Citi hikes ThankYou Premier card’s sign-up bonus to 50,000 points
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Citi has upped the sign-up bonus for the ThankYou Premier card by 20,000 points. The new offer lets cardholders earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening. The card previously offered 30,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.
Along with a 50,000-point bonus, the Citi ThankYou Premier card allows cardholders to earn rewards on every purchase and offers a variety of perks, including a 25 percent higher redemption value on travel.
Keep in mind, though, that the benefits come with a price tag: After the first year, cardholders will be charged an annual fee of $95. However, the card’s yearly value more than makes up for its annual fee each year.
|Citi ThankYou Premier card|
Why use it?
If you’re a frequent traveler or heavy commuter, you will benefit from this card’s bonus rate on travel. For those who regularly eat out or attend entertainment events, the 2-point rate is an added bonus.
|Estimated Yearly Rewards Value ($15,900 spend)
$95, waived the first year
Recent changes to the Citi ThankYou Premier card
The 50,000-point bonus is the highest sign-up bonus offered by the Citi ThankYou Premier card. As you can see from the table below, the card has a history of toggling between a 30,000-point and 50,000-point sign-up bonus. The card has even offered no sign-up bonus in the past.
Citi ThankYou Premier card recent changes
|Change date||Sign-up bonus|
|Feb. 28, 2018||50,000 ThankYou® points if you spend $4,000 in first 3 months|
|Jan. 25, 2018||30,000 ThankYou® points if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months|
|Sept. 27, 2017||No sign-up bonus|
|July 18, 2017||50,000 ThankYou® points if you spend $4,000 in first 3 months|
|Jan. 24, 2017||30,000 ThankYou® points if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months|
Keep in mind, though, that the increased sign-up bonus also comes with a higher spend requirement. To receive the 50,000-point bonus, cardholders must spend $4,000 in the first three months, compared to $3,000 for the 30,000-point sign-up bonus.
Who is eligible for the sign-up bonus
The Citi ThankYou Premier sign-up bonus is only available to new cardholders who have not had a ThankYou Premier, ThankYou Preferred or Citi Prestige card opened or closed in the past 24 months.
Of course, you must meet certain credit requirements to be approved for the ThankYou Premier card. To determine your creditworthiness, Citi will consider several factors, including, but not limited to, your annual salary and wages and any debt you may have.
Best ways to spend 50,000 ThankYou points
In general, travel redemptions are the best use of Citi ThankYou points, and – if you want to squeeze the most value out of your points – redeeming them for airfare through the Citi ThankYou portal is your best bet. Citi ThankYou Premier card members get a 25 percent boost on their points when they redeem them this way, so 50,000 bonus points can get you $625 worth of airfare.
Citi gives you plenty of other choices for redeeming ThankYou points – including gift cards, merchandise and cash back – but most of these are a poor value, worth less than 1 cent per point.
Citi ThankYou Premier card redemption options
|Redemption option||Point value||Value of 50,000-point sign-up bonus|
|Citi ThankYou portal airfare (25% point bonus)||1.25 cents||$625|
|Other Citi ThankYou portal travel rewards (hotels, rental cars, cruises, vacations, activities)||1 cent||$500|
|Gift cards||1 cent||$500|
|Shopping partners (Amazon, Expedia, Live Nation, 1-800Flowers, Best Buy, Wonder)||0.8 cent||$400|
|Select and credit||0.75 cent||$375|
|Cash back (statement credit or check)||0.5 cent||$250|
|Student loan or mortgage payment||1 cent||$500|
|Charity donation||1 cent||$500|
Citi also has several airline partners that you can transfer points to at a 1:1 ratio (with the exception of JetBlue). It’s possible to stretch your points further with a point transfer, since you can look for values within each airline partner’s redemption chart. Unfortunately, the options are slightly limited, consisting mostly of small oversea airlines:
Citi ThankYou Premier card transfer options
|Airline||Transfer ratio||Point value (including transfer ratio)||Value of 50,000-point sign-up bonus|
|Singapore Airlines||1:1||2.17 cents||$1,085|
|Turkish Airlines||1:1||1 cent||$500|
|Asia Miles||1:1||1 cent||$500|
|Etihad Guest||1:1||1 cent||$500|
|Eva Air||1:1||1 cent||$500|
|Air France/KLM||1:1||1 cent||$500|
|Garuda Indonesia||1:1||1 cent||$500|
|Jet Airways||1:1||1 cent||$500|
|Malaysia Airlines||1:1||1 cent||$500|
|Thai Airways||1:1||1 cent||$500|
|Virgin Atlantic||1:1||0.8 cent||$400|
Should you apply for the Citi ThankYou Premier card now?
With the sign-up bonus currently at 50,000 points, now is the perfect time to apply for the Citi ThankYou Premier card. Just be certain that you haven’t owned a ThankYou Premier, ThankYou Preferred or Citi Prestige within the past 24 months prior to applying.
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