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The 80,000 point offer has now expired.
I gave the heads up a few days in the MilesTalk Facebook group that this offer is about to end – because it officially is 😉
So, if you have been on the fence about the offer, please pick this up now….
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80,000 60,000 Point Offer on Citi Premier
The standard offer on the Citi Premier card has been, for quite a while now, 60,000 bonus points for $4,000 in spend within 3 months. In-branch, you have been able to score 70,000 points here and there – but not in a while.
Since July, Citi has had an online bonus offer (no drive to a branch required!) for 80,000 bonus Citi ThankYou points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months. There’s a $95 annual fee.
Before I go on, let me link two articles that drive the point home on why this is a great offer:
- Fly to Europe in Business Class with one signup bonus
- Fly Anywhere Within North America in Business Class for 15,000 Miles or Less
That said, I value Citi ThankYou points at 1.5 cents based on their transfer partners, making this bonus worth approximately $1,200 and putting it in the same league as the still-active Chase Sapphire Preferred 100,000 point bonus offer.
Now, Citi lacks a hotel transfer partner, while Chase the best hotel partner on the market in Hyatt. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get tremendous value from this offer – and many are locked out from the Chase card offers anyway, due to eligibility restrictions like Chase’s 5/24 rule. So while that Sapphire Preferred 100k offer would be my first choice, this would be my next choice for a new personal credit card right now.
If you already know all about the Citi Premier, you can learn how to apply for this 80,000 offer right now.
But if not, let me fill you in…
Citi Premier Card Earn Rate
- 3X Citi ThankYou Points on Air Travel & Hotels, Gas Stations, Restaurants and Supermarkets.
- 1X Citi ThankYou Points on all other purchases (but see our hint below to double up even those purchases)
Note that for a card with just a $95 annual fee, this is incredibly attractive in that 3X on a combo of air, hotel, gas, dining, and groceries means that you don’t need a wallet full of cards to 3X most of your most common categories.
Citi Premier Benefits
The Citi Premier card comes with particularly strong benefits, some of which are unique to the card and provide value for your annual fee. Here are a few:
- Receive $100 off a single hotel stay of $500 or more (excluding taxes and fees) when you book through thankyou.com and use your annual hotel savings benefit. You can receive this benefit once each calendar year. Just note that if you have elite status with the hotel chain you book, these are prepaid rates and therefore do not earn points or status benefits.
- There are no foreign transaction fees on purchases that you make abroad.
- Transfer points to one of 15 airline partners (see list below)
- Extended Warranty. This is one of the Citi Cards that still offer Extended Warranty as a benefit.
Citi Trifecta Options
- Transfer points from a Citi Double Cash Card to the Citi Premier Credit Card. Double Cash earns two points per dollar spent on every purchase and is a great alternative for Premier’s 1X categories.
- Add in a no-annual fee Citi Rewards+ card and you’ll get 10% back on all award redemptions / transfer you make from your Citi Premier – up to 10,000 points back per year.
- Or add a Citi Custom Cash card, which earns 5% on your top bonus category each month, up to $500 in spend, and features some unique bonus categories like Home Improvement Stores, Drugstores, and Live Entertainment (Concerts and Shows). It also comes with a 20,000 point signup bonus worth at least $200.
Where Can You Transfer Citi ThankYou points?
|Citi ThankYou Transfer Partners||Last updated: November 2021|
|Transfer Ratio||Approximate Transfer Time *|
|Air France Flying Blue||1:1||Instant|
|Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles||1:1||Instant|
|Eva Air||1:1||~1-3 days|
|Jet Airways InterMiles||1:1||Instant|
|Malaysia Airlines Enrich||1:1||~1-7 days|
|Qantas||1:1||Instant to 1 day|
|Qatar Privilege Club||1:1||~2 days|
|Singapore Airlines||1:1||~1-2 days|
|Thai Orchid Plus||1:1||~3-7 days|
|Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles||1:1||1-2 days|
|Virgin Atlantic||1:1||Instant to 2 days|
|Choice Hotels||1:2 (Citi Prestige / Premier / Chairman cards) |
1:1.5 (No fee Citi ThankYou cards)
|Wyndham Rewards||1:1 (Citi Prestige / Premier / Chairman cards) |
1:0.8 (No fee Citi ThankYou cards)
What are the Best Citi ThankYou partners?
It certainly depends on your personal travel goals. Here are a few of mine:
Turkish Miles&Smiles represents a sort of “hidden” opportunity. It’s part of Star Alliance and offers some incredible deals like 12,500 miles to fly NYC-LAX/SFO in United Business Class or 45,000 miles from the US to Europe in Business Class. The award booking engine online, however, can be buggy and if the trip you want can’t be booked online for whatever reason, you are left trying to email a ticket office which can work – or not work.
Needless to say, it’s also great for booking award flights on Turkish, whose Business Class is highly regarded, especially for the onboard food and service.
The real golden sweet spot, though, is in flying to/from anywhere in North America including Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Bermuda and even the Netherlands Antilles for 15,000 points or less in Business Class. We’ve got a guide to booking these Turkish Airlines awards here.
This one bonus will get you just 6,000 points shy of a round trip to Europe in Business Class! Given that such a flight would be easily be worth $2,000 – $5,000, this is a steal of a deal.
Now, United has been VERY tight with domestic award space since travel started picking up but, if you can find Saver award space, you could conceivably use the points to flight 3 round trips coast to coast in Business Class – which would be worth over $4,000 easily. Again, *if* you could find the award space.
You can redeem to Europe on a range of carriers whereas for the amazing domestic redemption, you are limited to United. So just keep that in mind.
Read this post for the best uses of Avianca LifeMiles. In short, 63,000 miles from the US to Europe in Business Class or 87,000 miles from the US to Europe in First Class with no carrier surcharges is why some people love using LifeMiles. That can save several hundred dollars when booking Lufthansa First Class.
Be sure to also read LifeMiles Awards – Changes and Cancellations: What You Need to Know as there are downsides to the program.
Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles
AsiaMiles is the best way to redeem Citi ThankYou points on Oneworld carriers. They have stopped charging carrier imposed surcharges on their own award flights, but they will still pass them on from carriers that charge them like British Airways, Qantas, and Qatar. Much like you can redeem British Airways Avios effectively on short domestic trips on American Airlines, AsiaMiles can do the same for just a drop more miles. There’s also a hack of sorts with AsiaMiles. If you have a two segment flight and the short connecting flight is in a lower class of service than the long flight (i.e. First then Business or Business then Economy), the total flight will price out as less miles than the one long haul segment alone!
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Virgin’s Points can be incredibly useful. My favorite uses are for a round trip in First or Business Class to Japan on ANA (just 90,000 – 120,000 miles round trip) or to fly on Delta-operated flights like US – Europe in Business Class (excluding the UK) for 50,000 Virgin miles each way (Delta would charge 80,000 SkyMiles minimum each way).
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.
Citi Reconsideration Line
If you are not instantly approved, call 1-800-695-5171 and talk to the Citi reconsideration folk. My personal experience is that Citi’s systems easily mismatch personal info which requires them to verify your identity before approving.
Additional Reading On Citi Premier
- Amex Gold vs. Citi Premier
- Using transfer partner Turkish to fly Business Class anywhere in North America for 15,000 miles or less
- Citi Trifecta + The Best Uses for Citi ThankYou Points
- 2020 Citi Premier Changes
- Citi Premier Retention Offers
Citi’s ThankYou program is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. I write about it plenty and I collect tons of Citi ThankYou points. This offer, which
is was 20,000 points higher than we have ever seen Citi offer online for this card, is was definitely worth going for – and hurry, before it’s gone!
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New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.