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CIMB AWSM Card Review

Enjoy unlimited 1% cashback on select spend with this low income requirement credit card.

The CIMB AWSM Card is one of the few credit cards in Singapore that comes with a (comparatively) low age and annual income criteria. Designed for students and NSFs, this card is also an option for those earning less than $30,000 per annum.

With this credit card from CIMB, there’s no annual fee to worry about and, what’s more, you can earn unlimited 1% cashback on select spend categories and access special offers from both CIMB and Mastercard.

Read on to find out what you need to know about the CIMB AWSM Card.

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Benefits of using the CIMB AWSM Card

When you use the CIMB AWSM Card, you get to enjoy these key benefits:

  • Unlimited 1% cashback on select categories. Earn 1% cashback on all your dining, entertainment, online shopping, and telecommunications expenses, with no earn cap or minimum spend.
  • No annual fee. You won’t need to pay an annual fee for the life of the card.
  • Transit ready with SimplyGo. With SimplyGo, you can pay for your transit fare conveniently by tapping your card, mobile or wearable payment (Apple Pay, Fitbit Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay) on the fare gantry.

Features of the CIMB AWSM Card

Here are some features you can take advantage of with this card:

  • CIMB deals & discounts. Access CIMB’s exclusive network across 1,000 dining, retail and lifestyle partners in Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • Exclusive Mastercard privileges. Benefit from a curated list of local and global perks and privileges across travel, culinary, shopping, sports, entertainment, arts and culture for Mastercard cardholders.

    How to apply

    If you would like to apply for the CIMB AWSM card, you can apply by completing an online application form on the card issuer’s website.

    You may choose to have your personal and income details retrieved via MyInfo if you’re a SingPass holder, or manually input your information.

    To ensure that your application runs smoothly, make sure you meet the following eligibility requirements and have the necessary information ready:

    Eligibility criteria

    • Must not be an existing CIMB credit cardmember
    • Earn at least S$18,000 p.a. if you’re a salaried Singaporean or permanent resident; or $30,000 p.a if you’re aged 35 and above
    • No minimum income requirement for student or NSF applicants.
    • Be at least 21 years of age; or between 18 to 29 years old if you’re a student or NSF.
    • Have a good credit rating.

    Required documents

    Frequently asked questions

    Bottom line

    The CIMB AWSM Card offers students, NSFs, and low-income working adults a good opportunity to earn cashback in key categories at a respectable 1% rate. On top of that, it is the only no-annual-fee credit card that is available to salaried employees earning just $18,000 p.a.

    As with all financial products, each comes with its own set of pros and cons, so make sure to compare your options carefully before applying.

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    S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$192.60 thereafter
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    S$30,000
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