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The 'Best credit cards for KF miles accrual' master thread

The 'Best credit cards for KF miles accrual' master thread

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I'm going to update this first post as more info flows in to create a 'master list' of all credit cards that offer a decent way of accruing miles - so please help out!

If you know of and/or use any other cards (or the ones already mentioned), please share your thoughts.

***ALL VALUES BELOW IN SINGAPORE DOLLARS (SGD)***
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In no particular order (apart from personal preference in terms of good-mileage opportunities):
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1. UOB PRVI Miles VISA, MasterCard, AMEX

VISA:
http://www.uob.com.sg/personal/cards...iles_visa.html
MasterCard:
http://www.uob.com.sg/personal/cards...astercard.html
Amex:
http://www.uob.com.sg/personal/cards...amex_card.html
http://www.uob.com.sg/personal/cards...ard/microsite/



Mileage accrual:
From 15 May 2015, the earn rate will be 1.4 miles for every $1 spent in multiples of S$10 (every multiple of S$5 gives 6 to 7 miles due to 3.5 UNI$ rounding off, every S$10 gives 14 miles), and 2.4 miles for every $1 spent OVERSEAS (every $5 gives 12 miles).

Requirements: min. income $80,000 (not strict).
Cost: First year free, then S$256.80 for main, first two supplementary always free. Annual fee waiver for Amex card if you charge $50,000 or more in a year.
Miles conversion fee: $25 per conversion. UNI$ are combined in 1 cardholder's name together for all UOB cards.

Pros: Best mileage accrual rates for overseas spend only. 20,000 bonus miles and annual fee waiver with spend of $50,000 per year (both only for Amex card). $45 1-way airport transfer voucher for $1,000 overseas spend in a given quarter (Amex only).
Cons: AMEX not always accepted by merchants. Points allocated on every $5 spent, rounded down to next $5. Transfer in blocks of 5000 UNI$ points = 10,000 miles. Points are valid for 2 years (transfer before expiry and they will subsequently be valid for a further 3 years from the date of transfer to KrisFlyer).

2. UOB Preferred Platinum Visa & UOB Preferred Platinum American Express Card (AMEX no longer available for application wef 01 Oct 2015)

http://www.uob.com.sg/personal/cards..._platinum.html
http://www.uob.com.sg/personal/cards...visa_card.html


Mileage accrual: Earn a MASSIVE 4 miles for every $1 spent using VISA Paywave contactless payments (every $5 gives 10 UNI$ which equal 20 miles). Same incredible mileage-earning ratio for internet shopping with certain restrictions (travel-related, utilities, etc.). Earn 0.4 mile for every $1 for regular, signature-based payments (every $5 gives 1 UNI$ which equal 2 miles).

WARNING: From 3 July 2017, earning 4 miles/$ is limited to the first S$1110 spent during the per calendar month (via Paywave and online). 2,000UNI$ refers to the extra 9UNI$ and does not include the normal 1UNI$. Stop when you notice you earn 3UNI$ (1 + bonus 2) for the last S$5 payWave transaction. ($1110/5)x9=1998UNI$, hence the last S$5 payWave transaction will earn 2 bonus UNI$.

Keep in mind that some merchants offer different, non-mileage accruing awards with UOB cards which are called SMART$. Some popular merchants include Cold Storage, Guardian and Giant Supermarket. A full list of merchants where Paywave transactions will NOT earn miles can be found here:
http://www.uob.com.sg/personal/cards...smartclub.html

(Wef 01 Oct 2015 no new applications) UOB Preferred Platinum American Express Card: Cardmembers will earn 10X UNI$ at any F&B establishments WORLDWIDE registered under the following MCC:

5812 Eating Places and Restaurants
5813 Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) – Bars, Taverns, Nightclubs, Cocktail Lounges, and Discotheques
5814 Fast Food Restaurants

F&B establishments does not include bakeries, caterers and F&B spending at establishments that does not have F&B as its main business activity such as hotels and supermarkets. Best for local dining. Very hard to determine MCC code for overseas dining places.

Requirements: min. income $30,000 ($60,000 for foreigners).
Cost: First year free, then $192.60 for main and $96.30 for supplementary. Annual fee waived off easily.
Miles conversion fee: $25 per conversion, in blocks of 5000 UNI$=10,000 miles. UNI$ are combined in 1 cardholder's name for all UOB cards.

Pros: Incredible mileage accrual rates for Paywave transactions (not all merchants - some give SMART$ instead which are different rewards!) as well as internet transactions (some restrictions apply).
Cons: Points allocated on every $5 spent, rounded down to next $5. Transfer in blocks of 5000 UNI$ points = 10,000 miles. Points are valid for 2 years (transfer before expiry and they will subsequently be valid for a further 3 years from the date of transfer to KrisFlyer).

3. Citi PremierMiles Visa & AMEX

http://www.citibank.com.sg/gcb/credi...CAAEENCCHOCALM
http://www.citibank.com.sg/gcb/credi...s/cc_xx_pm.htm
http://www.citibank.com.sg/global_do...iles/index.htm



Mileage accrual: Earn 1.2 miles (1.3 miles for AMEX) for every $1 spent (every $0.83 [VISA] or S$0.769 gives 1 mile [AMEX]). Earn 2 miles for every $1 spent OVERSEAS. 10,000 bonus miles for VISA & 15,000 bonus miles for AMEX for each annual membership renewal.

Requirements: min. income $50,000 for VISA & S$80,000 for AMEX (very strict for AMEX). Principal cardholder must be at least 21 years of age.
Cost: First year free, then $192.60 for VISA main, supplementary always free. S$267.50 for AMEX. Annual fee waiver available in exchange for forfeiting the 10,000 or 15,000 miles renewal bonus.
Miles conversion fee: $25 per conversion.

Pros: Decent all-rounder, good for overseas spend. Points never expire. Bonus miles for annual card renewal. 11 frequent flyer programs & 3 hotel programs to choose from, including EVA Air - only 25,000 miles for 1 way Business Class within Asia!!
Cons: No miles awarded for EZ-Link & Transitlink transactions. Miles awarded per S$1. Cents not included. 1.2 or 1.3 miles/S$1. Transfer in blocks of 10,000 miles.

4. DBS Altitude VISA/AMEX

http://www.dbs.com/sg/personal/cards...e/default.aspx
http://www.dbs.com/sg/personal/cards...e/default.aspx



Mileage accrual: Earn 1.2 miles for every $1 spent (every $5 gives 3 DBS points which equal 6 miles). Earn 2 miles for every $1 spent OVERSEAS.

Requirements: min. income $80,000.
Cost: First year free, then $180 for main and $90 for supplementary. Annual fee waiver if you charge $25,000 or more in a year.
Miles conversion fee: S$26.75 per transfer, redeem 1700 DBS points to waive off.

Pros: Points never expire. No rounding down transaction amount to nearest $5 (calculation is done as follows: DBS points = 'transaction amount' divided by 5, multiply by 3, after that round down to nearest whole number. Minimum spend is S$1.67. Each DBS point = 2 miles). Earn 3 miles per S$1 spent on all online Flight and Hotel transactions (capped at S$5,000 per month). 10,000 miles renewal bonus if you have to pay card renewal fees.
Cons: All local spend now down to 1.2 miles/$ (since Dec 1, 2013). AMEX not always accepted by merchants. Transfer in blocks of 5000 DBS points = 10,000 miles (on the plus side points don't expire). Per transfer of S$26.75, redeem 1700 DBS points to waive off.

5. Maybank Horizon Platinum Visa

http://info.maybank2u.com.sg/persona...visa-card.aspx



Earn 3.2 air miles (8X TREATS Points) with every dollar spent on dining, petrol, taxi fares and hotel bookings at Agoda.com/horizon
Earn 2 air miles (5X TREATS Points) with every dollar spent on air tickets, travel packages and foreign currency transactions, with a minimal S$300 in a calendar month

Earn 0.4 mile for every $1 spent elsewhere (1 mile for every $2.50 spent).

Requirements: min. income $30,000 ($80,000 for foreigners).
Cost: $150 for main, supplementary always free. Unsure of any annual fee waiver conditions.
Miles conversion fee: In blocks of 5,000 points to 2000 Asia Miles or KrisFlyer. S$26.75 fee applies.

Pros: Great for ticket purchases and overseas spend. Complimentary access to selected VIP airport lounges when you charge a minimum of S$400 in a single transaction on air tickets or travel packages to your Card 3 months prior to the date of travel.
Cons: Great ONLY for ticket purchases and overseas spend. Points are valid for 1 year only, expire either on 30 June or 31 December of the same year if not Rewards Infinite member.

6. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend AMEX

https://www.americanexpress.com/sg/s...nd-credit-card



Mileage accrual: Earn 1.2 KrisFlyer miles for every S$1 spent on all your eligible purchases with your Card

Earn 2 KrisFlyer miles for every S$1 equivalent in foreign currency spent overseas on eligible purchases during June and December

Requirements: min. income $50,000 ($60,000 for foreigners). Principal cardholder must be over 21 years of age.
Cost: First year free, otherwise $256.80 for main, 2 supplementary cards always free (more available at $80.25 each). Annual fee cannot be waived unless you spend alot.
Miles conversion fee: None - your KrisFlyer miles are transferred to your account directly with no conversion fees or charges.

Pros: None, except for welcome offers (4 complimentary airport lounge access vouchers, one complimentary night with Millennium Hotels and Resorts).

Cons: Simply nothing special - there are better cards available for all types of purchases, including flight tickets, even with all of the bonuses above applied. AMEX not always accepted by merchants.

7. Citibank Rewards Card & Citibank Clear Platinum Card (No longer for new application from 01 June 2015)

http://www.citibank.com.sg/gcb/credi...CACRENCCHOCALM



Earn 10X Rewards (10 Rewards Points or 4 Miles for every S$1 spent) when you shop for clothes, bags and shoes or at departmental stores or online shopping websites, including SingTel & M1 online bill payment!

Citibank Clear Platinum Card (No longer for new application from 01 June 2015)
http://www.citibank.com.sg/gcb/credi...CACPENCCHOCALM
Earn 5X Rewards (5 Rewards Points or 2 Miles for every S$1 spend) on Overseas Spend, Dining & Online Shopping.

Pros: Transfer to 11 FFPs & 3 Hotel programs in blocks of 25,000 points=10,000 miles; S$25 fee.

Cons: 10x Citidollars based on MCC code. Very hard to determine for overseas merchants. Points awarded per S$1 spend. Cents not included. Need to call in to Citibank to ask to combine the Citidollars earned before making a transfer.

8. DBS Woman's World MasterCard® Card

http://www.dbs.com.sg/personal/cards...astercard-card



10X Rewards for Online Retail Purchases
T&C Here: https://www.dbs.com.sg/iwov-resource...s_card_tnc.pdf

Pros: Men also can get this card!! DBS points are combined in 1 cardholder's name. No rounding down transaction amount to nearest $5 (calculation is done as follows: DBS points = 'transaction amount' divided by 5, multiply by 10, after that round down to nearest whole number. Minimum spend is S$1. Each DBS point = 2 miles).

Cons: DBS points are valid for 1 year based on card anniversary date. The additional 9X DBS Points for online retail spend in a calendar month will be awarded on the 16th of the next calendar month. If the above days are not working days, the Points will be awarded on the next working day. The additional 9X DBS Points are only applicable to the first S$2,000 online retail spend every calendar month.

9. OCBC Titanium Rewards Card

https://www.ocbc.com/personal-bankin...astercard.html

10x OCBC$ on your shopping Local & Overseas Shopping Transactions, Local & Overseas Department Store Transactions and Local & Overseas Online Transactions.
The remaining 9 OCBC$ will be posted to the Card Account by the end of the next calendar month

https://www.ocbc.com/assets/pdf/card...ons.pdf?rand=1
10,000 KrisFlyer miles requires OCBC$ 25000, For each conversion of OCBC$ to KrisFlyer miles a fee of S$25 will be charged

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Old May 23, 19, 2:23 am
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This thread seems to have lost its life- like the gig here in SIN!

Have a reasonably large USD transaction coming up- $25-30k. What are the current recommendations? Will likely be online, but might have to do over the phone.
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Old May 23, 19, 5:20 am
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Depends on what are your needs. Of the cards I have personally, it will be S$2k towards UOB Visa Signature (for 4mpd) and the rest towards SCB Visa Infinite (for 3mpd). But I've split up such transactions previously to meet my redemption needs, like some towards Citibank premier miles for BR redemption or towards UOB PRVI Amex to meet the annual spending of $50k to get the additional rewards.

Not sure if over the phone still counts as online spending. My spendings usually do not meet "online" requirements or under the 4mpd categories, so unsure if yours does.

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Have a reasonably large USD transaction coming up- $25-30k. What are the current recommendations? Will likely be online, but might have to do over the phone.
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Old May 23, 19, 6:15 am
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Assuming (1) you can split and pay in smaller bits at around the same time and (2) is not in the exclusion categories of Citi Rewards, then:
- S$1K on Citi Rewards MC
- S$1K on Citi Rewards Visa
- S$2K on DBS WWMC
- S$2K on UOB PPV
- balance on BOC EMMC

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Old May 23, 19, 10:59 pm
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Originally Posted by carrotjuice View Post
- S$2K on UOB PPV
I guess you mean UOB VS. The UOB PPV gives only 0.4mpd for foreign transaction (unless it's contactless in which case you'll get 4 mpd to a max of $1k SGD)
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Old May 24, 19, 12:32 am
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Originally Posted by jagmeets View Post
Have a reasonably large USD transaction coming up- $25-30k. What are the current recommendations? Will likely be online, but might have to do over the phone.
Apart from the suggestions by @carrotjuice I suggest you take advantage of some of the sign up bonus promos being offered by Amex (Krisflyer Blue + Ascend), SCB Visa Infinite, Amex platinum charge (has a hefty AF of $1,712 but comes with several benefits that may be worth it for you. They've unofficial lowered their income requirement to SGD 150k p.a).
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Old May 24, 19, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by lifeonthego_k View Post
I guess you mean UOB VS. The UOB PPV gives only 0.4mpd for foreign transaction (unless it's contactless in which case you'll get 4 mpd to a max of $1k SGD)
Thanks for pointing this out. Actually I did mean UOB PPV but $1K (not $2K) as it also provides 4 mpd for online transactions, although with more exclusions than DBS WWMC.

But your comment on UOB VS is valid too!
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Old May 26, 19, 11:50 pm
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Thanks folks!
The transaction can't be split, and I don't want to muck around with opening a new line of credit with BoC..so I guess i'll stick to StanC VI.
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