It’s another end of an era.
For as long as I can remember (and you may recall I remember quite a lot – even writing this anthology of the Citi ThankYou program from the card side of things with the Citi PremierPass, Chairman, and then Prestige cards), you have been able to earn Citi ThankYou points from banking.
It’s always been a bit difficult to keep track of how you earn this way, but I did locate a chart on the Citi website.
I currently earn 950 points a month (honestly, I don’t know from what) – so that’s $114 a year in value. Why only $114? That’s because banking points can only be redeemed towards portal redemptions at 1 cent a point. They can never be transferred, do not get the Rewards+ 10% rebate, and they do expire.
Well, Doctor of Credit has discovered that it’s the end of this particular era.
Apparently, all Citi bank accounts are being converted (in what time frame, I’m not sure) to something called Simplified Banking. Indeed, they are simplifying away the ThankYou points earning 😉
Here is more info on Simplified Banking (you may need to be logged in to view).
It’s important to know this info is not just so you can be sad about not earning ThankYou points from banking anymore, but more to make sure you redeem them before they expire. You can see right at the top of your ThankYou Points Summary page when points may be expiring.
As you can see, I have about 28,000 accrued “banking” ThankYou points. I’ll lose 5,600 if I don’t spend them by the end of next year and so on.
Even if you aren’t booking a trip, you can spend them on activities. Just don’t let them expire!
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