Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards® or 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs.
Update – this deal has expired. See the latest offer using the link below.
That’s higher than the standard offer of 50,000 points, but it comes with a slightly higher spending requirement of $3,500 in 3 months instead of $3,000 for the lower offer. The $95 annual fee is waived for the first 12 months.
The card earns 2x points on dining and entertainment, and a great 3x points on all travel spending, including your regular gas purchases.
If you got in on the lower 50k offer recently, it might be worth asking Citi whether you can be matched to this better deal.
Is this worth it?
This is a pretty lucrative deal and you can get good value out of it without dealing with airline mile rules if you’d like.
Citi ThankYou points work two ways for travel.
First, you can use them to buy travel via the Citi ThankYou travel center, either online or over the phone.
That lets you book just about any airline without worrying about award space or restrictions. With this option every point is worth 1.25 cents, so your 60,000 points from the bonus is worth $750 in free travel.
One catch is the ThankYou travel center doesn’t always show the very lowest fares, but usually it’s pretty close to what you would see searching an airline’s website.
The other option is to transfer your points to real airline miles with several international airline programs, including Air France / KLM Flying Blue, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Asia Miles, EVA Air, Etihad Guest, Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer, Malaysia Airlines Enrich, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Qatar Airways Privilege Club, and Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus.
Those may not sound familiar to you, but there are some good deals on travel from the U.S. when you transfer your points to some of the airline partners.
For example you can use Air France / KLM FlyingBlue points to fly on Delta Air Lines flights, since they are partners. You can check flights on the AirFrance.us website and whatever is available for booking with points there is available to you, as you can transfer your points any time into Air France Flying Blue.
The prices are pretty reasonable and you can get a sense of them here.
You should also check out the award charts for other airlines that participate in the ThankYou point transfer programs.
Pair with the Prestige
If you have a Citi Prestige card you can get even more value.
When you hold the Prestige your ThankYou points are worth 1.6 cents each when you use them to buy American Airlines flights, which gets you $960 in award value. And Citi lets you move points between your various credit cards that earn ThankYou points any time.
Just remember Citi doesn’t like applying for more than one Citi card on the same day. So if you plan to get both, space your applications about a week apart (8 days or more is ideal). And you can’t get more than 2 Citi cards of any kind in any 2 month window.
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