Cards for Petrol
There are a number of credit cards that provide savings for topping
up petrol in Singapore. The savings usually come in the form of
direct discount, cash backs or rebates and specific reward points
from the petrol company or the bank itself. Trying to figure out
how the savings add up can be pretty mind-boggling but let us do
the mind-boggling for you and summarise the savings through a comparison
tables below for the best credit cards for each petrol company.
Credit Cards with Highest Savings for Petrol at Esso
Esso has the largest number of petrol stations around Singapore
and is also linked to a number of credit cards for discounts. It
is worth noting that credit card discounts can be stacked with Esso
Smiles Rewards Program which awards motorists with 1 Smiles Point
for every litre of petrol. 750 Smiles Points can be used to redeem
$30 worth of petrol and drivers who pump above 250 litres petrol
in a month can earn 35% extra Smiles Points. The Smiles Points are
equivalent to 2.5% discount for drivers who pump 250 litres petrol
and above in a month and 1.8% discount for drivers who fail to pump
250 litres in a month.
Citi Cash Back
Card provides savings of up to 23.38% with a 14% direct discount
onsite + 6.88% cashback + 2.5% Smiles Points. The cashback requires
a minimum spend of $888 capped at $25 a month and stacks with a
promotion for Citibank
credit cards which reward cardholders with $10 rebate with minimum
This is followed by the OCBC
Plus! Visa Credit Card which has an ongoing promotion that awards
$15 rebate with min $300 nett fuel purchase in a month at Esso.
This works out to be an additional 4.3% discount and the promotion
stacks with exisiting OCBC credit card discounts for savings of
up to 21.00% at Esso.
Lastly, the DBS Esso
MasterCard Card offer savings of up to 22.82% at Esso with a
17% direct discount onsite + 2.5% Smiles Points + 3.32% cashback.
This card offers the highest direct discount without any minimum
spend for Esso petrol in Singapore and is one of the best card for
drivers who are looking for a no-frills credit card for petrol.
Credit Cards with Highest Savings for Petrol at Shell
Shell has a Shell Escape Rewards Program which is similar to Esso
Smiles Rewards Program. Motorists are awarded 1 Shell Escape Point
for every litre of petrol pumped and will still receive their credit
card discounts. 1100 Shell Escape Point can be used to redeem $40
worth of petrol and that is equivalent to 1.8% discount. Motorists
who pump Shell V-Power Nitro+ will earn 1.2 Shell Escape Points
for every litre pumped instead and that is equivalent to a lower
Citi Cash Back
Card provides savings of 22.68% with a 14% direct discount onsite
+ 6.88% cashback + 1.8% Escape points. The cashback is subject to
a minimum spend of $888 on the card capped at $25 in a month. The
high minimum spending means that you probably have to consolidate
your other spending in this card as well. Fortunately, that can
be done if you plan your spendings and get 8% cashback on groceries
The UOB One Card allows
up to 22.6% savings at Shell with a 10% direct discount on site
+ 6.3% SMART$ + 4.5% cash rebate + 1.8% Escape Points. The UOB One
Card provides cash back for all spending and it will be a good idea
to consolidate your spending under this card. Spending on the card
will also help you can get up to 2.43% p.a. interest on savings
in your UOB One Account.
In comparison the HSBC
Premier MasterCard Credit Card offer 20.96% savings at Shell
with a 14% direct discount on site + 5.16% cash rebate + 1.8% Shell
Escape points. Shell cash rebates are capped at $120 a quarter and
are only awarded with a minimum of $800 charged for all three months
in a quarter. Although the minimum spending a month is somewhat
lower, the rules concerning this card are kind of restrictive as
compared to other credit cards.
Credit Cards with Highest Savings for Petrol at Caltex
Since Mar 2016, Caltex has scrapped its Thanks! Rewards Program
and has instead linked up with NTUC to be under the Plus! program.
Motorists are rewarded with 3 LinkPoints for every litre of petrol
pumped and existing credit card discounts will still apply. 150
LinkPoints can be used to redeem $1 across FairPrice supermarkets
and their partners and that is equivalent to 1% discount for petrol
Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card help drivers save up to
24.29% at Caltex with a 14% direct discount + 9.29% rebate with
minimum spend of $600 + 1% LinkPoints. The savings go up to 25.87%
for Caltex Platinum 98 petrol due to a 16% direct discount. However
the credit card is only avaliable for priority or private banking
customers and most other Standard Chartered clients can choose the
MANHATTAN World MasterCard instead as it still offers up to
21.45% savings on petrol.
All other Standard
Chartered Credit Cards award up to 18.87% savings at Caltex
with a 14% direct discount + 1% LinkPoints + 3.87% cashback.
The OCBC 365 Credit
Card allows up to 22.96% savings at Caltex petrol with a 14%
direct discount on site + 2.8% cashback + 5.16% cashback + 1% LinkPoints.
The 5.16% cashback is subjected to a minimum monthly spend of $600
on this card while the 2.8% cashback is subjected to a minimum monthly
spend of $300 at Caltex and expires on 30 Jun 2017. The same card
also awards a 16% direct discount and up to 24.6% savings on Caltex
Platinum 98 petrol at Caltex.
OCBC Plus! Visa Card
and OCBC NTUC Plus!
Visa Card offers a direct 18% discount
for any fuel grade at Caltex. This is noteworthy as the credit cards
provide the highest direct discount without any minimum spend for
petrol in Singapore.
Premier MasterCard Credit Card and HSBC
Visa Platinum Credit Card offer 21.2% savings at Caltex with
a 14% direct discount on site + 2% outdoor fuel payment terminal
discount + 4.2% cash rebate + 1% LinkPoints. However as mentioned
earlier, the cash rebates are capped at $120 a quarter and only
awarded with a minimum of $800 charged for all three months in a
Credit Cards with Highest Savings for Petrol at SPC
SPC doesn't have a loyalty program but is able to attract motorists
with its consistently slightly lower prices and larger direct discounts.
The UOB One Card entitles
up to 24% savings at SPC with a 15% direct discount + 4% cash rebate
+ 5% petrol discount. The cash rebate is subjected to minimum purchases
and minimum monthly spend as mentioned earlier.
All American Express
Platinum Cards enjoy additional 7.1% savings via statement credit
and when combined with exisiting discounts will grant cardholders
21% savings at SPC.
All UOB Credit Cards
have an additional 5% petrol discount at SPC which is calculated
with a $3 petrol discount for every $60 gross spend and the promotion
runs out on 30 Jun 2017. This promotion stacks with existing discounts
and allows the UOB
Visa Signature Card and UOB
UnionPay Card to get up to 24% and 23.2% savings at SPC respectively.
The POSB Everyday
Card gives 20.1% cash savings at SPC with 15% onsite + 5.1%
cash rebate. This is on top of its many discounts with key merchants.
Best Credit Card for Petrol
The UOB One Card
gets our vote as it has one of the highest potential savings of
24% off petrol. The fact that it provides high savings for petrol
at both Shell and SPC is a bonus. It is also a Cash
Back Credit Card making it extremely useful for everyday purchases.
Another credit card worth a mention is the Maybank
Family & Friends Card which awards motorists with up to
20.88% savings at leading petrol stations in Singapore. Its flexibility
of providing the savings at any petrol station is only outweighed
by the need to spend a minimum of $1,000 a month to achieve the
mentioned savings. The task to spend more on the card is assisted
by the fact that the card is also a Cash
Back Credit Card which awards up to 8% cash rebate for a large
nunmber of popular merchants.
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