In my opinion, the best card to get now for your Yom Tov shopping is the Citi Premier Card. Here is why.
Huge welcome offer
The Citi Premier now boasts an
all-time high offer of 80,000 points after spending $4,000 within the first 3 months. That in itself would make the card a go-to. But there’s more.
Unlimited 3 points on groceries
Yom Tov prep basically starts in the grocery. With the Citi Premier Card, you can earn unlimited 3 points on groceries.
Assuming your grocery bill, or bills, will amount to the average pre-Yom-Tov numbers, 3 points on every dollar can accumulate to a lot of points.
Unlimited 3 points on dining
Many local meat and fish stores code as dining. So with the Citi Premier Card, you will earn unlimited 3 points on those huge Yom Tov meat and fish bills as well, which may likely be your highest bills of all.
Unlimited 3 points on gas
Whether you’re driving around town to get to the grocery, butcher, and fish store, or taking your family on a Chol Hamoed outing, you’re sitting in the card and using gas.
With the Citi Premier Card, you can earn unlimited 3 points on all that gas. Just an added bonus to the insane gas prices.
You can make your own calculation of all the points you can earn with the Citi Premier Card, but let’s see how it would work. For example, if you spend $3,000 on groceries, $1,000 on meat and fish, $500 on gas, plus the 80,000 points for the welcome offer, you would get a total of 93,500 points, which is valued at approximately $935 – $1,402.
|$1,000 Dining (meat & fish)||3,000|
|Approx. total points earned||93,500 (valued at approx. $935 -$1,402)|
If you spend more or less than that, the numbers will be higher or lower, so give or take depending on your expenses.
Credit bureau pull
Citi will usually pull your Experian credit report, sometimes Equifax, and sometimes Experian and Equifax.
- Brooklyn: NY is usually Equifax
- Upstate NY and Lakewood: NJ is usually Experian
Once the first year is up and if you decide not to keep the card, the Citi Premier card has many no annual fee downgrade options. It can be downgraded to the Citi Rewards ($0), Citi Double Cash ($0), Citi AA MileUp ($0), Citi Costco ($0), Citi Custom Cash ($0), or to the Citi AT&T Access ($0).