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Best Credit Cards For Paying Insurance Premiums In Singapore 2022

Premiums for medical insurance or life insurance can run into the hundreds each year or, if you’re a bit older, thousands. That’s why it’s so worthwhile signing up for a credit card that rewards you when you use it to pay your insurance premiums.

Insurance isn’t our idea of retail therapy. In a best case scenario, you don’t use your insurance policy, which means that you paid insurance premiums for nothing. In a worst case scenario, you get to use your insurance policy, but it also means that you landed in hospital, got diagnosed with a terrible illness or died. But since paying for insurance premiums is inevitable, it’s best to pay them with a credit card that allows you to claw something back.

How to check if your credit card will reward you for insurance premiums

Insurance premiums are often excluded from credit cards’ cashback, air miles and rewards programmes. Even if your credit card promises to reward you for every cent you spend, insurance premiums might be excluded.

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The easiest way to find out is to read your bank’s Terms and Conditions sheet on the credit card’s benefits. Often, googling [name of credit card] + [terms and conditions] will throw up the relevant PDF document, saving you from having to wade through the bank’s website.

There will almost always be a list of exclusions that do not qualify for their cashback/miles/rewards. Check if insurance payments are one of them.

Credit cards that reward you for insurance payments

Credit Cards

Benefits when you pay for insurance

Things to note

UOB Absolute Cashback

1.7% cashback

No minimum spend

Amex True Cashback

1.5% cashback

3% cashback for first 6 months, capped at $5,000 spend

Maybank Platinum Visa

Up to 3.33% cashback quarterly

$30 cashback cap with min. spend of $300

$100 cashback cap with min. spend of $1,000

Highest cashback for insurance payments: American Express True Cashback Card

This card gives a maximum of 3% cashback on all eligible spending, including insurance payments. It’s the only card with no insurer restrictions and offers immediate cashback in the same month’s statement. However, the 3% cashback is only offered for the first 6 months, and you can only earn that percentage for spending of up to $5,000. If you exceed $5,000, it will drop down to 1.5%.

Still, if you can easily spend that much, go ahead and charge your insurance premiums to the card.

Scenario: Using the American Express True Cashback Card to pay for insurance premiums

It’s quite simple to use the American Express True Cashback Card. $5,000 spend in 6 months is not hard to achieve; most insurance premiums monthly payments and online shopping purchases should easily let you hit the cap.

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American Express logo

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American Express True Cashback Card

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3.0% Cashback

Cash Back Cap

Unlimited

Min. Spend per month

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Key Features

  • 2.5% Cashback on foreign currency spend (1.5% + extra 1.0%).

  • Unlimited Cashback - No min spend & no cap

  • 3% Cashback for the first 6 months up to S$5,000 spend, 1.5% Cashback on any purchase you make thereafter

  • Additional 1% Cashback on foreign currency spend. Valid from 4 August 2020 to 30 June 2021

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Simplest cashback for insurance payments: UOB Absolute Cashback

If you want a simple and all-in-one cashback credit card that you’re going to keep for the long-term, your best bet would be the UOB Absolute Cashback credit card. This card allows for insurance premium payments, unlike most cards out there, and you can just about charge anything onto the card and still get that sweet 1.7% cashback — the highest in the market currently. If you’re into maximising your cashback, consider signing up for this card after you’ve exhausted the $5,000 limit for the above mentioned Amex True Cashback card.

Scenario: Using the UOB Absolute Cashback to pay for insurance premiums

Literally charge most of your expenses onto this card — bills, insurance premiums, online shopping, whatever — and then reap the cashback with your monthly statement. This card is suitable for people wanting to save themselves a headache and want something simple to use.

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UOB logo

UOB Absolute Cashback Card

1.7%

Min. Spend per month

$0

Spend Exclusions

No

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Getting cashback for insurance payments and foreign currency spend: Maybank Platinum Visa

If you find yourself making a lot of foreign currency purchases (shopping on Amazon US for example) and want one card to also pay your bills and insurance premiums, the Maybank Platinum Visa card is just for that.

However, the cashback is on a quarterly basis and is capped at $100 if you hit the minimum spending requirement of $1,000. This amount is quite easy to hit especially if it’s on a quarterly basis.

Scenario: Using your Maybank Platinum Visa to pay for insurance premiums

It happens ALL the time — find yourself window shopping on Amazon Singapore, and you come across something you like but it’s only available on Amazon US. Charge that purchase in USD to your Maybank Platinum Visa and then automate your insurance premiums to this card. Reap the $100 quarterly cashback when it’s time!

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Maybank logo

Maybank Platinum Visa Card

Cash Rebates on All Local Spend

Up to 3.33%

Cash Rebate Cap per quarter

Up to S$100

Min. Spend per month, per quarter

S$1,000

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Cash Back Features

  • Up to 3.33% cash rebates on local spend with a min. spend of S$300/month OR S$1000/month each quarter for S$30 OR S$100 cash rebate

  • 0.3% cash rebates on overseas spend

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