Having recently experienced an interest rate reduction on his deposits, there is finally some good news coming from the banking industry. A competitor, Standard Chartered Bank (‘SCB’), just released a very attractive cash back credit card in 2017- the Unlimited Cashback Credit Card. We all know that cashback is all the rage these days. By targeting right at the primitive desires of consumers, it will not be surprising to see them soon make a beeline towards SCB. Here is why Heartland Boy thinks you should get the Unlimited Cashback Credit Card.
1. Unlimited 1.5% Cashback On All Spend
Here is how the Standard Chartered’s Unlimited Cashback Credit Card works. It offers unlimited 1.5% cashback on all spend. This means that your expenditure need not have to fall into any restricted category. Furthermore, no minimum spending is required and there will be no cashback cap. For instance, if you were to pay for a wedding banquet in a hotel that cost approximately $40,000, you would be entitled to a cashback of $600. Cardholders also need not meet any minimum spending in a particular month to qualify for these cashback.
This is where its attractiveness lies. It is so simple with absolutely no criteria needed to obtain this 1.5% cashback. Furthermore, the Unlimited Cashback earned will be automatically used to offset against the following month’s statement. The ease of qualifying for and redeeming this 1.5% cashback should make for a very strong case to apply for the Unlimited Cashback Credit Card. Heartland Boy can only lament that this excellent product came 2 weeks late. If not, Heartland Girl would have earned $60 cashback when she paid her school fees last month!
2. Unlimited Cashback Credit Card Doubles Up As An EZ-Link Card
Another added convenience of the Unlimited Cashback Card is that it also serves as an EZ-Link Card in Singapore. With the EZ-Reload feature, your Unlimited Cashback Credit Card will automatically reload by $50 if your EZ-Link balances dips below $0. The $50 will be reflected in your credit card bill, together with a convenience fee of $0.25. However, you should also earn $0.75 in the same transaction. (remember the 1.5% cashback) Therefore, the end result would be a net gain of $0.50 from a $50 automatic EZ-Link reload.
Heartland Boy remembers how his productivity increased ever since he started using the Citibank SMRT Credit Card. Now, he happily walks past the long queues at the EZ Link top-up machines as he never have to worry about running out of EZ-Link credit. You can be sure that once his SCB Unlimited Cashback Credit Card arrives at his mailbox, he will immediately activate and enable the EZ-Reload feature. He would also remind Heartland Girl to use this feature because she is one of those who have not jumped onto this bandwagon yet. This would also free up space in her HUGE purse since there is no further need for the typical EZ-Link Card anymore.
3. A HUMONGOUS 20% Cashback on Worldwide Uber Fares And UberEats
To enhance its cashback programme, cardholders will also enjoy 20% off their global Uber and UberEats transactions by paying with the Unlimited Cashback Credit Card. This promotion suits Heartland Boy just fine as he takes at least 6 Uber rides per month for his commute to and from the airport. Even when he is not back in Singapore, he will rely on Uber to commute around Jakarta during the weekends. The Unlimited Cashback Card will seriously reduce Heartland Boy’s transport expenses.
Unfortunately, there are some limitations though. For a start, this wonderful benefit will stop after 30 September 2017. One would only enjoy this 20% Cashback if there is at least $600 eligible spend on the Unlimited Cashback Card in that month. Furthermore, the cashback from Uber rides is capped at $50 per month.
Why You Should Get SCB’s Unlimited Cashback Credit Card
Heartland Boy reviewed this card in comparison with competing products. His assessment is that this is clearly a very compelling product offering from SCB. With only a $30,000 annual income requirement, this card would be very suitable for a fresh graduate just stepping into the workforce. Other fascinating details include a 2-year annual fee waiver and that means no cash upfront is required from the applicant. This truly makes it one of the best cash back credit cards in Singapore. To give you more reasons to make a beeline to SCB, the bank is dangling an irresistible deal; new customers a welcome gift pack of either (a) $138 cashback, (b) $150 Caltex StarCash card or (c) $150 in Uber credits. Heartland Boy has advised Heartland Girl to select the $138 cashback. For Heartland Boy himself, since he had previously cancelled a SCB credit card, he is only entitled to $20 cashback in this bank promotion. Well to console himself, he realised that there is a bonus offer from a third party merchant, SingSaver.
Receive $100 Takashimaya Voucher By Applying Through SingSaver
For the month of March, the good friends at SingSaver are running a promotion for a selected pool of credit cards. Amongst them, you stand to receive $100 Takashimaya Voucher when you apply for the Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card before 31 March 2017. This voucher only applies for the first 200 successful redemption. Follow the instructions below to ensure that you do not miss out on your voucher.
Step 1: Click on the picture above to reach the landing page
Step 2: Select the SCB Unlimited Cashback Credit Card
Step 3: Proceed to apply online and capture a screen shot of the thank you page at the end of your application
Step 4: Complete the form within the landing page by 31 March 2017
Step 5: After you have received the card approval notification from the bank, send a screenshot to [email protected] (this can be later than 31 March).
Both Heartland Girl and Heartland Boy have already applied and are patiently waiting for their cards as well as the Takashimaya vouchers!
Note: Promotion had ended as at 31 March 2017