If you’re a foodie that’s leaving the comforts of your home to try the hottest restaurant in town, here are the credit cards you should have in your wallet.
If there’s one thing Singaporeans love more than good food, it’s good food deals. Whether you’re heading out for a candlelight dinner, chowing down chilli crab at an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, or chilling out at a trendy café, the right dining credit card is an indispensable dining companion, aside from your plus one(s).
These credit cards provide the best value for their very respectable cashback, discounts and exclusive privileges.
Best for overall dining & food delivery: OCBC 365
Best for weekend dining: UOB EVOL
Best for 1-for-1 deals: HSBC Visa Platinum
Best for fine dining: American Express Platinum Card
Best for multi purpose foodie needs: Citibank Cash Back Card
Best for fee waiver: CIMB World Mastercard
Best for accumulating miles: KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card
Best Credit Card for Dining
Min monthly spend
Overall dining & food deliveries
6% cashback on dining (including online delivery)
Best for mobile contactless payment
1-for-1 Dining Deals
HSBC Visa Platinum
Complimentary ENTERTAINER access
American Express Platinum Card
Up to 50% at selected restaurants
Multi-purpose foodie needs
Citibank Cash Back Card
6% cashback on dining, 8% cashback on groceries
S$80 combined (not by category)
Best for unlimited cashback and no min. spend
CIMB World MasterCard
2% cashback on Wine and Dine category
Best for accumulating miles
KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card
3 miles per dollar (local/overseas)
Best for both dining and food delivery: OCBC 365
Perfect for: Those who love food as much as they do online shopping and travel.
The OCBC 365 Credit Card offers 6% cashback on local and overseas dining, including online food delivery at the likes of Deliveroo 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 all-day local and overseas dining, you’ll get to enjoy an array of cashback privileges on other spending categories; cardmembers can reap 3% on groceries (online & in-store), online travel bookings, private hire rides and recurring telco and electricity bills. Car owners will be glad to hear that you will get 5% cashback on fuel spend at all petrol service stations, plus up to 22.1% fuel savings at Caltex and up to 20.2% fuel savings at Esso.
That said, OCBC 365 credit card really is a great everyday card that happens to also reward you handsomely for your gastronomic indulgences—all 365 days a year.
SingSaver promotion: Enjoy up to S$250 cashback when you apply for the OCBC 365 credit card and make a min. monthly spend of S$1,000 for two consecutive months following card approval. Promotion is for new OCBC cardmembers only. Valid till 30 June 2021. T&Cs apply.
Best for mobile contactless payment: UOB EVOL
Perfect for: Those that love to pay with their mobile phones
The UOB EVOL credit card offers 8% cashback on mobile contactless spend via Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or Fitbit Pay. For the online shoppers, you also enjoy 8% on all online shopping spend — this includes dining, entertainment and Grab spend.
It boasts a low qualifying monthly spend at S$600 per month compared to other cashback peers. It also offers a decent cashback cap of S$60 per month (S$20 on online spend, S$20 on mobile contactless spend and S$20 on all other spend).
With the UOB EVOL card, you’ll also enjoy over 1,000 deals from fashion to dining. The physical card is also sustainably made, being Southeast Asia’s first bio-sourced card.
The best part? There is no annual fee charged as long as you make three purchases per month, for 12 months, before your next annual fee date.
Welcome Offer: Receive S$150 cash credit if you are among the first 100 successful applicants to make a min. spend of S$1,500 within 30 days of card approval. Promotion is valid for select UOB credit cards. Valid till 30 June 2021. T&Cs apply.
Best for 1-for-1 dining deals: HSBC Visa Platinum
Perfect for: Anyone from those who eat to live to those who live to eat.
If you’re not careful, food spending can quickly add up, especially in Singapore’s foodie paradise. Arguably the best part about the HSBC Visa Platinum credit card is its complimentary ENTERTAINER app access, where you enter a world of 1-for-1 redeemable deals across a carefully curated list of restaurants. The sweetener is that as you redeem these deals and pay practically half of what you would’ve for the bill, you’re also getting 5% cash rebates out of it.
General spending on F&B earns you 5% cash rebates, the only exception being hotel dining. The 5% cash rebate rate also applies to groceries and petrol.
The minimum qualifying spend is to keep up S$600 per month for 3 consecutive months—that’s right, cash rebates are tabulated quarterly, and they are capped at S$250 each quarter.
Score up to S$200 cashback when you apply via SingPass MyInfo and make a min. spend of S$500 from card approval date till the end of the following month. Existing HSBC customers will receive up to $60 cashback. Valid till 30 June 2021. T&Cs apply.
Best for fine dining deals: American Express Platinum Card
Perfect for: Those who appreciate the finer things in life and have no time for expense tracking.
The AMEX Platinum Card is the creme de la creme of credit cards if fine dining is the only kind of dining you fancy. Other than that, it would come in very handy if you need to entertain overseas visitors, clients, staff, or even loved ones but don’t want to break the bank, thanks to 50% dining privileges at a handpicked selection of popular establishments under its Love Dining @ Hotel and Love Dining @ Restaurants programs.
Also, you’ll enjoy complimentary drinks at over a dozen fashionable Singaporean bars such as Skai Bar and Bar Rouge. Then, recover from your food coma with spa vouchers and discounts at selected spa services, as well as complimentary cocktails at the likes of Anti:Dote and Horse’s Mouth Bar, under the Chillax! by American Express Platinum program.
The best part is there’s no qualifying minimum spend so you won’t have to keep track of anything. However, you do need to earn an annual income of S$80,000 or more to be eligible for the card.
Privileges aside, the card only offers a low 0.6% cashback on dining and other spending so if you prefer benefits in the form of cold hard cash, this might not be the card for you.
Best for multi-purpose foodie needs: Citibank Cash Back
Perfect for: Foodies who love driving out to discover new eateries
The Citibank Cash Back Card is a great multi-purpose card offering cashback options across different spend categories. First and foremost, its headlining cashback benefit is the high 6% you get on dining bills at cafes, restaurants and bars, in both Singapore and overseas.
Citibank credit cards, including this Cash Back card, is also known to dangle promos on online food deliveries frequently, so keep a lookout if ordering in has become somewhat of a habit.
Dining aside, your grocery bills from NTUC and Cold Storage enjoy an even higher cashback rate of 8%. Car owners who often drive the family out for grub should take advantage of the up to 20.88% savings at Esso, Shell and other petrol stations.
The downside is having to spend S$800 per month to enjoy the bonus cashback. While there is a cashback cap, this applies not just to a single category, but rather as an S$80 combined cashback cap.
SingSaver exclusive promotion: Be the first 15 applicants at 12pm, 3pm and 6pm to get an Apple iPad 10.2″ 32GB (worth S$499). The 16th applicant onward gets a Dyson AM07 Tower Fan or S$350 cash when you apply and make a qualifying spend of S$200 within 30 days of card approval. Existing cardmembers receive S$30 cash via PayNow. Valid till 18 June 2021. T&Cs apply. Pick your Citibank card here!
Best for unlimited cashback and no min. spend: CIMB World MasterCard
Perfect for: Foodies who want a versatile card that can earn cashback on their meals and more
The CIMB World MasterCard is a no-nonsense cashback card that helps you earn returns on dining expenses. It offers a modest 2% cashback for wine and dining, with no minimum spend and no cap. Besides dining, you will also get 2% cashback on the following categories:
Entertainment & Recreation
Duty Free Stores purchases
All other types of spending will enjoy 1.5% cashback, making it a highly versatile card. The cherry on top is the card’s annual fees are waived for life.
Cashback aside, you’ll also get to enjoy 50% off green fees at 42 prestigious golf courses across Southeast Asia.
However, do note that there is a minimum annual income requirement of S$50,000.
Welcome gift: Receive S$120 cash credit when you make a min. spend of S$500 for two consecutive 30-day periods following card approval to be eligible. Valid till 31 July 2021. T&Cs apply.
Best for miles accumulation: KrisFlyer UOB
Perfect for: Foodies who like the idea of eating their way to a free flight redemption.
The KrisFlyer UOB credit card earns you 3 miles per dollar on both local and overseas spends, on areas such as dining, food delivery, online shopping and travel and transport. If you’re wondering about possible exclusions, qualifying dining charges include everything made at restaurants, bars and fast food outlets, whereas online food deliveries include GrabFood and foodpanda.
There’s no minimum qualifying spend or cashback cap, but the 3 KrisFlyer miles per dollar earn rate only applies provided that you spend at least S$300 on SIA-related purchases annually. Because of its relatively high mile per dollar conversion rate, the KrisFlyer UOB credit card is definitely for those who are already dining out regularly and want to chalk up miles along the way, and then jetsetting to foreign lands to continue the indulgence (when travel becomes possible).
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