Citi issues three American Airlines AAdvantage co-branded consumer cards and as tools to maximize earnings when you fly, they're not very good. They do, however, have their uses for those who like to fly with American Airlines and all three cards suddenly got a lot more interesting when American confirmed that base earnings from these credit cards will count towards the elite status targets in the revamped AAdvantage program.
Like all the major transferable currencies Citi ThankYou points are relatively easy to earn (if you have the right credit cards) and because they can be transferred to an impressive number of airline loyalty programs, they're a key element to most people's miles & points strategy.
Citi's ThankYou points are one of the four major transferable currencies used in the miles and points world and the ThankYou program just got a little better with Citi adding Choice Privileges as its first hotel transfer partner. Better yet, the ratio for transfers between Citi and Choice can be more favorable than a lot of people may expect.
Citi's PR team have been in touch to let me know about a promotion that's been running since the beginning of the month but that I had no idea was available - holders of eligible Citi ThankYou cards can now earn extra three points for every dollar spent on hotel and car rental bookings made through Citi's ThankYou portal.
The Citi Double Cash Card is a no-frills, no annual fee cash back card that doesn't offer any big impressive benefits or headline-grabbing earning rates in a select spending category but is still one of the very best cash back cards that you can hold. For the miles & points enthusiast as well as for someone just looking for a good cash back card, the Citi Double Cash Card can be a compelling proposition.
Citi’s ThankYou Points can be incredibly useful in certain situations but up until now I have found them to be less useful than the points issued by Amex and Chase. Now, however, courtesy of a very surprising program enhancement (of the good kind!) Citi’s ThankYou points have suddenly been made considerably more useful…albeit for a limited time only.
One of the oddities in the miles and points world has long been the fact that Citi's ThankYou points don't transfer over to the American Airlines AAdvantage program. Citi had a monopoly on the issuance of American Airlines co-branded credit cards for years (it still issues four of the airline's six available credit cards) but AAdvantage still hasn't appeared as a ThankYou transfer partner.
Citi is emailing targeted holders of its ThankYou cards with an offer of bonus points for spending in select categories in the first quarter of 2021. I've been targeted for this offer on my Citi Premier Card but I've seen this offer sent to holders of other ThankYou cards too.
The Citi Prestige Card must be one of the most highly devalued cards of recent years (it’s gone from being a “must-have” card to a card whose existence can, for some, be hard to justify) so it's nice to be able to confirm that the card is bringing back a very useful benefit that we first saw in 2020.
If you hold a Citi Credit card and are planning on doing any spending in the week that covers Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, Citi wants to give you 5% back on up to $500 of online purchases that you make in that period.