The competition is heating up between Citi and Chase now that the the Citi ThankYou Premier Card 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening. With 50K points, you can get $500 in gift cards or $665 in airfare for redeeming through their ThankYou Travel Center. The only drawback is the $125 annual fee but well worth it for the 50K bonus points.
Citi ThankYou Premier Features:
Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening – enough for $665 in airfare when you redeem through the ThankYou Travel Center. Enjoy this benefit on any airline with no blackout dates.*
Earn 1.2 ThankYou Points per $1 spent – that’s 20% more points – when you use your card at gas stations, supermarkets, drugstores, commuter transportation and parking merchants.
Earn 1 ThankYou Point for every $1 you spend on all other purchases.
No points cap or expiration.
Normally, for 10,000 ThankYou (TY) points, you can get $100 gift card to retailers such as Kohl’s, LL Bean, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Gap, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and many more. Hence, the 50,000 TY points is the equivalent of $500 in gift cards. If you rather get statement credit, then you get $50 for every 7,500 points. Selling the $500 gift cards on ebay or Craigslist should also net you around $450 or more.
However, some would prefer the 50,000 points to be redeemed for $665 in airfare for booking a flight through their ThankYou Travel Center. Using the Premier card with the annual fee, they will give you 33% more value when redeemed for airfare. Even with the annual fee, the Citi ThankYou Premier is one of the highest bonuses card available today!
Earn points for the miles you fly when you purchase a ticket with your Citi ThankYou Premier Card.
No foreign transaction fee on purchases.
Annual complimentary domestic companion ticket (within the continental USA) and a 15% discount when booking air travel through our travel benefits provider, Spirit Incentives.
Receive an Anniversary Bonus every year you’re a cardmember.
Earn bonus points for enrolling in Account Online and signing up for Paperless Statements.
Get extra points when shopping through the ThankYou® Bonus Center, a network of 600+ retailers you know and love.