6 Reasons To Get The Citi Premier Card

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The $95 annual fee Citi Premier® Card (review) is in my opinion the most rewarding mid-range credit card. While many people might be familiar with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (review), the Citi Premier is an overlooked competitor (or complement, depending on how you look at it).

In this post I wanted to share six reasons you should get the Citi Premier, if you don’t yet have it. In no particular order:

60K Bonus ThankYou Points

The Citi Premier Card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 within three months. Personally I value ThankYou points at 1.7 cents each, so to me that bonus is worth a massive $1,020. Since a lot of people don’t have this card, these are some easy rewards points to rack up.

See here for the general restrictions on applying for Citi cards, and also be aware of Citi’s 24 month rule.

Redeem Citi ThankYou points for travel in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

The Best 3x Points Bonus Categories

Among credit cards with annual fees of under $100, the Citi Premier almost unarguably offers the best bonus categories. The Citi Premier offers 3x ThankYou points in the following categories:

  • Airfare
  • Dining
  • Gas
  • Groceries
  • Hotels

Of particular note is being able to earn 3x points on dining, gas, and groceries, which for some people covers a majority of everyday expenses.

Earn 3x ThankYou points on hotel spending

Annual $100 Hotel Credit

Once every calendar year, the Citi Premier offers $100 off a single hotel stay of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees. This is valid when booking through the Citi ThankYou portal. While there may be an opportunity cost to booking this way, many people will find this to be valuable, and in those cases this alone can more than justify the annual fee.

Receive a $100 annual hotel credit

Great Citi ThankYou Transfer Partners

The Citi Premier is ideal if you’re looking to earn points that can be transferred to airline partners. Even if you’re not traveling right now, these points hold their value quite well, and can give you some amazing premium travel experiences in the future.

For example, Citi ThankYou points can be transferred to Air France-KLM Flying Blue, Avianca LifeMiles, Emirates Skywards, Singapore KrisFlyer, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, and many more. The opportunities to redeem these points for premium travel are endless.

Best of all, if you have Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, there is some overlap between airline partners, so in many cases you can transfer points to the same partners from both programs.

Emirates Skywards is a Citi ThankYou transfer partner

Maximize The Citi Double Cash Card

This is arguably the most compelling reason to get the Citi Premier. The no annual fee Citi® Double Cash Card (review) is the single best card for everyday, non-bonused spending. The card offers 1% cash back when you make a purchase, and 1% cash back when you pay for that purchase.

While this is ordinarily a cash back card, if you have the Citi Double Cash in conjunction with the Citi Premier, then rewards can be converted into ThankYou points at the rate of one cent per point. This means you can earn 2x ThankYou points per dollar with the Citi Double Cash.

If you have the Citi Premier and Citi Double Cash you’d pay a single $95 annual fee, and you’d earn:

  • 3x points on airfare
  • 3x points on dining
  • 3x points on gas
  • 3x points on groceries
  • 3x points on hotels
  • 2x points on all other purchases

That’s incredible!

The Citi Double Cash is a great complement to the Citi Premier

Get Even More Value With The Citi Rewards+ Card

The no annual fee Citi Rewards+® Card (review) is another incredible complement to the Citi Premier. While there are lots of benefits to having this card, the single best benefit is that you get 10% of your points back for the first 100,000 ThankYou points you redeem each calendar year.

This includes Citi ThankYou points earned on other cards, meaning the 2-3x points you can earn on all your spending can potentially get you even further, more in the range of 2.2-3.3x points on all your purchases (again, with restrictions and up to certain limits).

Get 10% of your points back when you redeem Citi ThankYou points

Bottom Line

The Citi Premier Card is an excellent credit card that’s all too often overlooked by people. The card has a huge welcome bonus, offers some of the best 3x points categories of any card, and perhaps most exciting of all is that this card allows you to really maximize the no annual fee Citi Double Cash Card, which is the best card for everyday spending. The Citi Premier and Citi Double Cash are one of the best card duos out there.

If you don’t yet have the Citi Premier Card, I’d highly recommend applying. There’s huge upside with the sign-up bonus, and then most people will probably see the long-term value in the card.

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Comments
  1. The pool with the forest view looks great and very relaxing. Could you let me know which hotel it belongs to ? Thanks !

  2. For someone in the chase or Amex ecosystem ( or both ) I don’t see a place for the cards long term
    Amex gold 4x dining and groceries
    Platinum 5 x airfare
    Sapphire reserve 3x travel and restaurants and worth at least 1.5 cents per point through portal Add a no annual fee freedom unlimited and your points multiply exponentially ( citi is just 1 c)
    Granted annual fees are higher but if you take advantage of all the credits the annual fees are negligible

    Too much redundancy IMO

  3. just letting you know that in the first sentence, both reviews for the card goes to the Citi review.

  4. Citi has some intriguing products, but when I got a checking account it was such a hot mess I couldn’t go further. Kind of like AA. They really are made for each other

  5. John – Makes sense if you exclude Citi Double Cash, which is 2x points

    I think the elephant in the room here is that most value TYP below Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards as TYP doesn’t have hotel partners, meaningful domestic airline partners and has fewer cashout options after the 1.25 option is gone. I know Lucky seems to value transferrable currencies all the same but most don’t.

    Nevertheless $95 for Citi Premier + Double Cash is worth it on an annual basis anyway.

  6. @Ben:
    1. Is the 60k bonus points the best ever offered?
    2. Would you remind us readers which Citi TY transfer partner airline FF program charges the least amount of taxes and fees on award tickets?
    Thanks.

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