The Citi PremierMiles Card has been in the spotlight for the longest time: It’s considered one of the most popular Citibank credit cards, and once upon a time, some even regarded it as the best miles credit card in Singapore.
Why? Citi PremierMiles Card has one of the best sign-up bonuses in town. Earning miles on an air miles credit card takes a painfully long time, and one way to work around that is to get a credit card with a big sign-up bonus so you can get a sizeable bump in your miles.
You can still get 40,000 Citi Miles when you apply, pay the annual fee and spend a minimum of $9,000 for the first 3 months.
Is the Citi PremierMiles still worth getting? Let’s find out.
Citi PremierMiles Card essential information
|Citi PremierMiles Card|
|Annual fee & waiver||$192.60|
|Supplementary annual fee||Complimentary|
|Interest free period||25 days|
|Annual interest rate||26.90%|
|Late payment fee||$100|
|Minimum monthly repayment||1% or $50, whichever is higher|
|Foreign currency transaction fee||3.00%|
|Cash advance transaction fee||6% or $15, whichever is higher|
|Minimum income||$30,000 (Singaporean) / $42,000 (non-Singaporean)|
|Card association||Mastercard (from 30 Mar 2020, previously Visa)|
|Wireless payment||PayWave, Samsung Pay, Citi Pay|
How the Citi PremierMiles Card works
Last year, the Citi PremierMiles was a top pick for air miles because of its huge welcome bonus of 42,000 miles with $10,000 spend. For those with big expenses like home renovations or family vacations coming up, it made total sense to get this credit card. Sadly, this offer expired as of 28 Feb 2018 and has been replaced by other slightly lousier – but still quite attractive – welcome promotions.
- Local Spend
- S$1 = Up to 1.2 Miles
- All Foreign Currency Spend including Retail and Online
- S$1 = 2 Miles
- Selected Online Hotel and Flight bookings
- S$1 = Up to 10 Miles
For 1 October 2019, If you spend at least $9,000 within your first 3 months of card approval, you will get a total of 37,300 miles (valid until 31 Mar 2020).
The caveat? It’s for new Citibank customers only, and you need to pay for your first year’s annual fee ($192.60) to qualify.
Welcome promotions aside, the Citi PremierMiles Card standard miles accrual rate is $1 = 1.2 Citi Miles (local spend) and $1 = 2 Citi Miles (foreign currency spend).
Citi Miles never expire, so you can slowly earn your air tickets. Citi Miles are 1:1 with 12 airlines & frequent flyer programmes (including KrisFlyer, Asia Miles and more), but do note that there is a $25 conversion fee each time you want to convert them to airline miles.
Who should use the Citi PremierMiles Card?
With the new update in September 2019, The Citi PremierMiles Card is fantastic for big spenders.
Both the overseas and local earn rates lose to its biggest competitor the UOB PRVI Miles Card ($1 = 2.4 miles for foreign currency spend, and $1 = 1.4 miles for local spend, no minimum).
That said, you may get quite a bit of utility out of the Citi PremierMiles Card if you make most (if not all) your bookings via travel aggregators Agoda and Kaligo
That’s thanks to the current travel promotions and bonus earn rates:
- Hotel bookings on Agoda: $1 = 7 miles until 31 Mar 2020
- Flight bookings on Kaligo: $1 = 10 miles until 31 Dec 2020
The Citi PremierMiles Card also comes with free Priority Pass membership (on application basis, 2x airport lounge visits per year) and complimentary travel accident insurance of up to $1,000,000 coverage.
Alternatives to the Citi PremierMiles Card
I mentioned earlier that the Citi PremierMiles has poorer earn rates than its main competitor, the UOB PRVI Miles Card. Let’s compare it against similar credit cards on the market:
UOB PRVI Miles Card – Much better earn rates than the Citi PremierMiles, at $1 = 1.4 miles (local) and 2.4 miles (overseas), hence a better credit card for day-to-day use. It also has a competitive travel booking promotion with $1 = 6 miles (Agoda, Expedia, UOB Travel).
American Express KrisFlyer Ascend – Poorer overall earn rates than the Citi PremierMiles Card, but has bonus accrual for Grab rides ($1 = 3.2 miles). The welcome bonus is also less attractive: You only get 28,000 KrisFlyer miles for spending $10,000 within 3 months.
But, if you are a first- time Singapore Airlines Credit Card applicant, approve 2 supplementary cards and successfully refer a friend, you can get up to 42,000 KrisFlyer miles until 30 Apr 2020.
- Local Spend
- S$1 = 1.2 Miles
- Overseas Spend
- S$1 = 2 Miles
- Grab rides
- S$1 = 3.2 Miles
Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card – With high bonus earn rates ($1 = 3.2 miles) on local dining, petrol and taxis, it’s hard to beat this one for getting miles on your daily expenses. There is a $300 minimum spend, which is reasonably low. Bonus earnings are capped at 30,000 TREATS points ($3,750 expenditure cap).
All in all, the Citi PremierMiles Visa Card has a decent welcome bonus, but that’s about it. Its main spend category for bonus miles is travel booking sites, but even for those, you’re better off with the UOB PRIVI Miles card’s more attractive earn rates.
If you want to earn miles while swiping for day-to-day stuff like meals and transport instead, then the Maybank Horizon Visa Signature is a much, much better choice.