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I, like many of you I’m sure, get bombarded with marketing offers from banks, credit card companies and others.  They come

This is one I rank right up there with the balance transfer checks I constantly get in the (physical) mail.

Save 10% when you use your ThankYou points on merchandise!

Yup that’s right – act now!  For a limited time, you can save 10% when you use your ThankYou points

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But that’s right – you need to act quickly because on August 18th this limited time offer will be over!!!! 😀  This was such an amazing deal that Citibank send me TWO emails on the subject!

What merchandise can you get?

In the interest of science, I thought I’d check what kind of “deals” you could get

  • Nikon Coolpix B500 camera regularly 32,490 points now only 29,240 points!  (Or get it for $256.95 at Amazon, 0.87 cents per point)
  • Sunbrite Veranda 43″ TV regularly 187,490 points now only 168,740 points! (Again, $1499 at Amazon, 0.88 cpp)
  • Pandemic: State of Emergency, which is an awesome board game and now only 3730 points ($31.99 at Amazon, 0.86 cpp)
  • Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix regularly 970 points now only 870 points (yes, you can really redeem ThankYou points for this and no, you should not – retail price $7.70)
  • M&M Plush Pillow, retail price $16.99, regularly 2120 points, now only 1910 points

Are you noticing a pattern here?

Needless to say, please do not do this.  I know ThankYou points took a bit of a devaluation lately, what with no more 3x on Plastiq with the AT&T Access More card and no more 1.6 cents / point redemption on the Citi Prestige but there are still WAY better ways to spend your ThankYou points!


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