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I was eating a burrito at an obvious Chipotle knockoff in Bogota, Colombia (Sipote, it’s awesome), and when I moved my tray, I noticed I had been sitting at a Citi ThankYou Points sponsored table.


Generally we Americans have by far the best credit card and frequent-flyer-mile-earning options, but ThankYou Points and Membership Rewards are offered to people around the world.

The program here in Colombia looks remarkably similar to what Citi offers Americans.

First, I can clearly see the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card on the table, which was actually the card I bought my dinner with to earn 3x ThankYou Points on dining with no foreign transaction fees.

My Review of the Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card

Second Citi offers Colombians “puntos de bienvenida” (sign up bonus) and “por cada dólar facturado” (for each dollar spent. Yes, it actually says “dollar.”) That’s the same as we get, though I doubt they have a 50,000 point bonus on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card.

Third, Colombians have the same redemption options we do, including using their points to get things from the “catologo global en linea” (global online catalog, don’t do it, Colombians!) or “transferencias…a programas de lealtad de hoteles y aerolineas.”

In fact, here’s the rundown on the nine airlines and one hotel to which you can transfer ThankYou Points. Here are the best awards you can book with Flying Blue and Singapore Airlines, the best transfer partners.

How often do you see similar credit card offers around the world? Are the bonuses ever as good as we get?

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

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With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!

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