The BOC F1RST Card is a student card that gives you rewards when you use it to pay for purchases. You get a cash rebate of 0.5% for every dollar you charge to it. However, since the maximum spending limit on it is S$500 every month, you can accumulate cash rebates totalling only S$2.50 for each billing cycle. The amounts you get as rebate is usually calculated based on the monthly expenses you charge to your card and are rounded off to two decimal places. For calculating how much rebate you are entitled to, both local and foreign retail purchases will be taken into account along with any bills that are paid via it.
|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|
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.
The cash rebates you earn will be used to offset your monthly bill.
|Type of Interest||Charge|
|Instalment Payment Plan||0% interest|
Note: These rates are applicable from 10 April 2018.
|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|Cash advance fee||S$20 or 6% of the amount withdrawn, whichever is more|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||
|Dynamic currency conversion fee||1% of the sum|
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.
To know all about the eligibility criteria you need to meet to apply for this card, head to this page.
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.
Banks often update various promotional offers associated with their credit cards which you may not be aware of. However, our website is one such useful resource about credit cards that can help you stay updated with the latest offers and deals.
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How to Enable/Disable Auto Debit & Standing Instructions
To enable auto debit and standing instructions on your card, complete this one-time task:
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
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:
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?
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?
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.