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.

HSBC Advance Credit Card

On HSBC's website

HSBC Advance Credit Card

Highlights

  • Up to 3.5% cashback on spending worldwide, no min spend
  • Yes please to exclusive retail, dining, entertainment, travel, and hotel privileges

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing HSBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • Samsonite T5 68cm Spinner Luggage worth $560 or $150 cashback ($30 cashback for existing HSBC cardholders)
OCBC 365 Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC 365 Credit Card

Highlights

  • 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
  • Up to $500,000 travel insurance coverage and up to $400 coverage for baggage loss

Finty Rewards

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

Bank promo

  • $50 cash rebate
Citi Prestige Credit Card

On Citi's website

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Citi Prestige Credit Card

Highlights

  • Earn 5 points (2 miles) per $1 overseas spend and 3.25 points (1.3 miles) per $1 local spend
  • No cap on points and miles won’t expire on you
  • A concierge team to support your lifestyle at home and abroad 
  • Complimentary 4th night stay hurray
  • Earn miles or reward points when you pay your tax, rent, condominium management fee, school fee or electricity bill with Citi PayAll on the Citi Mobile® App

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing Citi cardholders

Bank promo

  • 62,500 points (25,000 miles)
Citi Cash Back Card (Visa)

On Citi's website

Citi Cash Back Card (Visa)

Highlights

  • 8% cashback at all F&B outlets worldwide daily 
  • 8% cashback at all supermarkets worldwide daily
  • Up to 20.88% fuel savings at Esso and Shell, and 8% cashback at all other petrol stations
  • All other purchases still get you 0.25% rebate, no cap

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing Citi cardholders

Bank promo

  • $120 cash back
OCBC Frank Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC Frank Credit Card

Highlights

  • Feel cool flashing your card with over 120 hip designs to choose from
  • 6% rebate on your online shopping, including Grab rides! Woohoo!
  • 5% rebate on local entertainment from Fri to Sun, 3% on other days
  • 5% rebate at selected cafés from Fri to Sun, 3% on other days
  • 3% rebate on your 1st 2 NETS FlashPay Auto Top-Ups

Finty Rewards

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

Bank promo

  • $50 cash rebate
Citi PremierMiles Visa Card

On Citi's website

Citi PremierMiles Visa Card

Highlights

  • Earn 2 miles per $1 overseas spend and 1.2 miles per $1 local spend, miles won’t expire on you
  • Access to over 1,000 airport lounges with Priority Pass membership
  • Up to $1 mil travel insurance coverage is awesome
  • Up to 10% rebate at over 500 merchants
  • Earn miles or reward points when you pay your tax, rent, condominium management fee, school fee or electricity bill with Citi PayAll on the Citi Mobile® App

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing Citi cardholders

Bank promo

  • 40,000 miles
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

On HSBC's website

HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

Highlights

  • 5% rebate local grocers and on your recurring TV, internet, and mobile bills
  • Save 20.2% at Caltex and 18.30% at Shell on petrol
  • 2% rebate at local restaurants
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spend for rewards on top of cash rebate

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing HSBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • Samsonite T5 68cm Spinner Luggage worth $560 or $150 cashback ($30 cashback for existing HSBC cardholders)
OCBC Cashflo Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC Cashflo Credit Card

Highlights

  • Pay over 6 months with 0% interest for transaction $1,000 and above
  • Pay over 3 months with 0% interest for transaction between $100 and $1,000
  • 1% rebate if your monthly spend is above $1,000 or 0.5% rebate if it's below
  • Save up to 14% at Esso, 16% at Caltex and 20% at Sinopec on petrol

Finty Rewards

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

Bank promo

  • $50 cash rebate
OCBC Plus! Visa Credit Card

On OCBC's website

OCBC Plus! Visa Credit Card

Highlights

  • Up to 12% off at Fairprice outlets, Unity and Warehouse Club and up to 8% at Fairprice Online
  • 3% rebate at Cheers and Popular
  • Save up to 20.6% at Esso, 18% at Caltex, 20% at Sinopec
  • 1% rebate on your recurring bills with M1, Starhub, and Singtel
  • 0.22% Linkpoint rewards on all Visa spends

Finty Rewards

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

Bank promo

  • $50 cash rebate
Citi Rewards Card (Visa)

On Citi's website

Citi Rewards Card (Visa)

Highlights

  • Earn 10 points per $1 spend on clothes, bags, or shoes online and at department stores worldwide
  • All other purchases still earn you 1 point per $1 spend, no cap
  • No min spend required, enough points could get you that dream holiday, wishlist item and vouchers, or convert 3,600 points to $10 rebate
  • Up to 10% rebate at over 500 merchants
  • Earn miles or reward points when you pay your tax, rent, condominium management fee, school fee or electricity bill with Citi PayAll on the Citi Mobile® App

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing Citi cardholders

Bank promo

  • 30,000 points
HSBC Revolution Credit Card

On HSBC's website

HSBC Revolution Credit Card

Highlights

  • Earn 5 points per $1 spend on online shopping, local dining, and local entertainment
  • All other purchases still earn you 1 point per $1 spend
  • Enough points can get you cash, items, or vouchers for dining, shopping, or travel

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing HSBC cardholders

Bank promo

  • Samsonite T5 68cm Spinner Luggage worth $560 or $150 cashback ($30 cashback for existing HSBC cardholders)
Citibank SMRT Card

On Citi's website

Citibank SMRT Card

Highlights

  • Up to 7% rebate at selected grocers
  • Up to 15% rebate at selected cafés
  • 5% rebate at Popular and Toys'R'Us
  • Up to 2% rebate on your EZ-Reload with no convenience fee
  • Rebates are redeemed as vouchers or offset your next purchase 

Finty Rewards

  • $10 cash upon getting your card, even for existing Citi cardholders

Bank promo

  • $120 cash back
OCBC Titanium Rewards Credit Card (Blue)

On OCBC's website

OCBC Titanium Rewards Credit Card (Blue)

Highlights

  • 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
  • Save up to 14% at Esso, 16% at Caltex and 20% at Sinopec on petrol

Finty Rewards

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

Bank promo

  • $50 cash rebate
OCBC Titanium Rewards Credit Card (Pink)

On OCBC's website

OCBC Titanium Rewards Credit Card (Pink)

Highlights

  • 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
  • Save up to 14% at Esso, 16% at Caltex and 20% at Sinopec on petrol

Finty Rewards

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

Bank promo

  • $50 cash rebate

Q&As about Petrol credit cards

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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