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Back again: S$250 cashback with a new DBS credit card (no minimum spend)

It's back: Earn S$250 cashback when applying for one of six DBS credit cards, with just one transaction and no minimum spend.
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Flash deals for bonus cashback when you sign up for a DBS credit card as a new-to-bank customer have become regular offers lately, with anywhere between S$200 and S$300 cashback awarded once your card account is activated and you’ve made your first transaction.

No sooner had the last deal finished, DBS is back this month with one of its better promotions – S$250 cashback for successful applications made from 18th March 2021 (tomorrow) to 31st March 2021.

This isn’t quite as generous as the S$300 cashback DBS was offering in December, but it’s still among the highest cashback sign-up bonus deal the bank has offered.

There’s no minimum spend required, so this could potentially be a great opportunity to add one of our recommended miles-earning options to your wallet, like the Woman’s World or Altitude cards, especially if you now find yourself eligible for the first time having cancelled your last DBS credit card more than 12 months ago.

(Image: DBS)

Eligibility

To be eligible, you’ll need to be a new-to-bank credit card customer.

New To Bank? DBS defines ‘new-to-bank’ customers as those who:

  • do not currently hold any principal DBS/POSB credit card
  • have not cancelled any DBS/POSB credit card(s) within the last 12 months

If you are a supplementary DBS/POSB cardholder but not a primary cardholder on any such account, you’ll also be eligible as a new customer.

The offer

You’ll earn S$250 cashback when you apply online for a DBS/POSB credit card using promo code ‘FLASHDEAL’– with no minimum spend required, just a single qualifying transaction.

Applicable cards are:

DBS Altitude Visa
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DBS Altitude Amex
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DBS Woman’s
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DBS Woman’s World
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DBS Live Fresh
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POSB Everyday
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Here’s how it works:

  • Apply online for one of the credit cards listed above with promo code ‘FLASHDEAL’ between 18th March 2021 (midnight tonight) and 31st March 2021. Your card account must be approved by 7th April 2021.
  • Activate the card within 30 days of your approval date.
  • Charge one qualifying transaction on the card within 30 days of your approval date.

The qualifying transaction must be made by the primary cardholder, not a supplementary cardholder. It can be online or in-person and can be charged in SGD or foreign currency.

The S$250 cashback will then be credited to your card account within 90 to 120 days (i.e. up to 4 months) from the date of card approval, so for example if your card is approved on 20th March 2021 and you complete the steps correctly, the cashback will be credited by 20th July 2021.

Your card account must remain open and in good standing when the cashback is credited.

Excluded transactions

You only have to make one transaction to qualify for this offer, so make sure it’s eligible especially if that’s the only spend you intend to make during the first 30 days.

Here’s a list of excluded spend categories:

  • posted 0% Interest Instalment Payment Plan monthly transactions
  • posted My Preferred Payment Plan monthly transactions
  • interest, finance charges, cash withdrawal, balance transfer, smart cash, AXS payments, SAM online bill payments, bill payments via internet banking and all fees charged by DBS
  • payments to educational institutions
  • payments to financial institutions (including banks, online trading platforms and brokerages)
  • payments to government institutions and services (court cases, fines, bail and bonds, tax payment, postal services, parking lots and garages, intra-government purchases and any other government services not classified here)
  • payments to hospitals
  • payments to insurance companies (sales, underwriting and premiums)
  • payments to non-profit organisations
  • payments to utility bill companies
  • payments to professional service providers (including but not limited to accounting, auditing, bookkeeping services, advertising services, funeral service and legal services and attorneys)
  • any top-ups or payment of funds to payment service providers, prepaid cards, any prepaid accounts or purchase of prepaid cards/credits (including but not limited to EZ-Link, GrabPay, NETS FlashPay and Singtel Dash)
  • any betting transactions (including levy payments to local casinos, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, off-track betting and wagers)
  • any transactions related to crypto currencies
  • any other transactions determined by DBS from time to time

DBS Altitude cards

One of the most popular general spend cards among our readers in the DBS lineup is the bank’s Altitude cards.

There’s still a 10,000 miles sign-up bonus running for these until 30th June 2021, with a cashback alternative of S$150 (Visa) or S$200 (Amex) for a spend of S$800 in the first 30 days.

This new deal is a much easier way to qualify for the cashback element, which is hiked by S$100 for the Visa card and S$50 for the Amex. Here’s how it looks alongside the bonus miles options:

Bonus Miles

Cashback
Promo Code:
DBSALT
Promo Code:
ALTAF
Promo Code:
FLASHDEAL
Spend: S$6k
in 90 days
Spend: Once
in 30 days
Fee waiver Annual Fee:
S$192.60
Fee waiver
Bonus Miles:
10,000

Cashback:
S$0

Bonus Miles:
20,000

Cashback:
S$0

Bonus Miles:
0

Cashback:
S$250

S$250 cashback is definitely a better deal than 10,000 bonus miles (which we value at around S$190), and with no minimum spend requirement this could be a good time to take the plunge with one of these cards if you don’t currently hold a DBS/POSB credit card and haven’t done for the last 12 months.

For further details, check out our full review of the Altitude cards.

DBS Altitude
Altitude Card Amex.png
1.2 mpd
local

2 mpd
FCY

3 mpd
travel
READ OUR REVIEW
DBS Altitude
Altitude Card Amex.png

1.2 mpd
local

2 mpd
FCY

3 mpd
travel
READ OUR REVIEW

DBS WWMC

The other great DBS credit card to have in your wallet (or actually, on your desk at home) for miles earners is the Woman’s World Mastercard (WWMC), which earns 4 miles per dollar for the first S$2,000 in monthly online transactions.

The best part? Men can apply too!

Check out our recent review for full details.

DBS Woman's World Card
Card
First year
free

4 mpd
online

Men can
apply
READ OUR REVIEW
DBS Woman's World Card
Card

First year
free

4 mpd
online

Men can
apply
READ OUR REVIEW

Terms and conditions

Here are the full terms and conditions applicable to this sign-up offer.

 DBS March Sign Up Flash Deal T&C

Further details are available at the promotion page.

Summary

DBS is now running almost continuous cashback offers for new-to-bank customers, and despite this latest one not quite matching the excellent S$300 offer with no minimum spend in December 2020, it’s still very generous for those of you who don’t yet have a DBS credit card.

S$250 cashback is even better than a 10,000 miles sign-up bonus in our book, and with no minimum spend, just one simple transaction in the first 30 days, it’s a no-brainer to go for this option.

(Photo: DBS)

If you’re already a DBS credit card customer, check whether any of your supplementary cardholders are eligible. If they don’t have a primary card of their own, and haven’t for the last 12 months, they might want to take advantage now.

Also, if you’ve now been DBS credit card-free for 12 months, having cancelled your last card with the bank in February 2020 or earlier, you’re now eligible again as a new-to-bank customer and can therefore take advantage of this offer.

(Cover Photo: Quentin Ray)

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