Posted by Chuck on July 12, 2016
Credit Cards

Published on July 12th, 2016 | by Chuck

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Citi Prestige Signup Bonus Changing Next Tuesday

Via Onemileatatime, next Tuesday, July 19, the signup bonus is changing on the Citi Prestige card.

  • The current Prestige offer is to get 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 within three months. $450 annual fee, NOT waived the first year. You do get a $250 airline credit each calendar year.

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We don’t know if it will go up or down, but it appears more likely that it will go down. We’ve seen the Premier signup bonus go away completely; it’s possible Citi will take a break from offering a bonus on the Prestige, or else they’ll lower the bonus.

It’s also possible that there will be some other change which is somehow affecting the signup bonus.

Again, this is all speculation at this time. The only concrete thing to keep in mind is that as of Tuesday, July 19, the bonus will be different, and you might want to jump on this now if you had it on your short-list.

Personally, my plan was to hold off on the card until November with the hopes of scoring a triple-dip on the airline credit, but I’m considering changing plans and applying before Tuesday. We’ll see…maybe I’ll risk it and wait it out.

Before applying for a Citi card, it’s worth reviewing the 16 Things Everybody Should Know About Citi Credit Cards. If you apply now and the public bonus goes up you might have luck getting the higher bonus matched by asking for a supervisor.



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joE
joE

any experience with them matching newer offers after contacting them? I’m wondering if it goes up if we call in they will match or not. any data points?

sam
sam

some DPs that anyone can apply in branch for $350 at the moment – no citigold required

chaiko
chaiko

I applied in branch today after seeing this post, and got $350 without having a Citi checking account.

Chuck
Chuck

DOC, I’m trying to puzzle through whether this could be related to the AA/Citi/Barclays announcement the day earlier. If Citi were going to let people transfer differently to AA, maybe they’d lower bonus points? Or is it more likely that they didn’t pay enough to keep the right to transfer TY points at 1.6 to AA? In other words, maybe the TY benefits will be reduced, causing Citi to raise the bonus to make up for it? Can you speculate a little?

Ian
Ian

Maybe it’s related to the Citigold checking increased balance requirements starting November 2016? Or to their recent earnings call?

Nick
Nick

Also keep in mind that the price to use AA lounges recently increased.

Jason
Jason

Regarding applying for this card in branch- I was told by the banker a few months back that she has been able to push through the app w/ $350 fee without Citigold and offered to do it for me, but from what I read online it varies from branch to branch and possibly banker to banker. I ended up signing up for Citigold just to play it safe.

Matt K.
Matt K.

I’m in a location that does not have CIti branches nearby but still have the Citigold open from the bonus and multiple savings this past fall. So looking to use that to get the Citi Prestige with $350 AF. I’m looking to downgrade the Citigold account but do we know at what point the Citigold account has to be open in order to qualify for the $350 annual fee? Is it at the time of application or at the time the annual fee hits the account? Just thinking I’d prefer to downgrade before August comes.

Sam
Sam

Is there a minimum income required to be approved for the Prestige? I keep reading online that there is/may be.

Db

I applied for the prestige today in New York, $350af, and the banker told me I got lucky because today is the last day of the offer. I asked him isn’t the end date 7/19, he showed me a screen that says offer valid through 7/16.

sam
sam

On the citi website the offer is still there.

Rufus
Rufus

I’m pretty sure I signed up before this offer expired. It took them a long time to approve. But now when I check with them, they said my promotional offer was only for 10K thank you point with 3K spend. Do I have any recourse?

William Charles

I don’t think the bonus was ever for just 10k points. I’d wait until the bonus actually posts and then file a CFPB complaint if you’ve already tried complaining to Citi directly and you’re sure you signed up for 50k offer.

Rufus
Rufus

Thanks William, I’m sure I submitted the app prior to them lower the sign up bonus. But then again I have no proof, it did took them close to a month to approve my app.

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