Standard Chartered X Card: All you need to know

Aman Saxena

The Standard Chartered X Card takes your standard plastic credit card up a notch. This metal X card may not be for everyone, but it can provide some nice perks and benefits to cardholders.

Some may find the annual fees and salary requirements high, while others may like the air miles, rewards program, and credit flexibility. Although the Standard Chartered X Card is geared towards those that travel, it may not be the cheapest way to spend abroad. Read on as we breakdown the Standard Chartered X Card.

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How does the Standard Chartered X Card work

At its core, it operates like a standard credit card, where you can make purchases using it and then once a month you are given a bill to repay. If you are unable to repay the full amount, then you will be charged interest on the outstanding balance. But with the Standard Chartered X Card, there is a bit more to the story, with annual fees, cash advance fees, and foreign transaction fees. Let’s take a look.¹

Annual fee

For the principal cardholder, the annual fee is SGD 695.50, inclusive of (GST). Unlike other cards, there are no waivers or ways to get around this fee. Any supplementary cardholders will have to pay an annual fee of SGD 107, including GST.

Annual interest rate

The effective interest rate is a minimum of 26.9% per annum. If you aren’t able to repay the entire balance by the payment due date every month, there is also a financing charge calculated on a daily basis of .074% on all transactions until it is paid off.

Late payment fee

If you don’t make your minimum payment by the due date every month, you will be hit with a late payment fee of SGD 80. The fee will be added to your next statement. Your interest rate will also increase to 28% per annum for that month.

Minimum monthly repayment

To avoid late fees, make sure you pay your minimum payment by the monthly due date. The minimum payment is set as 1% of principal plus interest, fees, charges, past due amount or overlimit charges.

Foreign currency transaction fee

The foreign currency fee is made up of more than one fee. First, any transactions in a non-USD foreign currency made online or in-person will first be converted into USD, and then converted into SGD. Any transactions done in USD will be converted straight to SGD. The exchange rate on this will be at the rate set by Visa. The fees are then set as:

  • 1% of the converted SGD amount by Visa
  • A 2.5% fee on the SGD amount by the card.

In total, you will have a minimum of a 3.5% fee on every transaction you do abroad. This isn’t taking into account the exchange rate that Visa is giving you, which tends to be weaker than the real mid-market exchange rate you see on Google.

Cash advance transaction fee

Taking out cash against your credit card comes with a minimum fee of SGD 15, plus a transaction fee of 6% and a finance charge of .077% on the amount taken out against your credit line. This last finance charge continues until the cash withdrawal amount is paid in full.

Overlimit fee

If you have gone above your credit limit, you will be charged an automatic fee of SGD 40 to your account.

What is the eligibility for Standard Chartered X Card?

To be eligible for the Standard Chartered X card, you must be between the ages of 21 and 65. The minimum annual income for regular customers is SGD 80,000. However, if you are a Priority or Private Banking customer, for Singapore citizens and PRs it is SGD 30,000; for Foreigners with Employment Passes it is SGD 60,000.

For Employment Pass Holders, it is required that it be a P1, P2 or Q type Singapore Employment Pass. If you are a Q Pass holder, it must be valid for at least the next 12 months if not more.²

What can I do with the Standard Chartered X Card?

The Standard Chartered X Card give you discounts, rewards, and privileges as you spend. Geared as a travel and experience card, you can get exclusive rewards to St Regis, Shangri-La Hotels and Mandarin Oriental. Plus discounts on golf at participating clubs in the Asia Pacific, and Hertz car rentals. One of the major selling points for the credit card is air mile rewards, travel insurance and access to global airport lounges.

Standard Chartered X Card air miles

Standard Chartered has an SC EasyRewards Programme that lets cardholders gain reward points as they spend using the X Card. You get Standard Chartered’s 360° Rewards Points that you can then use against qualifying transactions or hotel and airline loyalty programs. You can accrue points by spending using the card-

Type of spend360° Rewards PointsAir Miles
Every local SGD 1 spent31.2
Every SGD 1 spent in foreign currency52

You can redeem your 360°Rewards Points for travel credits as well that go towards qualifying travel purchases on the account.³

Standard Chartered X Card travel insurance

The Standard Chartered X Card provides complimentary travel insurance up to SGD 1,000,000 as long as your full travel expense has been charged to the card. The insurance is provided through Allianz, and covers situations like personal accident, medical expenses, travel assistance and delayed and lost baggage.⁴

Standard Chartered X Card lounge access

Principal Standard Chartered X Cardholders are given complimentary membership to Priority Pass. The X Card and Priority Pass membership allow principal cardholders to have 2 complimentary visits to any of the 1,200 participating airport lounges globally. You can bring guests to the lounges or use the lounge after the 2 free visits for a fee of USD 32 per person per visit.⁵

Overseas spend with Standard Chartered X Card

The Standard Chartered X Card is marketed as a card for those who are jet setting around the globe, but the reality is that it can be quite expensive to be a cardholder. With large annual fees, foreign transaction fees and an annual interest rate that is close to 30%, your trip abroad can start to cost more than you realize.

The fees and charges that you are paying for every transaction just go straight to the bank and credit card company. Plus, the card incentivizes you to spend more to enjoy more perks- rather than saving you money. Travel overseas does not need to mean that more money goes out of your pocket.

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Sources used for this article:
  1. Fees & Charges
  2. Eligibility
  3. Air Miles
  4. Insurance
  5. Lounge Access

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