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The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card has improved the redemption rate of its ThankYou Points by 25% for hotels, cruises, and car rentals.
The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card comes with 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Those 50,000 points are now worth $625 toward airfare, hotels, cruises, and car rentals (25% more.) From the card’s application page:
It’s fantastic that Citi made car, hotel, and and cruise redemptions more valuable, but I don’t expect to use this new benefit. Here are two easy ways to get way more than 1.25 cents of value from your ThankYou Points:
- Open the Citi Prestige® Card in addition to your Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. Combine the ThankYou Points earned on each card into a single account. From that account, you can redeem points like cash toward American Airlines flights (1.6 cents) or any other airlines’ flights (1.33 cents) at a higher rate than 1.25 cents per point.
- Transfer ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card to 11 airlines at a 1:1 rate. I value Singapore miles, Air France Flying Blue miles, and Virgin Atlantic miles all at well over 1.25 cents each. Check out the top redemptions you can make with ThankYou Points transferred to miles in those programs.
The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card now offers 1.25 cents per point toward car rentals, hotel bookings, and cruises. That’s a 25% increase!
That makes the 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in car rentals, hotel stays, or cruises. It makes the 3x category bonus on travel and gas worth 3.75% back toward car rentals, hotel stays, or cruises. And it makes the 2x category bonus on dining and entertainment worth 2.5% back toward car rentals, hotel stays, or cruises.
However, I don’t plan on using this enhancement. My ThankYou Points from my Citi ThankYou® Premier Card are combined with my points from my Citi Prestige® Card, so I can get 1.6 cents per point toward the purchase of American Airlines flights. Or I can transfer my points to Singapore, Air France, and Virgin Atlantic miles and book sweet spot awards.
Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get an additional $500 in free airfare on any airline in the first 12 months plus free airport lounge access worldwide for only a $450 annual fee. Why I got the card.