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The Citi Premier℠ Card has an awesome new welcome bonus than anyone who doesn’t have the card should be aware of.
New Citi Premier 60K welcome bonus
The Citi Premier℠ Card is offering a new 60,000 point welcome bonus after spending $4,000 within the first three months of account opening. I was excited when the card started offering a welcome bonus of 50,000 points earlier this year, and this is even better, as it’s the best-ever bonus we’ve seen on the card.
The card has a $95 annual fee, which is waived for the first 12 months.
The Citi Premier Card’s excellent bonus categories
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. Those are the most extensive bonus categories for any mid-range card, in my opinion.
How much are Citi Premier Card points worth?
Points earned on the Citi Premier℠ Card can be redeemed for airfare at the rate of 1.25 cents per point (making 60,000 points worth $750), or alternatively can be transferred to the ThankYou hotel and airline partners, which include the following:
|Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner||Transfer Ratio|
|Air France KLM Flying Blue||1000 : 1000|
|Avianca LifeMiles||1000 : 1000|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||1000 : 1000|
|Etihad Guest||1000 : 1000|
|EVA Air Infinity MileageLands||1000 : 1000|
|Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles||1000 : 1000|
|Jet Airways JetPrivilege||1000 : 1000|
|JetBlue TrueBlue||1000 : 1000|
|Malaysia Airlines Enrich||1000 : 1000|
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||1000 : 1000|
|Qatar Privilege Club||1000 : 1000|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer||1000 : 1000|
|Thai Royal Orchid Plus||1000 : 1000|
|Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles||1000 : 1000|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||1000 : 1000|
In particular, I find that Air France-KLM Flying Blue, Etihad Guest, and Singapore KrisFlyer are among the most useful transfer partners, given the great redemption opportunities they offer. For example, if you transferred 92,000 miles to KrisFlyer you’d have enough miles for a one-way business class ticket on the world’s longest flight, from Newark to Singapore.
Singapore Airlines’ business class
Restrictions on getting approved for the Citi Premier Card
As far as getting approved for the Citi Premier℠ Card goes, you’re not eligible for the welcome 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. So if you’re a current Citi Prestige Card member, you can get the Citi Premier℠ Card as long as you got the Prestige over 24 months ago.
Also be aware of Citi’s other general card approval rules:
- You can only apply for one Citi card every eight days
- You can apply for no more than two Citi cards every 65 days
This is an incredible welcome bonus on the Citi Premier℠ Card. For a while the card had no welcome bonus at all, then it increased to 30,000 points, then it increased to 50,000 points, and now it has a best-ever offer of 60,000 points.
If you don’t yet have this card, I’d highly recommend applying. 60,000 points can be redeemed for $750 worth of travel, or personally I’d much rather convert the points into airline miles, and redeem on airlines like Air France, Etihad, Singapore, etc.
Not only is the welcome bonus great, but this card has some incredible bonus categories as well.