After a couple of years of not doing much, Citi finally picked up its game a bit in 2014 to introduce new cards and revamp its rewards program. The latest change, which I only recently noticed, is that Citi seems to have finally retired its venerable AT&T Universal Card, a product which had been around for about 20 years, an eternity in this industry.
The new card is called the AT&T Access Card. Whereas the old card gave you a 10% discount on AT&T services, the new card seems to be more of a ThankYou Point-centric product. You now only get 2 TYPs per dollar spent on AT&T but you also get 2 TYPs per dollar spent on travel and retail sites. And that could possibly be interesting in light of the airline transfer partners Citi now has for the TYP program.
Note that you can only transfer your TYPs if you have a ThankYou Premier or Prestige card. But if you do, Gary has a nice rundown of what you can do with those TYPs. As per Gary, the current list of transfer partners is:
- Air France-KLM
- Asia Miles
- Etihad Airways Guest
- EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
- Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- Hilton HHonors
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
Two points per dollar isn’t a ton, but I could see it being useful if you figured out some sort of manufactured spend type of activity you could do online. The question is what would count as “online retail” for Citi’s purposes. The terms and conditions say this:
Retail websites are websites that sell goods directly to the consumer through an online website and include department store websites, specialty store websites, warehouse store websites and boutique websites.
We’ll leave it to the philosophers to determine if Amazon Payments would have counted.
Bottom line: unless you know what you’re doing, you can probably ignore this one.