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Credit cards for retired applicants

Want to get a credit card when you're retired? Compare your options and learn how to apply here.

Name Product Reward Cashback Offer Annual Fee Min Income - Singaporean and PR
HSBC Revolution Credit Card
Earn up to 10X Reward points or 4 miles per $1 spent on qualifying purchases.
Receive up to $200 cashback. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 Dec 2022.
$0 annual fee
$30,000
New cardholders can choose from a Samsonite Prestige 69cm Spinner Exp with built-in scale (worth $670) or $200 cashback upon $500 minimum spend. Plus, receive up to $150 cashback when you apply for supplementary cards. Existing HSBC credit cardholders are eligible to receive $50 cashback. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 Dec 2022.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card
Earn 1 Reward point for every $1 on all spend.
Up to 5% cash rebates on groceries, dining and fuel with minimum monthly spend of at least $600.
$0 annual fee for the first 2 years and $192.60 thereafter
$30,000
New cardholders can choose from a Samsonite Prestige 69cm Spinner Exp with built-in scale (worth $670) or $200 cashback upon $500 minimum spend. Plus, receive up to $150 cashback when you apply for supplementary cards. Existing HSBC credit cardholders are eligible to receive $50 cashback. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 Dec 2022.
Citi Cash Back+ Credit Card
Get up to 14% fuel discounts at Esso and Shell and 1.6% cash back on eligible retail purchases.
1.6% cash back on selected retail purchases
$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and $192.60 thereafter
$30,000
Receive 10% cash back (up to $300 cash back) on up to $3,000 spend in the first 2 months. T&Cs apply. Valid until 31 Jan 2023.
HSBC Advance Credit Card
Receive up to $200 cashback when minimum spend requirements are met.
Enjoy up to 3.5% cashback on all purchases with no minimum spend
$0 annual fee for the first 1 year (permanently waived for HSBC Advance banking customers) and $192.60 thereafter
$30,000
New cardholders can choose from a Samsonite Prestige 69cm Spinner Exp with built-in scale (worth $670) or $200 cashback upon $500 minimum spend. Plus, receive up to $150 cashback when you apply for supplementary cards. Existing HSBC credit cardholders are eligible to receive $50 cashback. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 Dec 2022.
American Express True Cashback Card
Enjoy 1.5% cashback on all purchases with no minimum spend or cap.
Earn 1.5% cashback on all eligible spending with no minimum spend or cap
$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and $171.20 thereafter
$30,000
Apply today and get a 3% cashback bonus when you spend $5,000 in the first six months.
Citi Cash Back Card
Get up to 20.88% fuel discounts at Esso and Shell, 6% cashback on dining and 8% cashback on groceries.
6% cash back on dining, 8% cashback on groceries and petrol transactions. 0.25% cashback on other retail purchases, capped at $80 for all transactions per statement month.
$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and $192.60 thereafter
$30,000
Get a welcome gift of $300 cash back when you spend $800 in the first two months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 Jan 2023.
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About credit cards for the elderly

For most banks, retirees are eligible for secured credit cards only, meaning that you will need to have a minimum amount of fixed deposit with them in order to qualify. Bear in mind that the credit limit will mirror the amount of fixed deposit you place with the bank (i.e. if you pledge S$50,000, you will have a S$50,000 credit limit). Also, you will no longer be able to withdraw your fixed deposit as long as you own the secured credit card.

Most banks do not publicise their secured credit card options, so you will need to contact them directly if you wish to apply.

What is the maximum age I can apply for a credit card?

The age limit for credit cards for the elderly in Singapore is typically around 65-70.

According to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), a person above 55 years old (which is the age you are allowed to withdraw your CPF savings) with an annual income of at least S$15,000 can apply for an unsecured credit card. An unsecured line of credit is one that allows you to borrow funds without using any kind of asset as collateral.

If your annual income is less than S$30,000, your maximum credit limit is twice of monthly income. If your annual income is above S$30,000, your maximum credit limit is up to four times your monthly income.

Mistakes to avoid when applying for a credit card

Not doing research on credit cards for retirees

pensioners-apply-credit-cardWhen you apply for a credit card as a retiree, you’ll need to meet specific eligibility requirements and submit a range of documents to support your application. Comparing credit cards and researching your options before you apply will help you make sure you meet these requirements and can increase your chances of approval.

If you’re unsure of what you need to provide for a specific credit card, you can contact the provider to confirm any queries you have before applying. Keep in mind that rejected applications will have a negative impact on your credit file, so doing this research will help maximise your chances of approval. Read more on how to apply for a credit card with our step-by-step guide.

Applying for several cards in a short time period

If your previous credit card application has been rejected, don’t immediately apply for another one. Instead, consider why you weren’t accepted. If you hadn’t organised the necessary documents, confirm which ones you’re missing before applying again. If you were rejected because of your credit history, you’ll need to take some time to improve your credit score before applying again.

Bottom line

While most banks and credit card issuers don’t offer credit cards designed especially for retirees or senior citizens in Singapore, they may have specific requirements you need to meet before you can get a credit card. Once you’re sure you meet all the eligibility requirements, and you’re confident your credit file is in good standing, you’ll want to do your research so that you’re aware of all the different options at your disposal to find a credit card deal for you.

How to ensure your credit card application is approved?

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