Posted by Chuck on July 12, 2016
Credit Cards

Published on July 12th, 2016 | by Chuck


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.

22 Responses to Citi Prestige Signup Bonus Changing Next Tuesday

  1. joE says:

    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?

    • Chuck says:

      Yeah, we have some data points here /which-credit-card-issuers-will-match-a-higher-signup-bonus/#Citi

      Added to the post, thanks.

      • joE says:

        Great, thanks!

        Do you happen to know if the $350 in branch free is perpetual? I will not be able to meet the Citi gold checking requirements after they changed the requirements and was wondering if the only other way to knock the fee down was to apply in branch.

        • Chuck says:

          I imagine that will stick for the long haul.

          You might even be able to get the $350 without being Citigold, YMMV.

          • joE says:

            Was going to apply next month since I’ll be travelling to a state that has Citi branches but this post threw a wrench in my plans.

            To make matters more complicated, I have a legacy Citi gold status though I have downgraded to a regular checking.

            So I am now on the fence, more so than you :), if I should apply before next week or wait until next month.

  2. sam says:

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

  3. Chuck says:

    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?

  4. Nick says:

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

  5. Jason says:

    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.

  6. Matt K. says:

    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.

  7. Sam says:

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

  8. Db says:

    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.

  9. Rufus says:

    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?

    • 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 says:

        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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