Citi Prestige gets 5x bonus for online / cable / streaming (up to 7500 points)

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Citi is out with a new bonus for Prestige cardholders: get 5x points for online, cable, and streaming purchases (up to 7500 points) through the end of 2020. The fact that online purchases are included should make this very easy to max out with the holiday shopping season upon us.

The Deal

  • Citi Prestige cardholders can earn 5 ThankYou Rewards points for every $1 spent on online, cable, and streaming purchases through the end of 2020 (up to 7500 points)

Key Terms

  • Eligible cable and streaming providers include more than 20 platforms, such as Amazon Prime Video, Apple Music, Disney+, ESPN+, HBO NOW, Netflix, SiriusXM, and Sling TV

Quick Thoughts

Making $1500 in purchases should max this one out (the email Citi sent us said you could earn up to 7500 points rather than 7500 bonus points, so I’m assuming a cap at $1500 in purchases).

Note that it is not at all uncommon for Citi to pass along information to us that they fail to communicate to phone reps (and cardholders), so I wouldn’t be surprised if this information isn’t widely available for a while yet. The email they sent indicated that “eligible cardholders” can earn this bonus, which I take to mean any cardholder in good standing. Since there is plenty of time left in 2020, you could of course make a small test purchases and have plenty of time to check your earnings to be sure you’re getting 5x.

Given the prevalence of online shopping, it should probably be pretty easy to max this out before the end of the year even without streaming or cable purchases. If you’re planning a very large purchase, I recommend checking Doctor of Credit’s payments workshop for data points on the store from which you’re buying. The AT&T Access More card (no longer available) also offers a bonus for online retail purchases, but some stores inexplicably don’t count for the online bonus. I’d expect that if your chosen store is listed in the payments workshop as earning 3x on the AT&T Access More card, it’ll probably earn 5x with the Prestige card. For example, online camera shops Adorama and B&H Photo and Video don’t trigger 3x on the AT&T card, so I probably wouldn’t put a $1500 purchase on the Prestige card before testing a small purchase to see whether it codes differently.

Overall, it’s nice to see the additional spending bonuses like this keep coming from issuers, making it easy to earn a great return on most purchases.

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