In the crowded credit card market space in Singapore, it is easy for consumers to get confused about which cards they should get for themselves. While most credit cards started as rewards cards, the market has now largely changed with banks offering more and more cashback cards. This is because consumers here have shown a strong preference for cashback cards. Given that they are a practical way to be rewarded – a straightforward discount in cash when you spend and meet the card’s criteria.

Cashback cards in Singapore gives rebates in the range of 3 to 10%, but each card tends to have a unique target audience in mind. While some of these cards target those who use their cards for everyday shopping in grocery stores, others may target those who love eating out, giving them higher rebate rates on a specific category. Here, we present to you the 4 best cashback cards for 4 different spending persona.

High-Spender

One of the best types of spenders who will benefit greatly from a cashback card is those who tend to spend a relatively high amount on their credit cards every month. Consumers in this category may be those who tends to travel a lot, or simply love using their cards for all their payments due to the convenience of having all their monthly spending detailed on their credit card bill at the end of the month.

For this group of users, the UOB One card gets you the highest flat rate cashback if you spend at least $2,000 per month. A major pain point for this card is that you need to fulfil other criteria in order to qualify for this rebate:

  1. Spend $2,000 per month
  2. Perform at least 3 transactions per month
  3. Spend the minimum amount for at least 3 consecutive months to qualify for the quarterly rebate

The UOB One card also offers 2 other tiers of spending, respectively at $500 per month and $1,000 per month, and you need to fulfil the same criteria in order to claim your rebates successfully. This will probably work for those who have recurring payments per month or fixed expenditures so that they will not have such a hard time in tracking that they have fulfilled these criteria.

Food-Lover

Singaporeans love good food, and being able to eat relatively cheaply in restaurants compared to other countries means there are lots of opportunities to use the right credit card to help you earn rebates. If you are looking for a good cashback credit card to use whenever you dine, look no further than the CIMB Visa Signature Card. The card gives you 10% cashback on dining, which essentially waives off that service charge we all hate when dining out. The card is also great to use when you are travelling overseas, since it has a very low 1% foreign transaction fee, so you can continue to use it when dining overseas!

The CIMB Visa Signature’s dining rebates are also not only limited to restaurants, which means you also earn rebates when you pay food caterers for any events you are organising, for alcohol spending in bars, clubs and lounges and even in fast-food restaurants!

There are 2 criteria to successfully get your rebates though – a minimum spend of $500 per month and a minimum spend of 8 transactions of at least $30 within the same statement. The latter can be a bit difficult to track, but if you dine out for at least twice a week or volunteer your card to pay the bill at social gatherings, it shouldn’t be hard to qualify.

Seasonal Spender

While we don’t get to enjoy the 4 seasons in Singapore, do you realise that our spending patterns are often influenced by the events of the year? For instance, you may find yourself spending a lot more on food and grocery in the first 2 months of the year in preparation for Chinese New Year, or more on travel spending during June and December for the school holidays. So if you find yourself shopping by the season and don’t want to have 4 or 5 credit cards in your wallet, the ANZ Optimum World MasterCard is the one for you.

This card is a unique cashback card in that it allows you to switch the category you want for earning 5% cashback every quarter. You get to choose from 4 categories: Dining & Leisure (restaurants, bars, hotels, cinemas), Travel (airlines, Online travel portals), 3) Shopping (offline and online) and 4) Groceries. So if you find that you are going to spend a few hundred dollars buying groceries in Jan and February, simply switch the category to the groceries category by the 25th of December to earn the 5% rebate in the next 3 months on your grocery spend.

Other things we love about this card includes being able to still earn a 1% cashback on all other spend, and that you have no minimum spend requirements to track and no cap on the amount of cashback you can earn!

Home Manager

The home manager is likely to be the one who holds the key to the finances in the family. You take care of paying all the utility bills, buying the grocery at home to ensure that you never run out of food in the fridge and shampoo in the bathroom, and probably take the pleasure to cook over the weekends for a family meal.

Home managers will love the POSB Everyday card because it offers a well-rounded cashback on things you tend to spend on a day-to-day basis. For instance, it offers a 5% rebate on grocery shopping at Sheng Siong, 3% cash rebate at personal Care store at Watsons and even 1% cash rebate on recurring utility bills from SP services and Starhub mobile/digital cable/broadband bills. One thing we love about this card is that unlike other cards, there’s no cap on the amount of rebates you can earn!

Article Written by Lynette Tan

This article originally appeared on ValuePenguin.sg

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ValuePenguin is personal finance company based in New York. DJ is responsible for building ValuePenguin’s presence in Asia, from researching personal finance topics in the region to building relationships with financial and media institutions. He previously worked as an investment analyst at leading hedge funds in New York including Cadian Capital and Tiger Asia. His expertise is in the global technology, consumer and financial industries. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Economics, and speaks Korean, English and Mandarin Chinese.

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