Citibank dramatically improves the Citi Rewards card with 10X on all online transactions

Citi drops the "bags, shoes and clothes" requirement and will now award 10X on all online transactions...with a handful of exceptions.

The Citi Rewards card has always been a bit of a strange one for me. On paper (and in the T&Cs), it purports to offer 10X points (4 mpd) online and offline at “department stores, or stores which sell bags, shoes and clothes as their main business activity”.

Bags, shoes, and clothes. Sort of.

And yet, it’s probably the worst kept secret that the Citi Rewards card also gives 10X points on all sorts of things that aren’t bags, shoes and clothes. People have long reported earning 10X on Grab rides and top ups, Points.com transactions and the Comfort Taxi app for example. Is this accident or design? Who knows.

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So in that sense, Citi’s enhancement (and it really is an enhancement) of the Citi Rewards card is welcome, but not that surprising.

Earn 10X rewards for all online spending, except travel and mobile wallet transactions

From today onwards, the Citi Rewards card will offer 10X points on all online spending, with the exception of mobile wallet transactions and the following travel related expenditures:

This change puts it more in line with the DBS Woman’s World MasterCard (WWMC), with two key exceptions:

  • The DBS WWMC has a 10X cap of $2,000 spending per month, versus $1,000 for the Citi Rewards
  • The DBS WWMC offers 10X on travel transactions, so long as they are processed online
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In that sense, the DBS WWMC remains a superior card for online spending. However, it also has an income requirement of $80K per annum, so if you don’t meet that threshold than the Citi Rewards card ($30K per annum) is a good substitute.

The other implication of this change is that you’ll no longer be able to use the Citi Rewards card to earn 10X points on GrabPay top ups. It seems that banks are really starting to crack down on GrabPay (case in point: BOC), although the silver lining is that Grab Rides and GrabFood transactions have a different MCC from GrabPay, so you should continue to earn 10X via the Citi Rewards card going forward.

The same change will apply to the Citi Rewards Mastercard, so if you hold both cards you’ll be able to enjoy 10X on online spending for up to $2,000 in total each month.

The revised T&C can be viewed here.

Conclusion

This is a welcome move by Citibank, not least because Citi ThankYou points are one of the most valuable points currencies to have in Singapore. With the most transfer partners of any bank in Singapore, you can access both the usual Asia Miles/KrisFlyer as well as more “exotic” programs like Turkish and British Airways.

You’re going to want to note that Citi points do not pool, however. If you have a Citi Prestige and Citi Rewards card, for example, you’ll need to pay two separate transfer fees when converting points to miles.

A reminder that if you’re looking to sign up for a Citi Rewards card, you can do so via the SingSaver #whatsnext campaign, and get up to $200 in Grab/Taka/NTUC vouchers (existing customers get $60).

(HT: The Shutterwhale)

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Invisible

So insurance, utilities, telecom will now earn 10x?

invisible

Looked at T/C. Did not find any notion of ‘dramatically expanding’ categories. On second page, section 6 lists the same number of exclusions as it was before.

Am I missing anything?

C

I have 2 transactions for online insurance payment which did not get 10x points. Anyone with the same experience?

Nb

It’s under the exclusion [from tnc no. 6 (vi)]

Rio

where they say in tnc grab top up excluded ? from MCC grab top up ?

Desmond

“The Citi Rewards card will offer 10X points on all online spending, with the exception of mobile wallet transactions and the following travel related expenditures:”

The table does not show any exclusion to mobile wallet

Milecard

Cardup, will it earn 10x with citi rewards now?

Hady

Oh noo… What card to use to top up grabpay now? One by one removed 4mpd on grabpay.

Also does it mean offline cloth is not eligible anymore?

Financialmtc

a Qualifying Charge made at any department store, or retail store worldwide

S

UOB PRVI 3mpd

Christopher

Do you reckon points.com transactions no longer earn 10x, Aaron?

YESSSS

is mileslife and favepay considered online? 10x possible?

CJ

Hi all, I’ve made 2 grab topup on 29 March using Citi Rewards and I am still receiving 10x points. Not sure if Citibank will claw it back. Will continue to monitor and update here.

JY

Just tested my grab top up, unfortunately there is no 10x. CSO also confirms topup is normal transaction and that will be one point.

Happy Camper

Hi CJ.. Citi Rewards MC or VS?

Thanks!

CJ

Hi, I’m using Citi Rewards Visa.

Happy Camper

Thanks!

Desmond

Similarly top up on 3th apr.

Desmond

“The Citi Rewards card will offer 10X points on all online spending, with the exception of mobile wallet transactions and the following travel related expenditures:”

The table does not show any exclusion to mobile wallet

Desmond

But cant seem to find where indicate the exclusion oof mobile wallet top up, still received 10x 8th apr top up

Kevin Tan

Seems like my GrabPay top-ups on 18, 19, 28 and 30 Apr no longer earned any bonuses. Will probably switch to AMEX KrisFlyer for now.

VS

my CR Visa top up to GrabPay on 28 Apr still give me bonus points….

[…] in the realm of cards, including the introduction of BOC’s Elite World Mastercard and much-needed upgrades to Citibank Rewards as well as (finally!) the UOB Lady’s Card. My spending patterns have also changed drastically […]

Nb

Right now, both WW and CR are vying to be the top
“online” card in the market.
Certain transactions excluded by DBS which I can get 10x from CR.
UI functionality and bonus pts update made CR winning over WW.
Expiry of points. 5Y vs 1Y
AND the occasional 19X. Clear winner for me.
Non travel related win for CR.

Jas

Does AXS payment included for the 10x?
Thank you

JX

Just received my Citi Rewards e-statement for Apr/May and I realized I’m still earning 10X for all Grab top ups. Anyone else got it too?

VS

same here. citi rewards visa.

JX

Yeah mine is Citi rewards visa too

J

Just got off with a Citibank “Customer Service” rep via the Citibank livechat function in their credit card portal. She said and i quote : “https://www.citibank.com.sg/global_docs/pdf/Citi_Rewards_Card_10X_Rewards_Promotion_Terms_and_Conditions.pdf” “Please note that the bonus points will be granted for transactions under the MCC in the Terms and Conditions” “Qualifying Charge made at any department store, or retail store worldwide, or shopping website that sells clothes, shoes and bags as its main business activity, determined by the following Merchant Category Codes (MCC)” “for 5(ii), any online retail merchants that is still under the MCC in the list provided for 5(i).” To me that is… Read more »

Philip

Isn’t telco bills excluded from earning 10x rewards?

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