The Citi ThankYou card normally has a bonus of 50,000 points, but there is currently an increased offer for 60,000 points, which is the highest I can recall seeing it. This is a great card to have from Citi given it’s bonus structure and how Citi is strengthening the ThankYou program.
The 60,000 point bonus is earned after spending $3,500 in 3 months, whereas the normal bonus was 50,000 for $3,000 spend. The card earns 3x on travel and gas and 2x on dining and entertainment with an annual fee of $95, which is waived the first year.
Citi ThankYou points transfer to:
- Air France-KLM
- Asia Miles
- Etihad Airways Guest
- EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
- Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- Hilton HHonors
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
They may not sound like sexy options, but they can definitely be useful for specific items. You’d be doing yourself a favor to study some of the award charts of the above listed airlines. All transfer at a 1:1 ratio.
The real trick is this: by also having the ThankYou Prestige card, which is a premium card, those points can be redeemed for 1.6 cents per point on American Airlines and US Airways flights. For those new to the game, a 1.6 cents per point redemption rate is relatively strong. This deal, however, works better for those that want to travel Economy on cheap cash tickets.
Flights booked this way also earn miles, and those with status will do particularly well since they earn even more miles. It’s a complicated program, but it can also be very valuable if used correctly.
If you’re new to Citi, this is definitely the right card to start with. The bonus likely won’t get much better than this. What a great two days of credit card bonuses with yesterday’s 100K Amex deal!