A little over four years ago I first covered the City National Bank Crystal Visa Infinite Credit Card.
I think I was the first blogger to pick up on it, and remember scouring the benefits guide and making several calls to the bank to ask questions. The card was then picked up by Doctor of Credit and also by Frequent Miler.
At the time it was the only Visa Infinite card you could apply for in the United States. It was interesting because the card offered a $250 airline fee credit, not just to primary cardholders but also to no annual fee authorized users, and also because it offered a Priority Pass for lounge access without guest limits. It’s not a great card for spending but there are other rich benefits as well.
Several months later the card became even more interesting with a 100,000 point signup bonus. Several readers got the card, but it’s intended for a limited market. City National Bank focuses its business on high net worth individuals. The card was available only from its branches, and those have a limited footprint.
There’s no longer a 100,000 point bonus, that’s long gone. Indeed, the current 50,000 point offer is set to expire July 31. However as Doctor of Credit highlights the bank’s page for the card has intermittently shown an online application. It’s not clear what the approval path looks like, whether applying online especially from states where the bank lacks branches will work.
Nonetheless some will want to try if only for the curiosity factor, or for getting (4) $250 airline fee credits from a primary card and three authorized user cards.