Just as expected, around this time of the year, many credit card issuers would have made announcements informing their card holders that they are revising their card benefits and/or inflating their reward redemption program.
However, unlike western banks (i.e. HSBC), our local banks are more sincere where they will give us adequate time to redeem our reward points before their inflated reward redemption comes into effect.
For example, on 5th April 2018, AmBank announced to its customers that they are revising the reward redemption effective 1 May 2018. Thus giving ample notice to their customers unlike HSBC which only gave their customer 3 days notice (and 2 of the days were on a weekend)!!!
Revisions to Credit Cards Benefits/Reward Redemption Program 2018
Below are some of my comments of the revisions announced by credit cards issuers as of 12 April 2018:
AEON Big Gold Visa – Complimentary Airport Lounge Access reduced from 6X to 3X effective April 2018.
CIMB Visa Infinite (Not the Preferred Visa Infinitie) – The CIMB has revamped their Visa Infinite from a Cash Back credit card to a Bonus Point Reward credit card. And to my surprise, it is now pretty good. Actually, it is now the best credit card to earn Enrich Miles from Dining Transactions at places that do not accept AMEX! However, one of my follower pointed out to me that CIMB quietly inflated their Bonus Points too! You see, early this year, we only need 6000 Bonus Points to redeem 1,000 Enrich Miles. But today we need 10,000 Bonus Points to redeem the same 1,000 Enrich Miles!
Citibank Cash Back Credit Card – IF you think you are getting 10% cash back from your petrol and dining, you have been fooled, hahaha.
Citibank PremierMiles – Besides reducing the number of airport lounges where you can enter for FREE, I tell you, the transactions excluded from earning PremierMiles is really really unbelievable. It is to your benefit that you read my review so that you don’t waste your time using your Citibank PremierMiles for transactions that involve your loved ones.
HSBC Credit Cards – Effective 2nd April 2018, If you are into air miles, HSBC inflated their reward redemption program almost 100%!!! And for those of you who hold the Premier Travel MasterCard, if you think you are earning 1.1 Air Mile (KrisFlyer or Asia Mile) for every RM1 spent overseas, you have been conned! (Password is posted at my Terms and Conditions To Read My Articles)
Public Bank Visa Signature – Effective 1st Jan 2018, the monthly Cash Back Cap was reduced to RM38. Also regardless of how many Public Bank credit cards you hold, your FREE airport lounge access is limited to one card only.
UOB Visa Infinite – Effective 1st January 2018, the UOB Visa Infinite no longer earns you UNIRinggit for many types of transactions! It is to your benefit that you read my review or you will regret big time when you see your statement only to find out you earned ZERO UniRinggit this time around for a transaction amounting to RM100K which you did earn UNIRinggit in 2017.
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The HLB MACH Credit Card is pretty good as it earns you 5% cash back for dining everyday. But I was told that HLB have been closing their MACH Centres and it is now almost impossible to apply for the MACH Credit Card. So if you ever get the opportunity to apply for this card, do it immediately.
Malaysia’s Ultimate Credit Card for Bragging Rights 2018 – Exclusive Limited Edition Bronze Credit Card for 1000 Elites – This year, 2018, there is a new credit card in town that will give you exclusive bragging rights for years to come, hahaha. Password to read the article – UltimateCC