Citibank Plus - Fee Waiver Now $3000

Status
Not open for further replies.

dgruber

Intern
Joined
Oct 8, 2005
Messages
54
Points
0
Hi,

Worth mentioning:

1. HSBC offer 5 free withdrawals at non-HSBC ATMs.
2. You are all better off having a CMA Plus account offered by Citigroup Wealth Advisors. It does not have the linked account but it offers 4.75% interest rate on all balances, Visa Debit card and so on, unlimited ATM withdrawals for free. No $5 fee applies. The only catch is you have to have a share trading account, only attracts brokerage if you buy and sell shares. https://sec1.citismithbarney.com.au/Access/Dyn/Content/ourservices/domesticinvestments/cash_management.html
3. How is this related to frequentflyer.com.au :p - sorry I am being mean here.
4. Somebody mentioned an Elders Rural Bank online (ERBonline Savings and Term Deposit Account) account. Their interest rate is only 6.10%.
You should check out either Raboplus RaboPlus Australia: high interest savings, term deposits, low cost managed funds, online investments (6.6%) plus a free security token. Use FF0507 in the promotion code (at END of application form) to receive $25 welcome bonus incentive (this may be withdrawn at anytime - so be quick). This rate is available for personal and business customers on all balances.
(In comparison Bankwest offers their Telenet Saver BankWest - Bank of Western Australia Ltd. for personal customers 6.8% and Business Telenet Saver BankWest Business TeleNet Saver | Online business savings account 6.35%). Rabobank also allows you to enter managed funds. Be aware that Bankwest's rate for personal customers is introductory for the first year only compared to Rabo's ongoing rate (and it does not have features like free security tokens and $25 welcome bonus).
5. Another worth mentioning is the Home Cash Maximiser account. If you have $5000 in it, third party ATM fees are waived and it also has a Visa debit. Home Building Society and StateWest Financial Services, WA's newest and friendliest banking service. The interest rate on $5000 is 5%.

Hope this helps you!

*Disclaimer: Read the Product Disclosure statement (PDS) and determine whether the product suits your needs and/or circumstances.*

Regards,
dgruber
 
Last edited:

dgruber

Intern
Joined
Oct 8, 2005
Messages
54
Points
0
"To avoid paying the Monthly Account Keeping fee ("Monthly Fee") after 31
December 2007, you will need to deposit a coughulative amount of $3,000
(such as your salary) directly into your Citibank Plus Transaction
Account each month."


It says "such as salary". So you can still transfer $3000 from your linked savings account into your transaction account each month and then after a few days transfer it back. It does not necessarily have to be salary.
 

trudy

Junior Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2007
Messages
25
Points
0
I would like to add something about bankwest.

If you apply through moneybackco (google it), you will get $40 cash back when you applied for the 6.8% interest account.
:)
 

beardoc

Established Member
Joined
Jul 13, 2005
Messages
1,648
Points
420
Qantas
Platinum
I remember the fee waiver used to be promoted, but I can't find anything more about the fee waiver on the Citibank website - does it still exist for new customers?
 

jakeseven7

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2005
Messages
8,877
Solutions
4
Points
1,145
jboey said:
However my arguement would be that if Citibank intends to remain competitive in the Australian market, attracting people who are able to credit their citibank plus a/c with a monthly salary/remuneration above $3000 (and for most of us, after tax) would be targeting only a minority of the Australian population. Keeping in mind that the average Australian only earns $40,000 ++ per year, the average Australian would not be able to get the a/c keeping fee waived. This is what I mean by a policy for the rich. And while individuals a/c may not be their biggest priority or money earner, I think they should not be treating their customers like dirt.

Also, what really bugs me is the email that was sent out to tell us of this new policy failed to mention how much the a/c keeping fee would be. Hence it could be even more than $5.

I think you are forgetting a couple of key points.

Yes, by putting 3K through you do exempt yourself from fees, but most ppl are being charged fees anyway with the big 4 - and around about the same $4-6 a month if they are smart about how they set their accounts up.

But for younger people like myself, the unique selling point of this account is the ability to use ANY atm in Australia with unlimited transactions without being slugged the $1-$2 'other ATM' fee - which for me typcially nets out around another $10 a month, because I can't be stuffed hunting down a CBA atm all the time and especially when I am out at a pub/club and they only have the independently owned ATMS! HUGE incentive, for many people!!

FWIW I've missed all this Readycredit saga so have no idea what happened here, I've had a gold c/c with Citibank and I think their customer service is excellent, I've just opened this account and about to close my last Australian finance/bank account -> which is a little sad but they just can't (or won't) compete!
 

codash1099

Established Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2006
Messages
2,908
Points
735
Qantas
Platinum
I've just dumped Citibank (just one impost too many) and will rely on my ING Online account - no fees and a better interest rate. The only down side is that you need to transfer to another bank's account to use the money, but that's no real problem.
 

Alanslegal

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 22, 2007
Messages
5,403
Points
0
Thank you Citibank for making my CB+ account free for life(as i meet their $3k+ per month salary deposits)
Initially I was on their 12 month waiver program and that it was going to expire in October 2007, so avoiding the $5pm is beneficial! it's like something for nothing!!!
& Just like a few others have mentioned, I can just go to ANY atm and take out $$$ without the worry about being slugged additional charges! So I take out smaller amounts of $20 or $40 at any one time but more frequently and whenever i need to take money out.
 

jakeseven7

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2005
Messages
8,877
Solutions
4
Points
1,145
codash1099 said:
I've just dumped Citibank (just one impost too many) and will rely on my ING Online account - no fees and a better interest rate. The only down side is that you need to transfer to another bank's account to use the money, but that's no real problem.

I have an ING Savings Maximiser account as well, they are really good, I will be keeping it in addition to my CB+.

1 thing that annoys me though is that ING are very slow to increase interest rates (earning), BankWest, Citibank always do it quite quickly, I have called ING twice asking if they will match (or I will move my business) and they always say oh wait a couple of weeks etc.... Not a huge complaint but they are relying on people not noticing they are lagging behind.
 

codash1099

Established Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2006
Messages
2,908
Points
735
Qantas
Platinum
jakeseven7 said:
I have an ING Savings Maximiser account as well, they are really good, I will be keeping it in addition to my CB+.

1 thing that annoys me though is that ING are very slow to increase interest rates (earning), BankWest, Citibank always do it quite quickly, I have called ING twice asking if they will match (or I will move my business) and they always say oh wait a couple of weeks etc.... Not a huge complaint but they are relying on people not noticing they are lagging behind.
Agreed. They have just announced a 0.15% increase in rates, but given that the Reserve moved by 0.25%, they are pushing the boundaries a bit. BankWest looks interesting to me.

(Edit: Perhaps I'm unkind to ING. I note Rabobank has increased their rates by 0.1%!!)
 

jakeseven7

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2005
Messages
8,877
Solutions
4
Points
1,145
I sent an email to Citibank 5 hours ago asking when and by how much they were changing their interest rates on Citibank+ (base and bonus)... 5 hours later a REPLY!!!! ON a Sunday! Now that is customer service!.. See below for the response coming into effect tomorrow.

Also I emailed ING (again) querying why their increases are mediocre and don't even reflect the full interest rate rise in comparison to competiting products... (like Citibank and Bankwest etc) Will post that response when it comes through as well!

-------------------------------

Thank you for your email about the Citibank Plus account.

For general information, the Standard rate on the Citibank Plus linked
savings account will change from 6.00% to 6.25% p.a. effective on 13
August 2007.

Furthermore, the bonus interest rate on the Citibank Plus linked savings
account will change from 7.00% to 7.25% p.a. effective on 13 August
2007.

Alternatively, you can contact the 24-hour CitiPhone Banking on 13 24
84, or if overseas, on +61 2 8225 0615 (reverse charges through an
international operator) for further assistance.

If there's anything else we can do to help, please let us know.

Thank you for using the Citibank Australia Website.
 

jakeseven7

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2005
Messages
8,877
Solutions
4
Points
1,145
AND FYI ING's response, you have to lock your money in with them to get higher interest rates like Citibank.... I think they are sitting pretty happy at the moment so don't feel the need to compete so much.... ah well, Citibank will get my money for a bit!

Note: Yes interest between the two is calculated exactly the same way so you can just compare the rates.

---------------------------------------------------------------------


Thank you for your email regarding our recent rate increase on our Savings Maximiser product.

The RBA’s official cash rate is only one of a range of factors we look at when determining our rate and historically we haven’t automatically changed our rate to reflect movements in official interest rates.

We are disappointed that on this occasion we have not been able to meet your expectation with our Savings Maximiser product, however we may have an alternative product/s from our Term Deposit range, that may suit your needs.

Our current Term Deposit interest rates available as at the date of this email are:

30 day term – 6.25%pa
90 day term – 6.60%pa
180 day term – 6.75%pa
1 year rate – 6. 95%pa
2 year rate – 6.85%pa

There are no bank fees to pay (apart from the usual government charges), so you get every dollar of interest your money earns with ING DIRECT. Plus there’s no minimum deposit needed to receive the high fixed interest rates.

Should you be interested in finding out more about our Term Deposits, please reply to this email with a contact number and suitable time at which I can have one of our Direct Associates contact you.

Regards,
 

Mal

Enthusiast
Joined
Dec 25, 2004
Messages
12,386
Points
1,065
jakeseven7 said:
AND FYI ING's response, you have to lock your money in with them to get higher interest rates like Citibank.... I think they are sitting pretty happy at the moment so don't feel the need to compete so much.... ah well, Citibank will get my money for a bit!

ING have a promo on at the moment - 7.00% interest on amounts above your balance as of Midnight 28th Aug https://www.ingdirect.com.au/sm_big_one/landing.html

Similar to other bonus interest offers that they run at various times.
 

pauly7

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 8, 2004
Messages
5,010
Points
870
Mal said:
ING have a promo on at the moment - 7.00% interest on amounts above your balance as of Midnight 28th Aug https://www.ingdirect.com.au/sm_big_one/landing.html

Similar to other bonus interest offers that they run at various times.

Yea... bit lacklustre compared to some of the other promotions, I have an ING account as well but have been sniffing around Citibank Plus and BankWest now after reading this thread... good ideas! I agree with whoever said they think ING have got a little cosy with their savings maximiser recently, Citibank are certainly giving it a red hot go!!
 

gwilliamb

Junior Member
Joined
Jul 31, 2007
Messages
10
Points
0
Hi All,
I rang up the other day to request a fee waiver on my Citibank Gold Card and cited the No Fee for Life they are offering now. They said they couldn't do it but after much discussion they offered me a transfer to a CitiBusiness Credit card for the same fee. This gives me now 1.25 points per $1 spent. Better than most visa cards I think. Has anyone had a similar response?
 

oz_mark

Enthusiast
Joined
Jun 30, 2002
Messages
19,479
Solutions
6
Points
1,440
dgruber said:
You should check out either Raboplus RaboPlus Australia: high interest savings, term deposits, low cost managed funds, online investments (6.6%) plus a free security token. Use FF0507 in the promotion code (at END of application form) to receive $25 welcome bonus incentive (this may be withdrawn at anytime - so be quick). This rate is available for personal and business customers on all balances.

RaboPlus is currently giving 7.25% (and a $50 christmas present bonus through a referral)
 

pauly7

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 8, 2004
Messages
5,010
Points
870
pauly7 said:
Citibank have increased their base rate to 6.5% (higher than ING) and their bonus rate stays at 7.25%.

Does anyone know when the bonus rate (for keeping 5K in your transaction account) expires... ? I think it was 31/12/07 but can't remember and it has disappeared from the site.

Cheers

EDIT: Found it...!

Citibank: Citibank offers a bonus rate of 7.25% p.a. until 31/12/2007, interest calculated monthly and paid quarterly. A minimum balance of $5,000 must be kept in the Citibank Plus Transaction Account which may incur a monthly fee.
 

beardoc

Established Member
Joined
Jul 13, 2005
Messages
1,648
Points
420
Qantas
Platinum
gwilliamb said:
Hi All,
I rang up the other day to request a fee waiver on my Citibank Gold Card and cited the No Fee for Life they are offering now. They said they couldn't do it but after much discussion they offered me a transfer to a CitiBusiness Credit card for the same fee. This gives me now 1.25 points per $1 spent. Better than most visa cards I think. Has anyone had a similar response?

Where is there information about a CitiBusiness Credit Card with 1.25 points per dollar? I'd be very interested in this - if you're a very high turnover user of cards this could be a better deal than the no fee/1 point per dollar cards.
 

Nutcase

Active Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2005
Messages
525
Points
270
beardoc said:
Where is there information about a CitiBusiness Credit Card with 1.25 points per dollar? I'd be very interested in this - if you're a very high turnover user of cards this could be a better deal than the no fee/1 point per dollar cards.

Its a US Issued Citbank Card so I Wouldnt get too excited - The best you will get on scheme cards is $1 for 1 point in Australia
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Enhance your AFF viewing experience!

From just $6 we'll remove all advertisements so that you can enjoy a cleaner and uninterupted viewing experience.

And you'll be supporting us so that we can continue to provide this valuable resource :)


Sample AFF with no advertisements? More..

Currently Active Users

Top