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  • Citibank Credit Card Interest Rates

    Citibank credit cards offer competitive interest rates and great features and benefits. They have introduced credit cards that are specially designed to meet the needs of their customers. Citibank considers the spending habits of their cardholders and offers exclusive features that benefit them such as fuel surcharge waiver, reward points, and discount on flight and hotel bookings.

    What is the Citibank Credit Card Interest Rate?

    All credit card providers in India charge an interest rate on the closing balance on the credit card if the cardholder does not pay the total outstanding amount on or before the due date. An interest rate is also called ‘Finance Charge’. Currently, Citibank charges an interest rate of 3.75% per month which is 45% per annum on the Citibank credit cards. Citibank credit cardholders will be charged a low interest rate if they make the payments on time and utilizes the credit limit wisely.

    How are Credit Card Interest Rates Calculated by Citibank?

    • Citibank charges the applicable interest rate only if you do not pay the total outstanding amount on or before the due date or within the grace period.
    • If the previous month’s outstanding balance is paid in full, Citibank will give you a grace period to make your payment in the current cycle. However, if you fail to pay the entire bill amount within the stipulated time, an interest rate will be charged on the closing balance on the card from the date of transaction until you pay all dues in full.
    • If you apply for a secondary Citibank credit card, the interest rate applicable on your secondary card will be the same as your existing credit card. This is not applicable for Citibank Ultima Credit cardholders. Citibank charges an interest rate on both Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI) and non-EMI transaction made on your credit card.
    • If you choose to close your Citibank credit card, the bank will continue the applicable interest rate, taxes, and other charges till your clear the outstanding balance. If you choose to default on your credit card bills or close your credit card, Citibank is entitled to ask you to repay the outstanding amount immediately.
    • In case, you do not pay the outstanding balance even after constant reminders from Citibank, the bank will report your default status to the credit reporting agencies in India which will affect your credit score negatively.

    Which Citibank Credit Card Transactions Attract Interest Charges?

    Citibank will not charge you interest if you pay the total balance within the due date. Non-payment of the total due amount within the due date will attract interest. Apart from that, the below transactions can also attract interest charges:

    • When you don’t pay the minimum due amount within the due date, late fees and other charges will be levied.
    • When you use your credit card to withdraw cash. Cash advances attract a high rate of interest.
    • When you use your credit card in an international location, additional finance charges will be levied.

    Citibank Credit Card Interest-free Period

    Also known as a grace period, an interest-free period is a period offered by Citibank to their credit cardholders. If the cardholder pays the outstanding amount within this period, the interest rate will not be levied. The grace period or the interest-free period offered by Citibank can range from 20 to 50 days depending on the type of credit credit card hold. Also, if you have not cleared the total outstanding balance in the previous billing cycle, the grace period will not be applicable.

    Example for grace period:

    Let us assume that the payment due date is on 2 July 2022, and if the previous month's dues have been paid in full-

    Interest free period for a purchase on 16 May 2022 is 16 May 2022 to 2 July 2022: 47 days.

    For a purchase on 15 June 2022, the interest free period is 15 June 2022 to 2 July 2022 = 17 days.

    If only a part of the payment has been made, there will be no interest free period and interest charges applicable.

    What are the Methods I can Make my Citibank Payments

    • Online payment: You can visit the official Citibank website or the mobile app and make your credit card payment. If you wish to make the payment using a non-Citibank bank account, you can do so using the EPAY option on Citibank’s website.
    • ECS / NACH: This facility can be used to set up standing instructions for TA or MAD from any non-Citibank account.
    • Standing instructions: You can log in to your Citibank netbanking account and set up standing instructions to pay your credit card bill on a particular date every month. You can also choose to set the maximum limit on the amount that can be paid while setting up standing instructions. So, you do not have to worry about paying more than what you wished to pay.
    • National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT): You can transfer your credit card from any non-Citibank account through NEFT using the IFSC code.
    • Cheque or Demand Draft: You can draw a cheque in favor of your 16-digit credit card number and drop it in the boxes at any one of the Citibank ATMs. Please write “Citibank Card (your 16-digit credit card) in the favor row when you write the cheque.

    FAQs on Citibank Credit Card Interest Rates

    1. Will Citibank charge a late fee if I make the minimum due payment and not the total outstanding balance?

      No. Interest rate will only be levied if you do not pay the minimum due amount within the due date.

    2. How do I contact Citibank Customer Grievance Redressal?

      You can reach the Citibank Grievance Redressal Department via email at, call 1860 210 2484 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm or write to . If your issue is not resolved within one month, you can visit and read about Banking Ombudsman scheme for more information.

    3. What happens if I am unable to pay the credit card bill?

      If you default on your credit card bill, Citibank will send you reminders from time to time to settle the total outstanding balance. If you make a payment after your account is reported, Citibank will withdraw the defaulter status but such changes will reflect after 45 to 60 days.

    4. What are the finance charges on cash advances?

      The finance charge for cash advances is 2.5% on the amount withdrawn, subject to a minimum withdrawal of Rs.500. For Citibank Premier Miles Credit Card, the finance charge for cash advance is 2.0% on the billed amount withdrawn, subject to a minimum of Rs.300.

    5. What are the over limit charges?

      It is 2.5% of the amount over the credit limit (excluding fees, charges and taxes) subject to a minimum of Rs.500.

    6. What are the railways ticket booking surcharge?

      1.8% of the transaction value.

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