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Big Changes are Coming for the Citi Premier Card

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to remove additional information about changes on tap for the Citi Premier Card at the request of the bank, which prohibited sites like ours from publishing leaked details. We look forward to bringing you more information and analysis as soon as possible.

Big changes are underway with the Citi Premier Card – Citi's longtime, popular $95 annual fee travel rewards credit card. Sometime soon, by the looks of it.

Though it's been a mainstay in the travel credit card landscape for years, Citi has played fourth fiddle to the likes of Chase, American Express, and Capital One. This Thursday, though, Citi closed new applications for the Citi Premier Card – it's no longer available to newcomers, period.

What's next? We can't say for certain, but change for Citi's most popular travel card has been in the air for years.

Citi filed a trademark for the “Citi Strata Premier Card” nearly 18 months ago. 

But what will that card bring to the table? Will it come with an increase to the Premier card's current $95 annual fee? And what does it mean for longtime Citi Premier cardholders: Will they keep those cards or eventually convert to whatever comes next? And is a long-rumored premium card to replace the (also shuttered for applications) Citi Prestige Card on the way, too?

We can't say for sure just yet. 


Citi Premier Card: An Overview

It may not have the same big name or massive marketing budget, but the Citi Premier Card was already one of the most well-rounded travel rewards credit cards on the market.

  • Welcome Offer: Earn 60,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Plus, for a limited time, earn a total of 10 ThankYou® Points per $1 spent on hotel, car rentals, and attractions (excluding air travel) booked on the Citi Travel portal through June 30, 2024.
  • Earn 3x Citi ThankYou Points for every dollar spent on air travel and hotels.
  • Earn 3x Citi ThankYou Points for every dollar spent at restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations.
  • Earn 10x Citi ThankYou Points for every dollar spent on hotels and car rentals when you book through the Citi Travel portal (through Jun. 30, 2024).
  • Earn 1x Citi ThankYou Points for every dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Save $100 annually on a single hotel stay of $500 or more when you book through the Citi Travel portal.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Annual Fee: $95 (not waived)


Bottom Line

Change is in the air for Citi's longtime Premier Card. It's too soon to say what comes next for Citi's most popular travel credit card, but stay tuned for more details. 



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