Citi is now offering a 50,000 point sign-up bonuses for the Citi® ThankYou® Premier Card after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months. This offer was recently spotted in-branch at banks but it’s now available online via the link below. The standard public offer for this card is 30,000 after you spend $3,000 so this offer deserves some serious consideration for many.
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For the sake of refreshing you on this card, below is a re-post of the perks of this offer and some things you should consider when choosing whether or not to apply.
The 50,000 sign-up bonus is great because it’s been a while since Citi has upped its sign-up bonus for the Premier. In fact, at one point in 2016 Citi removed the sign-up bonus altogether from this card and even though a while back we saw it go up to 40,000, it’s been a little while since we’ve seen it at 50,000 points.
Citi has the following transfer partners:
- Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific)
- EVA Air
- Eithad Guest
- Flying Blue (Air France, KLM)
- Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
- Jet Privilege
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Hilton HHonors (Get 1,500 HHonors Bonus Points for 1,000 pts)
Asia Miles, Flying Blue, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Etihad are probably my favorite partners from Citi. With these partners you can still book tickets from the major legacy carriers like United, Delta, and American, so domestic travel is still a possibility.
You can also redeem your ThankYou Points for 1.25 cents per point when redeemed for airfare through the ThankYou®TravelCenter, so 50,000 points becomes $625 worth of travel.
The Citi Premier has long been one of the most valuable cards from a bonus earning standpoint, as it earns the following bonus rates:
- 3X on travel including gas
- 2X on dining and entertainment
No annual fee
- The $95 annual fee waived for the first year.
24 month language
The offer contains 24 month language. As further explained in my Citi credit card application rules article, this means that you can’t have opened or closed another Citi ThankYou earning card within the past 24 months or you will not receive the sign-up bonus.
This rule is particularly important to consider right now because there are confirmed rumors that the Citi Prestige® Card is going to undergo some new changes next month. These new changes could mean that the Prestige is going to be more competitive. If you sign-up for the Premier right now and get approved, that means you will not be eligible to receive the sign-up bonus for the Prestige, which could potentially be higher.
Thus, I would probably wait to apply for the Premier until the new details for the Citi Prestige are released next month, so you don’t lose out on a potentially better sign-up bonus. At the same time, if you know you’re not interested in the high annual fee of the Prestige ($450), it might make sense to pursue the Premier right now.
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned travel expert covering destinations along with TSA, airline, and hotel policies. Since 2014, his content has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNBC.