Citi hikes ThankYou Premier card’s sign-up bonus to 50,000 points

Citi ThankYou Premier

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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.

ThankYou perks

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


Rewards rate
  • 3 points per dollar on travel, including gas
  • 2 points per dollar on dining out and entertainment
  • 1 point per dollar on other purchases
Sign-up bonus
  • 50,000 ThankYou® points when you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months

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.

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Estimated Yearly Rewards Value ($15,900 spend)
$413
Annual Fee
$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
Merchandise 0.8 cent $400
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
Avianca 1:1 1.5 cents $750
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
Qantas 1:1 1 cent $500
Qatar 1:1 1 cent $500
Thai Airways 1:1 1 cent $500
Virgin Atlantic 1:1 0.8 cent $400
JetBlue 2:1 0.74 cent $370

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.

See related: American Express Platinum card offers 100,000 bonus points through CardMatch, Chase ups United MileagePlus Explorer card's sign-up bonus to 50,000 miles

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Updated: 05-24-2018