Posted by William Charles on September 18, 2019
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Published on September 18th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Citi Double Cash Cash Rewards Will Be Convertible To Citi ThankYou Points (1:1 Rate Starting 9/23)

Update 9/18/19: Miles Talk is reporting this as confirmed. Reddit user bspok3 is also saying this is confirmed by a Citi insider. Few things to note:

  • Chairman, Prestige, or Premier cardholders will be able to transfer to all travel partners at a 1:1 rate
  • If you don’t have one of those cards, you’ll be able to transfer to JetBlue at a 1:0.8 rate

Update 9/13/19: A reddit user was told that Citi Double Cash Rewards will be convertible at a $1:100 rate (e.g 2% back = 2 Citi ThankYou points) starting 9/23. This would be a massive game changer.

Original post: In their most recent statement reader David G reports seeing an account message stating that in Fall 2019 Citi Double Cash rewards will be convertible to Citi ThankYou Points. Unfortunately it doesn’t say what the conversion rate will be, keep in mind this card earns 2% cash back on all purchases (1% when you make the purchase and another 1% when you pay on time). I can see three main options:

  • 2% cash back = 1 Citi ThankYou point
  • 2% cash back = 1.5 Citi ThankYou points
  • 2% cash back = 2 Citi ThankYou points

The first option is not useful at all, the second option is comparable to something like the Chase Freedom Unlimited and the third option would be a game changer. I suspect we will see something like the middle option, but who knows with Citi.



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Mike
Mike

Hoping for a 1:1 ratio! That would be AWESOME.

-mike

Ben
Ben

Anything less than that is dead on arrival.

Abe
Abe

They are still cutting the most useful benefits out of this card so they should at least make it a double ThankYou points card to make it worth keeping.

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

Fingers crossed this is why. But no annual fee? I suspect this is just some info slipping out as misinformation. I bet they’re introducing a card in the doublecash family with af that earns 2 typ. Similar to how chase has fiddled with freedom.

CtownBin
CtownBin

Even if you’re right and there is an AF, this would be still be a game-changer. 2 TYP everywhere is a big deal. Plus, if there is an AF, then there will likely be some sort of bonus and depending what that is, it could be even BETTER than a no-AF no-bonus version.

Francesco
Francesco

How to get the best value out of TY points? Is there any non-travel redemption that is worth more than 1c/point?

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Sometimes they do GCs at more than 1 — so far to places I never go to.

George
George

With the Premier or Prestige, transfer to airline partners.

With the Rewards+ and either of those, get 10% back on up to 100k/year redeemed or transferred.

Geo
Geo

You should definitely just use them on Amazon. Pay for your purchase with TYP. The redemption is good — no need for you to bother calculating it out or do any research. Trust us.

Francesco
Francesco

Thanks Billy Bob and George for their useful replies.

Thanks Geo for bad advice, unhelpfulness and unnecessary sarcasm.

Geo
Geo

Francesco I guess we should be happy you can read and write, even if you can’t use Google search on your own. Research is hard, but asking for free handouts is easy. Happy days.

Rene
Rene

You could have ignored the question, if you felt he should have done his own research. Or you could have given him some hints to help him start his own research. Instead you choose to spent time to add two comments ridiculing him.

That is just rude and arrogant. How about you remember the time you asked questions and people actually helped you to find answers.

Geo
Geo

Sorry Rene. You’ll probably like this better:
Click the little red/yellow/green circle on your computer. When it opens up a new window, type “http://www.google.com”. When the Google Search engine opens, type ” tell me the difference between ‘spent’ and ‘spend'”. When the answer comes up, you can thank Google and Geo.

barron von stroopwaffle
barron von stroopwaffle

@Geo…..watta dick you are

toddo
toddo

Well said Rene. This hobby is full of elitist, big headed, full of themselves dweebs like Geo. People forget why the www was created……a source for sharing knowledge.

Francesco
Francesco

Geo Here’s a learning opportunity for you: https://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+to+be+nice+on+the+internet I think you’ll like it, it uses the method that you suggested. Cheers!

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

The internet is full of faceless humans saying things to irritate and harass others simply because they get to hide behind a thick veil of anonymity. Would never do so in public because they couldn’t handle the real feedback they would receive for being such d’s. Half of them wouldn’t say a word if a server forgot something in their order… they’d just stiff them to leave and get on yelp to leave a nasty review. That’s the kind of people we’re talking about here. So in this community these folks huddle behind their keyboards and tip tap away crappy messages to others that triggered them for all things small and inconsequential. I’d be lying if sometimes seeing the things they say doesn’t bother me, but then I just picture some frustrated dude sitting in his boxers on a greasy dell laptop eating Cheetos typing away and I realize these people need to be ignored, completely. So realistically the best response for trolls and angry sad people is no response at all. I suppose this post technically crosses my own line, but I enjoy sharing my philosophy on toxic netizens when it applies. Fyi this is also why I like downvotes ala reddit. It presents a nice default filter. We need that here.

Kevin
Kevin

Highly doubt it will be a 1:1 ratio because that would be 2x everywhere in points which I doubt they’d be willing to do. Probably the middle option or less.

Dave R
Dave R

That card already exists and earns more valuable points too… Amex Blue Business Plus.

Lion
Lion

AMEX isnt accepted everywhere

aubergine
aubergine

And BBP can’t be cashed out at max value with just that card alone

Mark Ostermann

@aubergine How so? The Blue Business Plus earns fully unlocked and transferable points.

M
M

BBP can also transfer to airline partners without an AF & and still has all the purchase protections/benefits. Citi ain’t AmEx. But I definitely welcome this latest effort to partially regain competitiveness.

MK
MK

Double Cash is just about to become trash. Pretty much all the benefits have been downgraded and eliminated.

Geo
Geo

Are they taking away the cash back? /S

Charlie
Charlie

The only benefit that counts on Double Cash is the 2% cash back. All the rest of the benefits are/were unessential.

aubergine
aubergine

it was a good card to put stuff on for warranty needs because it was a card you wouldn’t close, and 2% back is ok enough. we generally put all our large applicances on it, and saved receipts with the manuals. now we’ll probably have to shift to costco card for those, and lose 1% back on that. (or buy them at costco, but mostly they carry higher end appliances than what we need)

Nick
Nick

Price rewind and 2 year extended warranty a no AF card are examples of useful and exclusive benefits of Citi cards including the Double cash (esp. the no AF part).

rick b
rick b

It works nicely to spread my GCM purchases in a weekly rotation.

J. Grant

Wow, this is a semi-regular card for me. Think I’m pretty much done with this one until I know for what the TYP rates.

EBF
EBF

It’s my default card when there’s no bonus spend categories. Bummer. I don’t travel much so, all my “points” get turned into cash back. TY points are not worth 1¢ cash unless you get a mortgage/loan check. (Which is a pain.)

Geo
Geo

WTF. They are NOT going to force you into TYP conversions. Read and do a **little** bit of research on your own.

EBF
EBF

Wow, random internet person! Way to give a kind and courteous reply! Maybe *you* should take a lesson from @lenin1991 below on gently correcting misinformation on the Internet.

ORDGuy773
ORDGuy773

Totally….

Dave C
Dave C

Geo on the war path!

lenin1991
lenin1991

The message from Citi shown says that they “can be converted” to TYP, not that they must be, it sounds like (at least for some period of time) you could continue to cash out as per the current program.

atrader4
atrader4

Much more benevolent than Vladimir.

Frank

How could it not be 1:1? Like it won’t be a “Double Cash” card anymore if it earns 1.5 or 1 TYP

This could be a big deal/blunder by them….or maybe there are so many sub-optimal redemptions that 2 TYP is fine

aubergine
aubergine

It would be indeed awesome if 1:1, and maybe there are enough folks making suboptimal redemptions (my sister constantly burners up her TYP on rinky dink Amazon purchaess) that Citi can tolerate it. But I suspect itl’ll be CFU like, and 1.5 to 1, which might convince people to open AF cards so they can xfer them out.

Kevin
Kevin

It will still earn cash the same way, i.e. Double Cash. Doesn’t mean they have to let you transfer them to points at the same value.

LDoc
LDoc

Maybe a business version of the Citi Double Cash Card with 2x TYP is in the works to compete with the Amex BBP card. Right now the only two business cards at Citi are the Costo card and an AAdvantage card. No TYP card at all.

Dave

There is most definitely a CitiBusiness ThankYou card. An open secret for years and nobody knows why they don’t want to promote it at all.

LDoc
LDoc

There are no online links for that card, but maybe it is a branch only option. It is a rotating quarters card for TYPs.

aubergine
aubergine

Paper application in branch. Can’t be converted to / from (or if it can extremely YMMV) since it would be a nice soft landing from an AA biz.

Not much of a signup bonus (20k most of the time) but it is no fee. The categories are mostly duplicative of other cards, and the few that are not (professional services?) are hard to identify, use, scale up.

Dave @ MilesTalk

Signup bonus is often 30k and sometimes 40k. Have to keep checking with a biz banker. 1st half categories scale better than 2nd half cats.

Dave @ MilesTalk

Yes, it is in branch only. Wrote about it pretty recently. https://milestalk.com/the-secret-citibusiness-thankyou-credit-card/

Steven
Steven

Even at 2:2, this isn’t that interesting to me since the only way I would use it is the 1.25 cpp through ThankYou portal for flights. that makes it 2.5% rewards but with the annual fee on the premier that’s required, it’s probably not worth it over a no AF 2% card.

Yuri
Yuri

You can add Rewards+ to get 10% back, so it becomes 1.39 cpp = 2.78%

SamL
SamL

It doesn’t work like that.

Yuri
Yuri

It does

Stan
Stan

i expect the worst. maybe 10:1.

Rena
Rena

Convertible, meaning can be converted, but if not the 2% just remain as regular cash back right? Why are some people saying that the card will be useless?

Dave R
Dave R

This.

Besides, even if it DID earn just 2 TYP per dollar with no cash option… this is the worst of the 2% cashback on everything bunch, no no real loss.

Geo
Geo

Correct. Some people just can’t read.

Charlie
Charlie

The people who say that the card is useless are talking about the loss of the purchase protection and other insurance-related benefits.

aubergine
aubergine

Probably. But I would think that other free 2% cashback cards are going to start removing ancillary benefits too. And Citi’s is a real cashback, relatively easy to get. Some of the other ‘cashback’ cards are really just travel statement credits or what not, on cards where its suboptimal to put travel spend on.

Paul
Paul

Citi trying to compete? I kind of doubt it but we’ll see. Hopefully they do offer a good transfer ratio.

Chuck

If it becomes 1:1 it would be great for being able to cash out all TY points at 1%, even without the Prestige card, so long as you have the DC card.

SamL
SamL

Wouldn’t that be the reverse conversion?

DaveC
DaveC

Geez, I just requested a $300+ statement credit for this card. If only I heard about this 1 day ago.

Halamadrid
Halamadrid

If we take into account the conversion rate that you get at Amazon from TYP (1TYP = .80 cents) I think that the likely scenario is 2 cb $ = 1.5typ, but I actually see them doing 2cb$ = 1.25typ with the way things have been going lately with Citi.

Kevin
Kevin

It seems most likely the ratio will be what you describe, and thus there will be little to no point in using it (although those who don’t know better or care will use it). May as well just redeem for the 2% cash.

aubergine
aubergine

That ratio – which would be unlikely to be attractive to DoC crowd – might still be useful for someone who had a transferable TYP card and was a just a few pts short of a useful redemption. Probably better than buying pts from an airline at 2 or 3c per.

Freqflyer
Freqflyer

Lots of folks like the chase unlimited card which gives 1.5 miles per dollar. And of course chase venture now does the same.

Yuri
Yuri

yes, probably gonna be 1.5, like FU or Venture, You can “cash out” Venture at 1c each. I have FU, but I never use it, cause Amex gives 2x, or I use Altitude Reserve, which gives 4.5%. So I will never use DC, if it will be at 1.5. But at 2x I will use it if I max out BBP, which is unlikely.

Yuri
Yuri

Who will convert to TYP then? It’s better to cash out instead of converting to TYP without clear path to 1cpp redemption.

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