Credit Cards for Petrol
There are a number of credit cards that provide savings for topping
up petrol in Singapore. The savings usually come in the form of
direct discount, cash backs or rebates and specific reward points
from the petrol company or the bank itself. Trying to figure out
how the savings add up can be pretty mind-boggling but let us do
the mind-boggling for you and summarise the savings through comparison
tables below for the best credit cards for the commonly used Grade
95 petrol at each petrol company.
Credit Cards with Highest Savings for Petrol at Esso
Esso has the largest number of petrol stations around Singapore
and is also linked to a number of credit cards for discounts. It
is worth noting that credit card discounts can be stacked with Esso
Smiles Rewards Program which awards motorists with 1 Smiles Point
for every litre of petrol. 750 Smiles Points can be used to redeem
$30 worth of petrol and drivers who pump above 250 litres petrol
in a month can earn 35% extra Smiles Points. The Smiles Points are
equivalent to 2.5% discount for drivers who pump 250 litres petrol
and above in a month and 1.8% discount for drivers who fail to pump
250 litres in a month.
The DBS Esso MasterCard
Card offer savings of up to 24.1% at Esso with a 17% direct
discount onsite + 2.5% Smiles Points + 4.6% cashback. The 4.6% cashback
is in the form of $30 cashback with $180 nett spend on Esso Fuel
for 3 consecutive months ending 30 Jun 2018. This card offers the
highest direct discount without any minimum spend for Esso petrol
in Singapore and is one of the best card for drivers who are looking
for a no-frills credit card for petrol.
Citi Cash Back
Card provides savings of up to 23.38% with a 14% direct discount
onsite + 6.88% cashback + 2.5% Smiles Points. The cashback requires
a minimum spend of $888 capped at $25 a month and stacks with a
promotion for Citibank
credit cards which reward cardholders with $10 rebate with minimum
OCBC Plus! Visa Credit
Card awards cardholders with a $15 rebate with min. $300 nett
fuel purchase in a month at Esso. This works out to be a 4.3% discount
at Esso. The promotions stacks with exisiting OCBC credit card discounts
for savings of up to 21% at Esso.
Credit Cards with Highest Savings for Petrol at Shell
Shell has a Shell Escape Rewards Program which is similar to Esso
Smiles Rewards Program. Motorists are awarded 1 Shell Escape Point
for every litre of petrol pumped and will still receive their credit
card discounts. 1100 Shell Escape Point can be used to redeem $40
worth of petrol and that is equivalent to 1.7% discount. Motorists
who pump Shell V-Power Nitro+ will earn 1.2 Shell Escape Points
for every litre pumped instead and that is equivalent to a lower
The BOC ZaoBao Card
only provides 10% direct discount for motorists but makes it up
with a unbeatable cash rebate of 23% for fuel at Shell. This provides
savings of 32.4% with a 10% direct discount onsite + 20.7% cash
rebate + 1.7% Escape points. The cash rebate is subjected to a minimum
spend of $600 on the card capped at $80 in a month. The savings
from petrol through using this card is easily the highest one can
get from petrol in Singapore. In fact, it sounds so good that we
have to give it a double take to verify that its true!
Citi Cash Back
Card provides savings of 22.58% with a 14% direct discount onsite
+ 6.8% cashback + 1.7% Escape points. The cashback is subject to
a minimum spend of $888 on the card capped at $25 in a month. The
high minimum spending means that you probably have to consolidate
your other spending in this card as well. Fortunately, that can
be done if you plan your spendings and get 8% cashback on groceries
The UOB One Card allows
up to 22.5% savings at Shell with a 10% direct discount on site
+ 6.3% SMART$ + 4.5% cash rebate + 1.7% Escape Points. The UOB One
Card provides cash back for all spending and it will be a good idea
to consolidate your spending under this card. Spending on the card
will also help you can get up to 2.43% p.a. interest on savings
in your UOB One Account.
In comparison the HSBC Premier MasterCard Credit Card offer 20.86% savings at Shell with a 14% direct discount on site + 5.16% cash rebate + 1.7% Shell Escape points. Shell cash rebates are capped at $120 a quarter and are only awarded with a minimum of $800 charged for all three months in a quarter. Although the minimum spending a month is somewhat lower, the rules concerning this card are kind of restrictive as compared to other credit cards.
Credit Cards with Highest Savings for Petrol at Caltex
Since Mar 2016, Caltex has scrapped its Thanks! Rewards Program and has instead linked up with NTUC to be under the Plus! program. Motorists are rewarded with 3 LinkPoints for every litre of petrol pumped and existing credit card discounts will still apply. 150 LinkPoints can be used to redeem $1 across FairPrice supermarkets and their partners and that is equivalent to 1% discount for petrol at Caltex.
Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card help drivers save up to 24.29% at Caltex with a 14% direct discount + 9.29% rebate with minimum spend of $600 + 1% LinkPoints. The savings go up to 25.87% for Caltex Platinum 98 petrol due to a 16% direct discount. However the credit card is only avaliable for priority or private banking customers and most other Standard Chartered clients can choose the Standard Chartered MANHATTAN World MasterCard instead as it still offers up to 21.45% savings on petrol.
All other Standard Chartered Credit Cards award up to 18.87% savings at Caltex with a 14% direct discount + 1% LinkPoints + 3.87% cashback.
The OCBC 365 Credit Card allows up to 22.1% savings at Caltex petrol with a 14% direct discount on site + 2.8% cashback + 4.3% cashback + 1% LinkPoints. The 4.3% cashback is subjected to a minimum monthly spend of $600 on this card while the 2.8% cashback is subjected to a minimum monthly spend of $300 at Caltex. The same card also awards a 16% direct discount and up to 23.8% savings on Caltex Platinum 98 petrol at Caltex.
OCBC Plus! Visa Card,
OCBC NTUC Plus!
Visa Card and OCBC
VOYAGE Visa Infinite Card offers a direct 18% to 19% discount
for any fuel grade at Caltex. This is noteworthy as the credit cards
provide the highest direct discount without any minimum spend for
petrol in Singapore.
The HSBC Premier MasterCard Credit Card and HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card offer 21.2% savings at Caltex with a 14% direct discount on site + 2% outdoor fuel payment terminal discount + 4.2% cash rebate + 1% LinkPoints. However as mentioned earlier, the cash rebates are capped at $120 a quarter and only awarded with a minimum of $800 charged for all three months in a quarter.
Credit Cards with Highest Savings for Petrol at SPC
SPC doesn't have a loyalty program but is able to attract motorists
with its consistently slightly lower prices and larger direct discounts.
Similar to the cash rebate for Shell, the BOC
ZaoBao Card only provides 10% direct discount for motorists
puming fuel at SPC but makes it up with a unbeatable cash rebate
of 23% for fuel. This provides savings of 30.7% with a 10% direct
discount onsite + 20.7% cash rebate. The cash rebate is also subjected
to a minimum spend of $600 on the card capped at $80 in a month
as mentioned earlier.
The UOB One Card entitles
up to 24% savings at SPC with a 15% direct discount + 4% cash rebate
+ 5% petrol discount. The cash rebate is subjected to minimum purchases
and minimum monthly spend.
American Express Platinum
Cards enjoy additional 7.1% savings via statement credit and
when combined with exisiting discounts will grant cardholders 21%
savings at SPC.
All UOB Credit Cards
have an additional 5% petrol discount at SPC which is calculated
with a $3 petrol discount for every $60 gross spend. This promotion
stacks with existing discounts and allows the UOB
Visa Signature Card and UOB
One Card to get up to 22.3% and 24% savings at SPC respectively.
The POSB Everyday Card gives 20.1% cash savings at SPC with 15% onsite + 5.1% cash rebate. This is on top of its many discounts with key merchants.
Best Credit Card for Petrol
The BOC ZaoBao Card
vote as it has the highest potential savings of 32.4% off petrol.
The fact that it provides high savings for petrol at both Shell
and SPC is a bonus. In fact the savings off petrol using this credit
card is the highest we have ever seen since we started monitoring
savings for petrol. What makes it more remarkable is that it is
also a Cash Back
Credit Card making it extremely useful for online and dining
Another credit card worth a mention is the UOB
One Card which awards motorists with up to 24% savings at Shell
and SPC. It had always been our choice credit card for petrol until
it was dethroned by the BOC
ZaoBao Card. This card is also a Cash
Back Credit Card which awards up to 5% cash rebate on anything
subjected to a minimum spend depending on your cash rebate tier.
The Maybank DUO
Platinum MasterCard is running a promotion which awards users
with an additional 8% cash rebate at any petrol stations in Singapore
and Malaysia. This allows cardholders to to save up to 25.18% for
petrol. However, cardholders will need to meet the minimum spend
of $1,000 a month to qualify for the promotion and this could be
a dealbreaker as it is difficult to meet the minimum spend considering
there are no other attractive benefits of using the card.