2023 Edition: Best Credit Cards for Electricity & Utilities Bills

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Opportunities to earn points on utilities bills are rapidly disappearing, but there's still a few options left.

No one gets ex-static about paying electricity bills, but seeing as how they keep the lights on, it doesn’t hertz to know watt card you can use to earn miles.

Now, you could take the path of least resistance by paying through GIRO, but I’m of the opinion that anyone who ohmits to earn miles on this should be grounded.

I have no volt in the matter, sadly.

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What’s the MCC for utilities payments?

There are two ways an electricity retailer can bill you:

  • Direct
  • via SP Group

If the electricity retailer bills you direct, you’ll receive two utilities bills- one from your electricity retailer, and one from SP Group (for water and waste).

If the electricity retailer bills you via SP Group, you’ll receive one utility bill that covers electricity, water, and waste.

Regardless of whether you pay direct or via SP Group, the transaction will code as MCC 4900: Utilities- Electric, Gas, Heating Oil, Sanitary, Water

What payment methods can I use?

It used to be that those who wanted to pay their SP bills via credit card would have to trek down to the customer service centre and pay in person (they could pay via Masterpass on AXS, but no points would be earned).

It was only in 2017 that the SP Utilities app started accepting credit card payments, and even then, only from DBS. We had to wait till 2019 (!) for the app to accept credit cards from all other banks.

Here’s a summary of the payment methods available for each retailer.

SP Group*
PacificLight Energy
Senoko Energy
Sembcorp Power
Diamond Electric 
Keppel Electric 
Sunseap Energy 
Union Power 
*Also handles billing for Tuas Power

What cards should I use for utilities payments?

One unfortunate trend we’re seeing is the progressive exclusion of rewards points for utilities transactions.

Citibank and OCBC have long excluded utilities, and in recent years we’ve seen American Express, Bank of China, DBS and HSBC follow suit. UOB added utilities to its exclusion list from August 2022 (except for the UOB Reserve), which leaves only Maybank and Standard Chartered. 

CardEarn Rate
Maybank Manchester United Card2.0 mpd + 3% cashback 
(on days where Man Utd win)
0.4 mpd + 1% cashback
UOB Reserve1.6 mpd
SCB Visa Infinite1.4 mpd
(With min S$2K spend per statement month, otherwise 1 mpd)
SCB Journey Card1.2 mpd
Maybank Visa Infinite1.2 mpd
Maybank Horizon Visa Signature0.4 mpd
Maybank World Mastercard0.4 mpd
SCB Rewards+0.29 mpd

All other cards will not earn points for utilities payments (note: the UOB One and UOB Absolute Cashback Card continue to earn cashback for utilities, but we’ll ignore that since they’re cashback cards)

Other ways to earn miles on utilities bills

While it used to be possible to top-up a GrabPay account with an AMEX HighFlyer Card and then use the GrabPay Mastercard to pay your utilities bill, that avenue was shut in April 2023. 

This means the only other way of earning miles on utilities bills is to use a bill payment service, which involves an admin fee.

ProviderFeeCost Per Mile*
AXS Pay+Earn2.5%1.52-2.03
2.25% (code: GET225)
S$30 off first payment with code: MILELION 
2.2%1 cent^
(with current promo)
^Min. spend of S$8,000 required on all Citi PayAll transactions during promo period
*Based on general spending cards with earn rates of 1.2 to 1.6 mpd. For more information about what cards to use with CardUp, refer to this post

Is it worth paying the admin fee? It all depends on how much you value miles. 

Each of the above methods has its advantages and drawbacks. CardUp is open to cardholders from any bank, but does not support payments to SP Utilities. Citi PayAll is requires a hefty minimum spend of S$8,000 to trigger its promotional rate, but offers the cheapest miles you’ll find anywhere. AXS Pay+Earn has the highest admin fee, but doesn’t require any minimum spend, and supports payments to SP Utilities. 


Unfortunately, utilities is likely to go the way of education and insurance soon, as more and more banks add it to their exclusions list. It’s not the end of the story yet though, if you have a Maybank or StanChart card. 

I hope this post brings some enlightenment on the options available to you. I’ll pull the plug on the electricity puns before I get charged.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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That’s sneaky! I never knew this. When did DBS amend the small print without informing customers?!


mAXS Pay+Earn: Looks like you’ll be needing it, that is if you are willing to pay 2.5% fee (2.03 cpm).


Any idea when did they start doing this? I checked the fine print last time and made sure that I will earn points when I signed up. That’s around more than a year ago. Didn’t monitor after that.


Love the way you peppered the introduction with the electrical terminologies. Nice work. Keep it up! 🙂


KFA and KFB also has a separate bonus 3mpd offer for SP services, giving you 4.2/4.1mpd. This is a separate offer from the iswitch and senoko energy offer, with a cap of 600 KF bonus miles ($200 spending)
(h/t Victor Lau on your fb page)


CRV can also be used for online payment to get 4mpd, no?


darn! when did that happen.


Do UOB prvi cards earn 1.4mpd on a regular basis paying via web/app?
Or is that only for the metal vi?


Is there an error on the promo due date for Prvi Amex? I believe the promo ended in June.


Hi, any updates to this list?


I’m using my UOB VS for 4mpd (contactless payment at SP office over the counter) for my SP bills.


does UOB Visa Signature still give 4mpd now ?

Salmon Lee

Amex has these offers every now and then, where you “save” that offer into your card, you get rebates of $1-2 or something like that after each utilities bill is paid using that card.


Sembcorp power do not accept amex


Given that you can buy miles at 0.8 cents/mile. Everyone should use UOB Absolute, 1.7% is more than 2 miles per dollar


Brilliant article and once again, very helpful. Thanks Aaron!


Hi Aaron, thanks for writing all these ‘Best card for….’ articles. They truly are helpful. Just want to check if the UOB AMEX still offers 1.7% cashback. Should be 0.3% yes?


Hi. See utilities can be paid via Citi PayAll. How do you pay a SP group in this way. I looked at my SP bill and there are no bank details to make the payment which need to be input on Citi PayAll? Anyone done this.


Doh! Just figured it out.
I should have selected electrical bills but picked utility bills.


Card up seems to exclude SP services.
Time to update this article


Might it make sense to just use the UOB Absolute Cashback Card directly instead of through GrabPay? 1.7% cashback is better than the 0.3%. Not like you can use the Grab points for much now.


Along the same lines, I don’t believe there are anymore credit cards that earn points for Town Council S&CC?


As of now only AXS Pay+Earn supports town council S&CC at 2.03 CPM for 1.2 MPD cards.
CardUp and Citi PayAll does not support town council transactions as of now.

Last edited 1 day ago by Zezima

Sad. I’m debating whether it’s justifiable paying the 2.5% fee on AXS


So Amex Highflyer direct doesn’t yield any points for Utilities anymore?

Volt babe

Please update the ‘what card do I use table’ – it’s a god send!

Volt babe


Prefer Deliveroo

If you have HSBC EGA account, you can still earn 1% in cashback from spending but no points.


Seven (!) electrical puns in one article. Outdone yourself you have good ser



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