Citi Double Cash Card To Earn ThankYou Points

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The Citi® Double Cash Card is one of the all around most lucrative cash back credit cards. The card has no annual fee and offers 1% cash back when you make a purchase, and 1% cash back when you pay for that purchase.

In my opinion this is a card that a vast majority of consumers would benefit from having, since the average person isn’t earning two cents back for every dollar they spend.

Citi Double Cash rewards will transfer to ThankYou

While we’ll have to wait to learn the full details, there’s an exciting update to this card. As of fall 2019, it will be possible to convert Citi Double Cash rewards into Citi ThankYou points. This means you’ll be able to pool rewards earned on the Citi Double Cash with rewards earned on cards like the Citi Premier℠ CardCiti Prestige® Card, and Citi Rewards+℠ Card.

Per a note on the current cardmember statement:

Coming in Fall 2019 your Citi Double Cash Card will allow you to convert your cash rewards to ThankYou Points which can be redeemed for gift cards, travel, purchases at select retailers, and more. For more details, please review the terms and conditions of your Citi Double Cash Card and the terms and conditions at www.thankyou.com

Note that those who want to earn cash back as before can continue to do so — this is just intended to be an additional redemption option.

What could this look like?

I imagine we’ll find out more details soon, but as of now we don’t yet have information on what the transfer rate will look like. It’s anyone’s guess if this is just a new option meant for niche redemptions, or if Citi is trying to create a ThankYou card that’s lucrative for everyday spending, since currently they don’t have any cards offering more than one point per dollar on non-bonused spending.

So, what could we see here? Let’s go through a few scenarios:

2x ThankYou points per dollar spent

I think we’re all hoping that this is the case. Could each reward “cent” earned on the Citi® Double Cash Card be transferable into one ThankYou point? That would be amazing, and logically it would make sense in terms of one “unit” of cash converting into one “unit” of points.

2x points on non-bonused spending isn’t completely unheard of, as The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, offers 2x Membership Rewards points on the first $50,000 spent every calendar year. However, that card has a limit, and it’s also a business card.

1.5x ThankYou points per dollar spent

In terms of being competitive without blowing the competition away, being able to convert two cents into 1.5x ThankYou points seems the most likely:

So while the value proposition seems the most likely, there’s not much logic to two cents of cash converting into 1.5 points.

1x ThankYou points per dollar spent

I could see them having a 2:1 transfer ratio, where two cents of cash converts into one ThankYou point. If that’s what they go with then this option would be uninteresting and not even worth considering for most.

Bottom line

One of the challenges that Citi currently has in comparison to American Express and Chase is that they don’t have the same “portfolio” of cards that you can use for their transferrable points currency.

Being able to transfer Citi® Double Cash Card rewards to ThankYou has the potential to be awesome. This could be a game changer (if they transfer 1:1), could be very useful (if they transfer 2:1.5), or could be worth very little (if they transfer 2:1).

What are your expectations of this new option for earning Citi ThankYou points?

(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)

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Comments
  1. I thought Citi had weird rules that you can’t transfer points out that were originally earned on cards/accounts that didn’t have transfer partners which limits the impact of transferring between cards/accounts. As opposed to Chase where the points take on the rules of which ever account they are currently in.

  2. These sound like these will be points like the ones earned from Citi checking accounts, aka not transferable to transfer partners. Find it hard to believe Citi would allow these points earned from the Double Cash card to be sent to transfer partners without a shi**y ratio if they do allow the transfer-def not a 1:1 ratio. Or a devaluation is coming.

  3. If they convert at a 1:1 ratio, and can be transferred to partners at 1:1, this would suddenly make this card very solid. I wonder if like Chase, they’ll require you to have a premium card too to convert them? If not, there would be very little reason to retain the Citi Premier card given it losing all of the travel and purchase protections.

  4. @AdamH – I think you’re misremembering. Points earned on (any) credit card are “credit card TYP,” and redemption possibilities depend on the cards you have at the time you redeem (not the time you earn). The points I earn on my Rewards+ are transferable because I have the Premier; the points my wife earns on her Rewards+ and “shares with” (transfers to) me can also be transferred by me, but otherwise expire after 90 days; and if she upgrades to, or opens, a Premier or Prestige, the points she originally earned on the Rewards+ become transferable.

    Points earned from BANKING are taxable, cannot be transferred, and expire after 3 years; but AFAIK can be redeemed on the TYP portal at your credit card’s (cards’) rate (e.g. Premier 1.25 cpp for the foreseeable future).

  5. They’ve been pushing this card hard to their Dividend Card holders. Problem is, as with other cards, “Points” can have a flexible value, whereas with the Dividend Card, you’re still earning DOLLARS.

  6. A question that remains is whether those converted ThankYou points will be transferable to ALL TYP partners. Several of the basic ThankYou cards (e.g. ThankYou preferred) only allow transfer to a subset…JetBlue being the only one of arguably limited use.

  7. “I think we’re all hoping that this is the case. Could each reward “cent” earned on the Citi® Double Cash Card be transferable into one ThankYou point? That would be amazing, and logically it would make sense in terms of one “unit” of cash converting into one “unit” of points.” – This would be the smart move for citi. They would need to put a cap on it like amex business blue plus does, but I don’t see the double cash getting used if they only give 1.5 points per dollar. Willing to bet most people will go with the freedom unlimited card in that situation and those with the amex business blue plus will have no reason to use the DC. A straight 2 pts per dollar would be enough to get me to seriously look at using mine. I still don’t know if I would use it over the amex business blue plus but it would at the very least replace the times I use my freedom unlimited.

    All of the above being said given many of the recent moves by Citi I have a hard time believing they will do anything positive for their card holders.

  8. Not if you have to also have one of the premium cards, which have now been stripped of almost
    all their benefits.

  9. Doesnt really matter unless they force you to take TYPs. If they do, im out. 2% cash back works perfect combined with my other cards. With chase, you can take freedom cash back points and combine with the sapphire. I bet they are doing that. 5% back on categories ttansfer to CSR is pretty sweet.

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