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Citi has announced that the Citi Prestige Card and the Citi Premier Card are now awarding bonus points in categories that were previously unbonused. In the case of the Prestige Card this move is temporary while in the case of the Premier Card, Citi is bringing forward some changes planned for August.
Note: This information was provided to TFM by Citi’s PR Team
Citi Prestige Card Changes
Citi Prestige cardholders who had open accounts as of 22 May 2020 can now earn 5 ThankYou Points per dollar on all online purchases up to 7,500 points, through 31 August 2020. Examples of eligible purchases that Citi cites include the following:
- Retailer website orders
- Online grocery orders
- Online drugstore orders
This positive move comes on top of previously announced measures to make the Citi Prestige Card more attractive during the current crisis: In addition to travel purchases, purchases made with a Citi Prestige Card at Supermarkets and Restaurants (including takeout) will also count toward the card’s $250 Travel Credit benefit through 31 December 2020.
Citi Premier Changes
Citi had previously announced a series of major changes to its Premier Card offering and, amongst these, cardholders were set to earn bonus points at supermarkets and on dining starting from 23 August 2020. That start date has now been changed.
As of 2 June 2020, in addition to the categories in which existing Citi Premier cardholders currently earn additional points, cardholders will also earn:
- 3 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on supermarket purchases (up from 1 point per dollar)
- 3 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on restaurant purchases, including takeout and curbside pickup (up from 2 points per dollar)
Citi has not said that any of the other changes due in August are being brought forward so, for the time being, I’m going to assume that nothing else is changing.
Chase and American Express have been offering holders of various cards special bonuses for spending on groceries and dining for over a month so Citi is a little late to the party…but at least it has finally turned up.
Personally speaking, I’ll continue to use my Chase Sapphire Reserve Card to earn 5 points/dollar at grocery stores until I hit the $1,500/month spending limit (ends this month) before I start putting my grocery spending on my Premier Card…but it’s still nice to be able to earn bonus ThankYou points for grocery spending a lot earlier than expected.
What do you think of the changes Citi has just announced? Will any of them change your credit card spending strategy?