Wow: Citi Offering 80,000 Points With New Premier Card Accounts

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Right now the Citi Premier® Card has brought back its best-ever limited-time offer to earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

This $95 annual fee card is underappreciated for its cost, its earning power, and for its bonus. And Citi points are transferable to a variety of different airline programs including some that don’t partner with Chase or Amex.

Great Initial Bonus

Citi Premier® Card is offering a 80,000 point signup bonus after $4000 in purchases on the card within your first 3 months of account opening.

There was a time when this card offered a 30,000 point initial bonus or no signup bonus at all. This is a great bonus for a card with transferable points. It’s a competitor to the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card but has a higher initial bonus offer right now.

Earns Transferable Points Fast

Citi Premier® Card earns 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets, 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels; 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

Unique Points Transfer Partners

Not all ThankYou points transfer to airline miles, for instance points from checking accounts and no annual fee Citi ThankYou points-earning cards do not.

However points from the Citi Premier® Card transfer one-to-one to a variety of frequent flyer programs or can be spent directly towards airfare on any airline or redeemed for gift cards.

This card’s Citibank ThankYou points transfer to:

  • Star Alliance: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, EVA Air Infinity MileageLands, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles, Avianca LifeMiles
  • SkyTeam: Air France-KLM
  • oneworld: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Malaysia Airlines Enrich, Qatar Airways Privilege Club, Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Non-alliance: Etihad Airways Guest, Emirates Skywards, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, jetBlue, InterMiles (formerly JetPrivilege)
  • Hotels: Choice Privileges

My favorite transfer partner choices do overlap Chase and American Express:

  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer for better premium cabin award space than is offered to partners, upgrades from premium economy to business, and United domestic premium awards)
  • Etihad Guest for Etihad premium cabin awards, American Airlines awards at cheap prices
  • Air France KLM Flying Blue for better availability on Air France than is offered to partners and Air France arguably has the best transatlantic business class now
  • Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles for distance-based premium cabin awards on Cathay and for lower fuel surcharges when redeeming on British Airways (compared to what Executive Club charges)
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club for ANA first and business class to and from Japan and Delta business class trips to and from Europe.

But you can’t discount Turkish Airlines which has some of the least expensive awards, and partners with Star Alliance carriers like United – and in my experience seems to offer better award space on Turkish flights to people using their miles than those using partners. And Emirates has great value awards for JetBlue business class. EVA Air’s Star Alliance program is also underrated.


ANA First Class

Virgin, Singapore, and Air France are duplicated by both Chase and American Express, and Cathay Pacific and Etihad are duplicated by American Express. However there are niche reasons to transfer to other partners like Qantas and Garuda as well.

And this duplication is a huge benefit rather than a downside to the card. It means you can sign up for a Citi Premier® Card and a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and put the points from each into the same place so that you can redeem for better travel for yourself or have enough points to travel with someone.


EVA Air Business Class

Some Things to Consider With Citi Cards When Choosing to Apply

Citibank doesn’t have a hard limit on the number of their cards you can have though of course how much credit they’ll make available for each person will vary.

After you apply for one card they’ll consider another application from you 8 days later, but you can’t apply for more than 2 cards in 65 days.

Generally Citi will not give you the bonus on a new card account if you received a bonus from a product’s family in the past 24 months of if you’ve closed an account in that family. If you’ve gotten a Citi Prestige bonus (or Rewards+, ThankYou Preferred, or this card’s) in the past 24 months you won’t be eligible for this bonus. If you get this bonus now you won’t be eligible for a Citi Prestige bonus.

Citi Premier® Card

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. How does the ghost writing work? View From the Wing and One Mile at a Time publish almost identical articles minutes apart. Is the ad copy coming from whoever pays for affiliate links?

  2. @Träger – Cute. I do not have a ghost writer. Ben Schlappig and I do not coordinate our content. I haven’t seen/read his piece on this new offer. But why would it come out around the same time? Because the offer just came out! And why might content be similar (again, I haven’t looked at his)? Because the content describes the offer.

  3. Ben seems to constantly use the “Wow: …” headline, so the articles end up looking very similar. Personally, I have been waiting for this offer to come back, so I don’t mind the similar articles making sure I don’t miss it.

  4. The “wow” headline does come across as either somewhat dopey or disingenuous from someone who has been doing this blog work for as long as this. A good offer has returned, sure, but it’s neither surprising nor amazing.

  5. Haven’t gotten a card in a while. Happily sitting at 2/24. May consider this card. But haven’t spent $4000 in a while and don’t really need to…

  6. Wow, just wow. Who would have thought it was possible to see the same offer again!

    Sure it’s a decent one if you didn’t get it before, but wow…?

  7. Any guesses how much longer this offer lasts? I’ve got other spending thresholds to hit that are getting all my spend for the next couple months, so I’d like the clock to start later on this one if I can.

  8. Thanks for the heads up. Can you earn the bonus if you currently have the Citi Premier card and do not cancel the first card until after you earn the bonus on the second? Would points on the first need to be used quickly or would they roll and stay available?

  9. Can I sign up for this card and get the bonus even though I already have it? I got the card about 4-5 years ago, so have not received a bonus in the last 24 months…

  10. Just want to point out that Citi has gotten rid of all travel protections for this card. I used this card to pay for a flight where my baggage was lost for several days. When I checked what my benefits were I found there were none. Despite this card earning 3 points per $ spent, I won’t be using it on any future flight purchases.

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