It seems like 100,000 miles is the new black, at least for high-end credit cards. After SCB got the ball rolling with the SCB X Card, Citi has decided to launch a 100,000 miles promotion of its own for the Citi Prestige.
Citi Prestige customers should have received an eDM or SMS about an offer which runs from 15 October to 31 December 2019, where cardholders can earn up to 100,000 miles (250,000 Citi Thank You points) by spending on their Citi Prestige and paying a program fee.
Now, despite what the marketing materials say, it’s not really a 100,000 miles bonus. Citi’s figures include the base miles you’d earn, so it’d be more accurate to call it a “Buy up to 61,000 miles for $700 offer”- still good, but not quite as catchy.
The full T&Cs can be found here.
Citi is offering two variants of this promotion:
Offer 1: Spend S$30K and pay S$700 to get 61,000 bonus miles
Citi Prestige cardholders who spend S$30K in 2.5 months (an odd timeframe to be sure, but I’m guessing it’s to tie in with 31 December) and pay a fee of S$700 will receive 152.5K bonus ThankYou points (61K miles).
This is on top of the 97.5K base ThankYou points (39K miles, or S$30K @ 1.3 mpd), so your total haul is 100K miles.
In other words, you’re basically paying S$700 to buy 61K miles, or a cost of 1.15 cents per mile.
Offer 2: Spend S$15K and pay S$350 to get 30,500 bonus miles
If S$30K is too rich for you, Citi is offering half the miles with half the fee. Citi Prestige cardholders who spend S$15K by 31 December 2019 and pay a fee of S$350 will receive 76.25K bonus ThankYou points (30.5K miles).
This is on top of the 48.75K base ThankYou points (19.5K miles, or S$15K @ 1.3 mpd), so your total haul is 50K miles.
In this case, you’re paying S$300 to buy 30.5K miles, which is the same price of 1.15 cents per mile as above.
Enrolment via SMS is required. Send the following to 72484 to register:
PRESTIGESPEND<space>Last 4 digits of your Citi Prestige Card number
(e.g PRESTIGESPEND 1234)
Note that you don’t actually need to pick an offer. If you register and spend at least S$30K, you’ll automatically be charged S$700 for 152,500 bonus points (it’s not possible to opt for the lower tier). If you register and spend S$15-30K, you’ll automatically be charged S$350 for 76,250 bonus points. And if you register but don’t meet S$15K, you won’t be charged anything.
Is this a good deal?
If you’re going to spend S$15K or S$30K anyway, then the opportunity to buy miles at just 1.15 cents each is something that warrants serious consideration. After all, it’s one of the lowest prices to buy miles in Singapore:
|Method||Income Required||CPM||Annual Miles Limit|
|SCB Visa Infinite Tax Payment (Spend >$2K p.m)||$150K||1.14||Tax bill|
|UOB Reserve/DBS Insignia with RentHero||Invitation||1.14||Rental amount|
|HSBC Visa Infinite Tax Payment (Spend >$50K p.a in prev year)||$120K||1.2||Tax bill|
|BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard with RentHero||$30K||1.21||Rental amount|
|HSBC Premier MC Tax Payment||AUM: $200K||1.25||Tax bill|
|Citi PayAll with Citi Ultima||Invitation||1.25||Bill amount|
|UOB PRVI Miles/SCB Visa Infinite (>$2K p.m)/UOB Visa Infinite Metal with RentHero||UOB PRVI Miles: $30K|
SCB Visa Infinite/ UOB Reserve: $150K
|HSBC Visa Infinite Welcome Gift- Premier customer||$120K + AUM $200K||1.39||35K|
|SC EasyBill with SCB Visa Infinite (Spend >$2K p.m)||$150K||1.43||Bill amount|
|CardUp with BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard||$30K||1.47||Bill amount|
|HSBC Visa Infinite Tax Payment (Spend <$50K p.a in prev year)||$120K||1.5||Tax bill|
|DBS Altitude with RentHero||$30K||1.51||Rental amount|
|Citi PayAll with Citi Prestige/Citi PremierMiles AMEX||Citi Prestige: $120K|
Citi PremierMiles AMEX: $80K
|Cardup with UOB PRVI Miles||$30K||1.57||Bill amount|
|SCB Visa Infinite Tax Payment (Spend <$2K p.m)||$150K||1.6||Tax bill|
|Citi PayAll with Citi PremierMiles Visa||$30K||1.67||Bill amount|
|SCB Visa Infinite Welcome Gift||$150K||1.68||35K|
|HSBC Visa Plat/Revolution Tax Payment||$30K||1.75||Tax bill|
|Citibank PremierMiles AMEX Annual Fee||$80K||1.78||15K|
|Cardup with DBS Altitude/Citibank PM Visa||$30K||1.83||Bill amount|
|HSBC Visa Infinite Welcome Gift- Regular Customer||$120K||1.86||35K|
|OCBC VOYAGE Tax Payment||$120K||1.9||Tax bill|
|UOB Reserve VI Payment Facility||Invitation||1.9||Unlimited|
|Citibank PremierMiles Visa, DBS Altitude, KrisFlyer UOB Card, OCBC 90N Annual Fee||$30K||1.93||10K|
|OCBC VOYAGE Payment Facility||$120K||1.9 or 1.95||Unlimited|
|UOB PRVI Pay Facility||$30K||2.0||Unlimited|
|UOB VI Metal Payment Facility||$150K||2.0||Unlimited|
|SC EasyBill with SCB Visa Infinite (Spend <$2K p.m)||$150K||2.0||Bill amount|
|OCBC VOYAGE Annual Fee- Option 2||$120K||2.14||150K|
|Citi Prestige Annual Fee||$120K||2.14||25K|
|DBS Altitude Tax Payment||$30K||2.5||Tax bill|
|OCBC VOYAGE Annual Fee- Option 1||$120K||3.25||15K|
The other question is how this compares to the SCB X Card’s 100,000 miles offer. If you view the cards in their entirety (because the only way you can take advantage of the Citi Prestige offer is to pay the annual fee too), here’s what the math looks like:
|SCB X Card
|60K offer||100K offer||S$15K offer||S$30K offer|
|Spend Requirement||S$6K in 60 days
||S$15K in 2.5 months||S$30K in 2.5 months|
|Miles from Annual Fee||30,000||30,000||25,000||25,000|
The SCB X Card offers a lower CPM, but that’s about the only thing it has going for it- it certainly can’t match the Citi Prestige in terms of card-specific benefits.
What spending counts?
As per the T&C, the following transactions do not count towards the spending requirement:
| (i) any Equal Payment Plan (EPP) purchases,
(ii) refunded/ disputed/ unauthorised/fraudulent retail purchases,
(iii) Quick Cash/Ready Credit PayLite and other instalment loans,
(iv) PayLite/ FlexiBill/cash advance/ quasi-cash transactions/ balance transfers/ annual card membership fees/interest/goods and services taxes,
(v) bill payments made using the Eligible Card as a source of funds,
(vi) late payment fees and
(vii) any other form of service/ miscellaneous fees.
Apart from the exclusions listed here, everything else should count, even if it doesn’t earn base points.For example, insurance and education payments would count towards the spending requirement, but you wouldn’t earn any points on these specific transactions.
PayAll spending will be included, and is probably the easiest way of hitting the spending requirement. Spending S$30K in 2.5 months is no mean feat, but I suppose Citi has high expectations of its Prestige customers (after all, it expects them to spend S$20K in 3 months to redeem a limo…)
Citi ThankYou points are one of the most valuable points currencies in Singapore
Citi points are one of the most useful points currencies in Singapore, thanks to the sheer number of transfer partners available. Most banks offer just KrisFlyer, or at most, Asia Miles. Citi has 11 different transfer partners, including some with great sweet spots like Etihad Guest, British Airways Avios and Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles.
Thank You points earned on the Citi Prestige card do not expire.
S$30K is a lot of money to spend in 2.5 months, no doubt about it. I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to hit this (not that I have a Citi Prestige card anymore anyway), but assuming you’ve got spending planned anyway, then this is worth taking a look at.
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