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City National Bank Crystal Visa Infinite (USA); NY GA TN NV CA MA DC & MN

Old Nov 6, 15, 11:03 pm
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Current welcome offer is 50,000 30,000 Crystal points with $5,000 $3,000 spending in the first 90 days. First annual fee not waived. (as of telephone call with bank employee 8/7/2019)

Past bonuses were:

***** #1502 - signup bonus 1/16/18 BUT ANNUAL FEE NOT WAIVED ******

100,000 points after spending $5,000 in first three months. Offer expires 30 December 2015. EXPIRED

A 70,000 points offer was offered back in March 2017 and expired March 31st, 2017. EXPIRED

The requirements for the application process varies from bank to bank based on various online data points collected from FlyerTalk, Doctor of Credit, etc.

Some banks require that you go into a branch and apply personally. Other banks want you to have another account open for 90 days before you can get this card. Some banks (if you already have a relationship with them) let you apply via mail. Sometimes you have to be a resident of the state they operate in, while some were able to get the card without living in those states. It is very much YMMV. You will need proof of income (W2, check stubs, etc). The only states City National Bank operates in are: NY, DE (only trust office, no go), DC, GA, TN, MN, NV & CA. The bank is looking for high net worth individuals, but that's not exactly consistent either.

The card has no foreign transactions fees and is fee-free the first year, then $400 annually.

Register your card for online access (cno.cnb.com). This changed on Sept 19 2019.
Register separately for the award page (www.cnbrewards.com).
Register for Visa Infinite info and access at https://myvisainfinite.com/cnb/en_us/home.html
Click "my info" to see details on points awarded.
Best* redemption found to date is $1,000 prepaid visa for 105K pts. It's now 125K pts for a $1,000 prepaid visa. Link to catalog
*(other than spending for flights etc. & getting 1.2 cents each in value)

To set-up spending alerts, create an account here : http://citynationalbank.digitalcardservice.com

Point redemptions for flights have been reported as being as high as 1.35cpp (see here) by calling the Concierge service at +1 800 595 8950 and having them book direct from airline website for you

Significant benefits:

$250 per calendar year airline incidental credit - works on AU card as well - STARTING JAN 1ST, 2020 THE CREDIT WILL BE $350 PER ACCOUNT
$100 Global Entry fee credit - works on AU card as well Per DDResq post 842
Priority Pass lounge membership for up to 2 people. No fee for any number of guests, but lounge policy may limit the number of guests admitted.- STARTING JAN 1ST, 2020 EACH ADDITIONAL GUEST BEYOND ACCOUNT HOLDER WILL BE CHARGED $32
12 GoGo inflight passes - create an account at myvisainfinite.com/cnb. Once the account is created, you enter, then search for GoGo passes. You then input your card number again, create a GoGo account if you don't have one, and the 12 passes post to it ready to be used when you fly again on a participating airline. - works on AU card as well
$100 off when you book a qualifying airline itinerary via visa discount air portal (https://www.visadiscountair.com/CNB/default.aspx - STARTING JAN 1ST, 2020 THIS WILL NO LONGER BE OFFERED AS A BENEFIT
$30 off GroundLink car service (works with AU cards as well) plus instant 15% off rides. There are $25 current user referrals to go for first.

Airline fees are reimbursed up to $250 per calendar year. Fees must be from domestic carriers. There is no need to declare a carrier, and fees can be reimbursed from multiple carriers. Partial Ts and Cs:

Qualifying Airline Purchases are defined as incidental airline fee transactions made at eligible US Domestic Airline Carriers and include: ticket change/cancellation fees, checked baggage fees, inflight entertainment, onboard food and beverage charges, airport lounge membership fees and day passes, onboard wireless charges (excluding Gogo Wireless), and TSA Pre✓ membership application fee.


What works
AA: Award Fees/Taxes, Award Redeposit Fees ($150)
AA: e-Gift cards $250 including AUs (1x per card max 4)
AS: Award ticket fees, $16
AS: In flight food, entertainment.
AS: Premium Class Upgrade, $59

HA: Interisland Flight, $48.80
UA: award ticket fees, $51
WN: Award Fees/Taxes, Award Redeposit Fees (limit unknown, but it's between $75 and $80 per transaction), Early Bird boarding fees ($15)
DL: Baggage fees
B6: $53.30 airfare

What doesn't work
AS: Award ticket fees, $130ish
DL: GC; PGGM (reports of not working since April/2016)
DL: Just about anything. Don't use on Delta
UA: MPX, Award Fees (~$170)
UA: Gift card registry (up to $75) (No longer working as of 11/25/17)
UA: Seat Selection Fee
WN: GC
EY: Award Fees
TW: Change fee
UO: Seat fee
AA: Award Fees/Taxes on an itinerary originating outside the US.

To Be Confirmed
UA: Award Redeposit Fees ($200)


Global Entry reimbursements: (works on AU also)

user - mnsweeps ( https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29336509-post1549.html )

Used mine and a AU card to register for GE for in laws
01/17/201801/18/2018USCUSTOMS TRUSTEDTRAVELER$100.00
01/17/201801/18/2018USCUSTOMS TRUSTEDTRAVELER$100.00

Credit posted today for both cards.
01/20/201801/24/2018GLOBAL ENTRY STMT CREDIT $100.00
01/20/201801/24/2018GLOBAL ENTRY STMT CREDIT $100.00

In 2016, 2017 AND 2018 airline incidental credits for transactions on-or-after January 1st did not start posting until the third week of January. In 2019 they started posting on Jan 11th.

For further information, see this

STARTING JAN 1ST, 2020 there are going to be major changes to this card, these being:[/s]
  • $350 airline incidental credit per account (was $250 per AU)
    • $95 Annual Fee per AU
      • $32 per guest using PriorityPass (used to be free & unlimited)
        • Elimination of $100 Visa Air Discount Benefit
          • Groceries and Gas only earn 1x (used to be 3x)

Sources:

discussion starting here

https://www.cnb.com/content/dam/cnbc...ewards2020.pdf
https://www.cnb.com/content/dam/cnbc...rystal2020.pdf


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City National Bank Crystal Visa Infinite (USA); NY GA TN NV CA MA DC & MN

Old Jan 27, 17, 12:38 am
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Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 48
With PGGM being dead, and only these AA credits being credited, I was really hesitating this year since I haven't flown AA in a loong time ... so decided to try something new -- I purchased one of the low fare (sub-$50) fare on Alaska and got the "fee" rebate posted. I guess there may be some trigger amount, but this definitely means I'm not cancelling this year. Need to do a bunch of reservations now.

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Old Jan 27, 17, 5:54 am
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Mine posted today as well.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 7:55 am
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Join Date: Aug 2015
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Ok so if AA GC and WN PGGM are still alive, this card is still one of the most valuable on the market.

Now to test authorized user cards too....
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Old Jan 27, 17, 8:07 am
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Join Date: Jul 2014
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Mine posted today as well. Does $100 AA GC work as well. All of my AA GCs have been $50 transactions so far.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 8:18 am
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Originally Posted by iqbalt80
Ok another update about the AA eGC rebate.

History:
I bought 4 $250 AA eGC on Jan 3rd.

I got $50 credit on each account on the 6th.. The rest of the story is mentioned in the above posts..

Update:
I got $250 credit on each account on the 24th.. So I got a total of $1200 in travel rebate rather than $1000. No complaints here now...
So we can buy $250 e-gifts on all cards and AUs in other words? Please confirm and great news again btw!
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Old Jan 27, 17, 9:07 am
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Join Date: Aug 2015
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Originally Posted by Renes Points
So we can buy $250 e-gifts on all cards and AUs in other words? Please confirm and great news again btw!
I assume he bought 250 each on all 4 cards (1 main and 3 AU?) If that is the case that would be awesome. Obviously we can't expect to get that extra $50 per person, but if we can get $250 per person this card is absolutely the best.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 9:30 am
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Join Date: Jun 2013
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Originally Posted by jwgmaldives
Ok so if AA GC and WN PGGM are still alive, this card is still one of the most valuable on the market.

Now to test authorized user cards too....
I received reimbursement for WN PGGM on 1/7 on an AU card. Travel Credit came through last night.

Now I just want to know where my 10k bonus points are!
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Old Jan 27, 17, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by Renes Points
So we can buy $250 e-gifts on all cards and AUs in other words? Please confirm and great news again btw!
I bought $250 AA egc each on the main card plus 3 AUs. Got reimbursement on all.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by iqbalt80
I bought $250 AA egc each on the main card plus 3 AUs. Got reimbursement on all.
Thanks so very much!

PS to all - I am working with the original 100k offer PVT banker on the 10k points promo. Will update when I know more.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 10:56 am
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I did SW PGGM US-Mex on 1/15, $81 charge. I didn't get the credit. Last year I didn't get the credit for international itineraries for some reason but I know others did. I think I haven't gotten it because of how late I did it but I would be interested in any datapoints of people who made transactions (PGGM or gift card) after the first week of January.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 11:03 am
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Originally Posted by DaveInLA
I did SW PGGM US-Mex on 1/15, $81 charge. I didn't get the credit. Last year I didn't get the credit for international itineraries for some reason but I know others did. I think I haven't gotten it because of how late I did it but I would be interested in any datapoints of people who made transactions (PGGM or gift card) after the first week of January.

The charge is too high. I have had success doing SW PGGM since 1/1 but have ranged in amounts from $41-$67. Try booking something in that range and it should be reimbursed.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by Quinnjamin
The charge is too high. I have had success doing SW PGGM since 1/1 but have ranged in amounts from $41-$67. Try booking something in that range and it should be reimbursed.
I'll try lower. The wiki says $70-85, probably closer to $70.

But have those who made charges in the past couple of weeks gotten their credits?
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Old Jan 27, 17, 2:10 pm
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I cancelled a couple of the WN flights on 1/24 and I got both the credit for cancellation and the travel credit back. I guess it is not conclusive enough since the transaction date on both are 1/24...Just a data point.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Renes Points
So we can buy $250 e-gifts on all cards and AUs in other words? Please confirm and great news again btw!
Originally Posted by jackiesyu
I cancelled a couple of the WN flights on 1/24 and I got both the credit for cancellation and the travel credit back. I guess it is not conclusive enough since the transaction date on both are 1/24...Just a data point.
Sounds pretty conclusive to me.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by jackiesyu
I cancelled a couple of the WN flights on 1/24 and I got both the credit for cancellation and the travel credit back. I guess it is not conclusive enough since the transaction date on both are 1/24...Just a data point.
What was the date you bought the tix?
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