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Citi has been really aggressive since early last year with their consumer credit card division, so we’ve seen some great sign-up bonuses. I’d argue the single most compelling card right now is the Citi Prestige Card, which has a great sign-up bonus, offers a fantastic return on everyday spend, and comes with great perks.
The card’s sign-up bonus is 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 within three months, though we don’t actually know how much longer that offer will be around.
There are two other limited time offers from Citi which I’ve written about recently:
- The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is offering 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within three months; the first year’s annual fee is waived, and the annual fee is $95 per year thereafter; this limited time offer expires Monday, February 29, 2016
- The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card is offering 75,000 HHonors points after spending $2,000 within three months; the card has no annual fee, making it a fantastic card to hold onto long term; this sign-up bonus is limited time, though an end date hasn’t yet been published
With that in mind — given the excellent sign-up bonus on the Citi Prestige Card, for which we don’t have an end date, and then the officially limited time sign-up bonuses on the Citi Business AAdvantage and Citi HHonors cards, which would I apply for first?
It’s worth keeping in mind Citi’s policy for new card acquisitions:
- You can only apply for one Citi card every eight days
- You can apply for no more than two Citi cards every 65 days
With that in mind, which of these Citi cards would I recommend applying for first?
Assuming you don’t have any of the above cards and haven’t applied for any Citi cards in the past 65 days, I would get the Citi Business AAdvantage first, since the sign-up bonus will be pulled on Monday (there might still be some “phantom” links after that, but I wouldn’t count on them sticking around), and it’s an excellent offer.
But the next card I’d probably apply for is the Citi Prestige Card. That’s because I wouldn’t necessarily assume the current bonus will be around for another 65 days. We recently saw the sign-up bonus on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card reduced from 50,000 points to 40,000 points, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the same eventually happens to the Prestige Card. I suspect we’ll get a week or two notice of any changes, but I wouldn’t count on 65 days notice.
Beyond that, the Citi Prestige Card is actually compelling to hold onto long term for the perks. The fourth night free hotel benefit has saved me thousands of dollars, and I find the card to be worthwhile for the lounge access alone.
If you don’t plan on getting the business card and haven’t applied for a Citi card in the past 65 days, I’d probably apply for the Citi HHonors Card first, as it offers a great sign-up bonus with no annual fee, and there’s so much value to your credit score in holding onto some cards long term.
I guess several good credit card offers is a good problem to have. The bottom line for me is that I’d apply for the cards which we know are limited time first, but I also wouldn’t count on the Citi Prestige Card sign-up bonus necessarily being around for at least two months. Given Citi’s parameters for applying for cards, I’d keep that in mind if you’ve been considering applying for any/all of these cards.
Are you considering applying for any Citi cards, and if so, in which order?