Credit Cards Reward Points Redemption Rates Comparison

Credit Cards Reward Points Redemption Rates Comparison
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Reward Points Credit Cards Flexibility

While often seen as the poorer cousins of Cashback credit cards, Reward points credit cards are actually much more flexible than their well-publicised peers. Reward points can be used to redeem cash credit, air miles or vouchers from various merchants although they are mainly used for miles redemption. Reward points credit cards also usually do not have any monthly minimum spend and a pretty high or no limit to the number of points earn.

 

Credit Cards Reward Points Redemption Options

The best way to utilise Reward points is to redeem them for air miles, followed by vouchers if you intend to shop at the specific merchants that link up with the Reward programme. The worst way to utilise Reward points is to redeem them for cash credit unless your credit card allows you to redeem cash credit at a better rate commonly seen among higher-end cards.

With redemption rates for air miles to be more or less the same (2.5 reward points for 1 air mile or other equivalent ratio depending on earn rate) and redemption rates for merchant vouchers not a fair comparison considering the large number of merchants around, one can safely say that redemption rates for cash credit is the best way to compare Reward points by the various card-issuers.

 

Singapore Credit Cards Reward Points
Redemption Rates Comparison Table

Credit Card Issuer Default Earn Rate /
Redemption Rates /
Expiry
Cashback Rate

OCBC VOYAGE Card

- 1.2 Voyage miles for every $1 spent
- 5,000 Voyage miles for $50 Credit
- Voyage Miles have no expiry

1.20% Cashback

OCBC 90°N Credit Card

- 1.2 Travel$ for every $1 spent
- 1,000 Travel$ for $10 Credit
- Travel$ have no expiry

1.20% Cashback

Standard Chartered Visa Infinite X Card

- 3 Reward point for every $1 spent
- 25,000 Reward points for $100 Credit
- 36 months from earned month.

1.20% Cashback

UOB PRVI Miles Cards

UOB Visa Signature Card

- 3.5 UNI$ for every $5 spent
- 8,700 UNI$ for $100 Credit
- 2 years from earned quarter

0.80% Cashback

Citibank PremierMiles Card

- 1.2 Citi Miles for every $1 spent
- 1,650 Citi Miles for $10 Credit
- Citi Miles have no expiry.

0.727% Cashback

Amex Credit Cards

- 2 Membership Reward point for every $1.60 spent
- 1,000 Membership Reward points for $4.80 Credit
- No expiry

0.60% Cashback

DBS Altitude Cards

- 3 DBS Point for every $5 spent
- 1,200 / 2,400 / 20,000 DBS Points for $10 / $20 / $200 Credit
- DBS Altitude Cards DBS Points have no expiry.

0.50% / 0.50% / 0.60% Cashback

StanChart Credit Cards

- 1 Reward point for every $1 spent
- 32,000 Reward points for $100 Credit
- 36 months from earned month. StanChart Visa Infinite Card Reward points have no expiry.

0.313% Cashback

Maybank Credit Cards

- 1 TREATS point for every $1 spent
- 17,000 TREATS points for $50 Credit
- 1 year from earned quarter. Maybank World MasterCard and Maybank Visa Infinite Card TREATS point have no expiry.

0.294% Cashback

OCBC Titanium Rewards Card

- 1 OCBC$ for every $1 spent
- 3,600 OCBC$ for $10 Credit
- 2 years from earned month

0.278% Cashback

HSBC Credit Cards

- 1 Reward point for every $1 spent
- 4,000 Reward points for $10 Credit
- 37 months from earned month

0.25% Cashback

Citibank Credit Cards

- 1 Citi ThankYou Point for every $1 spent
- 4,400 Citi ThankYou Points for $10 Credit
- 5 years from card account creation.

0.238% Cashback

UOB Credit Cards

- 1 UNI$ for every $5 spent
- 2,000 UNI$ for $20 Credit
- 2 years from earned quarter

0.20% Cashback

DBS Credit Cards

- 1 DBS Points for every $5 spent
- 1,200 / 2,400 / 20,000 DBS Points for $10 / $20 / $200 Credit
- 1 year from earned quarter.

0.167% / 0.167% / 0.20% Cashback

OCBC Credit Cards

- 1 OCBC$ for every $1 spent
- Not Redeemable for Credit
- 2 years from earned month

Not Applicable

 

Low Redemption Rates for Cash Credit

The redemption rates for cash credit and hence cashback rates seemed pathetically low in the comparison table above which makes you wonder if there is any point in doing the comparison at all. However do note that the default earn rates in the table above are for the average credit cards (for eg. Classic cards) and it is perfectly possible to find higher end cards that earn 10 times or even 20 times the default earn rate and hence cashback rate.

Some notable cards include Citibank Reward Card which awards 10X Citi ThankYou Points (2.27% cashback) for all shopping, American Express Platinum Card which awards 10X Membership Reward points (3% cashback) at Platinum EXTRA Partners, OCBC Titanium Reward Card which awards 10X OCBC$ (2.78% cashback, Titanium card exclusive) for shopping and mobile payments and the UOB Visa Signature Card and UOB PRVI Miles Cards which awards 10X UNI$ (2.3% cashback) for overseas and online transactions in foreign currencies, petrol and selected contactless and mobile payments.

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