Public transport costs in Singapore are ever on the rise, with the next fare hike scheduled to take effect in December 2023.
As a necessity, this inevitably impacts all of us, but DBS is running a promotion to lend a hand by awarding cash rebates on public transportation.
Here’s what you need to know.
From now until Jan 2024, DBS offers up to S$20 cash monthly rebates on public transport when you spend on groceries and shopping with your DBS debit card.
With 4 months left, you can earn up to S$80 cash rebates through this promotion.
To enjoy the cash rebate, follow these steps:
- Register for the promotion via the DBS PayLah! app
- Meet the monthly personalised spending goal on groceries/shopping transactions with an eligible DBS debit card
- Make public transport transactions via SimplyGo with an eligible DBS debit card
Registration & Promotion Periods
This promotion spans several months with separate promotion periods for each month.
In order to participate in the promotion every month, you’ll need to register every month.
Here are the dates to take note of.
|Pre-registration Period||Promotion Period||Cashback Crediting|
|21 to 31 Aug 2023||1 to 30 Sep 2023||End Oct 2023|
|21 to 30 Sep 2023||1 to 31 Oct 2023||End Nov 2023|
|21 to 31 Oct 2023||1 to 30 Nov 2023||End Dec 2023|
|21 to 30 Nov 2023||1 to 31 Dec 2023||End Jan 2024|
|21 to 31 Dec 2023||1 to 31 Jan 2024||End Feb 2024|
Registration for each month’s promotion period opens on the 21st of the previous month, though you can still register during the month itself if you missed the pre-registration period.
However, note that each promotion period is limited to 100,000 registrants, so it’s best to register as early as possible.
To receive the transport rebate through this promotion, you’ll first need to meet your personalised spending goal during the promotion period on an eligible DBS debit card.
Everyone’s spending goal will vary as it is personalised, and it may also change between promotion periods.
Spending towards your spending goal will only be clocked after you have registered for the promotion.
You can clock your spending goal by making qualifying spends on your eligible DBS debit card.
This refers to groceries and shopping transactions, online and in-person.
|Shopping||Department Store, Apparel Shop, Online e-commerce |
Marketplace, Electronics Appliances Store, Bookshop,
Cosmetics Shop, Home Furnishing Stores, Jewellery, etc.
|Groceries||Cold Storage, NTUC, Sheng Siong, Redmart, etc.|
Note that all qualifying spends must be charged to the card during the promotion month and posted by the 10th of the following month.
Spending towards your qualifying spend will only be clocked after you have registered for the promotion.
Cash rebate will only be awarded on your transport spending, which refers to SimplyGo transactions for bus/MRT commutes charged to your eligible DBS debit card.
Only transactions made after registering for the promotion during each promotion period will be eligible to earn the cash rebate.
Transactions must be charged to your card during the promotion period and posted by the 8th of the following month.
Also, note that only SimplyGo transactions are counted as transport spending.
Most cards will be compatible with SimplyGo by default, but for some cards, you will need to enable SimplyGo:
- Check the back of your DBS/POSB Debit Card for the CEPAS logo
- If your card contains the CEPAS logo, you will need to switch the payment mode of your card to enable SimplyGo to pay for your Bus/MRT rides
- Place your card on a General Ticketing Machine reader at any MRT station
- Select “Check Transit Payment Mode” and follow the onscreen prompts
Eligible DBS/POSB Debit Cards
Only the following DBS/POSB debit cards are eligible for this promotion:
- DBS Private Bank Visa Debit Card
- DBS Takashimaya Debit Card
- DBS Treasures Visa Debit Card
- DBS Treasures Private Client Debit Card
- DBS UnionPay Platinum Debit Card
- DBS Visa Debit Card
- HomeTeamNS-PAssion-POSB Debit Card
- PAssion POSB Debit Card
- PAssion POSB Platinum Debit Card
- SAFRA DBS Debit Card
If you own a DBS/POSB bank account, chances are that you’ll have either the DBS Visa Debit Card or PAssion POSB Debit Card.
If you are eligible for cashback on your transport spending, it will be credited to your card account by the end of the following month.
For example, October’s cashback will be awarded by the end of November.
How To Register
To register for the promotion, you need to have the DBS PayLah! app.
From the app, select ‘Rewards’ at the bottom menu bar, then tap ‘Join Now’ on the ‘Ride for Free with DBS/POSB Debit Cards’ promotion banner.
If you have successfully registered for the promotion, it should appear under ‘Enrolled Promotions’.
Terms & Conditions
To check the details of this promotion for yourself, you can refer to the terms & conditions here.
If you’re interested in taking part in this promotion, here’s a checklist of the things you need to have/do.
- Have an eligible DBS/POSB debit card
- Download the DBS PayLah! app
- Be the first 100,000 users to register for the promotion each month via the DBS PayLah! app
- Make qualifying spend with your DBS/POSB debit card to meet your personalised spending goal
- Enable SimplyGo on your DBS/POSB debit card
- Make transport spend with your DBS/POSB debit card via SimplyGo
How good this promotion is for you really depends on your personalised spending goal, since this determines how much you need to spend in order to earn the transport cashback.
Remember that you need to spend with your DBS/POSB debit card in order to clock your spending goal, which means you’ll be forgoing credit card rewards.
Still, it’s probably a good deal if you’re able to receive the maximum transport cashback of S$20 every month.
Also, this promotion is depicted in an extremely misleading way in the DBS PayLah! app.
It’s not mentioned anywhere in the promotion that you need to meet your spending goal by spending on shopping and grocery transactions.
This is only mentioned when you search for the terms and conditions of the promotion online, on DBS’ website, where they define what constitutes a “qualifying spend”.
Also, the progress towards the spending goal that is shown in the DBS PayLah! app tracks transport spending on SimplyGo, not the qualifying spending.
However, the prerequisite to be eligible for the transport cashback is meeting the spending goal with qualifying spending, and not transport spending.
I have received my transport rebate for the month of September, and can confirm that the T&Cs of the promotion are accurate.
I met my spending goal with the qualifying spend, ie groceries/shopping transactions, but did not hit $20 on SimplyGo transactions.
I received the transport rebate based on my total SimplyGo spending amount in September.
This confirms that the requirement to be eligible for the transport rebate is meeting your spending goal with qualifying spending transactions.
As it stands, I’m not even 100% sure what exactly this promotion’s mechanics are, but I’ve broken down the information as best as I understand it.
I’ll update this post if I find out any more information about this promotion.
Will you be taking part in this promotion? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments below!