Last week, we reported on the Citi Prestige 5x promotion for online purchases. The promotion is in effect from 6/2 through 8/31/2020. Its terms were a bit vague, but in general it promised a total of 5x ThankYou Points (TYPs) for online purchases, with a cap of 7,500 TYPs:
- Middle Age Miles: Citi Prestige Promo for 5x on Online Purchases & Our Plans for Using It (June 9, 2020)
In the article, we described our plan to earn the bonus through online purchases of gift cards through VanillaGift.com (VG.com). As it turned out, though, we had a glitch with our attempt to purchase at VG.com. The purchase was denied by VG.com (although approved by Citi), perhaps because we were out of town and our IP address did not match our usual location for purchases through VG.com.
This caused us to broaden our thought process, though. We wondered whether payments through the Bravo app might qualify as Online purchases for purposes of this promotion. Bravo purchases do *not* earn 3x as online retail/travel purchases on the Citi AT&T Access More card, but it seemed like Citi might be using a different filter to determine what constitutes an Online purchase for purposes of the new Prestige 5x promo.
So, we tried a small Bravo payment using our Citi Prestige – and voila! The purchase showed up as an Online payment and indeed earned 5x TYPs through the promotion.
Here’s a screenshot showing that Citi identified our original Bravo payment as an Online purchase, and that our original Bravo payment and several larger subsequent Bravo payments earned 5x TYPs:
This worked out great. For a modest fee, we were able to knock out most of the purchase cap for the 5x promotion and earn several thousand TYPs. We’ll look forward to using those points for travel, hopefully sooner rather than later!
In case you’re wondering, full terms & conditions of the Citi Prestige 5x promotion for Online purchases are as follows:
Have you found any creative ways to earn the 5x Online purchase promotion on your Citi Prestige? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!
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