Citibank Cashback Credit Card (India) Review

By | May 18, 2016
Citibank Cashback Credit Card

Citibank Cashback Credit Card in India

I value Citibank Cashback Credit Card a little above Citibank Rewards Credit Card which i reviewed recently. That’s because Cashback card gives 0.5% on any purchase which is more like ICICI Bank Platinum Chip Credit Card that gives similar reward rate as payback points. One advantage of the card is that you get 5% off on movie tickets and telephone bill payments. While that might sound good, i’m enjoying better offers on Bookmyshow and Paytm 😉

Citibank Cashback Credit Card Reward Rate:

  • 5% cash back on movie ticket purchases
  • 5% cash back on all your telephone bill payments
  • 0.5% Cash Back on all other spends.
  • Pay through Citibank Online Bill Pay and get 5% cash back on Utility Bill Payments

Note: Cash back in the Telephone / Movies / Utility category is capped at Rs.100 per month for each category.

5% Cashback looks good isn’t it? NO, Why would you choose this card to pay for movie while you can get tickets for free with Bookmyshow offers. I’m using Amex Bookmyshow Offer and SBI Signature Credit card bookmyshow offer to enjoy free movies every month.

Now, utility/Mobile bill payments are also taken care by frequent offers from Paytm and other related sites. So if you’re getting the card, only reason has to be that you get 0.5% Cash Back on all other spends which is not bad.

Features of Citibank Cashback Credit Card:

  • CardExpert Rating: 3/5
  • Reward rate: 0.5% – 5%
  • Foreign Exchange Markup fee: 3.5% + Service Tax

This is again a very beginner range credit card similar to Citibank Rewards Credit Card but is actually better than that. Major difference between rewards card and cashback card is that in cashback card, there is no concept of reward points and so you can’t redeem anywhere else except statement credit.

Looking for other similar cashback credit cards?
Checkout the latest list of Best Cashback Credit Cards in India.

Do you hold Citibank Cashback Credit Card? Please share your experience below.

33 thoughts on “Citibank Cashback Credit Card (India) Review

  1. P Rajasekhar Reddy


    Am using Citibank rewards credit cards, interest rates are tooooo high think twice before choosing citibank.

  2. Vedant Dadhich

    Which Is better Citi Cashback/Rewards or HDFC Moneyback?

    1. Mickey

      HDFC moneyback definitely better because it also gives you free domestic lounge access 1 per quarter as of September 2018.

    2. Pawan

      I would say citi cashback is better than hdfc moneyback in every way except lounge.

  3. Sunny

    I currently own HDFC Moneyback and SBI SimplySave credit cards. My purchases vary from 10-15k a month, typically done for movie tickets, bill payments and online purchases. It also includes a dine out every once in a while.
    Since the MoneyBack card got devalued recently, I am thinking of changing my credit card habits.
    I have been offered an upgrade to the SBI Air India Signature card but don’t fly much.

    Is the Citi Cashbank credit card good for me or is it not worth the switch. I am also considering the AMEX Gold Card.

    Please suggest.


  4. Sai

    i am using it only for utility bill payments. every month 100/- getting added as part of 5% cash back and for every 5 months 500/- is getting credited to my card account. This is Good. 🙂


    Hi Sid,

    If i pay my postpaid bills through Paytm and payment is given through citi bank cashback credit card , will it be considered as mobile payment category(5%cb) or others(0.5%cb).

    Also if i recharge my Paytm wallet through this card will it be considered as mobile payment category(5% cb).

    Thanks & regards,

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Tough question. You got to try it as Paytm is listed as Recharge category only sometimes.
      So try it and let us all know 🙂

    2. Parash

      Any updates on the same??
      This is a great idea if it works.


  6. Kunal

    How do i get 5% cashback for the telephone bill payments? Whenever i pay from the site of Airtel/ BSNL, i am credited 0.5% cashback instead of 5%. Also, I am already utilizing Citi Bill pay for utility bills (with utilization of Rs. 100 cap each month) so that’s not an option.

    1. Kunal

      Disclaimer for everyone … you will not be able to get 5% cashback for both utility and telecom bill payments. Citi is using a new loophole to deny cashback for telecom bill payments on partner websites. Those payments are categorized as utility by VISA (MCC) instead of telecom, which Citi uses to deny cashback. I have made payments online on Airtel and BSNL and none of them got me 5% cashback.

  7. Shilpi

    Do you get benefits like airport lounge access too from this card?

  8. Dr Narendra

    Right now i own hdfc money back cc with 1.5 lac limit axis myzone with 35k sbi prime with 65k
    I wanna apply for citi bank cc but am not from any of the cities where they use to issue cards. Please can someone throw light on how to get their card in this situation
    Thank you

  9. Satish Agrawal

    I hold Citibank cc since 2007 and Cashback cc since last 5 years with cl 45K.

    No lounge access with Citi Cashback cc.

    @Dr Narendra
    AFAIK if you don’t reside in their list of city, they won’t issue cc. I got cc because 10 years back they issued little freely. As my city Lucknow is also not in list they are neither upgrading nor enhancing cl since last 6 years. Because of normal usage about 15-20 k pm and regular payment they are just continuing their business with customers like me. Hope it helps.

  10. krishnarjun rao

    Citi bank says for move tickets, phone bills and utility bills you are going to get 5% cash back. That is Rs.100/- limit per month for each section. But user who pays using citi payment option for all these three services then it will be Rs.100/- is months cashback limit for all three segments including 🙁 Hidden jargon 🙂
    0.5% is very low. User will get 50 paisa for every Rs.100/- he is spending. I feel in todays online market and credit card usage this 50 np is very ridiculous and meaningless. It is time for a new credit card which gives better returns to its user.

  11. Mickey

    Anyone know how to get LE on Citi cards?

    I called phone CC and they said you can’t ask, only Citi can offer it. Strange..

  12. Mickey

    Anyone know? Been holding card since many years but Customer care saying you cannot apply for increase.

    But at the same time he was offering me loan on phone for 6 l. What a joke!

    1. Prashant Gupta

      On citi bank u always get LE offer from them. I have very high limits with them on all my cards. I have noticed that if u do decent spends on them u will easily get a LE increase offer.

  13. Mickey

    Prashant – I have in fact maxed out my card and paid instantly but never received LE offer. Maxing out Citi card is very easy on MakeMyTrip. I have done it 2-3 times in past 1 year.

    My card is LTF btw.

    1. Prashant Gupta

      Its bad luck then……contact one of the branch if u happen to pass by….i was getting LE offers frequently earlier when i uses to use their cards. Since i dont use them now no offer, but the limits are alreasy very high.

    2. Satish Kumar Agarwal


      I hold Citibank Cashback cc since 2007 with initial limit 30K. Later it was increased to 45K in 2009 or so based upon the LE offer recd from them. After that didn’t receive any LE offer till 2018. Hence I wrote an email to their customer care team mentioning too low limit for my ITR. Got a reply to send income documents over email and within 10 days my credit limit was enhanced from 45K to 2 lacs.
      It worked for me that way. You may try this route if your limit is too low wrt ITR.

  14. Captain Bishuddha Bharatiya

    My question is for Satish, Prashant, Mouli and every other Citibank card users. Question is very similar to Mickey’s. I hold Citibank Shopperstop credit card from last 2 months and I am using at least 50% of credit limit every month and I also bought a phone on EMI from Flipkart in the hope of getting LE. Current limit is rupees seventy five thousands ( 75,000 ) . Will I be getting automatic LE after 6 months or should I send ITR which has only Ra. 3.30 lakhs annual income.

    1. Satish Kumar Agarwal


      For me auto LE didn’t work even though spending varied every month between 10% to nearly 90% of earlier limit of 45K. Last time I got auto LE offer was way back in 2009-10.

      I had to send payslip n itr for LE after which I got reasonable jump.

  15. Mahesh

    My initial limit was 62k, now got le to 93k (Premier Miles card). Got the card on Jan 18 spent 2 lakh till now. Now only got Limit enhancement.

    1. Captain Bishuddha Bharatiya

      Congrats Mahesh.
      Did you provided income documents ?
      How much and where was your total spends ?

  16. Himanshu

    Does anyone know what utilization percent would be a good criteria for getting auto LE offer from Citi? Does maxing out the limit help?

  17. Mickey

    I have maxed out my Citi Rewards but got no LE.

    So that does not work.

    I’ve been using it recently on Paytm for groceries and getting 10x rewards by the way, for all Citi users


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