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Win Up to 1 Million Citi ThankYou Points With This August Sweepstakes

Aug. 01, 2018
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If you're looking to earn significant Citi ThankYou Rewards points, credit cards can be a big help. For instance, the 60,000-point offer currently available on the Citi Premier® Card can get you well on your way to some awesome premium-cabin flights.

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But 1 million Citi points is a whole different ballgame. You could go for years putting all your spending — and your authorized users' spending — on ThankYou point-earning cards and not make a million points. But one lucky person is going to strike it rich through Citi's new "Feel Like a Million Points" sweepstakes, and several others are going to take home big chunks of ThankYou points as well.

Here are the details: Now through August 31, visit thankyou.com/sweepstakes to enter for your chance to win up to 1 million Citi points by simply logging in and filling out the entry form with your name and email address. To participate, you must be a Citi ThankYou Rewards member as of July 31, 2018. Only one person is getting a million points, but several others will win as well. These are the three tiers of prizes:

  • Grand prize (1 winner): 1 million Citi ThankYou points
  • Second prize (3 winners): 500,000 Citi points
  • Third prize (10 winners): 100,000 Citi points

So in total, Citi's giving away 3,500,000 points. Based on my valuations, 1 million Citi points are worth a whopping $17,000, while 500,000 ThankYou points are worth $8,500 and even 100,000 ThankYou points are valued at $1,700. That's a ton of free flights and hotel stays.

Options for Redeeming 1 Million Citi Points

Since the points being given away via this sweepstakes are taxable, you won't be able to transfer them to Citi's 15 airline partners. Instead, you can use the points through the Citi ThankYou Travel Portal to book flights, hotels and more. If you have a premium Citi card such as the Citi Prestige or the Citi Premier, you'll get 1.25 cents per point in value when you redeem through the portal — with other cards you'll get 1 cent per point (that's also how much you'll get per point toward gift cards, no matter which Citi card you hold).

You're virtually unlimited when it comes to options for redeeming Citi points through the travel portal, since you have so many airline and hotel options (not to mention cars, cruises and activities), but here's an example that puts those 1 million points to use across three trips. This assumes you have the Citi Prestige, which gets the highest-possible redemption rate of 1.25 cents per point, plus includes the 4th Night Free benefit on hotel bookings.

Part 1: Kauai's North Shore With the Family

The St. Regis Princeville, a fantastic property in Kauai.

Flights

You could book round-trip economy flights on Alaska Airlines from the West Coast to Hawaii for a family of four for approximately 125,000 points (based on sample travel dates in early September).

Hotel

Book a stay at the St. Regis Princeville, a favorite among TPG staffers. Based on those same dates in September, a seven-night stay would set you back about 370,824 points — factoring in the free night available courtesy of the Citi Prestige's 4th Night Free benefit.

Total points used: 495,824

Part 2: Tokyo for Cherry Blossom Season

Center street shibuya. (Photo by David Gee/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Gee/Getty Images)

Flights

Let's say this is an adults-only trip, so we're looking at two round-trip tickets. You'd easily spend more than 500,000 Citi points on most carriers if you book premium-cabin seats during this high-demand travel period, but if you can stomach economy, it'll set you back a much more reasonable amount, such as 123,329 points for two round-trips on ANA between LAX and Narita. And if seeing the blossoms isn't a high priority, you'd likely be able to lock in cheaper premium-cabin redemptions on different dates.

Hotel

Accommodation options are already a bit limited for sakura season, but you could score seven nights at the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel for a total of 199,324 Citi points, factoring in the 4th Night Free perk.

Total points used: 322,653 points, for a running total of 818,477 points used for both trips

Part 3: NYC and the Hudson Valley

The only real reason to book first class is if you really need the extra privacy and uninterrupted sleep.
First class on American's A321T between Los Angeles and New York.

Flights

Two economy-class nonstops on American Airlines' LAX-JFK transcon route would set you back 53,184 points total.

Hotels

Spend three nights in the Big Apple (you wouldn't be able to use the 4th Night Free perk but hey, you're a points millionaire) at the James New York - Nomad for a total of 74,911 points. Then, head upstate to the Hudson Valley for two nights at The Croff House Bed & Breakfast for 54,762 points total.

Total points used: 182,857 points would cover this New York trip, and our running total is now at 1,001,334 — just a hair above the million-point mark. But since you need to be a Citi ThankYou member to be eligible for this sweepstakes, you'll probably have some points in your account beyond the 1-million lump sum. If you're working with more points, you could easily tack on a car rental from about 9,000 points per day.

Bottom Line

You have until August 31 to enter for your chance to win 1 million Citi ThankYou points by visiting thankyou.com/sweepstakes and completing the entry form. All you have to do to be eligible is have a Citi ThankYou Rewards account as of July 31. Good luck!

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Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

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  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
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  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
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  • Terms apply.
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