[The offers in this article are no longer up-to-date. For the most recent, please check out our card marketplace.] Citi is stepping up to bat with three limited-time offers in the affiliate channels. One closely mirrors an offer that is currently available elsewhere but without an offer page showing the terms and conditions. It is for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard card offering 40,000 miles on $3,000 in spend within the first 3 months and another 10,000 miles if you spend $10,000 total in your first full year of membership.
The second new limited-time offer is for the Citi Thank You Preferred card offering 40,000 Thank You points total payable in two 20,000 point increments with the first earned on $3,000 in spend in the first 6 months and 20,000 more when you spend another $3,000 in the second six months. I did this last year when a similar offer was available. As a caution, you’ll need a reminder to pick up that second 20,000 points: put it in your phone calendar or somewhere to be assured to pick the card back up again.
Lastly, there’s a new CitiBusiness Thank You card offer. This offer is for 50,000 Thanks You points: 25,000 points after $3,000 of spend in the first 3 months and another 25,000 after another $3,000 spent within your second 3 months. Plus there’s no annual fee. The great thing about this card is that you receive 3 Thank You points per dollar on certain spends that update quarterly. Currently, the categories are Restaurants and Entertainment. Beginning in January, the categories will include Office Supplies.
It is really nice to see Citi step to bat with a couple decent offers. We need them back in the game for those OneWorld Around the World awards, or just to go see grandma for the holidays.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49