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The AT&T Access More Card from Citi comes with a $650 credit toward the purchase of a new smartphone after $2,000 in purchases in the first three months and 3x points on online purchases at retail and travel sites.
The $650 credit is enough to get a brand new iPhone 6 for free, and the 3x points on online purchases can turn into 4.8% back toward the purchase of American Airlines flights.
- Sign Up Bonus: A free phone (up to $650) after spending $2,000 in the first three months
- Category Bonuses: 3x ThankYou Points on purchases made online at retail and travel websites, 3x ThankYou Points on products and services purchased directly from AT&T
- Anniversary Bonus: 10,000 bonus ThankYou Points after spending $10,000 in the previous cardmember year
- Value of ThankYou Points: Worth 1 cents toward the travel expenses. However, you can combine these ThankYou Points into an account associated with a Citi Prestige, which would make them worth 1.6 cents toward the purchase of American Airlines flights OR allow them to be transferred to 11 airlines‘ miles. If you don’t have a Prestige, combine them with points from a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card to make them worth 1.25 cents toward any flight, hotel, car rental, or cruise or transferable to those 11 airlines.
- Global Acceptance: Chip technology but a 3% foreign transaction fee, so avoid using it abroad
- Annual Fee: $95
Sign Up Bonus
To earn yourAT&T Access More Phone Offer credit, you must make $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening, which can include your eligible phone purchase. Phone offer is not available if you have had an AT&T Access More Card account that was opened or closed in the past 18 months. Balance transfers, cash advances, account fees, interest and items returned for credit are not purchases.
Only phones purchased from AT&T at full retail price (no annual contract) through the link provided to you by Citi are eligible. You must activate the phone with qualifying AT&T postpaid wireless service (including voice and data as applicable) and keep the phone, and remain active and in good-standing, for at least 15 days.
The credit is enough to get a free-except-taxes iPhone 6. After the $650 credit, an iPhone 6 Plus starts at $100, and a Galaxy S6 at $35.
You must purchase an eligible phone from AT&T with your AT&T Access More Card from Citi using the Phone Offer Link created individually for you.
There’s a report of one person ordering his phone the day after receiving his card and the phone arriving the next day.
You may redeem the Phone Offer using the link at any time after your Card account opening. Once you have made $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your Card account opening, and purchased and activated your eligible phone, Citi will credit your account for the cost of the eligible phone you purchased up to $650 (exclusive of taxes, fees, shipping and wireless service) within 1 to 2 billing cycles. If you choose to purchase an eligible phone which costs more or less than $650, your credit will equal the cost of the phone or $650, whichever is less.
I haven’t seen reports of the credit being received yet, but the card is so new that no one has waited the required 1 to 2 billing cycles.
General Offer Terms
Offer is valid for a one time statement credit up to $650 for one eligible phone, is not transferrable and so long as your card account is open and current, does not expire. Offer is not combinable with other discounts on devices. If you close your account prior to redeeming your credit, the credit is forfeited. Terms subject to change.
Earning ThankYou Points
Getting a free iPhone is the headline grabber, but this card has sneaky big potential for every day spending. The card earns:
- 3x ThankYou Points on purchases made online at retail and travel websites
- 3x ThankYou Points on products and services purchased directly from AT&T
Retail websites are websites that sell goods directly to the consumer through an online website and include department store websites, specialty store websites, warehouse store websites and boutique websites. Travel websites are websites that allow you to book travel and include online travel agencies, hotel websites and airline websites. Purchases not eligible to receive the additional ThankYou Points include but are not limited to payment for or to medical services, insurance, taxes and government services, education, charities and utilities.
User x9bull reported getting 3x points for online purchases at “amazon, 6pm, guess, spear, drugstore, kohl’s” but not at “Stylenanda (billed as www.eximbay.com).”
My take is that almost all direct retail and travel websites, including the ones where you probably spend the most money like airline sites, Amazon, Walmart, and more, will earn 3x ThankYou Points.
Annual Spending Bonus
Any cardmember year that you spend $10,000 on the card, you get a bonus 10,000 ThankYou Points at the start of the the next cardmember year.
So if you get the card May 28, your cardmember year is May 28, 2015 – May 27, 2016, and you’ll get your bonus probably in early June 2016.
This is pretty generous, since most of your spending will probably already be earning 3x points from category bonuses.
Value of ThankYou Points
Citi’s ThankYou program is a bit confusing because the value of the points depends on the card on which you earn them. The AT&T Access More Card from Citi earns the least valuable ThankYou Points, worth just 1 cent each.
But Citi allows you to combine all your ThankYou Points into one account or gift your points to anyone, and these are easy ways to increase the value of your ThankYou Points.
Combine or Share with Prestige
If you have a Citi Prestige® Card (or share your points with someone who does), the points instantly become worth 1.6 cents each toward any American Airlines or US Airways flight or 1.33 cents toward any other airline’s flights. Or you’d be able to transfer these ThankYou Points to 11 airlines’ miles or Hilton points.
This is the ideal scenario.
Under this scenario, your online shopping now earns 4.8% back toward American Airlines flights or 3 Singapore/Air France/Virgin Atlantic miles per dollar. That’s unbeatable on Amazon and other online purchases!
Combine or Share with Premier
If instead you have a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card (or share your points with someone who does), the points instantly become worth 1.25 cents toward any airline’s flights. Or you’d be able to transfer these ThankYou Points to 11 airlines’ miles or Hilton points.
Under this scenario, your online shopping now earns 3.75% back toward any flights with no blackouts or 3 Singapore/Air France/Virgin Atlantic miles per dollar.
Getting a Second Citi Card
If you get the AT&T Access More Card from Citi, I highly recommend getting the Citi Prestige like I did to maximize the value of your ThankYou Points. You CANNOT be approved for two Citi cards on the same day. Wait 8+ days after the first application before the second application.
You CANNOT get three Citi cards in short order either. Make sure there is at least 65 days between your first and third Citi card applications if you want to get a free smartphone plus 106,000 ThankYou Points by getting the AT&T Access More Card from Citi, Citi Prestige, and Citi ThankYou Premier.
The card has a $95 annual fee. In year one, that is swamped by the $650 credit and 3x for online retail and travel purchases. In subsequent years, that is swamped by the 10,000 point annual spending bonus and 3x for online retail and travel purchases.
The AT&T Access More Card from Citi offers up to $650 off a new phone after spending $2,000 in the first three months plus 3x for online retail and travel purchases.
The ThankYou Points earned on the card are only worth 1 cent each, but if you also have a Citi Prestige or Citi ThankYou Premier, the points become transferable to airline miles or at least more valuable when redeemed for flights on any airline with no blackouts.
- Exclusive New Phone Offer*
- 3 ThankYou Points for every $1 you spend on purchases made online at retail and travel websites*
- 3 ThankYou Points for every $1 you spend on products and services purchased directly from AT&T*
- 1 point earned for every $1 you spend on other purchases*
- 10,000 Anniversary bonus points after you spend $10,000 in prior cardmembership year*