Earn $800 Flight + $500 in Airfare (& More!) With New 50,000 ThankYou Point Offer for Citi Prestige!

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Update:   Beginning July 23, 2017, Citi ThankYou points with the Citi Prestige card will be worth 1.25 cents each toward flights. 

Via MileValue, the Citi Prestige card now has an increased sign-up bonus!

You can earn 50,000 ThankYou points when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  (EXPIRED.)

I’ll explain how you can book an $800 flight with NO blackout dates.  Or transfer the points for award flights to Hawaii, Europe, and more!

 Citi Prestige Increased Sign-Up Bonus

Link:   Citi Prestige – 50,000 ThankYou Points

You can now get 50,000 ThankYou points when you sign-up for the Citi Prestige card and complete the minimum spending.  The previous offer was 30,000 points!  (EXPIRED.)

Other perks include:

  • 3 points per $1 you spend at airlines, hotels, and travel agencies
  • 2 point per $1 you spend at restaurants and select entertainment (includes movie theaters, amusement parks, tourist attractions)
  • $250 statement credit for airline fees such as airfare and baggage fees appearing on your statement from December to the following December
  • $100 statement credit for Global Entry application fee
  • Access to American Airlines Admirals Club lounges for primary cardholder, immediate family, or 2 guests, as long as you’re flying on American Airlines or American Eagle that day through July 23, 2017
  • Priority Pass Lounge access for primary cardholder and up to 2 guests (additional guests $27 per person, per visit)
  • 4th night free when you book 4 consecutive nights at any hotel (must be booked through Citi Prestige Concierge and paid in full with your card)
  • No foreign transaction fees

The $450 annual fee is NOT waived for the 1st year.  But I’ll explain why that should NOT scare you!

Is This a Good Deal?

You can use Citi ThankYou points to purchase tickets at a rate of 1.6 cents per point on American Airlines through July 23, 2017.  Or 1.33 cents per point on other airlines through July 23, 2017.

So if you use your points to fly on American Airlines you can get a value of up to $800 (1.6 cents per points x 50,000 ThankYou points)!

Earn 800 Flight 500 In Airfare More With New 50,000 ThankYou Point Offer For Citi Prestige

Get Big Travel on American Airlines With Citi ThankYou Points!

How to Quickly Profit Even With the $450 Annual Fee!

Many folks (myself included) don’t like paying big annual fees!  But in some situations it can be worth it.  For instance, the Citi Prestige card gives you a $250 statement credit for airline fees each calendar year (fees appearing on your statement from December to the following December).

So by paying the $450 annual fee ONCE, you can get a $250 statement credit for flights purchased with your card in 2015 and another $250 credit for flights you purchase in early 2016 before your next annual fee is due.  That’s an easy $50 profit!

Earn 800 Flight 500 In Airfare More With New 50,000 ThankYou Point Offer For Citi Prestige

You Can Come Out Ahead $50 With the Statement Credits Alone

According to the terms,

Airline Fees are defined as purchases made with airlines including Air fares, baggage fees, lounge access and some in-flight purchases.

And if you’d like to apply for Global Entry to skip the long line at customs when returning to the US, Citi Prestige will reimburse you for that $100 purchase too.

Remember, Global Entry gets you a Known Traveler Number which nearly assures you of TSA PreCheck (quicker to get through security on most domestic flights).

So some folks will get $600 in perks plus lounge access for the $450 annual fee.  And that’s NOT counting the flights you can get with the 50,000 ThankYou point sign-up bonus.

Get Big Travel by Transferring Your Points

You can also transfer Citi ThankYou Points to airline and hotel partners such as:

Here are 3 examples of how to use Citi ThankYou Points with travel partners.

1 – Singapore Airlines

You can transfer Citi ThankYou points to Singapore Airlines miles to fly on United Airlines to Hawaii.

Earn 800 Flight 500 In Airfare More With New 50,000 ThankYou Point Offer For Citi Prestige

Citi ThankYou Points Can Get You to Hawaii

2 – Virgin Atlantic

You can also transfer points to Virgin Atlantic and use those miles to fly to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines and avoid the high fuels surcharges.

Earn 800 Flight 500 In Airfare More With New 50,000 ThankYou Point Offer For Citi Prestige

Or You Can Transfer Your Points to Virgin Atlantic for Flights to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines

3 – Flying Blue

And you can get good deals by transferring to Flying Blue, then using the points to book Flying Blue Promo Awards.  Therse are discounted award tickets to destinations that change every month.

Note: When you have the Citi Prestige card (or the Citi ThankYou Premier, or Citi Chairman card (no longer available) you can combine points earned from the Citi ThankYou Preferred with 1 of those accounts, and then transfer them to travel partners.

That said, cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points like the Chase Sapphire Preferred have better transfer options.  And AMEX Membership Rewards cards such as the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold card also offer more valuable transfer partners.

Beat the Baggage Blues!

I like that Citi Prestige reimburses you up to $500 per trip when your baggage is delayed for 3+ hours.  So you can buy essentials without having to worry.

And when your checked bag is lost, stolen, or damaged by the airline, you can get money back when you’ve paid for your trip with the Prestige card.

Earn 800 Flight 500 In Airfare More With New 50,000 ThankYou Point Offer For Citi Prestige

If Your Luggage Gets Lost, Citi Prestige Has You Covered!

What If You’ve Recently Been Approved for This Card at a Lower Offer?

Call Citi to ask if they’ll match this 50,000 ThankYou Point offer!  Some folks have had success.  And it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Bottom Line

You can now get 50,000 ThankYou points when you sign-up for the Citi Prestige card.  To earn the points, spend $3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  (EXPIRED.)

You can use the sign-up bonus to book an $800 American Airlines flight without blackout dates through July 23, 2017!  Or a $665 flight with other airlines through July 23, 2017.

Some folks might do better by transferring to airline partners to take flights to Hawaii or Europe.

The annual fee is $450.  But you can offset it (and even come out ahead!) by using the $250 airline credit TWICE before your next annual fee is due.  And by getting the $100 statement credit for Global Entry.  

You can also use participating airport lounges free of charge.

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36 responses to “Earn $800 Flight + $500 in Airfare (& More!) With New 50,000 ThankYou Point Offer for Citi Prestige!

  1. Darius, I’m coming up on my renewal date for my American Airlines Executive card, as a lot of us probably are, not wanting to cancel because of the lounge access, not wanting to keep it because of the $450 fee! This seems like good timing, same fee, gets me my access, 50,000 points and a way to earn the fee back. Nice score!

  2. do u know if taxes on award tickets are valid for the annual $250 reimbursement?

  3. ignore the priority pass select info – it’s crap – you cannot access united clubs if it was sponsored by a financial institution – meaning citi.

  4. any idea on when this offer will expire? I just got another credit card and need to rack up $5k spending in 3 months before i get another one. thanks!

  5. This is NOT the same Admirals Club access privileges as with American Airlines Executive card.

    Benefit applies to Citi Prestige® primary cardmembers who are 18 years of age or older and are traveling on American, American Eagle Airlines, Inc. or an American Connection carrier flight number only.

    This is still may be a good deal for some.

  6. Awesome! I used your link and was instantly approved for $19K; I just downgraded my AAdvanatge Exec. 2 weeks ago, so this will be great for lounge access in 2 weeks.

  7. Any idea id if the travel credit applies to gift cards or possibly miles bought directly from the airline?

  8. “$250 statement credit”

    Is that only towards fees? Or can this be used to purchase an airline ticket?

  9. Christopher Weber

    Has anyone had success with this card purchasing airline gift cards to trigger the $250 reimbursement?

  10. Trying to decide between this card and the Citi Advantage Executive. Do they both have the same lounge access or is there a difference as Gary70 noted? Do either the Executive or this card ever receive special offers over 50k miles? My wife just received the American Express Platinum with a 100k offer so I’m curious if we should hold out and see if either of these come with a higher point offer. Sorry for all of the questions, still a bit new to this!

  11. @ Matt: There is a difference as noted by Gary70. I currently have the Citi Exec and it gives me unlimited access to the lounges even when I am not flying on AA flights. The Citi Prestige would ONLY give you access if you have a ticket to fly on AA that day. As a side note, the Citi Exec card even allows you to enter the lounge WITHOUT A boarding pass as long as you notify the lounge 24 hours in advance :-D.

    My original Citi Exec card gave me a $200 credit which took the fee down to $250. Then this year, I am waiting to receive $100 annual fee credit for keeping the card plus 5,000 miles.

    If you find yourself traveling a lot, like I do, I find the Exec card lounge access to be quite helpful.

  12. @Jason: Thanks, that is exactly the information I was looking for! I couldn’t quite figure out if the Exec was any time you wanted. So you can not even be flying but go to the airport and go to the lounge? Wouldn’t you need a boarding pass to get past security? Any more info on how that works would be greatly appreciated.

  13. Just signed up and was approved via your link.

    Do you know if the $250 statement credits can be triggered by an airline purchase of any amount?

    For example, if I spent $5 on American airlines (or other airline), would that trigger the statement credit to go through?

  14. I just wanted to say that you site is AWESOME! I have learned so much. I have one question:
    How exactly do the Thank You Points work for travel, American Airlines in particular? My exact reason is I want to book a trip from PHL-Rome in economy paying by credit card (approx $1100). I want to then use my AA Reward points to upgrade to business ($350 + 25,000 miles). I am not familiar with Thank You Points. Would I just purchase the ticket on the Citi card then receive a statement credit for $800?

  15. I am also curious as to whether anybody has been able to get the $250 reimbursement when purchasing AA gift cards. I don’t have any pending travel at the moment that makes the airline reimbursement worthwhile to me (against the annual fee), but I certainly wouldn’t mind banking an additional $500 in AA gift cards to use for future flights…

  16. @eric: The $250 statement credit can be used to purchase airline tickets.

    Good point about the ability to use the $250 credit *twice*, for a value of $500, since it can be used once per calendar year, while paying the annual fee only *once*.


  17. Hi,

    I am in Seattle and there are no citi branches here.

    Any ideas how I can get citi prestige with 350$ annual fees ?

  18. Romania: There’s one, and only one, way to get the $350 annual fee, i.e., $100 off the “normal” price. You have to have a Gold (or a private bank) account at Citi. If you do, applying on line works fine since the $350 fee is a published benefit of a Gold account. There are a few scattered on-line reports to the effect that sweet-talking a sympathetic in-branch bank officer can produce the $350 offer on a very hit-or-miss basis. I wouldn’t count on that.

    If I’m remembering correctly, a Gold account takes either a $50,000 savings/checking aggregate balance or a willingness to pay (I think) $30/month in fees if your account falls below that level. Citi is usually delighted to open up an account on line for people who can’t get to a branch. (Pennsylvania and Texas, for two examples, work fine on line for sure; I would think Washington would, too.)

    The $250 rebate, by the way, apparently works for any charges from an airline, be they for actual tickets, gift cards, ancillary fees, award ticket taxes or whatever.

    The Admirals Club lounge access differs from the Executive card in that it’s “access,” not actual full membership. So if you’re flying United that day, you don’t get access, and if you’re flying Qantas you wouldn’t get access to their lounges either (whereas Admirals Club member do). Also, you wouldn’t get access where the Admirals Club has negotiated access with a partner lounge; specifically, for example, you wouldn’t get access to the JAL lounge at Frankfurt even when flying AA since that works for actual members only.

    And, if you’re wondering, unofficially you get access even if you’re flying US Airways rather than American Airlines that day.

  19. Thank you Tom for the detailed explanation.

    So if I open a citi gold account, keep it open for 3 months, get a prestige and close the citi gold account, would the annual fees remain 350$ for the duration of card membership.

  20. Darius, since I already have global entry, can I use the global entry credit for this card to apply for someone else?

  21. I got one Citi Prestige card, Can apply for the 2nd one and get the same bonus?

  22. I’ve had the Prestige card for 6 months and have received the $250 fee twice already (2014/2015) automatically for different airline charges, including fees, taxes, etc… it looks like only the merchant code is used to determine it…
    The $50,0000 deposit for Citigold includes investment accounts, too, so you could roll-over an IRA account or transfer assets as well.
    @Romania, while that would be outside the stated terms, I don’t think the fee would change. People have reported getting the $350 fee without even being a Citigold member, just by going to a branch and asking for the offer!
    With regards to the lounge access, I’ve been very happy with PriorityPass for international trips – they have lounges in lots of places, even in small airports and are better than what I’m used to from US lounges…

  23. If I purchase a ticket that costs $100, can I use the remaining $150 on a future flight? In other words, does the $250 statement credit for airline fees have to be used all at once?

  24. Hi,

    Does anyone know if the 3x for air travel include purchasing miles?

  25. Thanks for this post, Darius! I just signed up for the card using your link. Question: I will have both this card and the Chase Sapphire Preferred for international purchases (I still prefer to use the Starwood card in the US). In which cases would you charge purchases to the Prestige card and in which cases would you rather use the Chase Sapphire Preferred card?

  26. Darius,

    Can I purchased airline gift cards to get the $ 250 statement credit?

    Also, if I obtain 2 of these cards, may I obtain global entry for my wife?


  27. i am new to the whole credit card miles and points game. i am a bit confused because your post says $800 + $500 which i interpret as $1,300, but this post suggests $1,350 and i cannot figure out why. is one of you including the global entry and the other person excluding this perk????


  28. Angie up above has the same question I do. If the card holder already has Global Entry can the bonus offer be used for another family member, perhaps a spouse or child? How does the reimbursement work, is it submitted or just based on merchant code?


  29. This seems like a great deal, so I’m also considering switching from the Citi AA Advantage Executive World Elite card. The vast majority of the time that I fly domestically I use AA, and so I’d be able to still use the Admiral’s Club; I assume that now that all US Airways flights carry AA flight numbers, I would be able to use the Admiral’s Club when flying US metal?

    And haven’t all the US Airways lounges been converted into Admiral’s Clubs?

    In terms of oneworld alliance partner lounges, since I am lifetime Platinum/Sapphire, I would still have access to the oneworld partner airlines, correct?

    So if my assumptions are correct, the only impact would be the rare cases when I fly a non-AA domestic flight that leaves out of a terminal with an Admiral’s Club?

  30. Also, if I plan to replace another Citi credit card with this one, is it better to call up and speak with someone so they can just transfer over the credit limit vs. applying online?

  31. Is the $100 Global Entry credit once per calendar year also. Can I get credit for purchase of Global Entry for myself in 2015 and the for my wife in early 2016?

    For the $250 airline purchase credit can I buy Southwest rapid rewards points during their 40% bonus sail? We have companion pass so the value to us would be doubled.

  32. Hi All,

    Quick question about booking at hotel at the Prestige concierge. Can you apply corporate codes when you booking with them? Specifically for Marriott hotels?



  34. What is the best was to use the Citi Thankyou points?

    1) Cash them out for Giftcards?

    2) Transfer them to partners? if yes, which is best partner transfer option? any airline/hotel, and which is providing best ‘bang for buck’?

    3) is transferring to Hilton a good option? current rate is 1000 TY points = 1500 Hilton points transfer.

    Kindly advise ASAP.


    • @payal – I hear your frustration and ask for patience. Best use is the one which you will use. In general, transferring to partners or using the Citi portal for AA flight reservations. For transfers, I like Singapore Air, Air France/KLM if you can use their promo awards and maybe Hilton. It depends on were you want to go.