Signs outside restaurants promoting some kind of credit card deal are becoming ubiquitous. 10% off here, 20% off there. Complimentary dessert here. Return gift voucher of $20 there. Let’s face it, it can get a bit overwhelming.
In all likelihood, you’ll end up getting several cards so you never miss the deal. HOWEVER, that’s really not necessary. After dining our way around town, and with more than a little research, we’ve come up with a list of the top 5 credit cards for dining in Singapore.
5. CITIBANK – Dividend Card
Coming in at #5 is CITIBank’s Dividend Card.
Having linked up with Marina Bay Sands, having a CITI card gets you 10% off at the likes of CUT by Wolfgang Puck, DB Bistro, and Osteria Mozza! You can also enjoy discounts and offers at other restaurants like SKIRT at W Singapore, Shin Kushiya, KURO, and several others.
4. Standard Chartered – Platinum
The Standard Chartered dining benefits come under its umbrella scheme, ‘The Good Life’. Encompassing lifestyle and dining venues around Singapore, StanChart’s credit card can come in quite useful. While the majority of the offers on the dining front are at chains and franchises, there are a few good spots – like Kiku and Amarone – on board as well. If hotel dining is your thing, you’ll be pleased to see Amara Sanctuary Sentosa and the Raffles Hotel’s dining spots taking part. Not too shabby.
To find out more and apply, click here.
3. DBS – Black Card (American Express)
Often portrayed as the nightlife DBS card, the Black Card certainly lives up to its name and offers an eclectic mix of dining offers such as deals at Buyan, China One, The Chupitos Bar, Crystal Jade, Senor Taco, May May, and Tomo Izakaya.
On top of all this, the card, being American Express, gets you access to the American Express Selects offers; restaurants at the Shangri-La, Meritus Mandarin and Fairmont Singapore Hotels take part. There are also deals at restaurants like Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro, Irodori, Morsels, and the entire Tung Lok group.
To find out more about the DBS Black Card, click here.
2. UOB – Delight Credit Card
UOB has hundreds (we’re not exaggerating) of good dining deals. Everything from 10% off at Twelve Cupcakes and Baskin Robbins to discounts at crowd pleasers like Din Tai Fung, The White Rabbit, OTTO Ristorante, The Black Swan, and Timbre. Hotel restaurants like the Amara Singapore, Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Goodwood Park Hotel, Pan Pacific Singapore, Marina Mandarin, Parkroyal and the Conrade Hotel, Carlton Hotel, One Farrer Hotel, and the Holiday Inn are also included in the full list.
For the full list of offers, visit the UOB website.
On top of all that, there’s also a little something for the foodies that cook at home. If you spend more than $1, 000 on your Delight card in a month, you’ll receive 10% rebate vouchers which can be redeemed at Cold Storage, Market Place, Jason’s, Giant and Guardian. Yes, please!
To find out more and apply for the UOB Delight credit card, click here.
1. The American Express Platinum Card
Taking the #1 spot is the American Express Platinum Card. ‘The’ dining card of Singapore it seems.
Foodies, have you heard of the Palate card? It’s the dining membership that gets you up to 50% of a-la-carte food at restaurants like D’Bell, Buyan, Il Lido, The Prime Society, and Praelum Wine Bistro. It usually costs close to $500 – but it’s complimentary with the AMEX Platinum.
Not good enough? You also get the Feed at Raffles (FAR) Card included complimentary with your American Express. That means up to 50% off at the Fairmont and Swissotel restuarants: Mikuni, Prego, and Equinox, just to name a few.
And barflies, if you’re still not convinced, American Express Platinum recently launched their Chillax promotion meaning that you get complimentary cocktails at some of Singapore’s top bars including The Spiffy Dapper, Ah Sam Cold Drinks Stall, The Horse’s Mouth, Maison Ikkoku, and more. DAAAYUM.