DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card
Citi PremierMiles Visa Card
Asked on 21 Nov 2019
These seem to be the quintessential 3 cards when it comes to spending, any thoughts? I don't travel that much. What are the strongest merits for each and which do you suggest I get?
Well, to keep it plain and simple, OCBC 90N has some promotion now that last till Feb 2020, so that would be my number 1. Next would be DBS Altitude as their promotions are quite good, and last would be Citipremier for the general spend.
Both cards are very similar, but I will take Citi PM, as they have far more transfer partners.
I also like the extra mpd (up to 10!) with Citi when booking hotels on Kaligo/Agoda/Expedia. If you travel for business and can book your own hotels and claim back from your company, this can be a killer way to accumulate miles
If you are crediting your salary to DBS multiplier account however, the DBS Altitude may be an option since it counts towards your interest bonus. That's about the one thing it has that edges out Citi PM.
Here's how I'd approach this question.
Citi PMV has the benefit of the most transfer partners of any bank in Singapore (12 in total). In addition to KrisFlyer, you can transfer points to British Airways Avios (great for short haul economy flights), EVA Air (good value to Japan in Business Class), Etihad Guest (cheap redemptions to Koh Samui), Turkish Airlines (fly to Europe in Business Class for half the price of SQ) and more.
OCBC 90N has fantastic launch promotions.
From now till 29 Feb 2020, you'll earn an uncapped 4 mpd on foreign currency spending, Spotify, Netflix, duty free shopping, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot, AirAsia and Jet Star. You'll earn an uncapped 8 mpd on airbnb, agoda, Mr and Mrs Smith, Millennium Hotels and Expedia.
Those are crazy good bonuses, and the highest in the market right now.
DBS Altitude is running some good promos now too-
Otherwise, all 3 cards are roughly similar in terms of their earn rates for local and overseas spending. The Citi PMV and DBS Altitude Visa have 2x priority pass lounge visits, so see if that's something you need/value too.
Nothing stopping you from getting more than one, obviously (and you can get $250 cash if you're new-to-bank for Citibank)
I will grab the OCBC 90N because of its ongoing promotions till 2020 Feb
If there are no extra changes after the promotion, I will continue on Citi PremierMiles.
Also, get all 3? and spend on the correct card partner when there is promotion. :)
As shared by many, all three are pretty similar except for a few factors that differentiates them. They are all good for general spending, but if I have to pick one, Citi PremierMiles could edge out due to the fact that they have the highest no. of partner airlines (12) that you could redeem these miles with.
That said, more importantly if you are a new-to-bank customer for any of these banks, that should be the card you should go for (especially if you have a huge expense coming up) to ultimately leverage on the sign-up bonus. I would recommend staying up to date with all these bonus via:
SingSaver or MoneySmart. They regularly share sign-up bonus from the various banks, say $250 for signing up for a Citibank card as a new-to-bank customer.
Milelion Roar telegram broadcast channel (https://t.me/milelionroars). They post all (I think?) promotions almost in real time, as well as compile a Weekly Deal Summary to ensure you do not miss out on any promotion. Best of all, it is a channel so no spams! Only the best stuff shared there
All the best!
This is because Citi rewards points are able to be converted into a larger variety of airline partners for their miles than DBS. This allows you the flexibility to choose which airlines best suits your needs.
Do take note its only DBS altitude Visa which gives you the lounge and not the American Express Version.
DBS has some pretty good mileaga rates for airline and hotel spending (3 mpd).
Also look at your overall banking relationships. Do you have a DBS Multiplie account and do you credit your salary to a DBS bank account? If so, it makes sense to spend at least $1 a month on a DBS card to clock the bonus Multiplier interest.
The main difference between the two cards is the bank, as well as the offers from the card.
For instance, for Citi PremierMiles, you can earn up to 7 miles per dollar for bookings on Agoda.
Next, for DBS Altitude, the priority pass membership is based on membership year while the one from Citibank is based on calendar year.
Other than these, it depends on which card gives the most perks at the merchant.
Personally, I chose Citi PremierMiles as I like their service.
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All 3 cards' miles never expire. You can just let your miles accumulate with your spending until you need to travel - a lot of people use miles to exchange for Business Class flights for their honeymoon!
PremierMiles have the most partners that you can convert your miles to - however, if you're a strong Singapore Airlines supporter, it wouldn't matter which card you go with (OCBC 90n is currently linked to Singapore Airlines only, DBS Altitude is linked to Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Asia Miles-linked airlines).
Both PremierMiles and DBS Altitude gives you 2 complimentary lounge access via Priority Pass while OCBC 90n doesn't give you any lounge benefits. OCBC 90n however, is linked to LoungeKey, which does not have as strong a network either.
If you're expecting a huge purchase in the coming month or so, why not get more than 1 card then? You can tap on the ongoing promotion with OCBC 90n and DBS Altitude and get a strong start on the miles game!
GET ALL 3! If you are in the miles chasing game, you will need mulitple cards to maximise your miles earning.
As mentioned by Elijah and Aik Kia, all 3 cards you mentioned have no expiry on the points accumulated. Most miles card provide Priority Pass and give bonus points when you pay for the renewal fees so do watch out for that.
Here are some cards you can consider as well:
UOB Prvi - 1.4 MPD for general spending, up to 4.4MPD for local bus and train rides via mobile contactless
UOB Preferred Visa - 4MPD for contactless payment, capped at $1K
Just to add on, do watch out for signup bonuses, renewal & loyalty fees.
Here are some examples:
UOB Prvi = 10K Miles Welcome Bonus, 20K Miles Loyalty Bonus with min. $50K spending within a year.
Citi Premiermiles = 10,000 miles for paying the $192.60 annual fee
DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card = Receive up to 38,000 welcome miles
Do read their T&Cs to understand how to get the bonus miles & time your big purchases to maximize them! Happy miles-chasing!
If I am you, I will get all three. In fact, I have all 3.
The 1st common point about these 3 cards is that points accumulated don't expire. So you are not in a rush to earn as many points as possible.
The 2nd common point is that by paying the annual fee, you get 10K miles.
These 2 points help you to formulate a strategy for your ideal flight redemption.
1) DBS Altitude Card is good for hotel and air travel bookings: 3 MPD. Also, Priority Pass!
2) Citi PM card is just good to have but not the most exciting. I find it useful when CIti runs promotions with merchants, especially those dining ones. Oh! Priority Pass!
3) OCBC 90N can transfer points over to Krisflyer for free and the minumum amount is 1,000 miles per block. In comparision, DBS and Citi requires 10K miles per transfer block
Unless you really really hated holding on to a lot of credit cards, getting all 3 is not a bad idea.
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