OCBC 365 Credit Card: Annihilating The Competition?

I find it incredulous that after almost a year of writing personal finance posts, I haven’t really dedicated any single post on credit cards!

Well, there’s a good reason for this. There’s just way too many credit cards out there and designing the “best” strategy can be as difficult as say, rocket science (and I mean it).

Shopping at Taka? There’s the DBS Taka Card. Dropping by at Robinsons tomorrow? Please remember to bring the OCBC Robinsons Card out. Paying your M1 bills and it makes sense to sign up for the Citibank M1 Card. This process goes on and on before you realise that you have signed up for at least a dozen cards. Duh.

And carrying a bursting wallet just isn’t sexy. Contending with a flooded mailbox and sifting through many envelopes could prove to be more tiring than expected. Not to mention the many calls you have to make to waive those irritating annual fees even though you had barely used that credit card. And there’s one more, checking if the points you have painstakingly accumulated on those cards have expired. Urrgh…

Therefore, I catch myself dreaming:

If only there was this great, simple, non-complicated credit card that provides good cashback for most of my purchases…

Now, it appears that OCBC have turned this dream of mine into reality with their new OCBC 365 Credit Card.

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Highlights of OCBC 365 Credit Card’s cashback benefits

6% on local weekend dining – In all honesty, I can’t understand the weekend crowds at most restaurants. Seriously, have you observed the queue at Sushi Tei on Saturdays at Vivo CIty? It’s absolute madness! With this offer, there’s a good chance the queue is going to get even longer and it’s probably prudent for me to shift weekend dinner time half an hour earlier to 530pm from now on. =p

3% on local weekday dining – We eat out pretty often on weekdays these days and it’s really difficult for us to chalk up $50 at Ding Tai Fung to qualify for the 2% Citibank DIvidend Card rebates so that’s where this card comes in.

3% on recurring telco bills – If you’re a customer of more than 1 of the telcos, this makes perfect sense for you to consolidate all of them under one card to enjoy a pretty generous 3% cashback.

3% on groceries –  Admittedly, this isn’t as high as other cards lout there ike the Maybank Family & Friends. But 3% is pretty decent, especially you need this category’s spending to help chalk up a total spending of $600.

Caveats and Condtions

But before you rush out immediately to sign up for this card, here’s some caveats and condtions to take note of.

You need to spend a minimum of S$600 in a calendar month:

This is the catch which might cause the whole deal to collapse spectacularly in front of you. *shrug shoulders*

If you have a big family and dine out at restaurants more often than every other night, this is a non-issue. Reaching $600 is chicken feet. But if your spending behaviour is somewhat more conservative like the 15 HWW household, charging $600 to this card could prove to be no simple feat, especially if you’re an individual. 

And that’s where the telco bills and grocery purchases comes in. I would have probably given this card a pass if not for them. We simply do not spend $600 a month dining out at restaurant and if we were to increase expenditure significantly in this area just to qualify for the cashback, we should start getting our brains checked.

Cashback amount is capped at $80 per calendar month – If you’re a high roller (then what are you doing reading this blog?!), and intend to charge more than $2,000 per month to this card, this could affect you. Charging $1333 of weekend dining would max out the benefits.

F & B outlets located within hotels are excluded from dining cashback – Pretty self-explanatory

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OCBC 360 Account – The Ultimate Combo

As seen from above, once the $600 criteria is satisfied, the OCBC 365 credit card becomes an irresistable product to own. A minimum of 3% cashback (more likely closer to 4%) is to be expected.

And it becomes absolutely essential when you combine it with the OCBC 360 Account.

Here’s an illustration and some simple math (which I emphasize, is purely hypothetical at this stage) to explain the maximum returns from using the card together with the account:

Let’s say you have $50,000 in the OCBC 360 Account.

1. By charging $600 to the OCBC 365 Credit Card in July 14, you could get $24 (an estimated 4%) of cashback.

2. Since this also helps you to qualify for an additional 1% interest in your OCBC account, you’re essentially getting $40 of “cashback” for your expenditure ($500 of interest in a year/12)

3. Adding them together, it’s $64 of cash benefits, which translates to a ~10% discount on your spending.

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Isn’t this awesome?

OCBC is really tempting me with their recent offerings. I am getting my phone and scissors ready. Maybe it’s time to close some accounts and cut up some credit cards. Unless the rest of the competition shakes up…

You can get more details regarding the card, its cashback benefits and the conditions here.

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Additional Disclaimer: The calculations are hypothetical and this post is based on my understanding of the product thus far. As such, I am in no way responsible if you fail to get your cashback / interest / benefits.  Furthermore, I am not writing this article because I am getting a fee from OCBC. In fact, I ain’t entirely sure they would like to have a customer like me. I am just getting impressed with them with what appears to be another great product. =p

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    18 thoughts on “OCBC 365 Credit Card: Annihilating The Competition?

    1. gagmewithaspoon

      Yeah i was thinking about this card as well, but the S$600 per month bit is too difficult. unless you eat at restaurants, most of my dining places tend to be food court/ hawker fare.. oh well!

      1. My 15 HWW Post author

        Hi GMWAS,

        Would be great if only food courts/hawkers also accept credit cards (without jacking up the price)!

    2. Jasmine Ye

      Thanks for the post! I just signed up for this credit card which I think will work very well with my OCBC 360 Account!

      Cheers,
      Jasmine

      1. My 15 HWW Post author

        Hi Jasmine,

        Mrs 15 HWW also signed up for this card today. Apparently it’s a free lifetime card if you sign it up at a branch.

        Moreover, she applied for a supp card for me and the bank officer told us that the supp ccard’s spending will count towards the $600.

        1. Jasmine Ye

          Hi 15HWW,

          That’s great!

          Oops, I sign up online with only 2 year fee waiver. I guess I can always call for waiver after that.

          Maybe I should get a supp card for my hubby too!

          Cheers,
          Jasmine

    3. Ken

      “F & B outlets located within hotels are excluded from dining cashback – Pretty self-explanatory”

      Sorry, this is the exclusion that I don’t understand. Can someone explain to me?

      1. My 15 HWW Post author

        Hi Ken,

        For example, if you dine at Ellenborough market cafe, there will be no cashback on your expenditure there since it’s located within swisssotel merchant court. That’s my understanding of the exclusion and I advise you to check with OCBC if you’re still unsure.

    4. Charles

      Hi 15HWW

      In my opinion, the ocbc 365 card is a decent card. Its benefits are not the best when compared to individual cards, but as a package it’s very comprehensive. I am not sure if this is the card for me thou. Currently, I use citibank dividend for petrol, maybank family n friends for groceries, watsons n guardian, ocbc frank for online purchases (incl telco bills) n nets auto tops (which I will use for public transport) n UOB one card for all other spend.

      I guess I appear to be spending quite a lot because almost all of these cards I use have minimum spend every mth in order to obtain the highest cash rebates. How ironic!

      Btw, if u wanna use any ocbc card to meet the minimum card spend criteria in order to earn extra 1% interest on 360 account, only the main cardholder’s spend counts. The supplementary cardholder’s spend doesn’t count. Do take note.

      1. My 15 HWW Post author

        Hi Charles,

        You are right in your analysis and I currently use the Maybank Card too for 5% rebates. But unlike you, I probably can’t fulfil the min spending for the other cards plus the $400 requirement for OCBC credit cards at the same time.

        Thanks for your heads-up regarding the supp card. I had initially presumed that since supp card’s spending count towards the $600 to get cash back, it counts towards the 1% interest on 360 account. Guess there needs to be a minimum of $400 spent for the main card. Shall double check with OCBC reps to confirm.

        Thanks for your sharing once again!

    5. tan ej

      something to really note though…any ONE time late payment (though of course that is not encouraged but hey, we’re all human, we make occasional mistake right?) will incur a late payement fee which u absolutely can’t get a waiver as compared to other cards. apparently it’s not an OCBC thing but a 360 card thing. my colleague tried over the phone which failed miserably. She even went to the branch to request again but got turned down. So do take note!
      unless u are the 1% type, super disciplined and 100% sure u will pay ur bills.

      1. My 15 HWW Post author

        Hi tan ej,

        Actually, if you establish a habit and use ibanking to log in at the end/start of every month, one is unlikely to incur any late payment fee. My gripe is with all those annual fee payments. They are a hassle to waive for ocbc if I am not wrong.

      2. angryMan79

        hi, how late was your payment? I just saw I forgot to pay mine last month and I got interest charged on my late charges!!! amounted about $115 and tried appeal twice and unsccuessful. BTW I have been paying manually since they came out with this card. just 1 mistake and they totally disregard the good record and all!

        1. My 15 HWW Post author

          Hi angryMan79,

          Wow, $$115 is alot! I think for that late payment, we managed to get ours waived off eventually.

          But the experience told me that I had better set a reminder for the payments.

            1. My 15 HWW Post author

              Hi,

              I think my wife called them a few times and in the end, they relented. That was some time ago though. I wonder if they have changed their policy but you can give it a try.

    6. Oscar

      I like the 365 but think I can readily get about 5% rebates from high air miles cards. I got it for the 6% weekend spend and am seeing if it works for a single professional who has to eat out everyday.

      1. My 15 HWW Post author

        Hi Oscar,

        I ain’t very acquainted with air miles cards but well, since you mentioned it, I might take a second look at them.

        Nonetheless, hope the OCBC 365 card works out well for you!