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Hello from sunny and HOT Martinique! I’m at Hotel La Pagerie (which I booked with the 4th night free through Citi Prestige).
Quick update because I just received my first statement on my brand new Citi AT&T Access More card.
I didn’t go for the Citi ThankYou Premier to get the full 3X on all travel including gas. Instead, I hedged my bets and got the Citi AT&T Access More card.
The main draw for me was paying rent through RadPad and earning 3X Citi ThankYou points.
And because I also have Citi Prestige, each point is worth 1.6 cents toward American Airlines flights (including codeshares). So even with RadPad’s 1.99% fee, I’d still get close to 3% back of value (4.8% – 1.99% = 2.81%).
Which is awesome – and better than a 2% cash back card obvi.
But I just had to confirm it for myself. It really does!
My 3X Citi ThankYou points experience
I made a variety of purchases before I left for Martinique to see what would (and wouldn’t) count for the 3X “online retail website” category. Thankfully, it’s very broad!
I had charges from various merchants in February:
The list is pretty good though. I earned 3X points at:
I did not earn 3X points on Reliant, which is an energy provider. But Citi specifically says utility companies are excluded, so fair enough. However, it’s free to pay it online with a credit card, so I’ll switch to my Fidelity AMEX next month to get 2% cash back instead.
In total, I earned 13,946 Citi ThankYou points this month. That’s worth ~$223 toward flights on American Airlines.
And score – the HOA dues on my new place in Dallas count for 3X, too!
It’s all in the pairing
Even if you only had the Citi AT&T Access More card, you could cash out your Citi ThankYou points for 1 cent each and still come out ahead of the 1.99% fee from RadPad.
And remember, you’ll earn 10,000 bonus ThankYou points when you hit $10,000 in spending per year. With RadPad, that’s going to be super easy to hit – which more than offsets the $95 annual fee.
But the good stuff happens when you pair it with another Citi card, like the Citi ThankYou Premier or Citi Prestige card.
If your rent is $1,000, you’ll pay $20 to RadPad as a fee. But earn 3,060 Citi ThankYou points worth – at a base – $30.60.
Or ~$49 on American Airlines flights when you have Citi Prestige. Or ~$38 toward travel when you have the Citi ThankYou Premier.
Any way you pick, you come out ahead. You “profit” ~$29 with Citi Prestige and ~$18 with Citi ThankYou Premier after the RadPad fee.
That’s per $1,000 of rent. So you can scale it up or down to figure out how much you can earn.
I’m officially going to be jammin’ on my new Citi AT&T Access More card for as long as I can.
I’ll do a separate post on my experience getting the phone and $650 statement credit from Citi (hint: it all worked fine and was super easy).
This card is ideal if you are a heavy online shopper and/or pay rent through RadPad.
The $95 annual fee isn’t waived, but once you hit $10,000 in spending, you get 10,000 bonus Citi ThankYou points – which offsets the fee. It should be pretty easy to hit that mark if you go the rent route.
The real magic is when you have Citi Prestige or Citi ThankYou Premier. Because then your points earn outsized value that more than cover RadPad’s 1.99% fee for MasterCards (which this card is). If you want to pick up either, thank you for using my links!
I plan on crediting all my American Airlines flights to Alaska Airlines this year. That means a lot of paid flights. But with my new Citi AT&T Access More card, all my flights will be pretty much covered. My only regret is not getting this card sooner.
Of course, you can also transfer the Citi ThankYou points to travel transfer partners like Singapore Airlines or Flying Blue to get even more value than what’s listed here.
Let me know if you have questions, or an experience with the Citi AT&T Access More card!
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