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Since early last week there’s an improved sign-up bonus on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. The card presently offers 40,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Plus the $95 annual fee is waived for the first 12 months.
The launch of the improved sign-up bonus coincided with the card undergoing a change in benefits, specifically when it comes to the category bonuses on the card. Under the current structure, the card offers the following category bonuses:
- 3x points on travel
- 3x points on gas
- 2x points on dining out and entertainment
- 1x point on all other purchases
Before April 19, 2015, the card offered 3x ThankYou Rewards points on dining and entertainment, though didn’t offer 3x points on travel and gas.
Reader kneemuh forwarded me a mailer he received from Citi in regards to the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which in part read as follows:
Since you recently applied for the card, you will earn 3x points per $1 spent on dining out and entertainment for one year from the date you became a Citi ThankYou Premier cardmember. After that, you will earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases in these categories.
I wasn’t sure if this was a targeted promotion or something, so I sent a secure message to Citi, and it seems this is actually a standard thing they’re doing for those that applied for the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card on/before April 18, 2015:
Your account earns 3 ThankYou Points per $1 spent on purchases for travel including gas and 2 ThankYou Points per $1 spent on purchases for dining out and entertainment. All other eligible purchases earn 1 point per $1 spent.
Customers who have a date became member from 4/19/14 to 4/18/15 will continue to earn 3X on dining out and entertainment for one year from the date the customer became a Citi ThankYou Premier member.
If there is any way we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
So if you became a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card member on/before April 18, 2015, you’ll continue to earn 3x points on dining and entertainment for one year from when you became a member. In other words, you get the best of both worlds when it comes to category bonuses for the time being. Since I applied for the card in late March, I’m eligible! Kudos to Citi on this generous move.
If you apply for the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card now you obviously won’t earn the 3x points on dining and entertainment, though this is still an extremely lucrative card, both in terms of the 50,000 point sign-up bonus, as well as the bonus categories of 3x points on travel and gas, and 2x points on dining and entertainment. It really does give the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card a run for its money.