For quite some time, one of the most Fight Clubby things about the miles and points game was the ability to earn 10X points (4 miles per $1) on bill payments through the Citibank Rewards card and AXS machines.
You needed the Mastercard version of the card for this to work. What you’d do is select the Mastercard/MasterPass option on the AXS e-station, then add your bills (insurance, season parking, town councils, storage, telephone, condo fees, club memberships) to your basket.
When the time came to pay, you would receive an OTP and the transaction would register as online. And although this wasn’t anything like the “shoes, bags and clothes” that the Citibank Rewards card promised 10X points for, people were still receiving the bonus points whether by accident or design. Although the Citibank Rewards only gave 10X points for a maximum of $12,000 spending per year, this was still an easy way for people to earn 48,000 miles on spending they would have to incur anyway.
This trick was guarded zealously by many in the community. Woe betide anyone who posted something like “guys I don’t see my bonus points so I called up the CSO to check what’s going on.” Man, the vitriol they received…
Well so much for that because Citibank has posted a very curt message on its website which brings the party to an end.
As upsetting as it is that this is going away, I’d rather stay philosophical about this. Opportunities come and go all the time. We had a similar mourning period when DBS changed their T&C with the Woman’s card (but even then it’s still unclear as to whether the new T&C exclusions are being enforced), and it wasn’t the end of the world.
November is the last month you have to make your bill payments and enjoy your 10X bonus, so no time like the present.