Wow: 80,000 Points For New Citi Premier Card [Now Transferrable To American]

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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.

In fact if you’re not eligible for the offer to earn 100,000 points with a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card because of 5/24 or other reasons, this is the second best initial bonus offer out there in my opinion.

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

And through November 13, points transfer to American AAdvantage as well.

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

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).

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% return in specific categories that change each month based on what you’re spending the most on. You can move the points into your Citi Premier® Card account and transfer them to frequent flyer programs.

With the Citi Custom CashSM Card your 5x category will be the one you spend the most in out of restaurants; gas stations; grocery stores; select travel and transit; select streaming services; drugstores; home improvement stores; fitness clubs; live entertainment.

Citi Premier® Cardsing

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  1. Fine print FYI: 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.

  2. @Gary – perhaps the sub title would read better as[Transferrable to AA until 11-13-21]. Relatively big spend to short time aside, does Citi post signup bonuses before first billing cycle ends if spend is met? Possible for new signup today to get bonus in time for AA transfer?

  3. @Marc – My 80K signup bonus posted with statement, not when it was earned mid cycle.

    Question: Does anyone know if Citi allows product changes? Like switching my Citi AA card to Citi Custom Cash ? I don’t want to apply for a new c card but sure would love the 5% in highest category of spend that month.

  4. No way will it post prior to the AA deadline of November 13. Don’t even try if this is your main reason of getting the card

  5. After a person has had a given Citi personal card for one year, the person can product change into another personal Citi card. No product changes for business cards. The product change can be to / from co-branded cards as well as “regular” cards. However, it is not open-ended. A given card will be able to product change into those cards that Citi allows — which changes over time. Call to find out what’s available now. If you don’t like the choices, wait a month and call again.

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