Category Archive: ThankYou Points

Jul 29

Just How Badly Did Citibank Gut The Prestige Card?

When I first wrote about the Citibank Prestige card, I noted that the benefits that it offered not only offset the annual fee but also represented a massive overreach in terms of what they were offering. In other words, the perks were simply too good. Apparently, they agreed. They haven’t quite gutted the card, but …

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Feb 01

Citibank Checking Account Bonuses are Back, but…

We’ve grown accustomed to earning miles from signing up for credit cards, but they come less frequently when signing up for a bank account. Citibank, however, is one of the few that always seems to have some sort of bonus for opening a bank account. Before you apply for an account, however, please read the …

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Jan 16

Reader Question: Transferring Points between Airlines

Reader Question: Can I apply for the British Airways credit card, transfer the points to Alaska and use those points  to fly Emirates? Thanks for the question. The short answer is no, since it is very difficult to transfer points directly between airlines. But there are other options out there. There are a number of …

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Nov 02

Should I Pay an Annual Fee for a Credit Card?

Reader question: I’ve got a couple of cards with annual fees (AF), but I get similar benefits on no annual fees (NAF)? Thanks for the question! The answer is probably not. I find annual fees to be an anachronism, started in a period when having a credit card wasn’t as common and was more like …

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Oct 17

Tips I Used Today when Booking an Award

Free flights and free hotel nights are always great to earn, but it’s even better when you can “work the system” to maximize your benefits. I hope that I’ve been able to give you at least a few useful tips over the years to make your travel a bit easier and cheaper. Today, I booked …

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Sep 09

Comparing the American Express Platinum and Citi Prestige cards

I recently got a recent question about credit cards with high-end travel benefits, specifically the Amex Platinum card versus the Citibank Prestige card. Obviously, there is no “one best” card for everyone. For instance, assuming you were agnostic about which airline you fly, you might value the more varied airport lounge access that the Amex …

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Aug 04

The best cash back credit card sign-up bonuses

A while ago, I did a post on the best airline card bonuses and the best hotel card bonuses. At the time, I meant to do one on cash-back cards but, well, life happens. Reminds me of an old saying, something about good intentions and paving a road. In any case, I have finally gotten around to …

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Jul 03

Free golf and geeking out to a Chase Sapphire dining bonus

(I’m going to be out of office for the next week or so. I’ll be posting, but not as frequently as usual.) I have spoken to a few people who have the Citibank Prestige card to gauge reactions. Lounges? Great. Cash credits? Great. Free hotel nights? Great. But you know what I have heard most …

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Jun 14

Huge Citicard airline credit (particularly on American)

Usual disclosure applies: I may receive compensation from a credit card company mentioned. Thank you in advance! The Citibank Prestige card is my favorite card that I have, even though I rarely use it. Last year, in an attempt to win high-end customers (They got me instead.), Citibank massively overreached, and the range of benefits, …

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Apr 09

A couple of high-end credit card deals worth your time (but one comes with a catch)

I have to admit, part of the fun of this gig is the “something for nothing” aspect, whether it is miles, cash back or the occasional “free after ExtraBucks” shampoo at CVS (Okay, the first two are generally more exciting, especially because the hotels provide plenty of shampoo.).  And while it’s rare to get rewards …

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