Open to all: Citi PayAll offering fee-free or 1% fee payments; buy miles from 0.42 cents each

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Citi PayAll is offering two fee-free payments (new customers) or a rate of just 1% (existing customers) from now till 30 April 2021.

Update: Citibank has updated the T&Cs of this promotion to remove the “targeted” requirement, and confirmed with me that it is open to all customers

Citibank is kicking off 2021 with a honking good deal for Citi PayAll, and something you really need to consider if. 

From 4 January to 30 April 2021, Citi PayAll customers will either receive 1% cashback (for existing users), or two free-free payments (for new users). This lowers the cost per mile to as little as 0.42 cents depending on your card, and at that price you can’t possibly lose. 

Citi PayAll recently expanded its range of supported payments, and now covers insurance, utilities, charitable donations, rent, tax payments and more. You can also pay miscellaneous invoices, but if you’re planning to pay a friend or family member, keep in mind there may be tax implications. 

New Customers: 0% Citi PayAll fee for two payments

New customers can enjoy two fee-free Citi PayAll payments, provided they schedule at least three payments between 4 January to 30 April 2021. 

The fee waiver will be applied to the two smallest payments scheduled, and rebated in the form of cashback. A maximum cap of S$400 applies. 

To illustrate: 

Payment Setup: 4 Jan 21
  Date Amount Fee @ 2%
Payment 1 7 Jan 21 S$10,000 S$200
Payment 2 7 Feb 21 S$10,000 S$200
Payment 3 7 Mar 21 S$10,000 S$200
Total S$30,000 S$600
Cashback  S$400
(smallest two payments)
Net Fee S$200

Your actual cost per mile will depend on the amount you’re paying. I’m assuming you’re maxing out the S$400 rebate on the dot, which means you can buy miles from just 0.42 cents each- a complete no-brainer. 

  Earn Rate
(Miles)
Fee Cost Per Mile

Citi ULTIMA
1.6 mpd
(48,000 miles)
S$200 1.25 cents
0.42 cents
Citi Prestige 1.3 mpd
(39,000 miles)
S$200 1.54 cents
0.51 cents
Citi PremierMiles  1.2 mpd
(36,000 miles)
S$200 1.67 cents
0.56 cents
I’m not showing the Citi Rewards or Citi Lazada Card because the earn rate is a paltry 0.4 mpd and you’d have to be mental to use them

Cashback will be credited within 8 weeks of the end of the promotion, i.e by 30 June 2021. The T&C for the new customer offer can be found here. 

Existing Customers: 1% Citi PayAll fee

Existing customers can enjoy 1% cashback on Citi PayAll payments between 4 January to 30 April 2021. At least three payments must be scheduled in total. 

💡 Citi defines existing customers as those who have made at least 1 Citi PayAll transaction prior to 4 January 2021.

You might recall a similar 1% cashback offer for PayAll back in September 2020. This one’s arguably better, because the minimum payment is just S$500 per month (versus S$3,000 previously). 

  Current Offer September 2020 Offer
Admin Fee 1% 1%
Min. Spend S$500 per month S$3,000 per month
Duration 3 consecutive months 4 months
(need not be consecutive)
Cap S$200 S$1,800

That said, there is an overall cap of S$200 (down from S$1,800 previously), which means you’ll exhaust the offer with a total payment of S$20,000. 

The set up date and charge date for your first Citi PayAll payment must fall within the promotion period (4 January to 30 April 2021) to qualify, and a minimum payment of S$500 must be made for three consecutive months. 

To illustrate:

Payment Setup: 4 Jan 21
  Date Amount Fee @ 2%
Payment 1 7 Jan 21 S$5,000 S$100
Payment 2 7 Feb 21 S$5,000 S$100
Payment 3 7 Mar 21 S$5,000 S$100
Total S$15,000 S$300
Cashback  S$150
(1% of S$15,000)
Net Fee S$150
📅 You could set up a series of payments with some falling inside the promotional period and others outside, but you’ll only earn the cashback for the payments within the promotional period. For example: 30 Apr 21, 30 May 21, 30 Jun 21- only the 30 Apr 21 payment will receive 1% cashback

Based on a 1% admin fee, you could potentially be buying miles from as little as 0.63 cents each, depending on the Citi card you use. 

  Earn Rate Cost Per Mile @ 1%
Citi ULTIMA 1.6 mpd 1.25 cents
0.63 cents
Citi Prestige 1.3 mpd 1.54 cents
0.77 cents
Citi PremierMiles  1.2 mpd 1.67 cents
0.83 cents
I’m not showing the Citi Rewards or Citi Lazada Card because the earn rate is a paltry 0.4 mpd and you’d have to be mental to use them

Cashback will be credited within 8 weeks of the end of the promotion, i.e by 30 June 2021. The T&C for the existing customer offer can be found here. 

Is it worth it?

Yes, yes, yes. 

Simply put, this is the cheapest price I’ve ever seen miles sold for, and remember: it’s not just KrisFlyer. Citibank points can be transferred to 11 different frequent flyer programs, including some with great sweet spots like Etihad Guest, British Airways Executive Club, and Turkish Miles&Smiles.

Citibank Transfer Partners

I realise that flying isn’t on anyone’s agenda right now, but just imagine what you could do with miles bought at 0.42-0.83 cents each:

  • Singapore to Koh Samui on Bangkok Airways in Business Class for S$84-S$166 round-trip
  • Singapore to Europe on Qatar Airways Business Class for S$630-1,245 round-trip
  • Singapore to Bangkok on Cathay Pacific Business Class for S$134-266 round-trip

Even better- neither the Qatar Airways nor Cathay Pacific awards above will have fuel surcharges, meaning you’ll just pay for airport taxes. 

But even if you opt for plain vanilla KrisFlyer, buying miles at less than 1 cent each is flat out arbitrage. For example, you could use KrisFlyer miles to pay for air tickets at a rate of 1.02 cents each, so buying miles at 0.42-0.83 cents is like locking in a travel discount of 19-59%. 

Alternatively, you could convert those miles into Shangri-La Golden Circle points at a ratio of 12:1. Golden Circle points can be used for F&B credit at a rate of 10 points= US$1 or US$1.25 (for Jade/Diamond members), so you’d be enjoying quite the discount on dining too. 

This does not stack with other Citi PayAll promotions

The T&Cs for new and existing customers mention the following:

“This Promotion is not valid in conjunction with other promotions (including the Citi PayAll –
Citi Spend and Get 1% Cash Back Promotion, the Citi PayAll – Citi Spend and Get Bonus
ThankYou Points or Bonus Miles Promotion and the Citi PayAll – Spend and Get Service Fee
Waiver for New-to-PayAll Customers Promotion), discounts or vouchers”

-T&C for existing customers

“This Promotion is not valid in conjunction with other promotions (including the Citi PayAll –
Citi Spend and Get 1% Cash Back Promotion, the Citi PayAll – Citi Spend and Get Bonus
ThankYou Points or Bonus Miles Promotion and the Citi PayAll – Spend and Get 1% Cash
Back for Existing-to-PayAll Customers Promotion), discounts or vouchers”

-T&C for new customers

I believe the “bonus ThankYou points/bonus miles promotion” is referring to the one launched back in August 2020, which covers payments up till February 2021. If you’re participating in this promotion, you won’t be able to double dip with the current one. Likewise, the other 1% cashback promotion launched in September 2020 can’t be stacked here either.

Conclusion

This is an offer that’s almost too good to pass up, and it’s very hard to lose when you buy miles at a price this low. 

You have no shortage of options for converting Citi points, and even if flying’s not on the immediate agenda, you could just as well spend it as F&B credit at the Shangri-La through the Infinite Journeys partnership.

Did you get this offer? Are you taking it?

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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Blur

Hi Aaron, I am currently paying $4k a month income tax via giro – wondering how to max out the free transactions? I thought income tax can only be paid in full? please advise.

Abc

in short, just do the payment. log into mytax on iras, go to your account and for your income tax account it will list payment plan. click the plan details to see the monthly instalments you have to pay – iras updates this as you make payments so it is a “live” counter (insofar as it takes iras a bit of time to process your payment, depending on your payment method). lets say you have instalments from now (next giro is feb 2021) until june 2021, thats 5mths of $4k instalments. the way iras does its giro is that if… Read more »

Yeow Teck

Hi Aaron, is this a targeted offer? Must receive mailer or sms to qualify for this?

yan

same question~ did not receive any sms or email, still eligible?

Ang

Same qns here

Yeow Teck

Thanks Aaron

Stack

I’m already using the 1% cashback offer which ends 28/2/21. If I schedule 3 payments for Feb/Mar/Apr will it count for this offer? Or will the Feb payment be included in the existing campaign and then the other two payments won’t meet the terms for this offer? So I’d need to schedule Mar/Apr/May and the May payment won’t earn 1% cashback.

David

If you already have existing scheduled Citi payall payments that would meet the criteria do you automatically receive the rebate? Or do you need to cancel the existing arrangement and set it up again to trigger the rebate?
thanks!

S W

Can rent be paid to another individual? For e.g. I am renting a room in a private residence.

Abc

they would be subject to tax anyway, rental income is taxable income

Tai

Do I need to send SMS to register? Neither the article nor the Citi website/ T&C is mentioning this. Thanks

Leon

The Citi payall app does not let me set up a recurring tax payment. Any others facing the same issue? iOS here.

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