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    BOC F1rst Card for Students: Yet to Get Reviews

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    With cash rebates and a low credit limit, this card could be an ideal choice for students and those looking to own their first credit card. Its highlights are:

    • Annual fee waiver for two years.
    • 0.5% cash rebate on your monthly bill, up to S$500.

    Best suited for: First-time credit card users and students, as the minimum income required is low. There’s no income criteria for students.

    Key Features

    Feature Description
    Annual Fee S$190 (waived for the first two years)
    Cash rebates on all expenses 0.5% on monthly expenses, capped at S$2.50
    Complimentary travel insurance Not available

    Additional Benefits

    • Enjoy interest-free instalment payment plan for large purchases.
    • Transfer funds from your credit card to any bank account at 0% applied interest rate.
    • Enjoy promotional offers from the Bank of China that are updated on a regular basis.

    Earning Cash Rebates

    You will earn a cash rebate of 0.5% on your monthly statement amount. You can earn this rebate only up to spends of S$500 per month. This means that the rebates are capped at S$2.50 in a month, i.e. S$30 a year. The amount of rebate will be computed based on your entire spending within the billing period, rounded off to the nearest dollar and to two decimal places.

    Let Us Illustrate:

    • Suppose you spend S$350 in a month using the BOC F1rst Card. Your cash rebate at the end of the month would be S$1.75.
    • Even if your transactions exceed S$500 in a month, you will earn only S$2.50 each month.

    Redeeming your Earned Cash Rebate

    The cash rebates you earn will be used to offset your monthly bill.

    Interest Rates

    Type of Interest Charge
    Retail Purchases
    • Applied rate - 2.41% per month
    • Effective interest rate - 28.88% p.a. minimum charge S$3
    Cash Advance
    • Applied rate - 2.41% per month
    • Effective rate of interest - 28.88% p.a., minimum charge of S$3
    Instalment Payment Plan 0% interest

    Note: These rates are applicable from 10 April 2018.

    Other Fee and Charges

    Type of charge Charge
    Minimum monthly payment 3% of the monthly unsettled balance in addition to any unsettled minimum payment sum and the sum in excess of the limit, or S$50, whichever is greater
    Late payment charges 5% per month of the minimum amount, subject to a minimum of S$100
    Cash advance fee S$20 or 6% of the amount withdrawn, whichever is more
    Fees for foreign currency transactions
    • BOC administrative fee: 1.5% of the transaction sum
    • Visa cross-border fee: Additional 1%
    Dynamic currency conversion fee 1% of the sum

    Activating the Card for Overseas Expenses

    Yes, you have to activate your BOC card if you want to use it overseas. The bank has added extra security to protect its customers against fake transactions performed by unauthorised parties. However, you can still use your card for making purchases online at overseas websites.

    To make the card ready for overseas transactions, call the bank’s 24x7 hotline number. Once you’re back in Singapore, you also need to deactivate the card.

    Instalment Payment Plans Available

    • Convert your large transactions into instalments of 6, 12, 24 and 36 months at no additional cost.
    • The minimum amount for purchasing goods and services from the chosen merchant is S$500.
    • You will not earn any rewards points or rebates for payments made as part of the instalment plan.
    • If you terminate your instalment plan early or if you prepay, a redemption fee of S$150 will be charged.
    • You are not allowed to vary the instalment amount or the tenure of the instalment plan.
    • The payments must be made using BOC cards issued in Singapore.

    Eligibility Criteria

    To know all about the eligibility criteria you need to meet to apply for this card, head to this page.

    Lost/Stolen Cards

    You are expected to be cautious with your card’s usage, and ensure the safety of your card and PIN. In case you lose your card or if it is stolen, you must instantly report it to the bank. To do that, call the bank’s Customer Service Hotline number, or inform the bank in writing.

    You must also file a police complaint together with a written confirmation of the theft, loss or misuse of the card or disclosure of the PIN. You must also provide any other relevant information that may be useful to the bank.

    The liability of the cardholder for any unauthorised use of the card will not be more than S$100 if the cardholder was not responsible for the loss or theft, has not acted deceitfully or has not failed to inform the bank about the loss on time.

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    What Else Do I Need to Know?

    How to Enable/Disable Auto Debit & Standing Instructions

    Online Banking

    To enable auto debit and standing instructions on your card, complete this one-time task:

    • Add the billing organisation you wish to pay to through online banking.
    • Mention the Bill Reference number as provided to you by the billing organisation.

    You can disable these instructions by simply logging into your online banking account.

    How to Apply for the Card & Check the Application Status

    Download Form, Submit to Bank and Follow Up

    • Download the application form from the bank’s website, fill it out and submit it to the bank with all the required supporting documents.
    • New card applications are generally processed within two weeks. However, if you need the card urgently, you can request BOC to expedite your application.

    Track the status of your application by calling the bank’s 24-hour customer service hotline.

    How to Check Balance

    Through Internet Banking Account

    You can check your credit card balance through your internet banking account.

    How Can the Bill Be Paid?

    Through GIRO/Cheque/Cash/Internet or Phone Banking/AXS Machines/Money Order

    There are various ways in which you can pay your card bill. Check them out:

    • Interbank GIRO
    • Internet banking
    • Cheque
    • Cash
    • Telephone banking
    • AXS machines
    • Money order

    How Much Is the Minimum Payment to Be Made on the Card?

    3% of the Outstanding Balance or Min S$50

    Your minimum monthly payment would include 3% of your outstanding balance plus any overdue amount and any amount borrowed in excess of your card limit, or S$50 – whichever amount is higher.

    What Is the Grace Period?

    23 Days

    With BOC cards, you get a grace period (interest-free period) of 23 days, starting from the date of the generation of your statement.

    How to Block or Unblock the Card?

    Call Customer Care

    You can get in touch with the bank’s 24-hour customer care to get your card blocked or unblocked.

    How to Reset the PIN?

    Through Internet or Telephone Banking/ATMs

    You can reset your card PIN through internet banking, telephone banking, and BOC ATMs.

    What Is the Billing Cycle and the Bill Due Date?

    1 Month

    The billing cycle for your card mostly depends on the number of business days in any calendar month. It’s also referred to as the period between two successive statements. You can check the billing cycle and the bill due date on your monthly statement.

    How to Get a Replacement Card?

    In case your current card has expired, or if you have lost your card, you can contact the bank’s 24-hour customer care for a replacement card. The bank will replace your card at its discretion.

    How to Temporarily Increase the Limit of the Card

    You can request temporary increase in your card limit by calling the bank’s 24-hour customer care service. The maximum credit limit offered will be 2x your monthly income.

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