New Best-Ever 60K Bonus On Citi Premier℠ Card

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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 PartnerTransfer Ratio
Air France KLM FlyingBlue1000 : 1000
Avianca LifeMiles1000 : 1000
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1000 : 1000
Etihad Guest1000 : 1000
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands1000 : 1000
Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles1000 : 1000
Jet Airways JetPrivilege1000 : 1000
JetBlue TrueBlue1000 : 800
Malaysia Airlines Enrich1000 : 1000
Qantas Frequent Flyer1000 : 1000
Qatar Privilege Club1000 : 1000
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1000 : 1000
Thai Royal Orchid Plus1000 : 1000
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles1000 : 1000
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1000 : 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


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

Bottom line

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.

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Comments

  1. Shoot! I just applied for this last week with the 50,000 bonus and recieved my card in the mail yesterday. Do you think there is any way they would honor the higher bonus if I called or is that wishful thinking?

  2. @ Clayton — They often will within 90 days, so it can’t hurt to send a secure message or call to ask what they can do.

  3. If i get approved does thag guarantee I will get bonus..i.e i applied for citi aa biz and got approved..but i may have gotten one <24 months ago..

  4. Any idea how long this will last? Was intending to apply for the new Hyatt card next, but may prioritize this if the increased sign up will only last a month or so.

  5. @ Eric — Not necessarily, you could get approved and not get the bonus if you aren’t eligible. To be clear, if you just got the Citi AAdvantage Business Card then you’re absolutely eligible for this one. You only wouldn’t be eligible for this one if you opened or closed the Citi Premier or Citi Prestige in the past 24 months.

  6. @ Steve — Wish I knew, though it hasn’t been announced, other than that the offer is “limited time.” Generally speaking limited time offers last for 1-2 months, though it can vary. For example, the previous 50K bonus has been around since the beginning of the year, even though it too was marketed as limited time.

  7. Ill never trust in a city card advice that comes from a Guy that gets income on cards that suppose a 95-% if the market share.
    Obviously It means that every week we have to read the 312 articles of the supermegayuppicutiest cards of the week…

  8. And as a verification on my thoughts, look how quickly the autor answered the questions of Eric & Steve…. He must be thinking: more Dom , more Dom, i wanna swim in Dom ;p

  9. Lucky, I have both the Citi Prestige and the Citi Thank You, but I’ve had both for more than 2 years (an extra 9 months for one and 11 months for the other). Can I apply for a second Citi Thank You card and get the bonus as long as I don’t close any of my current cards?

  10. @Clayton @Lucky I’m in the same boat. Just received my Premier card last week. I chatted with a Citi rep online and got the following response ‘We are all set. I have submitted a request to go from the 50,000 welcome bonus points to the 60,000.’

    Message them and I’m sure they will upgrade the bonus!

  11. I had an old Citi Forward card which automatically converted to a Citi Preferred, does that count as opening a card? The account itself is older than 2 years, but it was switched within those two years.

  12. @ Randy — The restriction with Citi is based on whether you’ve opened or closed the card, so if they’ve been open for more than 24 months you can get a second card, typically. Some people do this to separate expenses, for example.

  13. Lucky, thank you for posting.

    My 2nd year anniversary came up on my Citi Prestige mid-July. I would be able to apply for this card today and then call tomorrow to downgrade my Prestige (to maybe the Citi Dividend) tomorrow and still receive the ThankYou Premier bonus correct?

    Thanks in advance.

  14. @ Zymm — Assuming the account number didn’t change, it shouldn’t count as having opened or closed the card, meaning that you should be eligible.

  15. @ C — Yes, the eligibility for the welcome bonus is based on your status as of the time you apply. So if you had the Prestige open for more than 24 months you could apply for the Premier and get the bonus. Once the card is open and eligibility is confirmed, you could downgrade your Prestige, if you wanted to.

  16. I’m tempted to apply because I think this is the best welcome offer we’ll see in a while, and no annual fee. But I can’t find much good advice on how a family can use the points. We’d never use our entire stock of Citi points on two one way business class tickets (even though I know that’s the focus of this site). Leaves me thinking we’d use them through the portal which results in a ho-hum value. Citi points remain the ugly duckling in our points inventory.

  17. @seaguy – thankyou points can be transferred to any other account up to 100,000 per year. The only issue is that they expire within 3 months.

  18. @ SEAguy — At a minimum, getting $750 of value out of a card with the annual fee waived for the first year seems like a good value. But there are potentially lots of other ways to get value as a family. Are you based in Seattle? If so, you could transfer points to KrisFlyer and then redeem for travel on Alaska, as they have excellent redemption rates. For example, a one-way ticket from Seattle to Hawaii costs just 12,000 miles, which is a great deal. Want to travel between Washington and California? That’ll cost just 7,500 miles. So I think there’s lots of value even if you don’t want longhaul premium cabin redemptions.

  19. I just applied through the link you provided here and it says nothing about the $95 being waived. What’s the deal? In fact, it says my card will be delivered in 7-10 days and beneath that under card details it says annual fee: $95

    Can I call them to ask for them to waive it?

  20. @ Tom — If you applied through the above link it should definitely be waived. When you look at the application page you’ll see that it says:
    “Annual Fee $95 (fee waived for the first 12 months)”

    The next page says that as well:
    “$95. However, the annual fee is waived for the first 12 months.”

    This should be confirmed when you receive the card. 🙂

  21. @ Lucky – If I was unclear, my apologies. What I mean is the link to the site you provided does say the fee is waived but once I choose apply now it says $95 annual fee with no mention of it being waived…is it just understood that it will be waived after the first year?

  22. @ Tom — It should definitely be waived. I’m not sure where on the application page you don’t see it’s waived, because I see all references referring to it being waived for the first 12 months? After clicking on “Apply Now” I scrolled to the bottom and saw this:
    “$95. However, the annual fee is waived for the first 12 months.”

    So I 100% wouldn’t worry about that. 🙂

  23. Lucky which is the best card to apply for right now using your links If I only get one card for a period of one year from now.

  24. Lucky, I downgraded my Citi Premier to Citi Preferred a few months ago. The credit card number did not change. Would you know if this counts as closing a credit card? And could I be eligible for the sign up bonus? Thanks.

  25. @ Julie — If your card number didn’t change then I don’t think that counts as having opened or closed the card. If you opened the Citi Premier more than 24 months ago, you should be eligible for this welcome bonus.

  26. What are the chances we will see another nice bonus offer on the Citi Prestige in the near future? I think it was 75k last time right? I am more interested in adding the 4th night free benefit to the toolbox than accumulating Thank You points, but was hoping to at least get a nice welcome bonus offer to offset the first annual fee.

  27. @ jdw — I have no inside knowledge there. It sure appears to me like Citi has largely given up on the Prestige Card. They haven’t had any bonus on the card for quite a while, while competitors have gotten stronger in that space. So I highly doubt we’ll see anything great, unless they decide they want to invest a lot of money in that card. You could always apply for this card and then later upgrade the Citi Premier to the Citi Prestige (though you’d have to wait a year).

  28. @Lucky. Thanks for the Citi Points KrisFlyer suggestion re family travel on Alaska. That would be good value, especially if it works during school break periods when fares tend to be high.

  29. Citi’s ThankYou program restriction should be called “1/24.” If you’ve applied or cancelled 1 card of that type within the last 24 months, you’re SOL.

    It would be nice of them to tell you that when you apply. They happily issued me a card last December for which I received no bonus, and also reset the clock. Bah!

  30. I followed the link and was turned down for the card. I have never been turned down for a card before.

  31. Lucky, I opened a Citi TY Premier in 1/2016 and closed it on 9/19/2016…so for me to qualify for this sign up bonus again, I have to wait at least until 9/20/2018 to sign up right? Thanks!

  32. It’s a tempting bonus, but I Iooked at Citi points vs Chase UR and ultimately went with the CSR. It was the transfer partners and 3x on dining that eventually swayed me. If I’m unsure I’d use the 4th night free benefit, what are some positives on this card that I might be missing? (Beside 2x on gas; wish CSR had a gas bonus.)

  33. @ Xtina — There’s a big welcome bonus and annual fee waived for the first year, so you can really try it before you buy it. If you have the CSR then the bonus categories are largely redundant, other than the 3x points on gas and 2x points on entertainment. But I also think Citi ThankYou points are a nice way to diversify your points, since they have some unique transfer partners that Chase doesn’t have. At a minimum I’d recommend giving the card a try for a year and seeing how it works for you.

  34. Thanks Lucky! I just did a quick search, is this the only Citibank cards that offer a TY sign up bonus (the other cards that earns TY pts-Prestige & TY Preferred don’t offer sign up bonuse? That just makes TY pts so tough to accumulate. Thanks!

  35. Have been meaning to reapply for Premier (its been ~24 months since I cancelled my old one) so this is great opportunity.

    Unfortunately I just closed on a jumbo mortgage two weeks ago and dont know how long to wait before the reapply cycle begins. My wife (with ~800 FICO before mortage) just got declined for an iPhone financing after we closed so clearly we need to wait longer, but Im not sure this offer will last long enough.

    Would applying in a branch help my chances?

  36. I wouldn’t suggest to anyone to go with any CitiCard ThankYou points card. I had the CitiPrestige Card with 129,000 ThankYou Points in the account and they terminated my account and I lost the points. They gave me no specific reason. I was not in arrears and I never missed a payment. CitiBank’s only reason was in an email, after stealing the 129,000 points stating that the account closure was due to something in an Experian credit report.

    The only Citi Cards that are safe are the ones where the points go directly to your airline FF program, like AA.

  37. @Clayton and others… I applied for the card about 85 days ago and attempted a match to the new welcome bonus and was denied. I will try again, but I’m just adding another data point.

  38. Since Virgin Atlantic is part of the SkyTeam alliance, would I be able to transfer ThankYou points to Virgin Atlantic then book a flight on Delta with them? And would the same hold true for transferring ThankYou points to Turkish Airlines and Fly United (Star alliance) or Qatar Airways and fly American Airlines (Oneworld)?

  39. @ Chip — Virgin Atlantic isn’t part of SkyTeam, though they do have a joint venture and partnership with Delta, so you absolutely can redeem miles on Delta through that method. Similarly, you could redeem Turkish miles on United, Qatar miles on American, etc., though the mileage rates would be based on what that program charges.

  40. Any Citi Bank card that awards ThankYou points should not be trusted. The points are considered to be wholly owned by Citi Bank and can and will be cancelled, without notice or reason. They cancelled (stole) 129,000 of my points when they closed my Citi Prestige account without prior notice or reason. I was never late with payments and never in arrears. Citi’s responses to my questions were, in short, we can do it and we don’t have to give a reason. I once trusted CitiBank/CitiCards and had both business and personal cards over the years. Unluckily, only one was affiliated with ThankYou points.

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