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Best Mastercard Credit Cards

Take advantage of global acceptance and exclusive perks with a Mastercard credit card.

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Mastercard is a trusted payment processor that’s widely accepted in hundreds of countries and territories globally. Many credit card issuers in Singapore provide Mastercard-ready cards – but which one is right for you?

Use this guide to learn everything you need to know about MasterCard credit cards.

Best Mastercard credit cards

Name Product Reward Cashback Offer Annual Fee Min Income - Singaporean and PR
UOB PRVI Miles World Mastercard
Earn 1.4 miles per S$1 spent locally and 2.4 miles per S$1 spent overseas, including online shopping.
Get S$150 cash credit when you apply. Minimum S$1,500 spend within 30 days. First 200 eligible applicants only.
S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$256.80 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and enjoy up to S$150 in cash credits if minimum spend requirements are met.
KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card
Earn 3 KrisFlyer miles per S$1 when you spend with Singapore Airlines, Scoot, SilkAir or KrisShop and 1.2 KrisFlyer miles per S$1 on all other spend.
Get S$150 cash credit if you spend S$1,500 or more within 30 days. First 200 new customers only.
S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
New cardholders can receive up to 10,000 KrisFlyer miles when applying and spending a minimum of S$1,500 within 30 days card approval. Ends 30 September 2020. Existing UOB cardmembers get 3,000 KrisFlyer miles after the first transaction of S$5 minimum. T&Cs apply.
POSB Everyday Card
Enjoy up to 8% cash rebates on daily essentials such as groceries and online food delivery
Get S$150 cashback when you apply now!
S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Get S$150 cashback when you sign up by 30 September 2020. T&Cs apply.
DBS Woman's Card
Up to 5X DBS Points (or 10 miles) per S$5 spent on online and overseas purchases
Get S$150 cashback when you apply online and meet minimum spend requirements.
S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$160.50 thereafter
S$30,000
Get S$150 cashback when you sign up by 30 September 2020. T&Cs apply.
UOB Lady's Card
Earn 10X UNI$ (or 20 miles) per S$5 spent on a chosen spending category with no min. spend required, and 1X UNI$ (or 2 miles) on other purchases.
New customers can get S$150 in bonus cash credits. T&Cs apply.
S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and get S$150 in bonus cash credits. T&Cs apply.Ends 30 September 2020.
Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card
Shopping, travel and lifestyle offers at over 3,000 outlets in Asia
Earn 1.5% cashback on all of your credit card spend with no minimum spend. Additionally, get 1% cashback on your approved Funds Transfer Amount.

S$0 annual fee for the first 2 years and S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today via MyInfo and receive up to S$80 cashback. Ends 30 September 2020.
Standard Chartered Manhattan $500 Card
N/A
Earn 0.25% cashback on everything you spend.
S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$32.10 thereafter
S$18,000
Citi Cash Back Card
Get up to 20.88% fuel discounts at Esso and Shell, and 8% cashback on dining and groceries.
8% cash back on dining, groceries and petrol transactions. 0.25% cashback on other retail purchases.
S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Get a welcome gift of S$120 cash back when you spend S$1,200 in the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2021.
Citi Rewards Credit Card
10X Rewards on eligible online and retail purchases, capped at 10,000 points per statement month.
1X Rewards for other retail purchases.
Up to 10% cash back at selected merchants
S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Get 30,000 Citi Thank You points when you spend S$3,000 in the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. 30 September 2020
Citi PremierMiles Card
Earn 1.2 Citi Miles for every S$1 spent locally and 2 Citi Miles for every S$1 spent overseas.
Up to 10% cash back at selected merchants
S$192.60 annual fee
S$30,000
Get 37,300 miles when you spend S$9,000 in the first 3 months. Annual fee applies. 30 September 2020.
Citi Prestige Card
Deals and discounts in more than 90 countries. Also, get six complimentary golf games across Asia
Up to 20% cashback at selected merchants
S$535 annual fee
S$120,000
Get a welcome gift of 62,500 Citi ThankYou Points (25,000 Miles) or Gadget Welcome Gift. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 September 2020.
Maybank Business Platinum Mastercard
Get your business logo printed on your card. Plus, enjoy a global concierge service
Get up to S$50 cash credits to offset your credit card payments
S$0 annual fee for the first 2 years and S$180 thereafter
N/A
Earn TREATS Points for every dollar spent and redeem them for vouchers, cash credits and air miles.
Maybank Family & Friends Credit Card
Earn up to 8% cash rebates in grocery stores, supermarkets, online grocery shopping and other categories when minimum spend requirements are met.
Up to 8% cashback on groceries, food delivery, transport, petrol and more with minimum spend of S$800 per month.
S$0 annual fee for the first 3 years and S$180 thereafter
S$30,000
Get S$100 cash credit when you apply, charge to your card and withdraw from your CreditAble account with a minimum of S$250 for each of the first two months upon approval. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 Sep 2020.
Maybank DUO Platinum Mastercard
5% cashback for petrol, plus earn rewards points and exchange them for car servicing vouchers, vehicle merchandise and more.
5% cash rebate on petrol transactions in Singapore and Malaysia
S$120 annual fee
S$30,000
Get S$100 cash credit when you apply, charge to your card and withdraw from your CreditAble account with a minimum of S$250 for each of the first two months upon approval. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 Sep 2020.
Maybank World Mastercard
A range of dining, shopping and travel deals - including up to S$1,000,000 of travel insurance
10X TREATS Points (4 air miles) on every S$1 spent at selected merchants
S$0 annual fee for the first 1 year and S$240 thereafter
S$80,000
Get S$100 cash credit when you apply, charge to your card and withdraw from your CreditAble account with a minimum of S$250 for each of the first two months upon approval. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 Sep 2020.
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What are the benefits of using a Mastercard?

  • Global acceptance

Mastercard is accepted in hundreds of countries and millions of locations around the world. You can use your Mastercard wherever the Mastercard symbol is displayed, including at ATMs, EFTPOS terminals and online.

  • Mastercard PayPass

Just about all newly issued Mastercard credit cards make use of this technology that enables cardholders to make contactless payments for purchases of up to S$250.

  • Emergency Services

You can contact Mastercard’s customer service team at any time on 800 1100 113 within Singapore. This service can help you with the reporting of lost or stolen cards, it can provide emergency replacement cards and cash advances, it can help you find the nearest Mastercard or Cirrus ATM, and it can provide information related to your account.

  • Mastercard World

With Mastercard World, cardholders can take advantage Mastercard wine privileges at participating restaurants, complimentary meals at partnered hotels plus exclusive dining and travel experiences.

  • Mastercard Priceless Cities

Mastercard Priceless Cities offers cardholders access to a variety of unique and exclusive experiences ranging across realms like dining, shopping, entertainment, travelling, and golfing.

  • Currency conversion

When you use your Mastercard overseas, you don’t have to worry about making confusing currency conversion calculations. When you use your Mastercard to make a payment, it pays the merchant in the local currency, and bills you in Singapore dollars.

What are the features of a Mastercard credit card?

  • Easy access to funds. While you can use your Mastercard to make in-store, online, and over the phone purchases, you can also use it for cash advances at ATMs and supporting financial institutions.
  • Mastercard SecureCode. This online program provides additional security when your credit card details make it to the online marketplace, minimising the possibility of unauthorised usage. Many hundreds of thousands of online merchants support transactions made using SecureCode.
  • Zero Liability. Mastercard’s Zero Liability policy protects cardholders from unauthorised and fraudulent charges made using their cards. You can receive protection though this policy if you meet certain criteria, which include exercising due diligence in keeping your card safe, and reporting theft, loss, or unauthorised use as soon as you find out.

How can I compare Mastercard credit cards?

  • Fees. The fees you end up paying depend on the credit card issuer you choose to go with as well as the card you get. While a basic no-frills Mastercard might require you to pay little or no annual fees, you might have to pay a noticeably higher annual fee if you get a platinum Mastercard.
  • Interest rate offers. As well as standard purchase or cash advance rates, you can also compare Mastercard products based on any promotional interest rates that can help you cut costs with 0% purchase and balance transfer offers.
  • Credit card issuer. Mastercard products are available through a variety of Singapore credit card issuers. As they determine many of the features and fees that come with the card, it’s important to consider which company issues the card when comparing your options.
  • Rewards. While Mastercard does not provide a rewards program, you can find several Mastercard credit cards linked to various rewards and frequent flyer programs. This is something you should consider if you’re looking to earn points as you spend.
  • Complimentary insurance covers. Some Mastercard products offer complimentary insurance covers including transit accident insurance, interstate flight inconvenience insurance, international travel insurance, purchase cover insurance, and extended warranty insurance.

While Mastercard products offer a variety of benefits, it’s important to compare the different products offered by Singapore issuers to find the right card for you. For more, read our guide that compares Mastercard with Visa.

History of Mastercard

Mastercard began operations in the late 1940s, at a time when a number of American banks gave their customers specially issued paper that they could use in the form of cash at local establishments. Mastercard issued its first batch of credit cards in California, to serve as direct competition to the Bank of America card that later went on to become Visa.

With time, a number of franchises evolved in several cities, and in 1966, one such group formed the Interbank Card Association (ICA). No single bank dominated the running of this organisation and member committees came into effect for this very purpose. ICA went on to become Mastercard in 1979.

History of Mastercard in Singapore

By the late 1960s, ICA started spreading its wings outside the US, and its initial affiliations were with Banco Nacional in Mexico and the European Eurocard. Japanese members entered the picture in the same year. By the late 1970s, it had members from Japan and Africa. A further expansion in the 1980s saw it entering Australia, Latin America, and Asia.

As of now, Mastercard has over 30 offices around the world, with a particularly strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Its Singapore headquarters is located in 3 Fraser Street DUO Tower, Level 17, Singapore 189352. Most major Singapore banks offer credit cards affiliated to Mastercard.

Frequently asked questions

How can I apply for a Mastercard credit card?

You can apply for Mastercard credit cards through the issuing institutions online, or in-branch. Just make sure you’ve compared your credit card options and confirmed you meet the eligibility requirements before apply.

How long does it take to apply and how soon will I receive my card?

If you begin the application process with all the required information nearby, the application should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete. After the card issuer approves your application, it can take up to 10 business days for you to receive your card.

What eligibility criteria to I have to meet to apply for a Mastercard?

You should be at least 21 years old, a citizen or permanent resident of Singapore or a foreigner with a valid work permit. You will also need to have a good credit history.

How can I make repayments?

This depends on the credit card issuer, and your options can include direct debits, cash, cheques, AXS stations, and Singapore Post outlets.

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