Citibank Rewards Credit Card (India) Review

By | May 18, 2016
Citibank Rewards Credit Card - India

Citibank Rewards Credit Card – India

Citibank Rewards Credit Card is one of the beginner credit card in the space usually issued for free to most salaried individuals where the company is banking with Citibank. Citibank is the leading credit card issuer across the world, though in India, HDFC is the market leader and Citi is emerging good.

Citi could compete equally with the rival only if it opens more branches in India and with more card offerings. Though they have limited cards, it addresses fairly well to both the beginners and the high spenders.

Earning & Redeeming Points in Citibank Rewards Card:

  • 1 Reward Point for every Rs.125 on all purchases
  • Accelerated Reward Points: 10 Reward Points for every Rs.125 spent at apparel and department stores and select partners.
  • 1 Reward Point = 0.35 Ps for cash against card statement

Reward points aren’t that attractive and the only nice way to earn good amount of reward points is by using your card in apparel, department stores and select partners.

For ex, If you spend 1 Lakh on “apparel, department stores and select partners”, you’ll get Rs.2,800 (2.8% value back) worth of reward points whereas spending elsewhere gives only Rs.280 (0.28% Value back) which is near to nothing.

However, you can still maximize the value of the reward points if you transfer them to Airmiles as you can strategically get Rs.1/mile value or more for your points as long as you know what you’re doing. Points and miles game is like an ocean.

Features of Citibank Rewards Credit Card:

  • CardExpert Rating: 5/10
  • Reward rate: 0.28% – 2.8% (Accelerated Reward Points)
  • Complementary Airport lounge access: Nil
  • Foreign Exchange Markup fee: 3.5% + Service Tax
  • Renewal Fee Waiver: Your annual fee of Rs. 1000 is waived on making spends of Rs. 30,000 in a membership year.
  • Special Features: Get 1,000 bonus points on card spends of Rs. 1,00,000 or more in a calender quarter.

That being said, its a very basic card and it doesn’t come with any good reward structure for high spenders. One of the major advantage with Citi cards is that they have lots of redemption options out there including cash credit on statement. I would go for this card only if i’m not eligible for any other card as i don’t spend much on the accelerated rewards category.

Do you hold Citibank Rewards Credit Card? Do let me know in comments below.

29 thoughts on “Citibank Rewards Credit Card (India) Review

  1. Avishek Dey

    It gives 1000 bonus point as anniversary benefit and 500 points in birthday month.
    So total 1500 points each year.

    1. Amandeep singh


      Do you suggest to change my rewards card to cash back card. I end up paying 15_20k every month.

      Mostly I spend on dining,shopping.

  2. Sunny

    Thanks for making me realize Citibank Rewards could be used for Jet miles. I was completely oblivious to this, infact couple years ago, I went for a cashback with my points.

    Which begs the question – do you remember if this JP miles conversion facility came recently? Or was it available all along?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Sunny, no idea about it. Am yet to explore Citi cards in hands.

  3. Sanjaykulkarni

    Hi this sanjay kulkarni I have applied for citi bank rewards cerdit card but i have indian oil credit card what should i do now, somebody says indian oil card is good and somebody says that rewards credit card is good so iam little bit of confusion on this would please help me out on this which is correct .because of Iam employee.

    1. Siddharth Post author

      It depends on where you’re going to spend. If you fuel a lot, yes, Indian oil card will be useful.

  4. Ankit

    Hi Siddarth,
    My billing would be around 2 to 3 thousand across stores like More, Star bazaar, etc. and handful times I make a purchase from Amazon or Flipkart in a year. Is the Citi bank Rewards credit card good for me OR should I go for any other card.

  5. Abhirup G

    Just had a look in Citi’s official page, it seems the 10X reward points are capped till Rs 7000. Any spending beyond that gets you only 1 RP per 125, so i guess theres simply no benefit at all

  6. Muthu Krishnan

    Last month i got a citi bank credit bank and got 2500 rewards points(1000 points for first purchase and 1500 points for first rs.1000 purchase).

    siddharth, I am also owning both hdfc money back card and citi rewards card , want to know which one is better?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      All are basic cards, doesnt matter much. Just check the respective reviews to find the reward rate of each 🙂

  7. Sumeet gupta

    Should I go for amex gold card? Also, which card is better HDFC regalia or HDFC diners club premium?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Diners has 10X rewards, Regalia has Priority pass. Its your personal choice. Amex Gold good too.

  8. Akul Bhutani

    Does this card give 10x points on departmental stores like supermarket and groceries or only for apparel stores?

  9. Chirag

    i have this citibank rewards card since 3 years and recently got hdfc regalia.. citibank cc says they dont have a upgrade, but i can ask for another card which would be chargeable. How can i upgrade the citibank creditt card for loung access without paying the annual fees as right now i ma getting renewal waiver through my spends on the card.

  10. Jason

    Our usage of IOC for fueling is very less. Do you think i should switch to Citi Rewards Card. As i want to earn more rewards and use it for online purchase. My usage is Amazon, Flipkart and few online sites other than that i don’t do much shopping

  11. Prashant Gupta

    Jason apply for SBI simply click card dor online usage.

  12. Ram

    Do not use citi bank credit cards at all. They will change payment due date every month so that to get more penalty amount . It is worst credit card

    1. Prashant Gupta

      I dont think so Ram. I am using citi card for last 13 years and no issues whatsoever.

  13. kunal

    Hi Siddharth

    This card gives travel protection for international air ticket ??

  14. Balpreet Singh


    I got to know from Cust. care that international usage for online transactions, citi doesn’t block even if I wish to block that. Is that what anyone else has also experienced?

    As I dont travel abroad / dont use international websites for shopping, I wish to block in order to save hassle of geting any fraudalant transaction. But Surpirsed to hear Citi credit card’s process, that they wont block even if I ask them.

    Isnt’ this wrong?


  15. Rishabh Shreyas

    Hi Sidharth,
    Could you suggest me some good credit cards which provide complimentary airport lounge access and other benefits. I was looking to get this card( Citi rewards card) but i am having second thoughts after reading your review.

  16. Sriram

    Hi Sid,
    I hold this LTF card since 2012 and I have 4.99L credit limit in this card. Now I have got other premium cards with higher reward rate and Lounge benefits. Is it a good to close this card? (I have a total of 5 credit cards including this) Or should I keep it along with me considering that it will give a higher CIBIL score. I would really appreciate your reply and thanks in advance

  17. Ram

    Sriram, If you had got your other CCs right after CITI then you can close this else its better to keep this one since credit age is one of the criterias in your CIBIL report.

    1. Sriram

      Hi Ram, Thanks for your reply.. I got only my Citi card in 2012. Rest all other cards were issued to me in 2017. So I will keep the Citi card considering the CIBIL impact. 🙂

  18. k bhaskar

    Dear sir,
    I’m new to hold a credit card I.e beginner and I have a confusing in choosing a card between ICICI PLATINUM and CiTi rewards ,where my usage monthly would be 4000 ,so would you suggest me which one is best and I also concern about the annual fee .


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