Citi Premier Card: 80K Points With Best-Ever Bonus

Citi Premier Card: 80K Points With Best-Ever Bonus

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The Citi Premier® Card is one of my favorite mid-range credit cards. We recently saw a new best-ever offer launched on the card for a limited time. With a recent development, there’s even more reason to pick up this card. If you don’t yet have the Citi Premier Card and are eligible, you absolutely should apply.

Earn 80,000 ThankYou points with the Citi Premier

The $95 annual fee Citi Premier Card is offering a welcome bonus of 80,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 within the first three months. This is the best bonus we’ve seen on the card — previously we’ve seen a bonus of 60,000 points, and prior to that, the card offered a bonus of 50,000 points.

Citi ThankYou points can either be redeemed for one cent each towards a variety of travel purchases or gift cards, or can be transferred to Citi ThankYou airline and hotel partners. In other words, 80,000 points can get you at least $800 worth of travel or gift cards, or 80,000 airline miles (for a limited time these points can even be transfered to American AAdvantage).

Citi’s general application rules apply, and on top of that the welcome bonus isn’t available if you’ve:

  • Received a new cardmember bonus on the Citi Rewards+, Citi ThankYou Preferred, Citi Premier, or Citi Prestige, in the past 24 months
  • Closed the Citi Rewards+, Citi ThankYou Preferred, Citi Premier, or Citi Prestige, in the past 24 months

So it’s fine if you have one of those cards, you just can’t have received a bonus or closed one of the above cards in that period. Learn more about Citi’s 24-month rule.

Redeem Citi ThankYou points for premium flights

Why the Citi Premier Card is worth having

Even beyond the initial bonus, the Citi Premier Card is a card that can be worth having for a variety of reasons. Among other things:

  • The Citi Premier has the most well rounded bonus categories of any mid-range card, as it offers 3x ThankYou points on airfare, dining, gas, groceries, and hotels
  • Having the Citi Premier Card allows you to maximize the value you get from the no annual fee Citi® Double Cash Card (review), which is the single best card for everyday, non-bonused spending; this card can earn you up to 2x ThankYou points per dollar spent on everyday purchases
  • The Citi Premier offers a $100 hotel credit every calendar year, valid on a single hotel stay of $500 or more that’s booked through the Citi ThankYou portal; for some this alone will more than justify the annual fee
Earning Citi ThankYou points can get you great travel experiences

Transfer Citi points to American AAdvantage

The timing of this couldn’t be better, because for a limited time (through November 13, 2021), rewards earned on the Citi Premier Card can be converted into American AAdvantage miles. In other words, the 80,000 ThankYou points you earn as part of the welcome bonus could earn you 80,000 American AAdvantage miles.

This opens up some awesome premium cabin redemptions. 80,000 AAdvantage miles is more than enough miles for a one-way business class ticket from the United States to Africa, Asia, or Europe, on airlines like Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, etc. Best of all, there are no fuel surcharges on these tickets.

Redeem AAdvantage miles for travel on Qatar Airways

Bottom line

For a limited time, the Citi Premier Card is offering a best-ever welcome bonus of 80,000 ThankYou points upon completing minimum spending. This is an exceptional bonus for a rewarding card with a reasonable annual fee.

Getting this card has just become even more compelling, as rewards on the card can be converted into American AAdvantage miles for a limited time.

If you don’t yet have the Citi Premier Card and are eligible, I’d highly recommend applying with this offer.

Anyone plan on picking up the Citi Premier Card with this awesome bonus?

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  1. Andrew

    Ugh… just got the card 2 weeks ago. Anyone ever have any luck calling and trying to get the higher bonus… so frustrating.

  2. Truptravels

    Ugh as well. I just cancelled Premier Card and have 60 days to figure out what to do with the points. (Thanks to Ben's mishap for reminding me of that) Was hoping to combine with this, but looks like i wont be approved.

  3. Jacob

    Citi closed my Rewards+ against my will a few months ago. Hadn't used the card in a while though. Would I be eligible if Citi closed the account rather than me closing the account?

    1. Mike Arbucci

      Same question... they closed my 17 year old TYP card last fall without my permission. Does that render me unqualified for this offer?

  4. Sosie

    Oh good morning citi. Citi was so boring lately maybe now they are starting the fight like amex and chase.

  5. Euro

    Does this offer have an end date or any prediction of how long it will last? I am considering it due to the increased signup bonus...

  6. Andrew

    Don't waste your time calling. They were not willing to up the bonus even though I just applied a week earlier.

  7. Eskimo

    Shout out to Citi Prestige for secretly disappearing for more than a week without much blogger attention.

  8. Brandon

    Just heads up. Applied for this bonus back in April. Automatically approved, card sent, and minimums met (tax return payment help). Month later, didn't see bonus applied to account. Turns out that since I missed the "2 year window" for the same bonus by about 2 months, I wouldn't get the miles. Called Citi and no assistance.

    Wish they would tell you ahead of time....

  9. packbacker

    "So it’s fine if you have one of those cards, you just can’t have opened or closed one of the above cards in that period"

    Just want to confirm if the above is correct. Based on rules, should it not be - You just can't have it if you received the bonus or closed one of the cards in the last 24 months"

    I opened a Citi Premier in June, and want to apply for...

    "So it’s fine if you have one of those cards, you just can’t have opened or closed one of the above cards in that period"

    Just want to confirm if the above is correct. Based on rules, should it not be - You just can't have it if you received the bonus or closed one of the cards in the last 24 months"

    I opened a Citi Premier in June, and want to apply for another Citi Premier in August (before I get the bonus for the July card). Is that something that is possible - A double bonus? Should be fine as per the terms and conditions.

    1. Eskimo

      You can apply more than once but you can only get the bonus 1 time every 24 months. I believe it's the bonus posted date not account open date.

      Your case is a bit confusing, you will have 3 cards opened in June July August?
      Regardless, per written rules once you get your bonus for your July card, 24 months count. So your next card (August) bonus will be ineligible right away.
      However,...

      You can apply more than once but you can only get the bonus 1 time every 24 months. I believe it's the bonus posted date not account open date.

      Your case is a bit confusing, you will have 3 cards opened in June July August?
      Regardless, per written rules once you get your bonus for your July card, 24 months count. So your next card (August) bonus will be ineligible right away.
      However, Citi IT isn't the finest. You can give it a try and report back. You might be able to get a double bonus.

  10. theebigjuan

    Just picked up the card for the wife. Went to www.thankyou.com to check on using the $100 hotel credit... but the site is down.

    We have the 2x $$ card. Every other online purchase is declined and flagged for fraud.

    I could never get my wife's card, as an authorized user, linked to my existing Citi account.

    What an infrastructure mess. We will get our bonus points and cash if this ecosystem doesn't improve.

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Eskimo

You can apply more than once but you can only get the bonus 1 time every 24 months. I believe it's the bonus posted date not account open date. Your case is a bit confusing, you will have 3 cards opened in June July August? Regardless, per written rules once you get your bonus for your July card, 24 months count. So your next card (August) bonus will be ineligible right away. However, Citi IT isn't the finest. You can give it a try and report back. You might be able to get a double bonus.

Mike Arbucci

Same question... they closed my 17 year old TYP card last fall without my permission. Does that render me unqualified for this offer?

theebigjuan

Just picked up the card for the wife. Went to www.thankyou.com to check on using the $100 hotel credit... but the site is down. We have the 2x $$ card. Every other online purchase is declined and flagged for fraud. I could never get my wife's card, as an authorized user, linked to my existing Citi account. What an infrastructure mess. We will get our bonus points and cash if this ecosystem doesn't improve.

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