So this is pretty cool. The Citi Rewards+ card is a new card that:
- Earns 2X Citi ThankYou points at supermarkets and gas stations on up to $6,000 in spending per year (then 1X)
- Rounds up every purchase to the nearest 10 points (spend $2, earn 10 points, say)
- Rebates 10% of your redeemed miles on up to 100,000 points per year
- Has NO annual fee
I product changed my old Citi Diamond Preferred to the Rewards+, and that was that. Until today, when I saw a random 1,600 ThankYou points in my account.
The only activity I’d had recently was transferring 16,000 Citi ThankYou points to Qantas. Then I realized – the Rewards+ card’s 10% rebate worked on the redeemed ThankYou points, even though I earned them with other ThankYou cards.
For a card that’s free to keep, that’s up to 10,000 points back in my account every year – and I value those for $200 at least. An as long as this works, I will 100% keep my Prestige card long-term.
This pairing is pretty awesome – and seems to work with any other ThankYou card and for any type of redemption (points transfer, travel booked directly, etc).
When you combine the rebate with points transfer bonuses and 1.25 cents for travel – it gets all that much better.
Combine Citi Rewards+ with other ThankYou cards for up to 10,000 points back per year
It stings to lose the 10% mileage rebate on American Airlines cards. But in its place, you can get 10% back on up to 100,000 redeemed Citi ThankYou points. That’s a nice tradeoff.
If you have a Citi Rewards+ card, you can combine your ThankYou member accounts and trigger the rebate when you use miles earned from other Citi ThankYou cards, like:
- Citi Prestige
- Citi Premier
- AT&T Access More
You can theoretically link your accounts online, but it never works right. Your best bet is to call Citi and have them do it. When I called, they were able to instantly combine all my ThankYou points into one place.
The advantage is you get all the superpowers of each card in the pool. For example:
- 1.25 cents toward all travel booked through Citi if you have the Citi Premier
- 1.25 cents toward flights booked through Citi if you have Citi Prestige
- And now, 10% of your points back in your account, on up to 100,000 redeemed per year with Citi Rewards+
Just note that once you combine your accounts, they can never be unlinked. But there’s not much of a downside to linking them.
I converted a sock drawer card to the Citi Rewards+ because why not? But wasn’t expecting it to turn out this well.
Use any ThankYou card to earn points, get your Citi Rewards+ 10% rebate at statement close
I recently zeroed my ThankYou account to book my Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta stay, so the points I transferred to Qantas were earned with my Prestige or AT&T Access More card. I haven’t spent a buck on the Rewards+ card.
This makes me believe the 10% rebate will work when you redeem any ThankYou points, regardless of which card earned them.
By linking your Rewards+ card to your other ThankYou cards, that’s good for up to 10,000 points back per year. At 2 cents each, that’s worth $200 each year.
And while I was planning to keep my Citi Prestige card anyway, having this new perk worth another $200 makes keeping it a no-brainer.
Get more from transfer bonuses and travel bookings
Right now, you get 25% more points when you transfer to Qantas through April 13th, 2019.
So if you transfer 8,000 points, you’d get:
- 10,000 Qantas miles
- 800 points back
Meaning you’re essentially exchanging 7,200 Citi ThankYou points for 10,000 Qantas miles.
And if you have Citi Prestige or Citi Premier, you can use your points for 1.25 each toward flights (and all travel with Premier).
So 10,000 Citi ThankYou points gets you $125 in travel, and you’d get 1,000 points back – making 900 points worth $125 toward travel, and closer to being worth 1.4 cents each.
Should you open a Rewards+ card to access this benefit?
However, if you have all the ThankYou cards you want, and aren’t concerned with 5/24, it’s got a sign-up bonus of 15,000 Citi ThankYou points after you spend $1,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening – decent for a card with no annual fee.
Of course, you’ll get 10% of those points back, so it’s more like a 16,500 point bonus. 🤑
Alternately, if you have a Citi card you aren’t using, you can give ’em a ring and ask them to covert it to this one – which is what I did.
Just remember to combine your ThankYou accounts before you redeem any points to take advantage of the 10% rebate.
I’d say being able to use the 10% rebate for up to 10,000 Citi ThankYou points back in your account per year is THE reason to open the Citi Rewards+ card. There’s no annual fee, and comes with a nice sign-up bonus. (And thank you for using my links if you decide to apply!)
And while this isn’t earth-shattering, I easily value this perk at $200 – and it moves the needle to a solid “keep” for Citi Prestige as long as this lasts.
It might be worth opening just for this, if you have all the ThankYou cards you want and aren’t concerned with 5/24. Or you can convert another Citi card to this one.
The magic is in the linking of ThankYou accounts – make sure to call and request to combine them into one central account.
I was pleased as punch to see those extra points in my account – and yes, the rebated points are transferable to airline partners.
Neat development, and a nice side effect for my Citi Prestige card.
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