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Best Online Shopping Credit Cards in Singapore (2020)

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Online shopping a way of life for you? Then add these credit cards to cart, pronto.

The best thing about online shopping is that you can refresh your wardrobe or gadget stash without contending with the downtown crowd and the commute. And with the heightened anticipation from the delivery, it makes the unboxing of your new loot all the more satisfying. 

With so many online shopping and e-commerce sites that cover everything from food, fashion, travel, cosmetics, gadgets and even groceries, everything you could ever want is at the touch of your fingertips. However, to shop online like a pro, make sure you’re using the right credit card to really maximise your online spending. You could be missing out on some big cash rebates, rewards or even bonus miles! Here are the best credit cards for online shopping right now.

Best for online spending: Citibank Rewards
Best for mobile payments: UOB One
Best for millennials: UOB YOLO
Best for e-Commerce: OCBC Titanium
Best for highest cashback rate: CIMB Visa Signature
Best for online food deliveryOCBC 365
Best for online (and offline) fashion buys: DBS Live Fresh
Best for unlimited cashback: StanChart Bank Unlimited

Best for Best credit card Benefits 
Shopping rewards redemptionCitibank Rewards Card4 miles per dollar on online spend
MillennialsUOB YOLO CardUp to 8% cashback on weekend dining, entertainment
Unlimited cashback Standard Chartered Bank Unlimited1.5% cashback on all spend
Highest cashback rateCIMB Visa Signature10% cashback
Online (and offline) fashionDBS Live Fresh5% cashback, shopping deals 
e-commerce shoppingOCBC Titanium Card4 miles per dollar on top e-commerce sites
Online food deliveryOCBC 3656% cashback
Mobile paymentUOB One CardUp to 5% cashback 

Best for shopping rewards redemption: Citibank Rewards

If your ideal kind of day is spent shopping online at home, then the Citibank Rewards Card is for you. 

This is one of the cards that gives the highest reward points: 10 Rewards points (4 miles for every $1) for online spend, both overseas and locally. The best part? No minimum spend is required. Your Rewards points can either be used to offset payment for purchases or to redeem from a catalogue of Citi ThankYou rewards that include various merchandises and travel. 

The monthly cap is set at 10,000 Rewards points per statement month (equivalent to $1,000 per month for online shopping). However, if you’re an online shopping fiend and spend over $1,000 per month, you earn only 1 Reward point for every $1 spent after the cap is reached. Also, take note, Rewards points aren’t offered on travel-related transactions so don’t book your flight tickets and hotel stays using this card. Check out the full exclusions here.

SingSaver promotion: Get $200 cash via PayNow when you apply for a qualifying Citibank credit card as a new Citibank cardmember and make a qualifying spend transaction of any amount. Existing Citibank cardmembers will get $30 cash via PayNow instead.

Best for millennials: UOB YOLO

If your weekends are all about unwinding with the squad and well, YOLO-ing, then the UOB YOLO Card is your BFF. 

The main highlight of this credit card is that on weekends, you enjoy a high 8% cashback on dining spend as well as 1-for-1 deals at popular venues including OverEasy, Tanjong Beach Club, The White Rabbit and more. But since we’re on retail therapy, the 8% also applies for online shopping; on top of it, under the catalogue of online shopping deals, you’ll find attractive offers across the likes of Zalora, Sephora, Lazada, Under Armour, Shopee, Taobao and more.

The minimum requirement of $600 per statement month to earn the maximum cash back is decently achievable. As there is a cap of $60 per statement month, you may need to track your spending. On weekdays, the cashback rate drops to 3% and outside of the mentioned categories the cash back rate is a low 0.3%. 

SingSaver Promotion: Get $80 cash via PayNow when you apply as a new to UOB credit cardmember. Existing UOB cardmembers can get $20 GrabFood vouchers. This promotion is valid from 24 – 15 October 2020.

Best for serious online shoppers: Standard Chartered Bank Unlimited  

If you just want a simple, hassle-free cashback card that has no lid on how much you can get back, the Standard Chartered Bank Unlimited Credit Card is the card to get. 

It offers the most straightforward cashback rate: 1.5% cashback on everything! If you think 1.5% sounds low, keep in mind there is no minimum spending requirements or cashback caps.  This is ideal for those who don’t have time to keep track and split expenses across multiple cards (who does?).

With the unlimited cashback in mind, the best time to get hold of this credit card is when you’re anticipating a big-ticket online purchase, such as household appliances, furniture or electronic gadgets. 

If you pair it with the Unlimited$aver account, you will even earn an upgraded 5% cashback on all spend. On top of that, you enjoy 1-for-1 dining privileges at selected restaurants with The Good Life® 

Some spending categories, like insurance payments and AXS transactions, are not included. Take note of the exclusions here.

SingSaver Promotion: Get $160 cash via PayNow, when you apply for the Standard Chartered Unlimited or Standard Chartered Rewards+ credit card! To be eligible for this promotion, you’ll have to be a new Standard Chartered Bank cardholder and activate your card within the first 30 days of card approval. If you already have a Standard Chartered credit card, you’ll be rewarded with $30 GrabFood vouchers when you sign up. Promotion is valid until 31 October 2020.

Best for high cashback rate: CIMB Visa Signature

While the Standard Chartered Bank Unlimited credit card offers limitless cashback with a relatively low 1.5%, the CIMB Visa Signature card is quite the opposite: it accelerates your online shopping gains with the highest cashback at 10%. But online shopping itself is a wide spectrum, and it includes groceries; if this category takes up a significant portion of your monthly expenditure, it is highly recommended that you charge it to this card too. 

Another major benefit of the CIMB Visa Signature Card is that principal cardholders enjoy a  lifetime fee waiver of annual fees.

Be sure to spend a minimum of $800 per month to qualify for the 10% cashback, which is capped at $100 per statement month. As stated in the exclusions, the cashback applies strictly to online shopping, which means your brick-and-mortar retail spends only get you 0.2%.

CIMB Sign-up Promotion: Get $100 cash credit when you apply as a new CIMB credit cardholder from 1 August – 31 October 2020. You will have to make a minimum spend of $350 per month for 2 months from card approval to be eligible. T&Cs apply.

CIMB is also running a lucky draw where you stand to get 6 months’ worth of credit card bills paid for, just by spending on your CIMB card! A monthly cash prize of S$1,000 will also be given out. Valid till 28 Feb 2021, T&Cs apply.

Best for online (and offline) fashion: DBS Live Fresh

Fashionistas, you can do no wrong if you carry DBS Live Fresh into your online shopping spree. Whether you’re shopping for your next great #OOTD ensemble, the latest sneaker release or beauty/grooming products, you enjoy 5% cashback on all qualifying online purchases. 

But that’s just one of the twin engines of cashback earning; all your Visa contactless (PayWave) payments during physical shopping (not limited to retail) also gets you 5% cashback. All other spending earns 0.3%. In a month, assuming you hit the minimum qualifying spend of $600, you could earn up to a total of $60 cashback.

DBS has the occasional credit card promotion whereby you earn higher cashback rate on selected categories of spending, or when you hit certain spending goals. So keep a lookout for that. Other than cashback, you might be glad to know that you’re entitled to deals at ASOS, Sephora online and more.

DBS Promotion: Get $200 cashback when you apply and spend on one of these five DBS/POSB credit cards: DBS Altitude (Visa), DBS Live Fresh, DBS Woman’s World Card, DBS Woman’s Card or POSB Everyday card. You can get up to $250 cashback if you apply for the DBS Altitude (Amex).

Simply enter promo code DBSFLASH in your application to qualify. Promotion is valid from 21 September to 5 October 2020. You’ll have to be a new DBS/POSB credit cardholder and make a qualifying transaction within 30 days of card approval date to be eligible. Terms and conditions apply.

Best for e-commerce shopping: OCBC Titanium

If online shopping and travelling are high on your agenda, then the  OCBC Titanium Card is the card to shop with.

It gives the highest reward points, 10 OCBC$ per dollar, on a wide range of categories including clothes, shoes and bags, electronics, personal care, and babies and children’s wear. You can also earn an additional 2% cash rebate if you are shopping at BEST Denki. If you shop online at Amazon, Lazada and Taobao, the card safeguards you against non-delivery or defective goods. 

Make sure you are aware of the coverage inclusions. The complimentary e-commerce protection will only kick in if you’re purchasing from one of these categories: clothes, shoes and bags, electronics and gadgets, babies and children’s wear and personal care. In case you fail to find an offer that tickles your fancy under the OCBC Rewards catalogue, you might want to take advantage of the option to convert those points to miles. (10 OCBC$ = 4 miles). 

Best for online food delivery: OCBC 365

If your idea of online shopping involves ordering a feast from your favourite delivery platforms, the OCBC 365 Credit Card rewards you for that with 6% cashback on the likes of Deliveroo, GrabFood and foodpanda. It is one of the few cashback credit cards out there that recognises online food deliveries as qualifying spend. The icing on the cake is that it offers a slightly higher than average cashback cap of $80 per month, assuming you spend at least $800 per calendar month. 

Besides the 6% cashback on online food deliveries (dining in general too), you’ll get to enjoy an array of cashback privileges on other online spending categories, most notably the 3% on online travel bookings, private hire rides and recurring telco and electricity bills.

SingSaver promotion: Get S$100 GrabFood vouchers upon approval for new OCBC credit cardholders when you apply for the OCBC 365 credit card by 15 October 2020. Existing OCBC credit cardholders that apply for this card will still receive $50 GrabFood vouchers if you are the first 1,000 existing OCBC Cardholders to spend at least $300 on the card.

Best for mobile payments: UOB One 

If you like the convenience of using mobile wallets like Google Pay, Apple Pay, and UOB Mighty, then you should sync them with the UOB One Card

With this card, you enjoy the same rebates for mobile payment as you would with their physical card. You’ll get a 5% cash rebate on ALL retail spend and 10% SMART$ rebate at over 300 participating merchants across dining, groceries and shopping spend. 

Take note, however, the cash rebate for the UOB One Card is based on 3 tiers of minimum spending per quarter. To qualify for the maximum 5% cash rebate (equal to $300 cashback per quarter), you’ll need to spend a minimum of $2,000 per month for three straight months. If not, you’ll get 3.33% cash rebate for anything below it, although selected spends such as Grab rides and UOB Travel are marked for bonus cash rebates.

The other downside is you won’t get instantly rewarded. You’ll have to wait till the end of each quarter to get your cash rebate. Also, your monthly spend has to be spread out across a minimum of 5 transactions per month; so if you’re planning to spend $2,000 on a luxury handbag, that ‘hack’ isn’t going to fly.

SingSaver Promotion: Get $80 cash via PayNow when you apply as a new to UOB credit cardmember. Existing UOB cardmembers can get $20 GrabFood vouchers. This promotion is valid from 24 – 15 October 2020.

**Original Article on Best Online Shopping Credit Cards in Singapore (2020) from SingSaver

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