashback on all eligible spend (except Grab-top) up to S$5,000 for the first 6 months
Fill up SingSaver Rewards Redemption Form and spend S$500 on eligible transactions within first 30 days from card approvalS$150 cashback
⚠️ No form = no reward

Tap here for terms and conditions (save a copy for future reference)

Last date to apply: 2nd May 2024

1.5% cashback on transactions except Grab top-ups

Pretty decent cashback: OCBC FRANK or DBS LiveFresh

Twins separated at birth, OCBC FRANK and DBS LiveFresh offer pretty similar rewards and identical requirements. If you spend a minimum of $600 within a calendar month, you get 6% (for FRANK) or 5% (for LiveFresh). There is a secondary requirement of having to split your spending between contactless and online transactions in order to get the optimal rates of 6% or 5%.

Keeping track of a minimum spend is a little bit of a fuss, and having to split them between two categories exacerbates the hassle, but even if you spend in a non-optimal manner, say clocking all $600 of spend on contactless payments (which is accepted nearly everywhere that accepts credit cards), you still get a respectable 4.17% rate on FRANK, and 3.33% rate on LiveFresh. That’s still much better than a 1.5% card; just take note to switch cards once you have reached the minimum spending and maximum cashback of these cards.

Maxing the cashback on FRANK then moving to LiveFresh is easy enough to overlook that this is technically a two-card thing.

Earn rate: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Fuss-free: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

OCBC FRANK

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No current promo; apply for one of the other OCBC Cards first.

DBS LiveFresh

Promo code: SC388
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New Cardholders

  1. Apply and use promo code SC388 by 30th June 2024
  2. Charge a minimum of S$800 within the first 60 days from card approval date
  3. Get S$388 cashback!

Terms and conditions

Get 6% cashback on shopping and transport spend with minimum S$800 spend each month.

4 mpd nearly everywhere: HSBC Revolution or UOB Preferred Platinum Visa

If you’re a miles person and using a card that gives you 1.2 or 1.4 mpd, it’s time to change to something way better like HSBC Revolution or UOB Preferred Platinum Visa, and both are barely more troublesome to use than your existing card.

All you need to do is to spend on contactless transactions, something that is available almost anywhere that accepts credit cards now, or online payments. There aren’t minimum spending to worry about, although the maximum spend you should put on it is $1,000 per month for Revolution and $1,111 per statement for UOB PPV, after which they give a paltry 0.4 mpd.

The only fuss you need to worry about is that you need to make sure the place you are spending at is within one of HSBC’s eligible categories. It’s a rather wide range and nearly a “spend anywhere” card, but I’m sure there are odd situations where the shop’s MCC falls outside of the approved ones:

UOB PPV shares a similar situation with its online spending, and you have to be a little careful whether your online transaction falls into eligible MCCs. For offline contactless, it is also a nearly “spend anywhere” card, but I have absentmindedly used it at certain places which gives UOB’s SMART$ (basically cashback) instead of the miles I was gunning for.

Earn rate: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Fuss-free: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

HSBC Revolution

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New HSBC Cardholder¹
Choose:

  • Dyson AM07 (retailing S$459)
  • Apple Airpods (3rd Gen) With Magsafe Charging Case (retailing S$274)
  • S$250 eCapitaVoucher
  • 15K Heymax Miles (sign up heymax account for bonus 1,000 miles)

Existing HSBC Cardholder²

  • S$50 cashback (with S$1,000 min spend)

⚠️ Important – complete all the following steps to be eligible for rewards:

  1. Provide HSBC consent to receive marketing/promotional materials during application
  2. Fill up SingSaver gift redemption form
  3. Make a min. spend of S$500 by the end of the following month from card approval date to be eligible for rewards

Last date to apply: 14th May 2024

For quick reference only; refer to terms and conditions for exact terms and save a copy for future reference:

  1. Terms and conditions
  2. Terms and conditions (existing cardholder)

Get 10X points on eligible Paywave and online transactions. Annual fee waived for life. Tap here for the review

Everyday cards: Maybank Family and Friends or Citi Cash Back

If you can fit these cards into your lifestyle, and it’s probably not all that difficult, you can consider the Maybank Family and Friends or Citi Cash Back cards.

You have to do a little overview of your monthly expenditure: if you can spend $800 a month between dining out, petrol, and groceries, the Citi Cash Back will fit very nicely as your one card giving as high as 6 to 8% cashback.

Maybank FnF’s categories are a little different, and it’s catered more for people with high monthly telco bills.

Both these cards aren’t as fuss free as the others, but their earn rates are the highest you can find now.

Earn rate: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fuss-free: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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 + S$50 FRx voucher
  • Citi SMRT: S$300 cashback
  • Tap here to see Citi promos

Last day to apply: 30th April 2024


SingSaver Promo:

First 500 eligible applications from 9AM 9th April 2024, choose:

  • PS5 Slim (Disc Edition, retailing for S$799)
  • Dyson Airwrap(retailing for S$859)
  • S$500 in eCapitaVouchers!

501st eligible applications onwards, choose:

  • Apple iPad 9th Gen 10.2 Wifi 64GB (worth S$508.30)
  • Dyson Supersonic (worth S$699)
  • Dyson V8 Slim Fluffy (worth S$509)
  • S$400 eCapitaVoucher
  • S$300 cash via PayNow

Last day to apply: 30th April 2024
⚠️ 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

Maybank
Family and Friends

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New to Maybank Customers

Apply for both an eligible Maybank Credit Card and a CreditAble Account, and make a min spend of S$600 per month on the credit card for 2 consecutive months. Choose:

  • A pair of American Tourister Linex 66/24 Luggage TSA; or
  • AirPods (3rd generation) with Lightning Charging Case; or
  • S$200 cash credit
  • 10,000 miles (only for Maybank Horizon)

Note that you need to apply for the CreditAble account, although you do not need to use it.

Application Steps

  1. Sign up here
  2. Note down the Application Reference number (at the end of Application, starts with REF-XXXXXXX)
  3. Fill up this Google form

Please view the terms and conditions here and save a copy for your reference.

Sign-up Process

  1. Apply with the link
  2. Important: find SingSaver email and fill in redemption form after application; no form no reward
  3. Promo code field can be left blank
  4. 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 selected categories like groceries, telco, and more! Read the review here

Consistent spending: UOB ONE Card

I suppose there is a reason why it’s named the way it is, and I imagine the UOB ONE card is the card of choice for many single card wielding people. You don’t really need to care where and what you spend on, as long as you meet $500, $1,000, or $2,000 of spend per month consecutively for a quarter.

The earn rate for the $500 and $1,000 tiers is 3.33%, while meeting $2,000 a month is a respectable 5%. People who spend $2,000 a month would no doubt find this their One Card to Rule Them All, but I personally find having to clock a consistent spending every month quite difficult.

Earn rate: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 3.33% / ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5%
Fuss-free: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

UOB One

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S$350 Cash credits: 
The first 200 new-to-UOB credit card customers who successfully apply for an eligible UOB Credit Card between 1st April 2024 and 31st April 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.

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.

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