Posted by William Charles on May 17, 2019
Credit Cards

Published on May 17th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Citi Sears Card Spending Bonus – Earn 5x/5% or 10x/10% (May – June)

Update 5/17/19: Another offer was sent out, this time for 10% back online. Must spend $500+, maximum of $75 back.

The Offer

No direct link to offer

  • Citi has sent out some spending offers to Citi Sears cardholders. Here are some of the offers seen:
    • Earn 3,000 Citi ThankYou points when you spend $300 or more in May and June
    • Update: much better offers available for some people. Check the comments for more info

The Fine Print

  • Varies by offer

Our Verdict

Much weaker bonus than we normally see, hopefully somebody else received a better bonus than this. Last months offers were weak as well, but not as bad as this.



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Dave L
Dave L

Was thinking of getting this card for them nice bonus spending offers, but didn’t due to Sears bankruptcy. Is it still worth getting?

808702
808702

Similar thoughts here.

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

The card is underwritten by Citi, not Sears. When Sears goes under Citi will just PC it to something else.

dave
dave

As with all of these long term deals, it is a bit of a gamble since we can’t predict the future. For me the offers keep getting better and better with higher and higher amounts… the last ~9 months, it has regularly been spend $2500 at groceries for 10% bonus points, which is just about perfect.

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

I got 10k TYP for $1k spend

Dave L
Dave L

That’s not bad!

Etreju
Etreju

Do you put a lot of spend on this to get the offers? I switched to the TYP version a few months ago and nothing.

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

No spend since December. I opened the card last summer & this was the first offer they’ve ever sent me. I was very surprised

Etreju
Etreju

Thanks for the info. I will keep waiting…

FindingMyPossible
FindingMyPossible

Did you get a mailer or call in and ask?

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

Email

AB
AB

If you haven’t received offers, use it to buy a few small things and after 1-2 months you’ll get the offers.

TKO
TKO

I got the same offer.

AB
AB

I have 10X bonus (11X total) on up to $2500 each month with a $2000 minimum spend.

dave
dave

I have the same thing too. It was starting in April.

FindingMyPossible
FindingMyPossible

I’ve regularly messaged them to see if there were any promotions they could add to my card but there never is. Should I call in or do I have to wait for a mailer?

Neil K
Neil K

I got 10K points offer for spending $1000. It amounts to 11% cashback. (1% regular plus 10% bonus). I used to be a very heavy spender of this card till Dec 2018 when BluBird still allowed me to load by debit card. Now that they shut me down, my spending for this card came down to nothing. This is pretty good offer to do some real spending using this card.

TomT
TomT

Is the best way to get this card is to apply for the Sears store card, PC that to the Sears MC and then PC that to the Sears MC that earns TYP?

Ann
Ann

That seems like a lot of steps, what is the reason/benefit for this approach?

Skipjack
Skipjack

If you have the store card you have to be offered the upgrade to a MC, it isn’t done by the cardholder initiating a PC. Earning TYP instead of SYN points is a PC.

Mr G
Mr G

@TomT The Sears store card is different than the Sears Mastercard. Sign up for the latter which will give you the ability to earn SYW Points and then after a while you should be able to PC it to the TYP version.

aubergine
aubergine

ugh didn’t get targeted (yet). i will have to put some chumpy spend on it.

Three monks
Three monks

I was approved for this card last month and put about $100 of spend on it. Today I received a special financing offer for 0% for 12 months for purchases $399 and up. The offer is for purchases outside of Sears and needs to be activated to use. I was wondering if anyone else received this type of offer prior to receiving the very good spending bonus offers.

LMN
LMN

I’ve received special financing offer on 5/10 and 10% back on Home Improvement purchases on 5/11. Not sure if that counts as a good offer.

Chris
Chris

I’ve definitely got a couple random financing and balance transfer offers in the past. Then recently I got a $10 back on $50, before finally getting 10% back on between $500 and $750 in online purchases a few days ago.

john555
john555

So I am now getting some nice targeted offers. Questions: is there really no way to view pending charges online? Is there no way to see the spend on the promo bonuses on the website? Such an antiquated system unless I’m missing something completely. Then again, it’s citi.

Chris
Chris

Yeah, seems like Citi hasn’t updated their systems to show pending transactions for their Sears cards. They only show when they post a couple days later.

Chris
Chris

Got the email a few days ago, I didn’t PC to the TYP card yet, but I still got 10% statement credit on “$500 or more on eligible ONLINE purchases up to a total statement credit of $75”

So basically 10% back on online purchases totaling between $500 and $750.

I’m not sure what counts as an online purchase for this card though. Fine print says “Online purchases are transactions made via a computer network or other online service, and as defined by the merchant. We reserve the right to determine which purchases qualify for this offer.”

Some of my other cards like Discover show if the transaction was by chip, swipe, online, phone, etc. I have some bills I could pay to meet the requirements so I wonder if those would count as an “Online” purchase.

TomJ
TomJ

I received 5% on up to $2K in purchases. Maximum credit of $100.

hardh8
hardh8

Chris what is “PC?”

Chuck

Product Change

Dave
Dave

Can you product change another citi card to the sears card?

Chong786
Chong786

Nope. You need to apply for it. PC to this card is not possible

aubergine
aubergine

grr still nothing!

Superworm
Superworm

I’ve had this card for few years. Never get any offers. Put some spend on it for a couple months (food/gas/misc) to try and get something. All I have gotten is balance transfer offers for 5.9% + fees. Really?

David
David

For folks that got offers on your card, what is your CL and have you tried increasing your CL on their site via the LUV button? If so, was it a hard or soft inquiry?

TravelWithMiles

I just got this card a few months ago, but the language on the CLI request screen looks like the standard HP Citi (where it asks you what CL you want) so I think it may be just like the normal HP / SP depending on the request language. Not worth a HP to find out so I’ll see if the language changes once the acct ages to 6+ months.

David
David

Official Citi does not do a hard pull since its verbiage is “We will not obtain a credit bureau report to evaluate your request, and you will receive a decision instantly.” and even before you submit it says “We will not obtain a credit bureau report.”

On the Sears web site, it is a bit more ambiguous: “Completing your online credit limit increase request is easy and takes only minutes. In some cases, we can provide a decision right away.” and “By submitting this form you authorize Citibank, N.A. to obtain the Accountholder’s credit report.” before you submit.

I am guessing the latter suggests a hard pull, which I do not want to waste just for a meager increase…

Roger
Roger

Does anyone know what constitutes “online purchases” per citi sears’ standard? Does paying my rent online count? Thanks!

bo knows
bo knows

received such offer:
Earn 10,000 Bonus ThankYou® Points*
when you activate this offer and make eligible purchases totaling $1,000 or more with your Sears Mastercard® between 6/1/2019 – 7/30/2019.

it is my first time since got this card last Oct

David
David

I got this too. I’m assuming this stacks with my other for 25000 points for 2500 spend on groceries that I have for June as well. Stack it with gas points at Giant and this is a pretty amazing although unscalable deal.

bo knows
bo knows

I got another one which I ignored:

Activate now to earn 10x Bonus ThankYou® Points
(up to a total of 10,000 points)
when you spend $700 or more on eligible HOME IMPROVEMENT purchases and use your Sears Mastercard® from 5/1/19 – 6/30/19.

TomJ
TomJ

Anyone know when the bonus points typically post? I spend the required amount and received nothing so far. Usually on my other Citi cards, I get it fairly soon.

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