Are you going to Singapore soon, or you have plans to do so? You came to the right place. In this article, we will guide you on how to make traveling in Singapore easier. Without further ado, let’s start:
Use your mobile phone for contactless payments
Commuters in Singapore can take advantage of contactless payments made possible by SimplyGo, a scheme by Singapore’s LTA. You can also store the information on your EZ link card on your mobile phone so you can use your phone instead of payments. Below are the steps on how to do so.
Make sure your phone supports NFC.
- Add your card details on ApplePay or AndroidPay, depending on the device you are using.
- Set up face ID, then hold your phone on contactless payment facilities.
- Download SimplyGo application on the AppStore or Google Play to easily track your expenses related to transportation.
In the following section, we will discuss some of the personalized EZ link card that you can use in Singapore.
- DBS Altitude Visa
This card supports seamless integration with SimplyGo payments, charging the expense directly on the card when used. This is really convenient especially if you travel frequently in Singapore, and they even have rewards for expenses related to transportation.
By using this card, you can take advantage of its perks like $200 cash back when spending using a credit card by DBS or POSB, travel insurance of $1 million (you need to charge all of your travel expenses to the card to take advantage of this), and 3 miles per dollar on particular accommodation and transportation expenses.
- CIMB Platinum Mastercard
This card provides a generous 10 percent cash back for your public transportation expenses that are paid with SimplyGo. What’s even better is that this cashback also applies to other transportation expenses, such as taxi expenses, hiring of private cars, and gasoline expenses. Additionally, this 10 percent cashback percentage also applies to other expenses not related to transportation. These categories include health and medical, electronics and furnishing, wine and dine, and travel in foreign currency. With this in mind, take note that the cashback percentage is limited to just $20 for every category, and there is a hefty requirement of $800 minimum amount spent.
This card is perfect for people who travel a lot and do transactions in expensive hotels and restaurants. If you have a lot of business related activities, you can easily meet the $800 minimum spend requirements for the 10 percent cashback to kick in. This card also does not have annual fees, so there is no need to worry about hitting a target of expenses to avoid paying the fee.
- Maybank Family & Friends Card
This card provides 8 percent cash back on expenses incurred in Singapore and Malaysia, 2 countries that are often visited together by tourists. The supported categories are groceries, fast food, and transportation. With this in mind, this card is suitable for people who wants to visit those two countries together.