How To Use The Citi Premier 80,000 Point Offer

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Citi Premier® Card

Citibank is offering its biggest-ever initial bonus to earn 80,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Earning on this $95 annual fee card is 3 points per dollar spent at restaurants; supermarkets; gas stations; air travel; and hotels. That’s a broad set of categories for triple points-earning.

The one time I know of that they made this same initial bonus offer before – last year – I appleid and was approved for the card. It was a big enough offer that I prioritized it.

Points can be transferred to a variety of frequent flyer programs, including:

  • SkyTeam: Aeromexico Club Premier, Air France KLM Flying Blue

  • oneworld: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Malaysia Airlines Enrich, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Qatar Airways Privilege Club

  • Star Alliance: Avianca LifeMiles, EVA Air Infinity MileageLands, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles

  • Non-alliance: Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, JetBlue TrueBlue, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

  • Hotels: Choice Privileges

There’s also an annual hotel savings benefit: once per calendar year you can receive $100 off a single hotel stay of $500 or more (excluding taxes and fees) booked through thankyou.com.

It appears that Citi Prestige is no longer available for new cardmembers. the Citi Premier® Card is Citi’s competitor in the transferable points space, and they’re ramping up their investment in attracting new customers. 80,000 points is a compelling reason to get the card.

And the transfer partners are strong and in some cases quite unique. Qatar’s Privilege Club has really improved and is compelling especially for QSuites redemptions.


QSuites Business Class, Credit: Qatar Airways

While Virgin Atlantic miles are often less valuable than other currencies they have incredible sweet spots.

Turkish Airlines offers 48 hour award holds so you can lock in an award prior to transferring points. Cancel and redposit fee is just $25. First class to the Caribbean or Hawaii is just 12,500 miles one-way on United. Europe is just 45,000 miles in business class, and India 52,500 miles (plus fuel surcharges). Redeem for Turkish flights and I’ve found they offer much better availability than when using miles from other programs.

Singapore Airlines is great for booking awards on Singapore flights themselves in long haul premium cabins. Meanwhile EVA Airways has a really underappreciated program as well.


EVA Airways Business Class

This card pairs really well with a no annual fee Citi Custom CashSM Card which offers 5% cash back on purchases in your top eligible spend category each billing cycle, up to the first $500 spent, 1% cash back thereafter. Those categories are Restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, select travel, select transit, select streaming services, drugstores, home improvement stores, fitness clubs and live entertainment. You can move the points into your Citi Premier® Card account and transfer them to frequent flyer programs.

Citi Premier® Cardsing

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. Solid post. I used the points (from when they ran the 80,000 offer in January, 2022) on Turkish Airlines.

    I transferred 90,000 points from Citi to TK (was pretty much instant) and booked two one-way business class tickets from Baku, Azerbaijan to Chicago.

    Tickets were a +/- $6,000 value (total for 2). TK catering has fully resumed. The lounge (and entire airport) at IST were packed. Totally packed. But the flight was comfortable.

    All in all, it was a solid redemption for the $4,000 required spend + $95 annual fee + $500 in TK taxes/fees.

    I’m not convinced it’s a card I’ll keep when the annual fee cycles.

  2. Has anyone had any luck getting their signup bonus increased to match the new offer? Just received my 60K point bonus on my June statement after meeting the same spend requirement. Called about getting the bonus increased to match the current 80K point offer, but no luck. Rep said impossible to do this.

  3. How often does Citi offer this 80k points offer? How long will the offer be available (I’ve got another priority at the moment and working to stay under Chase 5/24)?
    Someone mentioned January 2022 – so does it come around every 6 months or so?
    Thanks

  4. re jcil post:
    We have had Citi cards for 30 years since the first AAdvantage card. Credit balance on that lightly used card (due to low benefits) is $53,000. Also Citibusiness card $20,000. Wife & I both were approved for new Premium cards in response to Gary’s post about Turkish business miles. Max credit limit on both cards was $3k. Citi policy denies transferring any credit limit between cards and auto denied any increase in credit limit with minimum 6 month wait to reapply for increased credit. Senior agent stated that is their policy with no exceptions. Even with 30 year history they want to see “how you perform.” We cancelled both Premier cards and my business card. Will continue spending large amounts on our Chase Sapphire Reserve & Freedom cards.

  5. It’s a real disservice to highlight Qatar Airways as improved and not mention that they’re now a gateway to BA, Iberia, and Aer Lingus since the program uses Avios as its currency now.

  6. Just so you know: many blogs report that Lifemiles transfers are instantaneous. However, in my case just recently, it took about 6 hours.

  7. I had 500k TY points and was going to take my kids from the east coast to Hawaii this past July. Unfortunately United does not have award space. I cant even get thru to Turkish air. I ended up paying cash for our trip instead and took advantage of Qatar offer for 40% bonus when transferring bank points. I fly AA frequently so the Avios world actually works out well for me. I have had my Premier for 5 years but am contemplating cancelling my Citi Premier card since its not as user friendly to me as UR or MR.

  8. I just worked a transfer deal w/ Turkish customer service and was surprised given some of the past comments how well it all worked. No problems at all including communicating with customer service.

  9. @Ty
    I’m not convinced it’s a card I’ll keep when the annual fee cycles.

    Somehow, I’m not surprised to read that after seeing where you’re from.

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