SBI Cards to discontinue granting rewards on Government payments in June 2024

The adage goes that when it rains, it pours. Many major banks, including Axis Bank and others, have been cutting back on rewards for Government payments. Now, SBI Cards is joining them in breaking away from the group of card issuers that reward points for using their credit cards to pay Government related expenses.

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SBI Card to discontinue rewards on Government Related Transactions in June 2024

SBI Card issued a notice dated March 1, 2024, advising that Government Related Transactions (MCC 9222: Fines, 9311: Tax Payments, 9399: Government Services–Not Elsewhere Classified, 9402: Postal Services–Government Only) will not be awarded reward points. The following Credit Cards will see the reward points earning ability (on Government transactions) disappear effective June 1, 2024.

  1. AURUM
  2. SBI Card ELITE
  3. SBI Card ELITE Advantage
  4. SBI Card Pulse
  5. SimplyCLICK SBI Card
  6. SimplyCLICK Advantage SBI Card
  7. SBI Card PRIME
  8. SBI Card PRIME Advantage
  9. SBI Card Platinum
  10. SBI Card PRIME Pro
  11. SBI Card Platinum Advantage
  12. Gold SBI Card
  13. Gold Classic SBI Card
  14. Gold Defense SBI Card
  15. Gold & More Employee SBI Card
  16. Gold & More Advantage SBI Card
  17. Gold & More SBI Card
  18. SimplySAVE SBI Card
  19. SimplySAVE Employee SBI Card
  20. SimplySAVE Advantage SBI Card
  21. Gold & More Titanium SBI Card
  22. SimplySAVE Pro SBI Card
  23. Krishak Unnati SBI Card
  24. SimplySAVE Merchant SBI Card
  25. SimplySAVE UPI SBI Card
  26. SIB SBI Platinum Card
  27. SIB SBI SimplySAVE Card
  28. KVB SBI Platinum Card
  29. KVB SBI Gold & More Card
  30. KVB SBI Signature Card
  31. Karnataka Bank SBI Platinum Card
  32. Karnataka Bank SBI SimplySAVE Card
  33. Karnataka Bank SBI Card PRIME
  34. Allahabad Bank SBI Card ELITE
  35. Allahabad Bank SBI Card PRIME
  36. Allahabad Bank SBI SimplySAVE Card
  37. City Union Bank SBI Card PRIME
  38. City Union Bank SimplySAVE SBI Card
  39. Central Bank SBI Card ELITE
  40. Central Bank SBI Card PRIME
  41. Central Bank SimplySAVE SBI card
  42. UCO Bank SBI Card PRIME
  43. UCO Bank SimplySAVE SBI Card
  44. UCO Bank SBI Card ELITE
  45. PSB SBI Card ELITE
  46. PSB SBI Card PRIME
  47. PSB SBI SimplySAVE

This effectively shuts down the opportunity for those who use SBI Cards to pay their Government expenses. They should now look for a different card to start getting their Government payments on their way.


SBI Cards has become the latest issuer to stop awarding points to customers when they pay their Taxes or other Government spends. Many cards will stop granting rewards on June 1, 2024.

What is your sense of SBI cards following some other major card issuers to shut down rewards for Government Payments?

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  1. How about SBI co-branded cards like CV or Air India FR cards, does it apply on those as well?

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