Citi Entertainment: Everything you need to know - The Points Guy (2024)

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At TPG, we want to help you maximize every cardholder benefit. Your credit card is more than just a purchasing tool. And depending on the exact card you have, you may have access to benefits including purchase protection, free shipping and even access to entertainment experiences.

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For Citi cardholders, one of those perks is the Citi Entertainment program. You get presale and preferred tickets, VIP experiences and sometimes even complimentary entry to select activities -- now including virtual events.

While almost all in-person experiences this year have been canceled, there are still ways Citi Entertainment can help you experience events from your couch. Let's check out what the Citi Entertainment program is all about -- both in the virtual space and the physical world (once the entertainment industry reopens again). Here are five things to keep in mind about the program:

It can get you inside access (even from home)

In a non-COVID-19 environment, Citi Entertainment (formerly called Citi Private Pass) can help cardholders gain early or preferred access to thousands of events worldwide. From concerts to movies to sporting events, there is a vast array of experiences to choose from.

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This is what Citi has to say about its Entertainment benefit:

"Citi customers get special access to purchase tickets to thousands of events annually, including presale tickets and VIP packages to the year's hottest concerts, sporting events, dining experiences plus complimentary movie screenings and more."

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While most in-person events have been canceled, there are a variety of virtual events that are still available from at-home wine tastings to concerts and more. This month alone, there are live cooking demonstrations, a series of fireside chats and online streaming of classic movies.

It's a perk on all Citi cards

If your card is issued by Citi, you're golden in terms of Citi Entertainment access. All Citi credit cards that display Visa, Mastercard, or the American Express logo, as well as Citibank debit cards that display the Mastercard logo, are eligible.

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There is one downside to keep in mind. The card used to access presale or the event itself must also be the card you use to purchase tickets or access most virtual events. While the Citi Premier® Card still currently earns 2x on entertainment purchases, that bonus category will eventually disappear depending on when you applied for the card. You won't be able use a higher-earning card such as the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card (which earns 4% on entertainment) to maximize those purchases.

The information for the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related reading: Best Citi credit cards of 2020

Sign up for the email list to be first on the list

Citi offers cardholders the chance to opt into semi-regular emails that loop you into the latest event happenings. While yet another email subscription might not sound exciting, this is particularly helpful to stay up-to-date on free tickets or events with limited capacity. These event tickets are typically snatched up quickly, and access is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Watch out for ticket limits and event restrictions

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When physical events restart again, note that there are often strict ticket limits and event restrictions. In many cases, you'll be taken to a third-party website of the ticket seller and must adhere to their rules about how many tickets you can buy. Also, "presale" doesn't always mean you'll have first dibs to every seat -- only a limited number of tickets are reserved for Citi cardholders.

Other credit card companies have a similar benefit

Entertainment experiences that come with your credit card isn't unique to Citi credit cards. Many card networks and issuers actually offer some form of this benefit.

Mastercard, for instance, has its Priceless Cities program that offers cardholders exclusive access to events. In the virtual space, Mastercard has acoustic live concerts, video chats with celebrities and more. Amex and Chase both have a host of virtual and in-person experiences as well, as do many major hotel and airline brands.

Related reading: 4 unique card benefits that saved me money during the pandemic

Bottom line

Citi Entertainment isn't a game-changer by any means, but it's a solid perk for any Citi cardholder. During the pandemic, you can check out Citi's selection of virtual entertainment and when in-person events can safely happen again, you'll be in-the-know about yet another cardholder benefit.

In the meantime, stay up-to-date on the latest credit card changes with our monthly card benefits guide.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Citi Entertainment: Everything you need to know - The Points Guy (2024)

FAQs

How much is 1000 Citi points worth? ›

FAQs. How much are 1,000 ThankYou Citi points worth? The value of 1,000 Citi ThankYou points is about $10, but the exact value will vary depending on how you use them. There are always redemption options available where you can get $0.01 per point.

How do I redeem my Citibank reward points? ›

After you make an eligible purchase, log into Citi.com or the Citi Mobile® App, go to Rewards & Benefits, and click Pay With Points. Select an eligible purchase, accept the Terms and Conditions, and click Redeem. Your points will be redeemed for a statement credit within 2-3 business days.

Are Citi Rewards points worth it? ›

On average, Citi ThankYou points are worth about 1 cent each when redeemed for cash back, gift cards or flights through the Citi ThankYou portal. You can get even higher values (around 1.8 cents per point, by our estimates) by transferring points to a Citi Travel℠ partner, if you have a qualifying Citi card.

How many Citi points do you need for a flight? ›

There's nothing to analyze here: When booking through the issuer's travel portal, called the Citi ThankYou Rewards Travel Center, ThankYou points are worth exactly 1 cent apiece. So if you book a $500 flight and "pay" with your points, it will cost 50,000 ThankYou points. This value doesn't have any wiggle room.

Can I convert Citi points to cash? ›

You can redeem for Cash Rewards by signing into your account on www.thankyou.com and selecting Cash from the rewards options or by calling the ThankYou Service Center. Depending on the type of Citi Account you have, you may also be able to redeem Cash Rewards through the Citi Mobile App or on Citi.com.

Can I use Citi reward points on Amazon? ›

Yes, you can purchase items eligible for Shop with Points at Amazon.com using your ThankYou Points, your eligible Citi credit card linked to Shop with Points at Amazon.com, an Amazon.com gift card, an Amazon Payments Stored Value account, or any combination of the above.

How long do Citi points last? ›

ThankYou® Points don't expire and there's no limit on the number of points you can earn with this card. Bonus ThankYou® Points are not available if you have received a new account bonus for a Citi Rewards+® account in the past 48 months.

Are Citi ThankYou points going away? ›

Important Notice: As of July 18, 2022 you are not able to enroll Citibank Checking Accounts in the Citi ThankYou Rewards Program; Citibank Checking Accounts enrolled before July 18, 2022 or Card Accounts associated with your Citi ThankYou Account can continue to earn and redeem points.

How to convert reward points to cash? ›

Login to Net Banking portal > Cards > Enquire > Redeem Reward Points > Select your card and Continue > Redeem Reward Points > Cash Redemption. Utilize your cashpoints to redeem as Insta vouchers through Net Banking Portal.

Are Citi ThankYou points the same as cash back? ›

Citi ThankYou® Points can be redeemed for cash back at a rate of up to one cent per point. This means 10,000 points would be worth $100. You can redeem points for a statement credit, direct deposit or get a check in the mail. Plus, there's no limit to the number of cash redemptions you make.

What does 20,000 Citi Points get you? ›

You can redeem 20,000 Citi points for $200 in cash back or travel in most cases. If you transfer points to an airline or hotel partner first, you'll get an average of $360 in value.

Can Citi points be used for travel? ›

Earn points on purchases with certain Citi credit cards and then redeem those points for rewards. Our credit card reward points are here for you to redeem where you wish: on travel, shopping, food, or even for cash.

Are points cards worth it? ›

Though rewards credit cards have their pros and cons, applying for a card with rewards will generally reap more benefits than a card without rewards — as long as you use it responsibly. But if you aren't maximizing your rewards, you're missing out on money toward travel bookings, retail purchases and more.

How do I increase my Citibank reward points? ›

For every purchase made with your Citi Credit Card, earn reward points & pay at multiple retail outlets, online shopping sites, petrol stations, travel and hotel bookings. 4 Turbo Points on Rs. 150 of fuel purchases at authorized IndianOil Retail Outlets across the country.

What are 1,000 credit card points worth? ›

Rewards rates will vary depending on the particular credit card you're using, but generally rewards are worth around 1 cent per point. If you earn 1,000 points, that would be worth around $10.

How much is 1000 my points worth? ›

1,000 reward points are worth around $10 , on average, but the exact value depends on which rewards program is offering the points and how you redeem them. In some cases, your reward points could be worth a lot more or a lot less.

How many Citi points equal $1 dollar? ›

If you're redeeming Citi ThankYou Points for gift cards or Citi Travel Center bookings, you'll need around 100 Citi ThankYou Points for a dollar. Finally, when redeeming Citi ThankYou Points with travel partners for award travel, you may need anywhere from 10 to 50 points for a dollar.

How much is 1,000 credit points? ›

Reward points serve as valuable bonuses for credit card users, and with Axis Bank Credit Cards, each reward point holds a value of 20 paise. This means that if you accumulate 1000 reward points monthly, you could potentially earn INR 2400 in a year.

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