Citi Premier Card: 60,000 ThankYou Points (Worth $600 in Gift Cards, 60,000 Miles, $600 Airfare Offset, $480 at Amazon, More)

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The Citi Premier Card is an improved rewards credit card with the ability to transfer points to airlines miles as well as an added $100 annual hotel savings benefit. Right now, they have a sign-up bonus offer of 60,000 bonus points (redeemable for $600 in gift cards at thankyou.com, as well as a variety of other options) Here are the highlights:

  • 60,000 bonus ThankYou points after $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months
  • 3X points at Supermarkets
  • 3X points at Restaurants
  • 3X points on Gas Stations, Air Travel, and Hotels
  • 1X points on all other purchases
  • $100 Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • Points Transfer allows you to transfer points to participating airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee.

Citi has added a handy tracker that lets you know if you’ve satisfied the spending hurdle to qualify for the bonus points. Look for it in your online account in the ThankYou points section (click on “View/Redeem” ThankYou points and then scroll down a bit). Here’s mine:

Note the following fine print which mentions other ThankYou-related Citi cards:

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

$100 Annual Hotel Savings Benefit details.

Once per calendar year, enjoy $100 off a single hotel stay of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, when booked through thankyou.com or 1-800-THANKYOU (powered by cxLoyalty) and subject to the additional requirements stated below. For speech or hearing impaired TTY: Use 711 or other relay service. To receive the $100 annual hotel savings, you must pre-pay for your complete stay with your Citi Premier Card, ThankYou Points, or a combination thereof. If you choose to use the benefit, the $100 annual hotel savings will be applied at the time of booking.

Note: In 2020, the Citi Premier card eliminated the 25% points bonus when redeemed for travel booked at Thankyou.com.

60,000 ThankYou points = $600 in gift cards. You can view your redemption options at ThankYou.com. I took a quick look and it takes 10,000 ThankYou (TY) points to redeem for a $100 gift card to retailers like Target, Starbucks, TJ Maxx, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Gap, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Bath and Body Works, Bed Bath & Beyond, Cabelas, Kohl’s, Land’s End, LL Bean, Sears, and Zappos. So with 60,000 TY points, you could get 6 x $100 gift cards (or 24 x $25 gift cards) from different stores (handy for gifts), or all from the same store. You may also be able to find options to send a check towards your mortgage payment and/or student loan payment.

Personally, my default redemption is for Home Depot and/or Lowe’s. As an owner of an older house, there is always an appliance or home-improvement purchase around the corner. Target is another useful option.

Hotel points and airline miles transfer options. Citi ThankYou points are also now available to transfer to certain airline mileage programs on a 1:1 basis including JetBlue TrueBlue, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Etihad, Flying Blue by Air France and KLM, and Thai Airways.

For example, 60,000 ThankYou points can be transferred to 60,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points, which can then be redeemed free airfare at a ratio that varies between 1.1 cents per point and 1.6 cents per point. Even if you are conservative, this still works out to over $660 in JetBlue airfare.

Alternatively, 60,000 TY points can also get you 60,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles. If you know how to redeem these points wisely and like to fly in international business class, you can get a lot of value. For example, Singapore Airlines has some very nice award options and great customer service.

Amazon and Best Buy. You can also use the “Pay with Points” features at Amazon and Best Buy, but you will only get 0.8 cents per ThankYou points in value at Amazon. For example, 60,000 ThankYou points will offset $480 in Amazon.com purchases.

Airfare booked through Citi ThankYou Travel Center. You can also redeem ThankYou points for 1 cent per points value towards airfare booked through the Citi ThankYou Travel Center at ThankYou.com. For example, 60,000 ThankYou points will offset $600 in airfare booked through the Citi ThankYou Travel Center at ThankYou.com. This is a travel portal similar to other airfare comparison sites, so you can book basically any seat on any airline using this method and still earn frequent flier miles on the flight.

Bottom line. The Citi Premier Card is a rewards travel card with 3X points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels, along with a $95 annual fee. Currently, new cardholders can get a sign-up bonus of 80,000 ThankYou point that can be redeemed in a variety of ways.

I have applied for this account as part of my Free IRA Goal for 2022. I will be adding this to the Top 10 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers.

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Comments

  1. I have this card too. Its like a blessing in disguise. I advice everyone to have one. Thanks for sharing this Jonathan.

  2. Jonathan, regarding the fine print – I had a ThankYou Premier Card involuntarily closed (I didn’t close it, Citi did) recently. Would that make me ineligible for the Bonus Thank You points? Thanks for any insight you have and sharing this information.

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

      Looks like your ThankYou Premier close date would have to be longer than 24 months ago before you apply again and get a bonus.

  3. Hi Jonathan,

    As this has got annual fees of $95, do you plan to close this account after a year or will keep paying annual fees. What are your thoughts of keeping or closing this card after first year?

  4. Any guess when the offer will expire? Do you think it will be at the end of the month? I just got approved but we’d like to wait as long as we can for my husband to apply so that we aren’t trying to cram $8000 of spending into 3 months. Thanks for sharing this offer!

    • My apologies, I didn’t receive much advance notice of the offer change, it is fixed now with the current 60,000 point offer. This offer should hopefully be around for a while.

  5. Paul Chase says

    Jonathan – I tried to use your Citi Premier link above but it doesn’t seem to be working for some reason.

  6. I am a Citi Premier card holder for a couple years now – I also opened the account for a bonus point offer. My wife is an authorized user on my Citi Premier account. Do you think she would be eligible to apply fore this card with her own credentials and be eligible for this heavy 80,000 point bonus? Her credit score is pretty good.

    • Yes, credit cards are approved for individuals and based on their individual credit history and profile, so it’s okay if you are an authorized user on someone else’s account first.

      • Just signed the wife up for this card from the direct citicards.com page. The offer for online application there was still 80,000 points. This was 6:30 PM EST on 01/10/23.

  7. 80K offer still available at https://citicards.citi.com/usc/Multi/tab/SL/Featured/PS/DV/default.htm?tab=rewards as of 1/13/23 (found through Doctor of Credit)

    Chip

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