Why Citi PremierMiles May Be The Most Useful Miles Card in Singapore

Aaron Wong

Aaron Wong

Last updated 20 January, 2021

Opinions expressed reflect the view of the writer (this is his story).


It may not have the highest miles earning rates, but the Citi PremierMiles is still a formidable tool in a travel hacker’s arsenal. Find out why.

What’s the best miles card in Singapore? 

It’s a loaded question, bound to ignite a fierce debate. How do you define “best credit card” anyway? Best for shopping? Best for dining? Lowest annual fees? Best customer service? The list goes on and on. 

I’m not about to get drawn into that quagmire, but I would, however, dare to say that the Citi PremierMiles may be the most useful miles card in Singapore. 

Here’s a recap of the key features of the Citi PremierMiles card:

Income Req. Annual Fee Miles with Annual Fee Renewal Transfer Cost
S$30,000 S$196.20 10,000 S$27
Local Earn FCY Earn Other Benefits
1.2 mpd 2 mpd 2 Priority Pass lounge visits per calendar year

Now, reading the above may not impress you all that much, especially when you look at the mileage earning rates. 1.2/2.0 miles per dollar (mpd) on local/overseas spending is a decent rate, but there are other cards out there which do better. 

The UOB PRVI Miles, for example, offers 1.4/2.4 mpd on local/overseas spending, and the BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard offers 1.5/3.0 mpd. 

So why do I say the Citi PremierMiles is the most useful of all the miles cards in Singapore? Simple answer: transfer partners

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📣ONLY AVAILABLE ON SINGSAVER📣: You won't find this offer anywhere else!

Heads up! Citi and SingSaver are running an exclusive campaign for the Citi PremierMiles Card and Citi Prestige Card! Apply for either of these cards to receive the following:

For Citi PremierMiles Card: Receive an Apple iPad 9th Gen 10.9 wifi 64GB (worth S$508.30) or a Samsonite Straren Spinner 67/24 + 2X AirTag (worth S$690.80) or 18K Heymax Miles (worth S$300) or S$320 eCapitaVoucher or S$300 cash via PayNow upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. This card is exclusively available on SingSaver. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

For Citi Prestige Card: Get a Samsonite Straren Spinner 67/24 + 2X AirTag (worth S$690.80) or a Dyson TP10 (worth S$599) or 18K Heymax Miles (worth S$300) or S$320 eCapitaVoucher upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. This card is exclusively available on SingSaver. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply

 


Citibank has the most transfer partners of any bank in Singapore

In the table below, you’ll see the different frequent flyer programs that each bank in Singapore partners with. Although everyone partners with KrisFlyer, and almost everyone partners with Asia Miles, there aren’t many options beyond that.

With the exception of American Express, no issuer other than Citibank offers more than three partners. In fact, Citibank boasts a grand total of 11 different frequent flyer transfer partners, the most of any bank in Singapore. 

Ok, you say. But why would I want to transfer my miles to any program other than KrisFlyer anyway

That’s a great question. Again, a simple answer for you: sweet spots. Sweet spots refer to a destination which costs much less when redeemed through a particular frequent flyer program. Let’s look at some examples:


Koh Samui

Suppose you wanted to do a long weekend getaway to Koh Samui. If you only had miles with KrisFlyer, you’d need 25,000/43,000 miles for a round trip economy/business class ticket.

But if you had Citi Miles, earned through your Citi PremierMiles, you could transfer them to Etihad Guest and redeem them on Bangkok Airways. Bangkok Airways operates direct flights between Singapore and Koh Samui, and it’s only 15,000/20,000 miles for a round trip economy/business class ticket!*

Round Trip Tickets To Koh Samui
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Economy  27,000^ 15,000
Business 48,000^ 20,000

*Strictly speaking, it’s insufficient to just consider differences in mileage requirements. We also need to take into account the fact that KrisFlyer does not impose fuel surcharges on SQ/MI redemptions while other FFPs may. However, the savings in terms of miles more than outweigh the increased cash cost in this scenario and the other scenarios I mention below.

^Accurate as of 30 May 2024

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Citi PremierMiles X Citigold One Sell Promo: Receive an Apple iPad 9th Gen 10.9 wifi 64GB (worth S$508.30) or a Samsonite Straren Spinner 67/24 + 2X AirTag (worth S$690.80) or 18K Heymax Miles (worth S$300) or S$320 eCapitaVoucher or S$300 cash via PayNow upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. This card is exclusively available on SingSaver. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

Plus, get an additional S$100 eCapitaVoucher when you simultaneously open a Citi Citigold Account. For customers who apply for BOTH Citi PremierMiles Card + Citigold products using the one-sell journey only. Valid until 31 July 2024.  T&Cs apply.

 


Short-haul flights within the region

Or perhaps you’re hoping to use your miles to travel around the region.

With KrisFlyer, you’d be spending between 25,000-40,000 miles to travel to popular regional destinations. Transfer your Citi Miles to British Airways Executive Club, and you’re paying between 15,000-25,000 miles for those same places.

Round Trip Economy Class
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Bangkok 27,000^ 18,000
Hong Kong 33,000^ 22,000
Colombo 40,000^ 22,000
Perth 43,000^ 26,000

^Accurate as of 30 May 2024


Flights to Europe

It’s not just short-haul destinations where miles from other frequent flyer programs can come in useful. Consider a trip to Europe.

This would set you back 76,000/184,000 miles in economy/business class with KrisFlyer. With Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles, the same route would cost 60,000/90,000 miles! That’s fantastic value, especially in business class.

Round Trip Ticket To Europe
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Economy 75,000 60,000
Business 184,000 90,000

In the examples above, I’ve assumed you’re flying out of Singapore. However, there may be other situations where you need to redeem point-to-point flights outside of Singapore. In these cases, miles in programs other than KrisFlyer can still prove useful:

Round Trip Ticket Economy
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Flights Within Japan 25,000 12,000-18,000 (via JAL)
Flights Within Europe 25,000 8,000-26,000 (via BA, Finnair, Iberia, S7)
Flights Within Australia 22,000-40,000 (via Virgin Australia) 12,000-26,000 (via Qantas)

I hope the above figures convince you that it doesn’t have to be “KrisFlyer or bust” when it comes to miles collection!


Conclusion

With 11 different transfer partners, it’s easy to make the case for the Citi PremierMiles being the most useful of all the miles cards in Singapore, at least in terms of flexibility. Start building your miles balance and explore the world beyond KrisFlyer!

SingSaver's Exclusive Offer: Receive the following rewards and experience Fastest Rewards Fulfilment when you sign up for a Citi Credit Card:

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*📣For Citi PremierMiles Card: Receive an Apple iPad 9th Gen 10.9 wifi 64GB (worth S$508.30) or a Samsonite Straren Spinner 67/24 + 2X AirTag (worth S$690.80) or 18K Heymax Miles (worth S$300) or S$320 eCapitaVoucher or S$300 cash via PayNow upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. This card is exclusively available on SingSaver. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

Get an additional S$100 eCapitaVoucher when you simultaneously open a Citi Citigold Account. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

*📣For Citi Prestige Card: Get a Samsonite Straren Spinner 67/24 + 2X AirTag (worth S$690.80) or a Dyson TP10 (worth S$599) or 18K Heymax Miles (worth S$300) or S$320 eCapitaVoucher upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. This card is exclusively available on SingSaver. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply

*📣ONLY AVAILABLE ON SINGSAVER📣

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Other Citi Credit Cards: Receive an Apple iPad 9th Gen 10.9 wifi 64GB (worth S$508.30) or a Dyson Micro 1.5kg Vacuum (worth S$599) or S$320 eCapitaVoucher or S$300 cash via PayNow upon activating and spending a minimum of S$500 within 30 days of card approval. Valid until 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

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⬆️Reward Upgrade Campaign⬆️: Upgrade your rewards when you top up as low as S$100. Valid till 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.

  • S$100 for an Apple iPad 10th Gen 10.9 wifi 64GB (worth S$529)
  • S$200 for an Apple Watch Series 9 (GPS) 41mm (worth S$604.50)
  • S$800 for an Apple Watch Ultra 2 GPS + Cellular 49mm (worth S$1,210.10)
  • S$980 for a Macbook Air 13" 256GB M3 (worth S$1,599.00)
  • S$1,200 for an Apple iPhone 15 Pro 128GB (worth $1,664.25)
  • S$1,786 for a Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Titanium Gray 12+512GB 5G (worth $2,128.00)

 

Aaron founded The Milelion to teach people how to travel better for less, with credit cards, airline and hotel loyalty programmes. With 500,000 miles flown and counting, he’s keen to debunk the myth that you can’t travel in style without breaking the bank.

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