Citibank Rewards kills 10X points on bill payments

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.

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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…

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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.

48 thoughts on “Citibank Rewards kills 10X points on bill payments”

  1. noooooooooooo….this was the only useful thing about this card. will probably have to pay in advance.

    what will i do without this site.

    1. so here’s the thing- if you don’t mind tying up your funds in a 0 interest account you can prepay your tax bill to max out whatever balance there is left on your 12k annual points cap

        1. i mean that so long as you’re ok parking your money in a place where it earns 0 interest you could conceivably prepay any bill account so you have a credit balance. you could prepay your singtel bills, your town council bills, your tax bill, whatever you know for sure will be recurring. worse come to worse they’ll simply mail you a cheque back with your money.

          in fact could that be a way for MS? hmmmmmmmm…..

          1. When I once paid my tax via AXS in April, two month before the statement was generated, they mailed it back and I got a phone call from IRAS – they wanted to know why I did it. I told them that I did it because I would not be in the country during the NOA sending time and wanted to deal with it early. Was told not to do it again because it screws up their system.

                1. ok so i’ve got this straight

                  1. you overpaid your balance via card
                  2. they returned you via cheque

                  which means you found a ms opportunity!

                2. U get a warning for over funding IRAS. IRAS may even banned cc payment using axs for the troubles that they are getting. Don’t do it

                3. No issues overpaying other billing agencies. I used to do it to trigger 5% cashback on Manhattan card under their older rebate structure. I believe most companies (e.g. Telcos) welcome the extra interest-free cashflow.

                  IRAS seems to actively refund, so this probably adds to unwelcome hassle and cost to them.

              1. Hi Aaron,

                I have paid my tax in advance and received the rewards point before it ended. Then i received the call from IRAS officer, they ask for reason, and i told them i have forgotten and paid twice. Then they send me back the cheque..

                SO i got both points and money back.. Thanks for your advise.

        2. If you pay in advance when there is no due, it will be refunded to you – in 2 weeks 🙂 I used this trick to jack up some points on my card

          1. Don’t be stupid. If everyone starts doing it. IRAS may consider asking axs to take out the option of paying tax using credit card. U will get nothing in the future

              1. Unless they are under a legal requirement to process refund immediately. I cannot think of another reason why they would be dumb enough to return interest free funds.

              2. If you overfund your tax account it becomes a problem for them, that’s why they refund you the excess. Trust me, u get a warning letter and potentially kill this game.

      1. Not I am aware of, but I did not dig seriously in it. However once a year ago I got a PM from someone at HWZ showing a screenshot of 100K miles cashed every month.

  2. I can’t imagine life without mileslion

    at the moment, aside from HSBC Advance (which is extremely unreachable for me), any suggestions for bill payments?

    while we are on the topic.. any suggestion how to earn miles for ezlink top-up..?

        1. Answer is no.

          And above mentioned schema of overpaying to IRAS tax does not work – they don’t like it and you will get warning.

        1. I WAS THERE four times – at Raffles Place branch. Last time – on Thursday.

          If you have contact information of upper management of HSBC, please share. Because I am ready to write to their HQ that Singapore branch is engaging into discrimination practice. Otherwise I can’t explain their behaviour.

  3. What about bill payments to telcos (eg. Starhub) made directly through their website, do this still earn 10x?

    Sad to learn about this. I just only enjoyed the perk of paying my income tax bill via Masterpass and received the 10x.

  4. Called IRAS yesterday to check on the feasibility of paying my income taxes early – and they mentioned that Dec was too early to pay taxes.

    When I asked on the possibility of advance payment to offset next year’s NOA, they said usually tax payments are expected in Aug / Sept of a year and that I shouldn’t try and pay this early.

      1. Honestly, I did not push them beyond that. Given that Citi is killing this option in 4 more days, does it even matter if we are able to pay in Jan / Feb?

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