Big New 50K Point Sign-Up Bonus On Citi ThankYou Premier Card

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The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is offering a big new 50,000 point sign-up bonus upon completing minimum spend, which is the biggest public bonus we’ve seen on the card in a long time. The card is offering 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 within three months of account opening.

The card has a $95 annual fee, which is waived for the first 12 months.

This is the most rewarding Citi credit card for everyday spend, as it offers:

  • 3x points on travel, including gas stations
  • 2x points on dining & entertainment
  • 1x points on all other purchases

Those are extremely well rounded bonus categories. Keep in mind that the card offers 3x points on travel purchases including gas, unlike most other cards ,which won’t include “gas” in the travel category. Without accounting for the fact that I value ThankYou points slightly less than Membership Rewards or Ultimate Rewards points, those are the most well rounded bonus categories for a mid-range card.

Points earned on the Citi ThankYou Premier Card can be redeemed for airfare at the rate of 1.25 cents per point (making 50,000 points worth $625), or alternatively can be transferred to the ThankYou hotel and airline partners, which include the following (along with their conversion rates and transfer times):

Citi ThankYou Transfer PartnerTransfer RatioTransfer Time
Air France KLM FlyingBlue1000 : 1000Instant
Avianca LifeMiles1000 : 1000Instant
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1000 : 1000~ 1-2 days
Etihad Guest1000 : 1000~ 3-6 days
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands1000 : 1000~ 1-2 days
Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles1000 : 1000~ 1-2 days
JetBlue TrueBlue1000 : 500Instant
Malaysia Airlines Enrich1000 : 1000~ 1-2 days
Qantas Frequent Flyer1000 : 1000~ 1-2 days
Qatar Privilege Club1000 : 1000~ 1-2 days
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1000 : 1000~ 1-2 days
Thai Royal Orchid Plus1000 : 1000~ 3-6 days
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles1000 : 1000~ 1-2 days
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1000 : 1000~ 1-2 days

As far as getting approved for the Citi ThankYou Premier Card goes, you’re not eligible for the sign-up bonus if you’ve had a ThankYou Preferred, ThankYou Premier, or Citi Prestige card opened or closed in the past 24 months. In other words, it’s fine if you have one of those other cards, but you just can’t have opened or closed it in that time period. As far as Citi’s general card approval rules go:

  • You can only apply for one Citi card every eight days
  • You can apply for no more than two Citi cards every 65 days

Lastly, if it’s any consideration, keep in mind that Citi will be rolling out an increased 75,000 point sign-up bonus on the Prestige Card soon, though it will require $7,500 of spend within three months.

Transfer ThankYou points to Singapore KrisFlyer for redemptions in Singapore Airlines Suites Class

Bottom line

For quite a while the standard sign-up bonus on the Citi ThankYou Premier Card has been 30,000 points upon completing minimum spend, so it’s great to see that bonus increased to 50,000 points. This is an extremely well rounded card for everyday spend, with a low annual fee that’s even waived the first year.

If you don’t yet have this card, I’d seriously consider applying.

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  1. So just to clarify, based on above, you cannot apply for both the Premier and Prestige one after the other?

  2. @ Pete — That’s correct, unfortunately. You can get the second card if you’ve had the first one open for at least 24 months, but not otherwise.

  3. “As far as getting approved for the Citi ThankYou Premier Card goes, you’re not eligible for the sign-up bonus if you’ve had a ThankYou Preferred, ThankYou Premier, or Citi Prestige card opened or closed in the past 24 months. In other words, it’s fine if you have one of those other cards, but you just can’t have opened or closed it in that time period.”

    “If you don’t yet have this card, I’d seriously consider applying.”

    Could you apply for a second premier card (assuming the first been open 24 months)? Seems valid within the restrictions you’ve laid out.

  4. I’m at day 11 and still waiting for my TY points to post on my FB account. I’ve done 3 different transfers in case something was wrong with the first one. None of them have posted and Citi won’t do anything about it. Awesome product.

  5. Thanks I’ve never had this card. I’ll wait for the 75,000 bonus offer. Please post when the 75,000 bonus offer is available. Thanks

  6. Any Citi restrictions on opening up a second instance of the same card and receiving the sign-up bonus again? I already have a Citi Prestige and Citi Premier card, both opened more than two years ago. Technically, I fall within their “not opened or closed within the past 24 months” rule, right?

  7. Lucky, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t this equate to a 1/24 rule for transferable ThankYou point earning cards? It seems that Chase gets a significant amount of coverage over their 5/24 rule (a rule that drives me crazy), but I have never heard any mention of this Citi rule.

  8. Comparing this to 5/24 seems like apples and oranges though. Citi is only barring those who have signed up or closed a ThankYou Point earning card within the past 24 months.

    For this to be an actual 1/24, Citi would need to deny anyone who opened up any card with any issuer over the past 24 months.

    That part that is most irksome is denying the bonus to anyone who closed the card within the past 24 months. It encourages me to sign up, receive the bonus, and close the account as quickly as possible to reset the clock.

  9. @Mark, the 75K offer should be available in a week or two, but just making sure you know that the 75K is for the Prestige Card ($450 annual fee and better benefits) vs the 50K is for the Premier Card ($95 Annual Fee)

  10. @Lucky – does downgrading count as opening a new account? i recently went from the prestige to preferred, but this sounds appealing as a new apply if it’s possible.

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