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Sorry for the slew of Citi posts, but it’s a big day (and has kind of been a big month) as far as Citi personal credit cards go.
Earlier today I wrote about the increased sign-up bonus on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. The card is offering 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $4,000 in purchases within the first three months of account opening. On top of that, the annual fee is waived the first year, and $95 per year thereafter.
I actually applied for this card last month (actually, a month to the day), in anticipation of the positive changes which were being made to the card as of this past weekend.
When I applied, the sign-up bonus was 20,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first three months of account opening, and then an additional 30,000 points after another $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of your second year of being a cardmember.
While the end result of getting 50,000 points was the same, the minimum spend was higher, and you had to pay your second year’s annual fee before getting the last 30,000 points. And ultimately with the uncertainty in this hobby, 30,000 points today are worth more than 30,000 points next year.
So I sent a secure message to Citi asking if they’d consider matching me to the improved offer, and I’m happy to report that they did:
Your account is enrolled in the promotional offer to receive 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points as long as you spend $4,000 by 06/20/2015.
Please allow 2 billing periods after you have made the necessary purchases for the points to appear on your statement. If they have not appeared after that time, please call us. For your convenience, our number is listed on the back of your card.
We appreciate your business and value you as our customer. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
So if you applied for the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card recently, it can’t hurt to send a secure message through their website and ask if they’ll match you to the more lucrative sign-up bonus.
That means between applying for the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card last month and the Citi Prestige® Card this month, I’ll soon have over 100,000 ThankYou Rewards points. Those are points which I can either transfer to Singapore KrisFlyer, or redeem for $1,250+ worth of airfare.
If you recently applied for the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, have you been able to get them to match you to the increased sign-up bonus? If so, when did you originally apply?