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

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

Million Mile SecretsEarn $800 Flight + $500 in Airfare (& More!) With New 50,000 ThankYou Point Offer for Citi Prestige! [Expired]Million Mile Secrets Team

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Update 1:   This offer is no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Update 2:   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 Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express 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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I have this card and THINK that as well as the 50,000 thank you points, it pre-authorized me for another 50,000 AAdvantage miles when I opened up a Citibank Citigold account and spent 1,000 on my debit card as well as made 2 bil pyaments within 60 days (one each 30 days.) I DID have to call them and kept the award offer and had to nudge them to give e the points (which I hate, I hate it when you have to complain to get what was offered to you and which you have very carefully followed the T&Cs to get the offer.) Citibank is rather notorious in this matter, so be careful and keep all offers. Nevertheless, in the end I feel I got 100,000 points total for opening this account. I fully intend to get a $250 travel credit in January and then downgrade the card to a no annual fee Thank you rewars card or a Costco card, but hope to also use the Global Entry $100 credit at least once.

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@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.

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.

LAST WEEK I READ A BLOG ABOUT 75,000 AA MILES. CAN'T FIND OUT HOT TO GET THIS. GREAT JOB.

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?

Thanks,

Deep

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