DBS has an enhanced miles earning offer for its Altitude cardholders in June and July, with up to 3 mpd spent on a range of online retail transactions. The deal runs from 1st June 2021 to 31st July 2021 and is open to all cardholders with no registration required.
Unfortunately the earn rate still falls short of the 4 mpd offered by other bonus credit cards on the market for online spend, plus you’ll have to commit to a significant minimum general spend on your card to unlock the bonus miles in the same month.
All principal DBS Altitude Visa Signature and DBS Altitude American Express cardholders are automatically eligible for the offer, with no registration required.
You will earn bonus miles for selected online retail spend as follows:
- Earn an additional 1 mile per S$1 on SGD transactions (i.e. 2.2 mpd total); or
- Earn an additional 1 mile per S$1 on FCY transactions (i.e. 3 mpd total)
when you spend a minimum of S$2,500 in each calendar month during the promotion period.
If you wish to participate in the first month, that means spending S$2,500+ (on anything) in June 2021. The same applies for July 2021.
If you wish to participate in both months of the promotion, you’ll have to clock S$2,500+ (on anything) in June 2021 and S$2,500+ (on anything) in July 2021.
For the S$2,500 in monthly charges to the card to qualify for the applicable enhanced earn rate within that month, the following typical DBS exclusions apply:
- Posted 0% interest-free instalment plan monthly transactions (“IPP”)
- Posted My Preferred Payment instalment plan monthly transactions (“MP3”)
- Interest, finance charges, cash withdrawal, cash advance, balance transfer
- AXS payments, SAM online bill payments, bill payments via internet banking
- All fees charged by DBS and any refund or transaction which is subsequently reversed or re-credited (whether in whole or part)
Unlike some recent DBS promotions, the general monthly spend of S$2,500+ to activate this bonus online rate can include CardUp and ipaymy transactions.
The following Merchant Category Codes (MCCs) are valid for the bonus miles under this offer for online retail transactions (remember, no in-store spend):
|Apparel||5137, 5139, 5611, 5621, 5631, 5641, 5651, 5655, 5661, 5681, 5691, 5697, 5698, 5699
(e.g. Zara, Pull & Bear, H&M, Pandora)
|Duty Free Stores & Department Stores||5309, 5310, 5311, 5331, 5399
(e.g. TANGS, KrisShop)
|Electronic and Computers||5045, 5065, 5732, 5734
(e.g. Challenger, Harvey Norman, Bowers & Wilkins)
|Home/Office Furnishing &
|5021, 5200, 5712, 5713, 5714, 5718, 5719, 5722, 5997
(e.g. Prestige Affairs, FortyTwo, Simmons)
|Specialty Retail||4225, 5111, 5193, 5531, 5931, 5932, 5933, 5937, 5943, 5947, 5948, 5950, 5973, 5978, 5992, 5993, 5996, 5999, 9751
(e.g. Bynd Artisan, Klosh, Xpressflower.com)
|Watches & Jewellery||5094, 5944
(e.g. Breitling, Franck Muller, The Hour Glass, Tag Heuer)
Any spend made by supplementary cardholders during this promotion will be combined with that of the principal cardholder, for calculation of both the qualifying minimum spend and the eligible spend components.
While 2.2 mpd or 3 mpd is 83% or 50% more respectively than the usual miles earning you’ll achieve online at these merchants using your DBS Altitude card, do note that you can get 4 mpd with many other bonus miles credit cards in Singapore for online spend, like the Citi Rewards and HSBC Revolution.
If you have a large online spend planned, do be aware that this bonus offer is capped at S$5,000 spend in each calendar month (i.e. S$5k in June and S$5k in July).
The maximum bonus you can be awarded in each calendar month as part of this promotion is therefore 5,000 miles (S$5,000 spend x 1 bonus miles), which comes to 10,000 miles if you hit S$5,000 of eligible online spend in both months of the promotion.
Remember, you’ll still need to make S$2,500+ of qualifying general spend (on anything) in each calendar month to ‘activate’ the bonus rate.
For example if you make S$3,000 in general spend transactions in June and S$2,400 in general spend in July, you’ll only get the bonus miles for any online retail spend in June (because your July qualifying transactions total was insufficient).
Qualifying spend vs. Eligible spend
Qualifying spend can include eligible online spend, for example a S$5,000 online payment at Harvey Norman in June 2021 will unlock the online spend bonus (S$2,500+) and be awarded 2.2 mpd earn rate (eligible spend).
In other words you don’t necessarily need to make S$2,500+ of qualifying spend to then unlock the bonus for subsequent eligible online spend, the two amounts can overlap if you wish.
When are the bonus miles credited?
In the latest instalment of ‘which bank can stuff up its terms and conditions document today?’… DBS doesn’t seem too sure!
In point 8 of the T&Cs for this offer it states that bonus miles will be awarded by the end of the following month from the end of each calendar month in the promotion period (i.e. by 31st July for June spend and by 31st August for July spend).
Later however in point 11 of the same document it states that bonus miles will be awarded within 60 days from the end of each calendar month of the promotion period (i.e. by 29th August for June spend and by 29th September for July spend).
We’d recommend expecting the latter, to avoid disappointment. Meanwhile we have asked DBS which of the two timescales is correct and we’ll update this section with their response.
Is it just for KrisFlyer miles?
No. These bonus miles will be credited as DBS Points, so you can transfer them into your choice of four different frequent flyer programs. For example 5,000 DBS Points transfers into:
- 10,000 KrisFlyer miles
- 10,000 Asia Miles
- 10,000 Qantas Points
- 15,000 AirAsia BIG Points
Our advice? Forget AirAsia BIG Points (worth about 0.34 Singapore cents each as mentioned in our full review of this card) and stick with KrisFlyer miles, Qantas Points or Asia Miles, all worth closer to the 1.9 Singapore cents per mile / point mark.
DBS Points never expire, so there’s no rush to transfer to your preferred program. Do be aware however that DBS Points typically take up to four days to credit into KrisFlyer upon each transfer request, and we expect Asia Miles and Qantas transfers are probably no different.
Whichever frequent flyer programme you choose, there’s a S$26.75 fee (including GST) each time you transfer DBS Points into an airline scheme.
Terms and conditions
Full terms and conditions for this bonus miles offer are available at the DBS website:
You can pick up 4 mpd for online retail transactions with a several bonus credit cards on the market, including transactions in SGD, so this offer from DBS (2.2 mpd in SGD and 3 mpd in FCY) may not be of much interest.
If you are already maxing out your 4 mpd cards each month, however, this could be a useful bonus – especially if you usually spend S$2,500+ per month on your DBS Altitude card anyway.
In that case you’ll see the bonus miles come through for eligible online spend regardless, since all cardholders are included in the offer and no registration is required.
Of course if you’re more of a ‘single card strategy’ miles earner and you’re only holding the DBS Altitude card for all your spend – this promotion could come in useful.
For full details of the DBS Altitude cards, which currently have a 10,000 miles (or up to S$200 cashback for S$800 spend) sign-up bonus, see our comprehensive up-to-date review.
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