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Mostly positive changes coming to Citi ThankYou Premier 4.19.2015

Mostly positive changes coming to Citi ThankYou Premier 4.19.2015

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Major changes coming into effect April 19, 2015:
Effective April 19th, 2015, unless you are participating in a limited-time offer, you will earn:

-- 3 ThankYou Points for every dollar you spend on purchases at airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, travel agencies, gas stations, commuter transportation, taxi/limousines, passenger railways, cruise lines, bridge and road tolls, parking lots/garages, campgrounds and trailer parks, time shares, bus lines, motor home/RV Rental and boat rentals;
-- 2 ThankYou Points for every dollar you spend on purchases at restaurants and on select entertainment merchants, including sports promoters, theatrical promoters, movie theaters, amusement parks, tourist attractions, record stores and video rental stores; and
-- 1 ThankYou Point for every dollar you spend on other purchases.

Airlines are classified as merchants that provide air travel. Hotels are classified as merchants that provide sleeping or meeting room accommodations, and may include goods and services that are on a bill for these accommodations by a hotel, motel or inn. Car rental agencies are classified as merchants that provide short-term or long-term rentals of cars. Travel agencies are classified as merchants that provide travel information and booking services, and include travel aggregators and tour operators. Gas Stations are classified as merchants that sell fuel for consumer use and may or may not be attended. Commuter transportation is classified as merchants that provide suburban and local mass passenger transportation over regular routes and on regular schedules, including ferries, commuter railways and subways. Taxi/limousine are classified as merchants that provide passenger transportation services for hire and includes horse-drawn cabs and carriages, bicycle taxis, aerial tramways, airport shuttles or cable cars. Passenger railways are classified as merchants that primarily provide long-distance transportation and may include overnight accommodations on the train. Cruise lines are classified as merchants that provide passenger transportation on the open sea or inland waters for the purpose of vacation or pleasure and operate predefined and advertised routes. Bridge and tolls are classified as merchants who collect fees associated with toll roads, highways and bridges. Parking lots/garages are classified as merchants that provide temporary parking services for automobiles, usually on an hourly, daily or monthly contract or fee basis. Campgrounds and trailer parks are classified as merchants that provide overnight or short-term campsites for recreational vehicles, trailers, campers, or tents. Timeshares are classified as retailers that sell, lease, and rent timeshare real estate and arrange timeshare condominium exchanges. Bus Lines are classified passenger bus transportation services that operate on a regular schedule over predetermined routes. Motor Home and Recreational Vehicle Rental are classified as merchants that rent motor homes, RVs, pop-up campers, tent trailers, and other recreational vehicles on a daily, short-term, or extended-term basis. Boat Leases and Boat Rentals are classified as merchants that primarily provide boat rental and leasing services, including fishing boats, non-crew houseboats, sail boats, powerboats, jet skis, and yachts. Restaurants are classified as dining establishments that primarily prepare food and drinks for immediate consumption by consumers, either on the merchant’s premises or packaged for takeout, and include bars, cocktail lounges, discotheques, nightclubs, taverns and fast food restaurants. Sports promoters are classified as merchants that operate and promote live sporting events (professional or semi-professional), and may also include sports stadiums. Theatrical promoters are classified as merchants that operate live theatrical productions or concerts, and include ticketing agencies. Movie theaters are classified as establishments that sell tickets and refreshments for movie productions. Amusement parks (including zoos, circuses and aquariums) are classified as establishments that operate parks or carnivals and offer mechanical rides and games and/or live animal shows. Tourist attractions and museums (including art galleries) are classified as establishments that operate attractions and exhibits for tourists.


We do not determine how merchants or establishments are classified, however, they are generally classified based upon the merchant's primary line of business. We reserve the right to determine which purchases qualify for this offer. Purchases not eligible to receive the additional ThankYou Points include, but are not limited to, purchases made at warehouse clubs, discount stores, department stores and convenience stores.


• You may earn ThankYou Points as long as your Card Account is open and current. If your Card Account is closed, you will not be able to earn ThankYou Points and you will lose any accumulated ThankYou Points that have not been transferred to your ThankYou Member Account. Balance transfers, cash advances, convenience checks, returned purchases, disputed or unauthorized purchases/fraudulent transactions, finance charges, Card Account fees, and fees for services and programs you elect to receive through us do not earn ThankYou Points unless otherwise specified.


• If you do not already have a ThankYou Rewards Member Account ("ThankYou Member Account"), one will be set up for you. ThankYou Points earned from purchases post to your Card Account at the close of each billing cycle, and at that time we will transfer the ThankYou Points you earned to your ThankYou Member Account. (Bonus ThankYou Points may take one to two additional billing cycles to post to your Card Account.) ThankYou Points are not eligible for redemption until they are transferred to your ThankYou Member Account. ThankYou Points may not be redeemed
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Old Jan 18, 15, 8:11 pm
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Originally Posted by greek2me View Post
Can't paste it now, but all the new terms eff 4/19/15 are spelled out under the Card Benefits tab of my account and travel will cover not just airfare and hotels but just about everything you could imagine Plus gas.
Prestige does not include gas... does it?
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Old Jan 18, 15, 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by greek2me View Post
Can't paste it now, but all the new terms eff 4/19/15 are spelled out under the Card Benefits tab of my account and travel will cover not just airfare and hotels but just about everything you could imagine Plus gas.
Interesting. Wonder if that will apply to Prestige as well.
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Old Jan 18, 15, 8:52 pm
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What about cruises?

Wow gas. Prestige doesn't include gas. Even though gas prices are down, this could be helpful.

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Old Jan 18, 15, 10:59 pm
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Thumbs up Citi TYPremier New Terms & Conditions

Looks like this card will be very competitive and useful. I copied and pasted the new terms and conditions of the Thank You Premier Card effective April 2015:

Until April 18th, 2015, unless you are participating in a limited-time offer, you will earn:

-- 3 ThankYou Points for every dollar you spend on purchases at restaurants and on select entertainment merchants, including sports promoters, theatrical promoters, movie theaters, amusement parks, tourist attractions, record stores and video rental stores;
-- 2 ThankYou Points for every dollar you spend on purchases at airlines, hotels and travel agencies; and
-- 1 ThankYou Point for every dollar you spend on all other purchases.

Effective April 19th, 2015, unless you are participating in a limited-time offer, you will earn:

-- 3 ThankYou Points for every dollar you spend on purchases at airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, travel agencies, gas stations, commuter transportation, taxi/limousines, passenger railways, cruise lines, bridge and road tolls, parking lots/garages, campgrounds and trailer parks, time shares, bus lines, motor home/RV Rental and boat rentals;
-- 2 ThankYou Points for every dollar you spend on purchases at restaurants and on select entertainment merchants, including sports promoters, theatrical promoters, movie theaters, amusement parks, tourist attractions, record stores and video rental stores; and
-- 1 ThankYou Point for every dollar you spend on other purchases.

Airlines are classified as merchants that provide air travel. Hotels are classified as merchants that provide sleeping or meeting room accommodations, and may include goods and services that are on a bill for these accommodations by a hotel, motel or inn. Car rental agencies are classified as merchants that provide short-term or long-term rentals of cars. Travel agencies are classified as merchants that provide travel information and booking services, and include travel aggregators and tour operators. Gas Stations are classified as merchants that sell fuel for consumer use and may or may not be attended. Commuter transportation is classified as merchants that provide suburban and local mass passenger transportation over regular routes and on regular schedules, including ferries, commuter railways and subways. Taxi/limousine are classified as merchants that provide passenger transportation services for hire and includes horse-drawn cabs and carriages, bicycle taxis, aerial tramways, airport shuttles or cable cars. Passenger railways are classified as merchants that primarily provide long-distance transportation and may include overnight accommodations on the train. Cruise lines are classified as merchants that provide passenger transportation on the open sea or inland waters for the purpose of vacation or pleasure and operate predefined and advertised routes. Bridge and tolls are classified as merchants who collect fees associated with toll roads, highways and bridges. Parking lots/garages are classified as merchants that provide temporary parking services for automobiles, usually on an hourly, daily or monthly contract or fee basis. Campgrounds and trailer parks are classified as merchants that provide overnight or short-term campsites for recreational vehicles, trailers, campers, or tents. Timeshares are classified as retailers that sell, lease, and rent timeshare real estate and arrange timeshare condominium exchanges. Bus Lines are classified passenger bus transportation services that operate on a regular schedule over predetermined routes. Motor Home and Recreational Vehicle Rental are classified as merchants that rent motor homes, RVs, pop-up campers, tent trailers, and other recreational vehicles on a daily, short-term, or extended-term basis. Boat Leases and Boat Rentals are classified as merchants that primarily provide boat rental and leasing services, including fishing boats, non-crew houseboats, sail boats, powerboats, jet skis, and yachts. Restaurants are classified as dining establishments that primarily prepare food and drinks for immediate consumption by consumers, either on the merchant’s premises or packaged for takeout, and include bars, cocktail lounges, discotheques, nightclubs, taverns and fast food restaurants. Sports promoters are classified as merchants that operate and promote live sporting events (professional or semi-professional), and may also include sports stadiums. Theatrical promoters are classified as merchants that operate live theatrical productions or concerts, and include ticketing agencies. Movie theaters are classified as establishments that sell tickets and refreshments for movie productions. Amusement parks (including zoos, circuses and aquariums) are classified as establishments that operate parks or carnivals and offer mechanical rides and games and/or live animal shows. Tourist attractions and museums (including art galleries) are classified as establishments that operate attractions and exhibits for tourists.


We do not determine how merchants or establishments are classified, however, they are generally classified based upon the merchant's primary line of business. We reserve the right to determine which purchases qualify for this offer. Purchases not eligible to receive the additional ThankYou Points include, but are not limited to, purchases made at warehouse clubs, discount stores, department stores and convenience stores.


• You may earn ThankYou Points as long as your Card Account is open and current. If your Card Account is closed, you will not be able to earn ThankYou Points and you will lose any accumulated ThankYou Points that have not been transferred to your ThankYou Member Account. Balance transfers, cash advances, convenience checks, returned purchases, disputed or unauthorized purchases/fraudulent transactions, finance charges, Card Account fees, and fees for services and programs you elect to receive through us do not earn ThankYou Points unless otherwise specified.


• If you do not already have a ThankYou Rewards Member Account ("ThankYou Member Account"), one will be set up for you. ThankYou Points earned from purchases post to your Card Account at the close of each billing cycle, and at that time we will transfer the ThankYou Points you earned to your ThankYou Member Account. (Bonus ThankYou Points may take one to two additional billing cycles to post to your Card Account.) ThankYou Points are not eligible for redemption until they are transferred to your ThankYou Member Account. ThankYou Points may not be redeemed and may be lost if your Card Account is not open or current.
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Old Jan 19, 15, 12:03 am
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Originally Posted by voodoogirl View Post
What about cruises?

Wow gas. Prestige doesn't include gas. Even though gas prices are down, this could be helpful.
Starting April 19, 2015, unless you are participating in a limited-time offer, you will earn:
• 3 ThankYou Points for every dollar you spend on purchases at airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, travel agencies, gas stations, commuter transportation, taxi/limousines, passenger railways, cruise lines, bridge and road tolls, parking lots/garages, campgrounds and trailer parks, time shares, bus lines, motor home/RV Rental and boat rentals;
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Old Jan 19, 15, 12:08 am
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The terms are the following for the Premier:

Starting April 19, 2015, unless you are participating in a limited-time offer, you will earn:
• 3 ThankYou Points for every dollar you spend on purchases at airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, travel agencies, gas stations, commuter transportation, taxi/limousines, passenger railways, cruise lines, bridge and road tolls, parking lots/garages, campgrounds and trailer parks, time shares, bus lines, motor home/RV Rental and boat rentals;
• 2 ThankYou Points for every dollar you spend on purchases at restaurants and on select entertainment merchants, including sports promoters, theatrical promoters, movie theaters, amusement parks, tourist attractions, record stores and video rental stores; and
• 1 ThankYou Point for every dollar you spend on other purchases.
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Old Jan 19, 15, 2:02 am
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If prestige really goes 3x for gas and Amtrak I am cancelling my Chase Sapphire.
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Old Jan 19, 15, 7:38 am
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this is a positive change for me. Was thinking to apply for Prestige. Now Premier looks attractive too. For annual fee difference of $105 ($200-$95 after ticket reimbursement of $250), need to see whether lounge access is worth that much.
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Old Jan 19, 15, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by voodoogirl View Post
Wow gas. Prestige doesn't include gas. Even though gas prices are down, this could be helpful.
I find it difficult to think that Citi would also not add Gas to Prestige, I feel that would cause too much confusion between the two products now they have the same 3-2-1 earnings structure. That said, citi has a different definition of restaurants between the premier and forward cards, so anything is possible.
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Old Jan 19, 15, 5:03 pm
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Wow! Here's to hoping these changes come to the Prestige.
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Old Jan 20, 15, 12:07 am
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Wow, I had been putting all my gas spend on an Amex Everyday Preferred to get 3x MR (2x on gas plus 50% bonus each month) but may get the Prestige and move all gas spending to it. I'll still keep the Everyday Preferred for the 1.5 MR everywhere (and 4.5x MR at grocery stores up to $6k/year) but the amount I spend on gas and purchases at gas stations plus my TYP needs coming up this year totally make it worth it.
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Old Jan 20, 15, 6:15 am
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My Prestige statement closed yesterday and it appears I got 3x on gas. So, if they are matching everything like the Premier, back to not needing it.

I am really bummed that a Priceline car rental I did showed up as 'Services - PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, NOT ELSEWHERE CLA", no extra points.
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Old Jan 20, 15, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by voodoogirl View Post
My Prestige statement closed yesterday and it appears I got 3x on gas. So, if they are matching everything like the Premier, back to not needing it.

I am really bummed that a Priceline car rental I did showed up as 'Services - PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, NOT ELSEWHERE CLA", no extra points.
How can you tell you are getting 3x on gas? My Prestige statement closed today and I can't see anything like that.
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Old Jan 20, 15, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by ffflllyyyeeerrr View Post
How can you tell you are getting 3x on gas? My Prestige statement closed today and I can't see anything like that.
I'm sorry, looking at my bonus points again, which were only 67, it wasn't a 3x on a Shell charge of 22.35, it was a 2x on an Amazon charge that came over as "Record Stores".

Sorry, it must have been wishful thinking very early in the morning.
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Old Jan 21, 15, 5:59 pm
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The lower fee is cool but still :(

I was considering the Premier specifically for the 3x on dining. I spend ~1k/month eating out which goes on my CSP. I was planning on closing my CSP and getting Prestige + Premier so I could get 3x on travel and dining, now I'm not sure.

Thanks for the info OP. Does anyone know of any other cards that give 3x on dining?
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