DBS Woman's World Card Review: Shopping Miles Rewards in Singapore and Overseas

DBS Woman's World Mastercard
DBS Woman's World Mastercard

DBS Woman's World Card Review: Shopping Miles Rewards in Singapore and Overseas

Shopping Miles Card with 0% Interest Payment Plan

Good for

  • People who prefer to pay for purchases in instalments
  • Big spenders who shop mostly online
  • Individuals who prefer to avoid an annual fee

Bad for

  • Travellers who spend a great deal overseas and who value travel perks
  • Consumers looking to earn rewards for a broad range of everyday purchases

Editor's Rating

3.5/5.0

DBS Woman's World Card maximises rewards for online shoppers and is perfect for consumers who prefer to pay for their purchases in instalments. Cardholders earn 4 miles per S$1 online shopping spend, capped at 8,000 miles per month–double the cap offered by competitors. The card also offers consumers discounts and gifts in beauty, wellness, and fashion. However, one of its best attributes is the My Preferred Payment Plan, which allows shoppers to pay for purchases of at least S$100 across 3, 6, or 12 months with 0% interest and 0% processing fee.

While cardholders can also enjoy benefits like discounts on rental cars and S$0 admin fee on SMRT Taxis rides, DBS Woman's World Card is less valuable for non-shoppers. Local spend earns just 0.4 miles per S$1, and overseas spend earns 1.2 miles. Nonetheless, the annual fee of S$192.6 is waived the first year and is subsequently waived with every annual spend of S$25,000. This means that for the average spender, DBS Woman's World Card may easily become a no-fee card. Shoppers who can meet this annual spend and who prefer to pay for purchases over instalments might find DBS Woman's World Card to be a great fit for their lifestyle.

ProsCons
  • 4 miles per S$1 online shopping spend (capped at 8,000 miles/month)
  • 0% interest instalment plan with no processing fee
  • Annual fee waived with S$25,000 spend
  • Transport benefits like S$0 admin fee on SMRT Taxi Rides
  • Discounts and complimentary gifts in beauty, wellness, and fashion
  • Up to 14% on fuel savings at Esso, 15% at SPC
  • High minimum qualifying salary of S$80,000 per year
  • Only 0.4 miles earned per S$1 local spend, 1.2 miles per S$1 overseas spend
  • Does not reward diversified spend
  • Few travel perks

What Makes DBS Woman's World Card Stand Out

DBS Woman's World Card offers frequent online shoppers a great way to maximise rewards for their spend and pay for purchases in flexible, interest-free instalments over up to 12 months. Online spend is rewarded with 4 miles per S$1 with a monthly cap of 8,000 miles, which is double the cap offered by competitors. In addition, cardholders have access to complimentary gifts and discounts of up to 15% on select beauty, wellness and fashion merchants. Consumers can also enjoy 10% off Expedia bookings and transport deals like S$0 admin fee for SMRT Taxis rides and complimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership.

One of the card's most unique features, however, is the My Preferred Payment Plan, which splits purchases into 0% interest instalments of 3, 6, or 12 months and waives the processing fee typically associated with this type of service. This feature is particularly great for shoppers who tend to overspend or who prefer to pay over time. However, there are a few things to keep in mind about this payment plan. Purchases must be at least S$100 to qualify and the cardholder must apply for the plan before making the purchase. In addition, such purchases are not eligible to earn rewards. Also, payments stretched across 18 or 24 months will also face interest rates (7.86% and 5.98% respectively) and a 6% processing fee. Overall, the plan is best for shoppers who can pay back their purchase in less than a year.

DBS My Preferred Payment Plan Guidelines
TenureUp to 12 months18 months24 months
One-Time Processing Fee (based on transaction amount)0%6%6%
Effective Interest Rate0% p.a.7.86% p.a.5.98% p.a.

There are a few drawbacks to DBS Woman's World Card. First, its shopping rewards are limited only to online, while competitors reward online, offline, local, and overseas purchases. Secondly, its general rewards rates are low at 0.4 miles for S$1 local spend and 1.2 miles for overseas spend. Also, while the card does have several benefits, it lacks travel perks and privileges that might be important to some consumers. Travel insurance, airport lounge access, limo transfers, golfing privileges are more are among the privileges not included. The card also has a high salary requirement of S$80,000 per year which limits accessibility.

Overall, however, DBS Woman's World Card offers online shoppers and spenders seeking payment by instalments a great option to both earn rewards and save money. With an annual fee of S$192.6 which is waived the first year, and thereafter with an annual spend of S$25,000, the card might even be considered no-fee for the average consumer. While consumers who mostly shop in-store or who are more focused on everyday spend or overseas spend might not be the best fit for this card, consumers with high online spend and who can avoid the annual fee will benefit from DBS Woman's World Card.

How Does DBS Woman's World Card's Rewards Program Work?

Use our quick and easy-to-read guide below to learn how you you can redeem DBS Woman's World Card rewards.

  • Spend rewarded in DBS Points (redeemable as rewards vouchers, instant-redemption at select merchants, miles, and as payment for annual fee)
  • Cardholder can redeem points for KrisFlyer Miles or Asia Miles in blocks of 5,000 DBS Points for 10,000 air miles through DBS Rewards Frequent Flyer Programme. Administrative fee of S$26.75 applies for each miles redemption.
  • Cardholder can automatically convert points to KrisFlyer Miles on the 10th day of each quarter (January, April, July and October) through DBS KrisFlyer Miles Auto Conversion Programme. Points are converted in blocks of 500 DBS Points for 1,000 KrisFlyer Miles. Administrative fee for miles redemption does not apply, but participants must pay an annual fee of S$42.8.
  • DBS Points earned through DBS Woman's World Card expire one year from the quarterly period in which they were earned

DBS Woman's World Card Rewards Exclusions

Some credit card expenditures are ineligible for cash back or rebate. We identify these exclusions in the table below.

Exclusion CategoryDescription
Bank FeesInstalment payment plan purchases, preferred payment plans, balance transfer, fund transfer, cash advances, annual fees, interest, late payment charges, all fees charged by Bank, miscellaneous charges imposed by Bank (unless otherwise stated in writing by Bank), payments made via online banking*
Transfers & Bill PaymentsAny top-ups or payment of funds to payment service providers, prepaid cards and any prepaid accounts (including EZ-Link, NETS FlashPay, Singtel Dash and Transit Link); payments done via AXS, SAM, eNETS; payments made to CardUp, iPaymy, and Mileslife*; payments made via telephone or mail order*; payments to utility bill companies*; transactions related to crypto currencies*
Institutional PaymentsPayments to educational institutions, 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), insurance companies (sales, underwriting, and premiums), financial institutions (including banks and brokerages), non-profit organisations, hospitals*, professional service providers (accounting, auditing, bookkeeping services, advertising services, funeral service and legal services and attorneys)*
Betting or GamblingBetting (including lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, off-track betting, and wagers at race tracks) through any channel
* Ineligible only for elevated rewards rate of 4 miles per S$1 online spend

DBS Woman's World Card's Features and Benefits:

DBS Woman's World Mastercard
DBS Woman's World Mastercard
Details & Benefits
Annual FeeS$192.6, Waived for 1 year, subsequently waived for annual spending of S$25,000
Annual Income RequirementS$80,000 for locals, S$80,000 for foreigners
Card Details
  • 4 miles per S$1 online shopping spend (capped at 8,000 miles per month)
  • My Preferred Payment Plan (flexible payment schedules, interest free payments and no processing fee for instalments up to 12mo)
  • Annual fee of S$192.6 waived 1st year, then with every annual spend of at least S$25,000
  • S$0 admin fee on SMRT Taxi Rides
  • 10% off car rentals worldwide and complimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership
  • Complimentary use of Quayside
  • Discounts and complimentary gifts in beauty, wellness, and fashion
  • Up to 14% on fuel savings at Esso, 15% at SPC

How does DBS Woman's World Card Compare Against Other Cards?

Read our comparisons of DBS Woman's World Card with other cards and learn what makes each card unique in their own way. We compare and contrast each card to highlight its uniqueness to help you identify the card that you need.

DBS Woman's World Card performs below the market average for value-to-consumer after two years based on an average monthly spend of S$2,000, likely because its rewards rate applies to a limited spend category

DBS Woman's World Card v. Citi Rewards Visa Card

Consider this if you want to maximise miles rewards on shopping expenses

Annual Income Requirement S$30,000
Foreigner Income Requirement S$42,000

Shoppers looking to maximise rewards for fashion spend might want to consider Citi Rewards Visa Card. While cardholders earn only 0.4 miles per S$1 on general spend, they receive 4 miles per S$1 spend on clothes, bags, or shoes, online or offline, locally or overseas. While this offers more flexibility in terms of shopping channel, rewards are limited to fashion spend only. DBS Woman's World Card is the opposite, limiting purchase channel to online, but rewarding most kinds of online spend, including travel bookings. Perhaps a more meaningful standout is that Citi Rewards Visa Card caps miles earned at its higher rate at 4,000 per month, while DBS Woman's World Card sets its cap at 8,000. Finally, Citi Rewards Visa Card has an annual fee of S$192.6 which is only waived the first year–though new cardmembers can earn up to S$120 cashback as a welcome gift. Shoppers who don't mind paying that fee and who mostly spend on fashion might benefit from Citi Rewards Visa Card. Those that mostly spend online and prefer a no-fee card should consider DBS Woman's World Card.

DBS Woman's World Card v. OCBC Titanium Rewards Card

Consider this if you want to accrue miles from your shopping purchases

Annual Income Requirement S$30,000
Foreigner Income Requirement S$45,000

Shoppers who spend on fashion but want to avoid an annual fee might consider OCBC Titanium Rewards Card. Like a few other cards on the market, OCBC Titanium Rewards Card offers 4 miles per S$1 spend on clothes, shoes, bags, and more online and offline, locally and overseas. However, OCBC Titanium Rewards Card is different in that its annual fee of S$192.6 is waived for two years, then subsequently with every annual spend of S$10,000. DBS Woman's World Card also offers an easily waivable annual fee, but only rewards online purchases. Another difference is that OCBC Titanium Rewards Card caps shopping rewards at 4,000 miles, while DBS Woman's World Card rewards up to 8,000 per month. Ultimately, consumers looking to avoid an annual fee should consider OCBC Titanium Rewards Card if they mostly spend on fashion. If they spend more in general, and mostly spend online, DBS Woman's World Card is a better fit..

DBS Woman's World Card v. CIMB Visa Signature Card

Consider this if you want a no fee cashback card for travelling

Annual Income Requirement Singaporean & Singapore PR: S$30,000. Singaporean & Singapore PR, aged 55 years and above: S$15,000. Applicants who do not meet the minimum income requirement can submit a minimum Fixed Deposit Collateral of S$10,000
Foreigner Income Requirement N/A

Consumers looking to earn no-fee cashback on dining, groceries and online shopping should consider CIMB Visa Signature Card. With cashback of 10% in all three of these categories, consumers earn a cash rebate equivalent of 10 miles per S$1 spend–a market-leading rate for shopper cards. In addition, dining, groceries, and online shopping cashback is cumulatively capped at S$100 per month, or about 10,000 miles. While there's a minimum spend of S$600 to unlock this rate, the card has no annual fee, making it easy to earn rewards without any maintenance. Compared to DBS Woman's World Card, CIMB Visa Signature might be a better option for those seeking a more well-rounded cashback card, with rewards outside of shopping.

DBS Woman's World Card v. DBS Live Fresh Visa Card

DBS Live Fresh Visa Card
DBS Live Fresh Visa Card

Consider this if you shop online frequently and have many opportunities to pay with mobile wallets

Annual Income Requirement S$30,000
Foreigner Income Requirement S$45,000

DBS Live Fresh Card is a great cashback card for online shoppers who frequently pay with Visa payWave. The card offers 5% cashback on purchases in these categories (rate capped at S$40), with all other spend earning 0.3% (capped at S$20). Considering 1 mile equals roughly S$0.01 in value-to-consumer, these rates translate to 5 miles per S$1 for online and Visa payWave spend and 0.3 miles per S$1 general spend. Compared to shopper cards offering miles, DBS Live Fresh Visa Card offers a higher rewards rate for online spending but a lower rate for general spend. Ultimately, however, DBS Live Fresh Visa Card requires a minimum spend of S$600 to unlock the higher rate and its S$128.4 annual fee is only waived the first year. Consumers who don't mind paying an annual fee and mostly spend online or through mobile transactions could benefit from DBS Live Fresh Visa Card. Those who would rather avoid a fee and earn mile rewards from online spend might instead consider DBS Woman's World Card.

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