Citibank SMRT Card: Should You Apply?

Citibank SMRT Card: Should You Apply?

Great EZ Link + cash back card for young adults who spend on food, movies and shopping

Good for

  • SMRT commuters who often use EZ-Link to pay for transport
  • Young consumers with a modest budget

Bad for

  • Families who spend across a broad range of areas
  • Average-to-affluent individuals who can spend and earn more cashback elsewhere

Editor's Rating

3.5/5.0

If you commute on SMRT daily, you may want to consider getting a Citibank SMRT Card. This card conveniently doubles up as a cashback reward card and an EZ-Link Card, while still offering some of the best rebate rates in Singapore. If you are on a modest budget, and spend most of your money on food, commuting, and shopping, this could be a great card for you.

ProsCons
  • Doubles as an EZ-Link Card with 2% rebate on Auto Top-Ups
  • 5% rebates at popular coffee and fast food chains, grocery merchants and movie cinemas
  • 3% rebate on online shopping
  • 2% rebate at selected health & beauty merchants
  • 1% rebate on Telco, Town Council, and Insurance bills through Citi One Bill
  • Low minimum spend to unlock rebates (S$300 per month)
  • Promotion: Up to S$120 cash rebate welcome gift
  • Relatively low cap of S$600 on SMRT$ rebate annually (S$50 monthly)
  • Annual fee waiver is limited to 2 years

What Makes Citi SMRT Card Stand Out

Citi SMRT Card is great for commuters and young professionals who spend most of their money on transit, coffee, fast food, and groceries. It’s especially convenient for commuters because of its dual function as an EZ-Link Card. Unlike most other cards, Citi SMRT Card offers 2% in savings for EZ-Reload Auto Top-ups and a 1% rebate on recurring Telco, Town Council, and Insurance bills. Because minimum qualifying spend is just S$300 per month, the card is also very accessible to those on a modest budget. With rebates up to 5% for multiple spending categories, Citi SMRT Card offers a great way for young professionals to earn cash back on select daily spend.

Monthly Statement Retail PurchasesLess than S$300S$300 or More
Groceries4.7%5%
Coffee, Movies and Fast Food4.7%5%
Online Shopping2.7%3%
Health and Beauty1.7%2%
EZ-Reload Auto Top-up1.7%2%
Telco, Town Council, and Insurance Bills0.7%1%
All Other Spend-0.3%

Citi SMRT Card does have some notable limitations. For example, total rebate is capped at only S$600 per year (S$50 per month). In addition, the 5% rebate on groceries and 2% rebate on EZ-Reload Auto Top-Ups only apply to transactions above S$50 and S$30, respectively. Smaller transactions receive a lower rebate. Finally, online transactions on groceries, movies or food can only earn 3% instead of 5%, and online travel bookings are excluded from the 3% rate.

Different Cashback Earnings at Different Spend Levels for Groceries and EZ-Reload

Grocery SpendEZ-Reload Spend
Spend AmtCashback RateCashback EarnedCashback RateCashback Earned
S$303%S$0.901%S$0.30
S$403%S$1.202%S$0.80
S$505%S$2.502%S$1.00

Citi SMRT Card is a great match for young professionals with a modest budget because of its tailored rebates and affordability. With a 2-year waiver of the S$192.60 annual fee, the card bridges first entering the workforce to eventually earning more, and considering switching to a card with greater cashback potential (for example, the Citi Cash Back Card). In this light, average to affluent spenders with more diversified spending can spend more and earn more cashback with other credit cards.

How Does Citi SMRT Card's Rebate Program Work?

Use our quick and easy-to-read guide below to learn how you you can redeem SMRT$.

  • Rebates are earned as SMRT$, where 1 SMRT$ is equal in value to S$1
  • SMRT$ earned by supplementary card(s) is credited to the principal account
  • SMRT$ can be redeemed as cash rebate or as a shopping voucher
  • SMRT$ can be redeemed in units of 5 as cash rebate or in units of 10 as a voucher
  • SMRT$ are valid for a period of 15 months from the annual renewal (or approval) date of the qualifying period during which they are earned. Redeemed rewards vouchers, however, are valid for only the 3 months following their date of issue

Citi SMRT Card's Rewards Exclusions

Some credit card expenditures are ineligible for cash back or rebate. We identify these exclusions in the table below.

Exclusion CategoryDescription
Bank FeesAnnual fees, interest charges, late payment charges, GST, cash advances, instalment/easy/extended/equal payment plans, preferred payment plans, balance transfers, cash advances, quasi-cash transactions, all fees charged by Citibank or third party, miscellaneous charges imposed by Citibank (unless otherwise stated in writing by Citibank)
Transfers & Bill PaymentsFunds transfers using the card as source of funds, bill payments (including via Citibank Online or via any other channel or agent)
Institutional PaymentsPayments to educational institutions, government institutions and services (including but not limited to court cases, fines, bail and bonds, tax payment, postal services, parking lots and garages, intra-government purchases), insurance companies (sales, underwriting, and premiums), financial institutions (including banks and brokerages), non-profit organizations
Betting or GamblingLottery tickets, casino gaming chips, off-track betting, and wagers at race tracks, through any channel
Payment Service ProvidersAny top-ups or payment of funds to payment service providers, prepaid cards and any prepaid accounts
TransitAll transit-related transactions

Citi SMRT Card's Features and Benefits:

Details & Benefits
Annual FeeS$192.6, Waived for 2 years
Annual Income RequirementS$30,000 for locals, S$42,000 for foreigners
Card Details
  • EZ-Link Auto Top-Up with no fee, with 2% rebate on at least S$30 of Auto Top-Up
  • Up to 7% rebate on grocery spend above S$50 at FairPrice, FairPrice Xtra Kallang Wave, Giant, Sheng Siong
  • Up to 5% rebate at select café and fast food chains (BreadTalk, Burger King, KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, PastaMania, Sakae Sushi, Subway, Coffee Club, Dome Café, Gloria Jean's Coffee, Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The Connoisseur Concerto, Toast Box)
  • Up to 5% rebate at select cinemas (Cathay Cineplexes, Filmgarde, Golden Village, Shaw Theatres)
  • 3% rebate on online shopping (excluding travel bookings)
  • Up to 14% off on petrol at Esso and Shell
  • 2% rebate at Watson’s, Guardian, NTUC Unity Healthcare, GNC, and Nature’s Farm
  • 1% rebate on Telco, Town Council, and Insurance bills through Citi One Bill
  • S$300 monthly spend requirement to qualify for rewards (Rebate rate is 0.3% less for monthly spend below S$300)
  • S$600 cap on SMRT$ rebate annually
  • Promotion: Up to S$120 cash rebate welcome gift
Other Benefits
  • Citi Rebate offering up to additional 10% off at select merchant locations
  • Citibank Gourmet Pleasures dining deals
  • Citi World Privileges online shopping deals

How does the Citi SMRT Card Compare Against Other Cards?

Read our comparisons of Citi SMRT Card with other cards and learn what makes each card unique in their own way. We compare and contrast each card to highlight its uniqueness to help you identify the card that you need.

Citi SMRT Card has a higher-than-market average value-to-consumer after two years, based on an average monthly spend of S$2,000

Citi SMRT Card v. POSB Everyday Card

Consider this if you are a busy homemaker who want to maximise savings on groceries, utilities, personal care, and petrol

Annual Income Requirement S$30,000
Foreigner Income Requirement S$45,000

POSB Everyday Card is a great all-in-one card for moms and families looking to maximise cash back from a broad range of expenditures. With rebates of up to 20% for dining, groceries, recurring telco and utilities bills, personal care, and petrol, it’s no wonder that the POSB Everyday Card was voted Singapore’s most owned and utilised credit card. But while POSB Everyday Card offers rebates on essentials, most of its rates require a minimum qualifying spend of S$800 per month. The annual fee of S$192.60 is also only waived for the first year. While consumers who spend less than S$2k per month could benefit from the POSB Everyday Card, they might also consider the Citi SMRT Card for its lower minimum spend requirement and 2 year fee waiver.

Citi SMRT Card v. UOB Delight

UOB Delight Card

Consider this if you want maximum savings on groceries

Annual Income Requirement S$30,000
Foreigner Income Requirement S$40,000

UOB Delight Card is a very well-rounded cashback card covering groceries, mass transit, and monthly recurring bills. However, its cashback program is highly skewed towards maximizing rebate on groceries, making it the top grocery rewards card in the country. If you don’t mind purchasing house brands at Cold Storage, Giant and Guardian, UOB Delight can help you save up to 18% on your grocery purchase, by far the highest in the market. It is also quite cheap to use with only S$85.60 of annual fee. However, it may be difficult for one person to meet the S$800 of monthly minimum spend to be eligible for UOB Delight’s full benefits. Therefore, this card is more suitable for families who prefer to dine in rather than out.

To summarize the key difference between the two cards, UOB Delight is better for families who have a lot of groceries to purchase every month. If you have a smaller budget, Citi SMRT could provide decent rebates on your grocery purchases along with other daily necessities like commute and coffee.

Citi SMRT Card v. OCBC 365

Consider this if you want a no-fee cashback card for food purchases, utilities and online travel bookings

Annual Income Requirement S$30,000
Foreigner Income Requirement S$45,000

OCBC 365 Card is a great no-fee card for consumers seeking cashback on food, utilities, and online travel bookings. With a 2-year annual fee waiver (subsequently waived with a minimum annual spend of S$10,000), the OCBC 365 Card offers the average consumer a low maintenance way to earn daily cashback. OCBC 365 stands out for rewarding recurring telco and utilities bills at a high rate of 3%, and for including online ordering and delivery within its dining and groceries rebate options, at 6% and 3% respectively. The card’s rebates, however, are contingent on a minimum qualifying spend of S$800, which may not be accessible to those with a modest budget. Consumers who spend less than S$2k per month might consider Citi SMRT Card instead for its lower qualifying spend of S$300 per month.

Citi SMRT Card v. Citi Cash Back Card

Consider this if you spend mostly on food and transportation

Annual Income Requirement S$30,000
Foreigner Income Requirement S$42,000

Citi Cash Back Card is a great fit for the average spender, looking to earn cashback on food and petrol purchases. The card prioritizes spend within these areas, offering a relatively high cashback rate of 8% on dining, groceries, Grab and petrol. These rates are available after a minimum qualifying spend of S$888 per month, which is fairly accessible for an average consumer spending about S$2k per month. Citi Cash Back also appeals to average spenders by staying flexible, with a rotating 8% cashback category and Citi Rebate, which provides an additional 10% in savings. One drawback is that cashback for 8% rates is capped at S$25 per category, and the general unlimited rate of 0.25% is quite low. While average spenders likely won’t be hindered by these caps, more affluent spenders might consider a card with broader spend categories and higher caps. Those who spend less than S$2k per month might still consider the Citi SMRT Card for its more evenly spread rebates with a lower minimum qualifying spend.

Citi SMRT Card v. CIMB Visa Signature

CIMB Visa Signature

Consider this if you want a specialised dining credit card without an annual fee

Annual Income Requirement S$30,000
Foreigner Income Requirement S$48,000

CIMB Visa Signature Card is a great no-fee card for consumers seeking cashback for food and online shopping expenses. With no annual fee and rebates up to 10% for all dining, grocery, and online spend, the CIMB Visa Signature offers easy earning potential without any real maintenance. Consumers can earn rebates at the 10% rate after a minimum qualifying spend of S$600 per month, which is fairly attainable for an average consumer spending about S$2k per month. The CIMB Visa Signature Card has a high cap of S$100 per month for the 10% rate, with unlimited cashback for all purchases at 0.2%, making it a great card for average spenders looking to maximise earnings off food and online purchases. However, those looking for rebates on EZ-Link Auto Top-Ups or utilities might still be better off with Citi SMRT Card.

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