BOC Qoo10 Platinum Mastercard: A Must-Have for Students?

Shania Wong
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BOC Qoo10 Platinum Mastercard

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Hitting the minimum spend of S$200 to qualify for cashback isn’t difficult when transport costs already make up a quarter of this amount. If you’re fine with getting your rebates in Qmoney, then this is one of the better cashback cards you can find.

Pros

  • Low eligibility requirements
  • Low minimum spend
  • High cashback rate (10%) for public transport
  • Qmoney rebate system is great for frequent Qoo10 shoppers

Cons

  • Annual fee waiver only for the first year
  • Annual fees are on the high side for a student credit card
  • All rebates are in Qmoney, forcing you to shop on Qoo10
  • Cashback system excludes certain key categories such as paying for bills and education

The BOC Qoo10 Platinum Mastercard is an entry-level version of the BOC Qoo10 World Card. Designed for tertiary students and young working adults, the eligibility requirements are easy to meet.

And honestly, where else can you find a 10% rebate on public transport with just $200 minimum spend?

The catch: you’ll get your rebates in Qmoney, which locks you into spending on Qoo10. That begs the question: is this card really worth it? How does it compare to other entry-level cards?

We’ll analyse the BOC Qoo10 Platinum Mastercard today, covering areas like: 

Eligibility Requirements

Residential StatusSingaporeans, Permanent Residents, and Foreigners with a valid visa/pass with at least 9 months’ validity
Age18 years and above
Annual Income RequirementsNone for students / between S$18,000 and S$30,000 for working adults

The eligibility requirements are easy enough to meet. As long as you’re in a tertiary institution with a student ID, you’re likely to qualify.

Working adults above 21 years old can also apply, provided your annual income is above S$18,000 but below S$30,000.

The income and eligibility requirements are on par with other high-rebate cards for public transport — like the DBS Live Fresh Student Card. BOC’s requirements may even be slightly easier, given the lower minimum age.

But let’s check out the other aspects of the card to see how they stack up…

Fees, Charges, and Credit Limit

Credit LimitS$500
Annual Fees
  • Principal card: S$32.10
  • Supplementary card: S$16.05


* Both fees waived for the first year
Minimum Monthly Payment3% of outstanding monthly balance or S$50, whichever is higher
Overlimit FeeS$40
Effective Interest Rate28.88%, with a 23-day interest free period
Cash Advance 6% or S$20, whichever is higher.
Late Payment Charges5% of outstanding amount or minimum of S$100
Foreign Currency Transaction FeeUp to 3.2%

Unfortunately, this card isn’t as low maintenance as one might hope: you’ll only get an annual fee waiver for the first year.

Compare this to the DBS Live Fresh Student Card (which gives you a 5-year annual fee waiver) and you’re basically paying $128.40 to keep the Qoo10 card for the same duration.

The fees and charges for this card are also slightly higher than others like the Maybank eVibes and Citi Clear Card.

Card Rebates and Benefits

Cashback
  • 10% Qmoney rebate on public transport
  • 3% Qmoney rebate on Qoo10 spending and other selected categories like:
    • Entertainment
    • Online and overseas transactions
    • Fast food
    • Taxi/private hire car (e.g. Grab, Gojek)
  • 0.3% Qmoney rebate for all other spending
Minimum SpendS$200 per calendar month to be eligible for rebates
Cashback Caps
  • S$10 Qmoney on Qoo10 transactions
  • S$20 Qmoney for all other transactions

1. Offers the Highest Cashback Rates for Public Transport

At 10% cashback, this is one of the better cards if you’re solely looking for rebates on public transport. The best would be the 15% rate offered by the BOC Qoo10 World Mastercard.

You can also find 10% cashback on public transport with the DBS Live Fresh Student Card, but that’s a fairly recent offer. It remains to be seen whether BOC will revise their cashback rate to make the Qoo10 Platinum Mastercard more attractive.

Otherwise, options like the Maybank Family & Friends Card offer 8% (min. spend of S$800 required) while the OCBC Frank Credit Card offers 6% (minimum spend of S$600). 

2. Doubles as a Transport Card 

This card is compatible with SimplyGo, so it’s easy enough to get your public transport rebate. Just tap the card at any MRT gantry or bus entrance. 

3. Contactless Payments

You can link the card with any of your virtual wallets so you don’t have to carry the physical card around. As long as you have Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Samsung Pay, you won’t have to worry about leaving your wallet at home.

4. Low Minimum Spend Requirement

S$200 is relatively affordable for students, so hopefully you won’t burn a hole in your pocket just to qualify for cashback. The eligible spending categories are also designed for a typical student’s lifestyle — fast food, entertainment, online shopping, and so on.

How to Maximise Cashback & Benefits

Just how much cashback are you likely to get each month?

Public transport expenses are probably around the same every month, so most of your spending will go towards the other “Selected Categories.” 

Here’s a rough idea of how much cashback you might get in a month:

CategoryCashback RatesCashback CapSpendingCashback
Qoo10 Spending3%S$10S$100S$3
Public Transport10%S$20 (shared with Selected Categories)S$50S$5
Selected Categories3%S$20 (shared with Public Transport)S$350S$10.50
TotalS$30S$500S$18.50

With the S$500 credit limit, let’s say you spend S$50 on public transport and split the rest between Qoo10 purchases and “Selected Categories” like fast food, entertainment, Grab, and online shopping.

You’d probably get around S$18.50 a month (all in Qmoney, of course). That means your effective cashback rate is about 3.7% — pretty decent on a student card, provided you already shop on Qoo10.

What’s Not Great About This Card?

1. All Rebates Are in Qmoney

You’ll get cashback in the form of Qmoney. You’ll need an existing Qoo10 account for this to happen. 

For people who don’t ever shop on Qoo10, this cashback system is useless. Either that, or you may have to adjust some of your spending habits to use your accrued Qmoney.

Qmoney can’t be converted into cash, transferred, or paid to any person. And keep in mind that Qoo10 is not a regulated financial institution, so getting your rebates in Qmoney comes with its own set of  risks.

2. Cashback Not Applicable for Certain Transactions

Like every other card, this card specifies the type of transactions that qualify for cashback. 

These are excluded from the cashback system: 

  • Payments to government, financial, and educational institutions or services
  • Utility bill payments
  • Topping up of prepaid accounts (like Grab)

BOC Qoo10 Platinum vs World Mastercard

Some of you may also qualify for the BOC Qoo10 World Mastercard and are wondering about the difference.

Here’s a brief summary of the main differences:

BOC Qoo10 Platinum MastercardBOC Qoo10 World Mastercard
Annual Income RequirementsNoneS$30,000
Annual FeesS$32.10S$203.30
Minimum Spending S$200S$800
Cashback Rates
  • 10% on public transport
  • 3% on Qoo10 spending and selected categories
  • 0.3% for all other spending
  • 15% on public transport
  • 10% on Qoo10 spending
  • 3% on selected categories
  • 0.3% for all other spending
Monthly Cashback CapS$30S$70

Whom This Card Is Best For

Avid Qoo10 users who get a kick out of gaming the system for cash coupons, discounts, and rebates. This card feeds into that by giving you rebates in Qmoney. Otherwise though, you’re better off going with an option like the DBS Live Fresh Student Card. The 5-year fee waiver from DBS Live Fresh makes a huge difference: over time, the annual fees with the Qoo10 card will eat into your cashback rates. You’ll also get 5% cashback on a similar group of student-focused merchants PLUS 5% more cashback on eco-friendly services (including SBS/SMRT).