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Earlier this month, Citi increased the sign-up bonus for the Citi Prestige card.
And now they’ve made it a lot easier to earn the 50,000 Citi ThankYou point sign-up bonus with the Citi ThankYou Premier card! (EXPIRED.)
With the previous offer it took over 1 year to earn the full sign-up bonus. But now you can earn it by spending $3,000 on purchases within 3 months of opening your account!
Find out how you can use the sign-up bonus to get Big Travel such as $625 for airfare and hotels through the ThankYou Travel Center. Or for flights to Hawaii and Europe by transferring to airline partners.
And I’ll tell you about the other changes to the Citi ThankYou Premier card!
What’s New With the Citi ThankYou Premier Card?
Link: Citi ThankYou Premier Card
It’s now easier to earn 50,000 Citi ThankYou points!
Just sign-up for the Citi ThankYou Premier card and spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months of opening your account. (EXPIRED.)
With the previous offer, you had to spend $2,000 with the 1st 3 months of opening your account AND $3,000 within the 1st 3 months during the 2nd year of being a cardholder.
So this is a much better offer!
With this card you’ll also get:
- 3 Citi ThankYou points per $1 spent on travel (ex. airfare, gas stations, taxis, tolls)
- 2 Citi ThankYou points per $1 spent on dining and entertainment (amusement parks, sporting events, movies)
- No foreign transaction fees
The $95 (previously, $125) annual fee is waived for the 1st year. And the travel category now includes a wider range of purchases such as:
- Car Rental Agencies
- Gas Stations
- Parking Garages
- Public Transportation
These are nice upgrades!
What Can You Do With 50,000 Citi ThankYou Points?
Here’s a look at how you can redeem Citi ThankYou points.
1. $500 in Gift Cards
You can trade in Citi ThankYou points for gift cards at 1 cent per point. So 50,000 points is worth $500 in gift cards. Some folks might like this but I’d rather get more value using the points for travel!
2. $625 Towards Airfare & More Booked Through Citi Travel Center
You can also use your 50,000 Citi ThankYou points to book up to $625 worth of airfare, hotels, car rentals, and cruises through the Citi Travel Center.
What’s convenient about this option is you won’t have to worry about blackout dates or finding award seats or nights. And you’ll earn miles for your flight!
3. Transfer to Airline and Hotel Partners
You can transfer your Citi ThankYou points to these partners:
|Citi ThankYou Points Airline Transfer Partners|
|Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific)||EVA Air||Etihad|
|Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)||Garuda Indonesia||Malaysia Airlines|
|Qantas||Qatar Airways||Singapore Airlines|
|Thai Airways||Virgin America||Virgin Atlantic|
|Citi ThankYou Points Hotel Transfer Partners|
But I’d only pay ~0.4 to 0.5 cents per Hilton point, so personally I wouldn’t transfer Citi ThankYou points to Hilton. But this could be worth it for some folks.
Instead you’ll get more value from your Citi ThankYou points by transferring them to airline partners.
For example, you can get great deals by:
- Transferring to Singapore Airlines miles to fly on United Airlines to Hawaii.
- Transferring to Virgin Atlantic and fly to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines. This way you can avoid the high fuel surcharges
- Transferring to Flying Blue to book Promo Awards (These are discount awards to Europe that change each month.)
Note: When you have the Citi ThankYou Premier card (or the Citi Prestige, 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.
Citi has made changes to the Citi Premier card! You can now earn 50,000 Citi ThankYou points when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account. (EXPIRED.)
That’s worth $625 in airfare (or hotels, cruises, and car rentals) when you book through the Citi Travel Center. Or you can transfer to airline partners for flights to Hawaii and Europe!
That’s a great improvement considering it used to take over 1 year to earn the same sign-up bonus for this card!
You’ll also now earn 3 Citi ThankYou points per $1 spent on travel (includes more types of purchases!) and 2 Citi ThankYou points per $1 spent on dining and entertainment.
Plus, the annual fee is reduced from $125 to $95 (still waived the 1st year!). It’s great to see Citi continuing to make improvements to their cards!
And remember, you can still earn a $800 flight and $500 in airfare with the Citi Prestige card through July 23, 2017!
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