Petrol credit cards

Everyone knows how expensive it is to own a car in Singapore. Using a petrol credit card to get cashback when you fill up helps to keep that cost down.

By   |   Verified by Kwok Zhong Li   |   Updated 16th February 2021

Comparing petrol credit cards

OCBC 365 Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC 365 Credit Card

Cashback

Up to 6.00% on dining spend

Cashback cap

$80.00 on any spend

Minimum spend

$800.00 per month

Sign up bonus

N/A

Highlights

  • 6% cashback on dining and online food delivery.
  • 3% cashback on groceries, travel, land transport, utilities and online travel.
  • Save up to 22.1% at Caltex and 20.2% at Esso on petrol, as well as 5% cashback at all other petrol stations
  • All other purchases still get you 0.3% rebate
  • Up to $500,000 travel insurance coverage and up to $400 coverage for baggage loss

Finty Rewards

More info
  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing OCBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • Earn cashback 7 days a week, 365 days a year, everywhere.

Pros

  • Dig a great dining deal? 6% rebate on local and overseas dining every day and for online food delivery
  • 3% rebate on local, overseas and online groceries, travel, land transport and recurring bills
  • Save up to 23% at Caltex and 20.4% at Esso on petrol, as well as 5% Cashback at all other petrol stations

All other purchases still get you 0.3% rebate

  • Cash rebate is auto credited to you

Cons

  • Min annual income of $30,000 for citizens/PRs or $45,000 for foreigners
  • Annual fee waived the 1st 2 years, but $192.60 for principal card and $96.30 for supplementary card after
  • If you can’t spend min $800 each month, you get a reduced rate of 0.3% rebate on all your spending
  • Earn max $80 rebate each month
  • Free travel insurance only when your air ticket is charged to your card

Bank Promo

  • $50 cash rebate upon approval, no min spend required
  • Only applicable to new OCBC cardholders
OCBC Frank Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC Frank Credit Card

Cashback

Up to 6.00% on any foreign currency spend

Cashback cap

Up to $25.00

Minimum spend

$600.00 per month

Sign up bonus

N/A

Highlights

  • 6% cashback for online purchases on your favourite sites and apps such as Grab, Lazada, ASOS, Spotify and Netflix.
  • 6% cashback for contactless mobile payments and foreign currency spending made in-store.

Finty Rewards

More info
  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing OCBC cardholders

Pros

  • 6% rebate on your online shopping and Grab rides
  • TGIF yeah! Get 5% rebate at local bars, cinemas, KTVs, and clubs from Fri to Sun, 3% on other days
  • 5% rebate at selected cafés from Fri to Sun, 3% on other days

Cons

  • Min annual income of $30,000 for citizens/PRs or $45,000 for foreigners
  • Annual fee waived the 1st 2 years, but $80 for principal card and $40 for supplementary card after
  • If you can’t spend min $400 each month, excluding online and Auto Top-Up purchases, you get a reduced rate of 0.3% rebate on all spends
  • Earn max $60 rebate each month

OCBC Cashflo Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC Cashflo Credit Card

Cashback

1% on any spend

Cashback cap

$100.00 on any spend

Minimum spend

$1,000.00 per month

Sign up bonus

N/A

Highlights

  • 0% instalments with rebates.
  • Earn 0.5% cashback if your monthly bill is less than S$1,000 and 1% cashback if your monthly bill is equal or greater than S$1,000. Capped at S$100 a month.
  • Automatically splits your payments across 3 months for transactions between S$100 to S$1,000 or across 6 months for transactions equal to or greater than S$1,000.

Finty Rewards

More info
  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing OCBC cardholders

Pros

  • 1% rebate if you spend min $1,000 each month, and if you don't meet $1,000, no problemo, you still earn 0.5% rebate

Cons

  • Min annual income of $30,000 for citizens/PRs or $45,000 for foreigners
  • Annual fee waived the 1st 2 years, but $160.50 for principal card and $80.25 for supplementary card after
  • Earn max $100 rebate each month

Bank Promo

  • $50 cash rebate upon approval, no min spend required
  • Only applicable to new OCBC cardholders
OCBC Plus! Visa Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC Plus! Visa Credit Card

Cashback

Up to 20.30% on petrol spend

Cashback cap

N/A

Minimum spend

$500.00 per month

Sign up bonus

N/A

Highlights

  • Up to 12% off at Fairprice outlets, Unity and Warehouse Club.
  • Up to 8% off on online purchases at Fairprice.
  • Save up to 20.3% fuel savings.
  • Take advantage of our exclusive card promotions with OCBC Cards islandwide.

Finty Rewards

More info
  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing OCBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • Get up to 12% rebate at FairPrice and enjoy LinkPoints rebates at participating Plus! merchants

Pros

  • Shop away at Fairprice with 7% rebate at Fairprice outlets and Warehouse Club and 3% at Fairprice Online
  • 3% rebate at Unity and Popular
  • 1% rebate on your recurring bills with M1, Starhub, and Singtel
  • 0.22% rebate on all Visa spends
  • Rebates can be redeemed as vouchers and items or used to offset future purchases

Cons

  • Min annual income of $30,000 for citizens/PRs or $45,000 for foreigners
  • Principal card is free the 1st year but costs $107 per year after, supplementary card is free
  • Spend min $500 each month, outside of Fairprice and Unity, to get the full rebate in the form of Linkpoints
  • If you spend less than $500 but at least $200, you get a reduced rate of 4% rebate at Fairprice and Warehouse Club, 3% at Fairprice Online, and 3% at Unity
  • 0.22% Linkpoint rewards per $1 spend

Bank Promo

  • $50 cash rebate upon approval, no min spend required (only applicable to new OCBC cardholders)
  • $20 additonal cash credit for adding an NTUC-OCBC Starter or Plus! Savings Account to your card application (limited to 1st 1000 new account opening per month)
OCBC Titanium Rewards Credit Card (Blue)

On OCBC's website

OCBC Titanium Rewards Credit Card (Blue)

Cashback

N/A

Cashback cap

N/A

Minimum spend

N/A

Sign up bonus

N/A

Highlights

  • Earn 50 OCBC$ (worth 20 miles) for every S$5 spent on eligible online and retail purchases
  • Earn 5 OCBC$ on all other spend
  • Additional 2% cash rebate when you spend at BEST Denki

Finty Rewards

More info
  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing OCBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • Redeem $50 Titanium Cash when you earn 18,000 OCBC$

Pros

  • Earn 10 points per $1 spend at department stores or on clothes, shoes, bags, electronics, gadgets, kid's wear, or personal care
  • Earn 10 points per $1 spend for online purchases at selected merchants
  • All other purchases still earn you 1 point per $1 spend
  • Redeem points as miles, vouchers, or cash to offset purchases on the spot

Cons

  • Min annual income of $30,000 for citizens/PRs or $45,000 for foreigners
  • Annual fee waived the 1st 2 years, but $192.60 for principal card and $96.30 for supplementary card after
  • Points last only 2 years
  • Enjoy e-Commerce Protection coverage of up to USD200 per year
  • Maximum 120,000 points earned per annum, 1 point per $1 spend after

Bank Promo

  • $50 cash rebate upon approval, no min spend required
  • Only applicable to new OCBC cardholders
OCBC Titanium Rewards Credit Card (Pink)

On OCBC's website

OCBC Titanium Rewards Credit Card (Pink)

Cashback

N/A

Cashback cap

N/A

Minimum spend

N/A

Sign up bonus

N/A

Highlights

  • Earn 50 OCBC$ (worth 20 miles) for every S$5 spent on eligible online and retail purchases
  • Earn 5 OCBC$ on all other spend
  • Additional 2% cashback when you spend at BEST Denki.
  • All online purchases on your OCBC Titanium Rewards Card come with e-Commerce Protection, which safeguards you against non-delivery or defective goods or if the seller fails to reimburse you.
  • Waived annual fee for the first 2 years (S$192.60 p.a. thereafter).

Finty Rewards

More info
  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing OCBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • Nothing at the moment.

Pros

  • Earn 10 points per $1 spend at department stores or on clothes, shoes, bags, electronics, gadgets, kid's wear, or personal care
  • Earn 10 points per $1 spend for online purchases at selected merchants
  • All other purchases still earn you 1 point per $1 spend
  • Redeem points as miles, vouchers, or cash to offset purchases on the spot

Cons

  • Min annual income of $30,000 for citizens/PRs or $45,000 for foreigners
  • Annual fee waived the 1st 2 years, but $192.60 for principal card and $96.30 for supplementary card after
  • Points last only 2 years
  • Enjoy e-Commerce Protection coverage of up to USD200 per year
  • Maximum 120,000 points earned per annum, 1 point per $1 spend after

Bank Promo

  • $50 cash rebate upon approval, no min spend required
  • Only applicable to new OCBC cardholders

Learn about petrol credit cards

Find out how your can optimise the benefits of a credit card with petrol rebates.

  • FAQs

Can I get a cash rebate on other types of purchases, not just petrol, with the same card?

Yes. You could choose a flat rate card which offers a cash rebate on all spending, including petrol, since almost all cashback cards also let you take advantage of significant onsite petrol discounts. Alternatively, choose a cashback card which lets you combine petrol with another category of purchases for rebate returns (e.g. petrol + dining, or petrol + groceries).

Can I get other benefits, in addition to petrol discounts and cash rebates, with my petrol credit card?

Yes. You can expect to get some of the following additional benefits with your card:

  • First year annual fee waiver, or a two-year waiver
  • A sign-up or first purchase cash or merchandise gift
  • A petrol card pre-loaded with a credit amount (e.g. a $150 Caltex StarCard)
  • A credit, discount or cashback for Grab rides
  • Air miles or rewards points, including a sign-up points bonus in some cases

Do all petrol credit cards offer the same percentage discounts and cashback?

No, the rates vary from card to card, although they nearly always have the potential to reduce petrol prices by between 14% and 24% with a combination of discounts and rebates.

Does it matter what brand of petrol I buy, or where in the world I buy it?

Each card will often specify which brands of fuel qualify for the discount and cashback, e.g. Caltex only, or Shell and SPC stations only, or Esso and Caltex stations only. But there are cards which offer cash rebates on all petrol spending worldwide, regardless of the brand, although the onsite petrol discounts will only apply islandwide.

Do I have to spend a certain amount on petrol or other items, in order to qualify for the cash rebate?

Many cards have a very low starting rebate each month (e.g. 0.3%), but once a monthly target spending level is reached (e.g. $600 total purchases in any category) a much higher rebate percentage will be applied to all of that month’s purchases.

How often will I receive my cashback into my account?

The cashback earned is usually paid into your account quarterly, at the beginning of the second month of the following quarter.

Is there any cap on the rebate I can receive for petrol purchases?

Although there are a few cards with no cap on the amount you can earn, most cards will have a monthly limit (as low as $40 or as high as $100, depending on the card). Some caps are applied quarterly or annually.

What are some of the costs associated with a petrol credit card?

In addition to an annual fee of between $80 and $195 or more, look out for possible foreign currency transaction fees of up to 3.5%, and don’t forget the high interest rate that will be applied to your purchase balance if you fail to pay it off on or before the monthly due date.

Some cards waive their annual fee for the first year, or in any year that you spend a target amount, such as $12,500.

What are the best brands in Singapore for petrol spend?

You can save money when you fill up at Shell, Esso, Caltex, and SPC and paying with a petrol credit card in Singapore. Some cards will offer savings on petrol spend outside Singapore too.

Who should consider applying for a petrol credit card?

If you drive one of Singapore’s more than half a million cars, each covering an average of around 18,000 kilometres per year, you’ll no doubt be looking for a way to save money on high fuel prices. You can do this with a credit card designed to give you a combination of fuel discounts and cash rebates, and possibly rewards points which can effectively be converted into spendable cash.

An unfortunate downside of petrol cards is that the layers of discount and rebate can be extremely complicated, and you need to be alert to all the potential savings in order to maximise the benefit. A single card could combine an onsite discount on at a selected petrol station brand (say, 4%), plus a discount that comes with the credit card brand (perhaps 4%), plus a further discount for belonging to the petrol brand loyalty program (maybe 5%), an 8% credit card cashback on petrol purchases plus an additional cashback (say 3%) for reaching a monthly minimum spend. Who knew buying petrol could be so complicated?

Because petrol credit cards are so potentially confusing, you may prefer to go for a flat rate rebate card (perhaps 5% on all spending) which still has significant onsite discounts on petrol.