Some links to products and travel providers on this website will earn Traveling For Miles a commission that helps contribute to the running of the site – I’m very grateful to anyone who uses these links but their use is entirely optional. The compensation does not impact how and where products appear on this site and does not impact reviews that are published. For more details please see the advertising disclosure found at the bottom of every page.
Citi is in a lot of people’s bad books right now after it announced that it would be removing a large number of benefits from cards across its portfolio at the beginning of last week.
Personally speaking, I’m disappointed with the path Citi has decided to go down (once again I find myself questioning the value of the Citi Prestige card) but I’m pretty happy with the latest promotion the bank has sent my way.
Citi is in the process of emailing holders of the Citi ThankYou Preferred card (which is no longer open to new applicants) with the following bonus offer:
Earn 5 ThankYou Points for every dollar spent on eligible purchases made in the following categories:
- Grocery Stores
- Gas Stations
- Mass Transit & Commuter Transportation Vendors
Important Terms & Conditions:
- Registration is required and must be completed by 15 August 2019
- The promotion starts from the moment you register
- The promotion ends on 30 September 2019
- A maximum of 2,500 points can be earned in this promotion
- Discount stores are excluded from this promotion
Full terms and conditions can be found on the promotion registration page but, because it may be a murky area, I’ll reproduce what Citi says about the “Mass Transit & Commuter Transportation Vendors” category:
“Mass Transit & Commuter Transportation Vendors are classified as merchants that provide mass passenger transportation including railways, buses, bridge and tunnel fees, and temporary parking, but does not include the purchase of Amtrak tickets.”
Note that spending on things like taxis, car rentals, Uber (even Uber Pool) will not earn bonus points.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first:
- The maximum you can earn here is only 2,500 points (which I value at $37.50)
- The reality is that it’s only really 2,000 bonus points that are on offer as the Citi ThankYou Preferred card would ordinarily earn 1 point per dollar in all these categories anyway.
It would be easy to dismiss this promotion out of hand and say that it’s not worth much, but I actually like it. I like it a lot.
With grocery stores, drugstores and gas stations all included in this offer it should be incredibly easy to earn the full 2,500 points in the 3 months being given (it will require just $500 of spending).
Also, this promotion comes at a time when the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories are looking somewhat woeful so it’s nice to have an alternative promotion in which to rack up some points.
If you have the Citi ThankYou Preferred credit card and haven’t seen an email about this promotion it may be worth checking your email/spam folders to see if you’ve somehow missed it (search for the subject line “[Name], Use Your Citi Card to Earn Bonus ThankYou Points on Eligible Purchases: It’s So Simple To Activate”.
If you can’t find the email it may be worth calling the number at the back of your card to see if you can have the promotion added to your card.
Ideally it would have been nice to be offered this promotion and also have Chase offer us better bonus categories on the Freedom Card but, as that’s not the reality we’re facing, I’m grateful to have been offered this promotion in which just about everyone who has been targeted should be able to max out the points on offer with ease.