Citi Rewards+ Card Review: 0% APR on Purchases for 15 Months + 15,000 Bonus Points

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The Citi Rewards+ Card has become more attractive in this environment with its 0% introductory APR for 15 months from date of account opening, upfront sign-up bonus, and round-ups rewards on small purchases with no annual fee. (Credit card companies tend to cut back on the 0% offers during recessions.) Here are the highlights:

  • 15,000 bonus points after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. 15,000 ThankYou points = $150 in gift cards at ThankYou.com.
  • 0% Intro APR on balance transfers and purchases for 15 months. Balance transfer fee is either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
  • Minimum 10 points earned on every purchase. The card automatically rounds up to the nearest 10 points on every purchase, so for example a $1 parking charge or $2 cup of coffee can earn 10 points. This happens on every purchase with no cap.
  • 2X points at Supermarkets & Gas Stations on the first $6,000 per year. 1 point per $1 spent thereafter.
  • 10% of your points rebated back on the first 100,000 ThankYou® Points redeemed per year.
  • No annual fee.

Note the following terms:

Bonus ThankYou® Points are not available if you received a new cardmember bonus for Citi Rewards+(SM), Citi ThankYou® Preferred, Citi ThankYou® Premier/Citi Premier(SM) or Citi Prestige®, or if you have closed any of these accounts, in the past 24 months.

0% introductory APR on purchases for 15 months. This is one of the longest 0% intro periods on purchases, which means that you can keep charging all your purchases on this card for 15 months and not have to pay any interest. Carrying a credit card balance is obviously not ideal, but in extreme times such an offer can help with short-term cashflow issues and defer your monthly expenses until later. You will still need to keep making the minimum payments each month to keep the 0% rate. There is also 0% intro APR for 15 months for balance transfers, but that comes with a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.

Round up rewards, helpful on small purchases. The default rewards on this card is 1 point per $1 spent, which is rather common these days. They try to mix things up by making it round up to the nearest 10 points on every purchase. For example, a $1 purchase would earn 10 points, not 1 point. A $2 purchase would earn 10 points, not 2 points. A $11 purchase would earn 20 points, not 11 points. This makes the effective rewards percentage much higher on small purchases. If you make a lot of small purchases, this card is well-suited for you.

If you have a high monthly spend amount, I would recommend the Citi Double Cash card instead, as it earns 2% cash back on purchases.

10% Points Back for the first 100,000 ThankYou® Points you redeem per year. Let’s say you get that 15,000 points bonus and earn another 5,000 points from your purchases. When you redeem your 20,000 ThankYou points for a $200 gift card, you’ll also get 2,000 points rebated back to your account.

Combine with Citi Prestige or Citi Premier Cards. If you also have the Citi Prestige Card or Citi Premier Card (which do have annual fees), you move your ThankYou points into the account linked to those cards and then transfer them to airline partners such as Cathay Pacific, JetBlue, or Singapore Airlines. This would effectively increase the value of the points earned from the Citi Rewards+ card.

Bottom line. The Citi Rewards+ Card offers a long 15-month 0% introductory APR period on purchases on top of a 15,000 point sign-up bonus worth $150 in gift cards. This can help you with short-term cashflow issues by charging your purchases with no interest accruing during the first year and three months. There is also a unique rewards structure for those that make a lot of small purchases. No annual fee.

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