The SCB X Card has fulfilled its 100,000 miles sign up bonus

SCB has credited the remaining points on the X Card's 100,000 miles sign up bonus, 4 days ahead of schedule.

For many SCB X Card holders, the past few months have followed the same routine. You’d wake up. You’d go to work. You’d come home and have dinner. Then you’d lie awake at night, wondering if you really qualified for the 100,000 miles sign up bonus.

I mean, sure, the 75,000 points (30,000 miles) from paying the annual fee were already in, but what if you’d made some horrible mistake by spending part of your $6,000 on a non-eligible category? With the uncertainties surrounding particular transactions, and the lack of reassurance from SCB CSOs (“you’ll get an SMS by 30 November” went the party line), I can imagine more than a few people lost some sleep over this.

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Well, it looks like we can finally close the chapter on this one. No SMS has been received, but reports started coming in at 6 a.m this morning that the balance 175,000 points (equivalent to 70,000 miles) have been credited.

I went to check my points statement, and can indeed see 175,000 bonus points credited to my X Card account.

If you haven’t received your bonus points, don’t panic yet. Officially, they points are only supposed to be credited by 30 November 2019- it’s possible they’re doing this in batches. You can panic on 1 December.
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What’s interesting is that based on reports in the Telegram group, those who spent part of their $6,000 on “marginal” transactions like SimplyGo and (business) PayPal got their bonus too. I’d certainly like to hear more data points from those who spent their $6,000 on “risky” transactions (you madlads).

What now?

The way I see it, here’s what’s next for SCB X Card holders who have received their sign up bonus:

  1. Continue to work towards 275,002 points, which allows you to redeem 11 blocks of 25,000 points, paying only 1 x $26.75 conversion fee, and leaving minimal points behind
  2. Do not refund any transaction made on your SCB X Card. I know this sounds silly to say, but it may happen accidentally (e.g booking an award ticket and paying for taxes & surcharges with the X Card- if you cancel the award, the taxes & surcharges get refunded to your card)
  3. Hold your card for at least 6 months, as per the T&C of the sign up bonus

Regarding the last point, I get that the lackluster X Card benefits (2 Priority Pass lounge visits, and that’s about it) mean that many are already thinking of dumping it. But there’s no real point cancelling in advance of your one year anniversary. You’ve already paid the $695.50 annual fee; you might as well see what other promotions/benefits the team comes up with before the year’s done.

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Set a calendar reminder of your membership year (end July 2020, for those who got the 100,000 miles sign up bonus), and sit tight for now. 

Conclusion

To those who missed the first train and are waiting for the 60,000 miles bonus, be patient. Your time will come. As per the T&C:

  • If you got approved by 30 September 2019, you’ll get your remaining 30,000 miles by 31 December 2019
  • If your approval comes by 31 December 2019, you’ll get the 30,000 miles by 31 March 2020.

At least you know now for sure that business PayPal and SimplyGo transactions will count towards your bonus. I imagine we’ll get more data points in the days to come that help alleviate your worries about other transactions- we nobly suffered so you don’t have to 😉

We’ve never had a 100,000 miles sign up bonus in Singapore before, so to all those who jumped on this train before it got pulled, congrats! You’re now part of Singapore credit card lore. Have fun with those miles, and remember, you earned them to burn, not to admire. Get busy!

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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DY

Hi Aaron, great read as always. Instead of 11 blocks of 25,000. Why don’t you just do 77 blocks of 3,500 right now? Which clears 269,500 of your SCB points

DY

Ohhh Missed that non visa part!

Jerry Ho

WooHoo……Christmas do come early!!!

Thanks Aaron for the update, the 100k never look so sweet this morning.

Cheers

Martin

I applied in July and believe I fulfilled all the TCs. No additional miles have been credited to my account. Anyone else still waiting who has met the requirements?

AW

i got my bonus points, but my partner still hasnt got his yet (fulfilled TCs)

Dan

I’m still waiting too! Glad to hear I’m not the only one.

Sam G

Me too! We need a support group haha

Sam G

@Aaron if you’ve got any contacts to confirm that they *haven’t* yet credited everyone that is eligible that would allow me to rest easier this week !!

Sam G

I will try 🙂

Martin

I got my points today. Looks like they ARE doing this in batches. No SMS yet.

Amileteur

Same here—points in but yet to receive SMS.

Martin

If only you could login to the site to check, maybe because so many people trying they have brought down thier online offerings 🙂

Richard

Hi Aaron, I added 11 blocks of 25,000 into my SCB Rewards Shopping Cart and the system indicated I am short of 2,511 points (my balance is 272K+) and offered me a “Top Up More Points” option to pay $20.09 for that additional 2,511 points! The 2511 points equates to about 1000 miles and having to pay just $20 for that means SCB is valuing the 1000 miles (or 2500 points) at about 2 cents per mile (which is decent). Maybe you want to do another article to calculate if it makes sense for your readers who are short to… Read more »

Richard

Thanks Aaron, I am waiting for your article to confirm if it is worthwhile to make that spend or I have to spend another $2.1K to earn that 2511 points 😉

Raymond Wee

SCB has always offered this option which allows for “cashing out” of otherwise orphan miles – I had used it twice when I closed my SCB VI (I closed it twice). And at 2 cents a mile, the valuation is still reasonable in my opinion.

Sam G

I see it also. 2c per mile. Most I could get it to offer is 167876 miles @ S$ 3357.53

Jem

How this work? You could buy another 167k miles when redeeming and scb charges the 3k to your card?

DK

I think this 99 lots restriction is just a farce and SCB card members should call in to complain and ask for a waiver. I just called the call centre and gave them a piece of my mind as I have exceeded 275000 points and was told to accumlate another 20000+ points (to hit 300000) so that i wont be charged twice. Asked them why I have to go for 300000 points when I should be able to just go for xxx000 + 2500 (which is the next redeemable lot and pay only one-time fee). Didn’t help that my priority… Read more »

Mile Chaser

Thanks, Aaron, points in the account now. (spent 6k in the first week of the card launch via digital card). now contemplating if I should spend approximately 1450 more to get to 275000 points…

Tabitha

Hi i’m actually pretty confused. I spent a ton of money, and I got the msg today saying oh you’ve got your 100,000 air miles in the form of 250,000 reward points. But i go on my account and I’ve got 310,704 points (spent too much money), but the corresponding chart is that you need 350,000 points to get 101,750 air miles? I’d be very very grateful for any enlightenment.

Tabitha

Omg I read the comments below – the X card is considered a visa infinite card? Boy am i dumb. Thank you for this blog!!!

Esther Lim

Received the sweet sweet text from SCB today. Best Xmas gift ever

Cappy Hamper

I’ve had one transaction reversed last week when Hilton insisted on verifying the physical card which of course, was already languishing in my drawer back home. I was forced to use another credit card to pay for my booking. The reversal hasn’t shown up yet, but the points have been deposited. I *think* I’m still within the $6k threshold after the reversal but I’m not taking chances. I’ll exchange the points asap. Anyway, a learning point here. If you have outstanding hotel bookings down the road (I have a few more), remember to carry the card with you on your… Read more »

Lola

Received this sms at 4pm today:

We are pleased to confirm that you have qualified for the X Card Sign Up Gift of 70,000 Air Miles. This will be credited as 175,000 Rewards Points to your X Card account on 26 November 2019. The total of 100,000 Air Miles (250,000 Rewards Points) awarded for the X Card Upfront Gift and Sign Up Gift is now complete. We look forward to your continued support.

Anonymouse

Finally got my points 2 days back. I was getting worried but looks like there was nothing to worry about.

Leo

Is there anyone else who’s still waiting for the sign up bonus? I still haven’t gotten mine.

Goh Wei Woon

Hi Aaron. I tried to transfer my points to Krisflyer but the option is not there. I can see other airline partners but not SIA.

chk

Have to log into SCB banking on your desktop and not the SC mobile app. There was a recent Milelion article dated 17 Dec 2019 on this

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