Citi ThankYou Premier – 60,000 ThankYou Points

UPDATE 1:50 PM EST: Another link is still up!

UPDATE 1:25 PM EST: Original link DEAD!

Thank to US Credit Card Guide, the best offer we’ve ever seen for the Citi ThankYou Premier credit card has been discovered! Using this link, you can earn the following bonus:

Earn 60,000 bonusThankYou® Points after you spend $3,500 in purchases within 3 months of account opening.

I just applied both Joann & myself for this card because you can easily transfer points from one account to any other one (with some caveats that I’ll go over in another post). Joann got instantly approved, but my decision went pending.

PRO TIP: If your decision goes pending, don’t close out that browser window. Wait a few seconds & a live chat popup window should appear on screen. Start the live chat & an agent can help you right then & there. No need to have the hassle of calling the reconsideration line! The agent was able to shift some credit from an existing Citi credit card in order to open this one. Approved!

  • Annual fee: $0 first year, $95 thereafter
    • Citi is notoriously generous with retention offers when calling to “cancel” after the annual fee is posted
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • EMV Chip Technology

Citi ThankYou Premier Bonus Categories

3 ThankYou Points per $1 spent on Travel. Travel includes:
  • Gas Stations
  • Public Transportation
  • Taxis and Tolls
  • Parking Garages
  • Airfare and Hotels
  • Cruises
  • Car Rental Agencies
  • And much more!

2 ThankYou Points per $1 spent on Dining Out and Entertainment

ThankYou Transfer Partners

ThankYou Points transfer to 11 different airline partners and Hilton HHonors (at 1:1.5).

  • Asia Miles
  • EVA Air
  • Etihad Guest
  • Flying Blue
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Qantas
  • Qatar
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Hilton HHonors (1:1.5)

Wrap Up

I haven’t written about City TY points much because I haven’t earned them before, but it’s always good to diversify the portfolio. Stay tuned for a lot more info regarding this program making a splash in the flexible points game.

Citi ThankYou Premier

Amex Offer – Spend $300 on Airfare, Get $50 Back

I just came across this offer while going through my wife’s American Express offers. She seems to get the better ones that I don’t get on either my EveryDay Preferred or Starwood Preferred Guest Business card.

Get a one-time $50 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a total of $300 or more on purchases made directly with any airline by 9/15/15. See terms and conditions for details and exclusions.

I think this is an easy & self-explanatory one that any readers of this blog can take advantage of. Just make sure the purchase is directly with the airline and not through a third party like Orbitz, Priceline, etc.

I’ve read that there is a better version of this offer (spend $300, get $75 back) and that it’s highly targeted. Hopefully, you find this offer in your American Express accounts. Any discount on airfare is a welcome one!

Q3 Rotating Bonuses – Chase Freedom & Discover IT

New quarter, new bonuses! These bonuses will run through September 30, 2015.

Chase Freedom

Activate here. Most gas stations have gift card racks so this should be an easy $1,500 to spend this quarter.

  • Gas stations
  • Kohl’s

Discover IT

Activate here. This is a very easy one to max out ($1,500 also). Combined with enrolling in the double cash back offer for a year, the Discover IT card will get some serious burn for me going forward. Look at Sears in the Discover Deals portal to compound the bonus.

  • Home improvement stores
  • Department stores*
  • Amazon.com

 

(Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip

UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks!

As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full fare (Y) class and the actual fare is only $5 each way, with the rest of the all-in price being taxes.

Anyway, as always with potential mistake fares, book now & plan later! You have 24 hours to cancel for a full refund anyway. In this case, you’re buying a fully refundable ticket so there’s no risk here! I’m unsure when this date expires so have at it.

There are SO many dates; looks like this goes through end of schedule so hurry up & book!

EWR-MEX $140

EWR-MEX $140

Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash

Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash.

  1. Search for a car using their site
  2. Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates

The problem with #1 is that several major car rental companies have since bowed out of the AutoSlash results – Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar & Advantage to name a few. Because of that, I mostly use AutoSlash’s second option.

After I make my booking, I immediately navigate to AutoSlash’s tracking feature. This is such an easy “set & forget” process that there is no reason to skip it after completing your car rental booking.

My most recent experience with them was last week and it was stellar, as usual. I made a booking for Orlando with Hertz (I typically only rent with major companies like Hertz, Avis, or National) and entered the reservation number at AutoSlash on 3/26. The day after, I received the “Great News!” email that I love to see.

AutoSlash will send you any better rates from any rental company

AutoSlash will send you any better rates from any rental company

I clicked on the Avis link and proceeded to confirm the new rate, now booked through AutoSlash. One caveat to note is that I now had to cancel my existing reservation with Hertz. Simple as that; AutoSlash saved me almost $60 in a day.

To put more icing on the cake, I received several more Great News email!

autoslash great news

In total, I went from a $177 reservation with Hertz to an $83 reservation with Avis. Fine by me. Thank you, AutoSlash! I will continue to use it going forward.