Citi Premier Brings Back Sign-Up Bonus: Earn 30k Points After $3k in Spend

Jan 25, 2018

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Premier Card

Two of Citi’s best travel rewards cards, the Citi Prestige and the Citi Premier, haven’t been offering new cardholders any sign-up bonus at all for the last several months. Especially if you’ve been wanting to boost your balance of Citi ThankYou Rewards points, you might have held off an applying for either — but luckily a sign-up offer is back for the ThankYou Premier.

Now, new cardholders will earn 30,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. Based on our valuations, those 30,000 points are worth $510 — or you’d get $375 in value when you redeem the points for airfare through the Citi ThankYou travel center. Citi’s selection of travel partners isn’t the best among transferable points programs — especially since it no longer has a hotel partner after dropping Hilton — but you can still get some great redemptions through Flying Blue, Singapore KrisFlyer and other airline programs.

The ThankYou Premier earns 3x points (equal to a 5.1% return) on travel including gas, 2x points (a 3.4% return) on dining out and entertainment and 1 point per dollar (a 1.7% return) on everything else. It has no foreign transaction fees and has a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year.

Even though we’ve seen higher offers on the Citi Premier, a 30k sign-up bonus is much better than no bonus — which is what we’ve seen for the last several months. Now could be the time to hit the “apply” button if you’ve been waiting to add this card to your wallet, and hopefully the Citi Prestige will follow suit and bring back a sign-up offer soon as well!

Feature photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy

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