Once you receive a credit card and have earned the sign-up bonus, it becomes all about which card will give you the most miles or points for your purchases. For many of us, there are several cards that have a permanent/semi-permanent spot in our drawers as they do not do that much for us with the earning. Whenever we see movement by a card issuer with category bonuses, it is always a good thing, and Citi is doing that.
Citi Stepping Up With Category Bonuses
E-mails went out this week from Citi regarding category bonuses. The e-mails do have targeted links for enrolling for the category bonuses, so make sure you check your e-mail for these notices! Those who wish to participate must enroll in the offer to get the bonuses.
3X AAdvantage Miles
This bonus is for my AAdvantage Platinum Select card and offers 3 miles per dollar on all purchases at these categories:
- Grocery Stores
- Gas Stations
- Commuter Transportation Locations
This category bonus is limited to only 2,500 miles from spending (so, $833 in actual spending), but it is still better than nothing! That spending must be done by March 31, 2015 and the card must be enrolled by February 28, 2015. To find the e-mail in your inbox, try searching for Earn 3X American Airlines to find the e-mail.
The fact that you must spend $833 by the end of March to get the maximum bonus miles is that it is not that hard to do. Most grocery stores carry gift cards so you can just buy gift cards to use in the future or at other locations to nail your spending. Quick and easy!
5X ThankYou Points
The other offer in my e-mail is for my Citi ThankYou Preferred card and is for earning 5X ThankYou points. The bonus is for the following categories:
- Clothing Stores
- Electronics and Computer Stores
- Toy Stores
- Department Stores
This category bonus is also limited to 2,500 points, which in this case translates to $500 in spending. This spending must also be done by March 31, 2015 and the card must be enrolled for the offer by February 28, 2015. To find the e-mail in your inbox, try searching for Earn 5X ThankYou Points.
The fact that this is for electronic and computer stores makes the $500 spending too easy. I can buy that much (and flip it) in one visit without trying too hard. So, if you are interested in this offer, check out for good deals at those locations as wel.
While neither of these offers are huge game changers, it is nice to see Citi extending some category bonuses. Hopefully, we will see more consistent category bonuses that will make it more worthwhile to use the Citi AA cards, because for AA miles, the best card to use is really the SPG Amex card!