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Citi Custom Cash Card

Curious_George2
Established Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card


@icednightpaper wrote:
Is it bad that my shallow self saw the card design before the rewards structure and said "that will look nice in person!"? It is interesting to have a month-to-month 5% category though. I kind of wish I didn't just PC my R+ to a DC, I will have to wait the two years for eligibility for this one.

Does Citi have a limit of one PC every two years?


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FormerCollegeDJ
Regular Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card


@Aim_High wrote:

@FormerCollegeDJ wrote:

 ... Doing some quick calculations comparing the Custom Cash to a flat 2% rewards card, assuming one uses the Custom Cash as a general spending card:

 

  • *If one spends 25% or more of their total monthly spending on the biggest spend category and total spend is $2000, the Custom Cash and a 2% card come out even
  • *If one spends less than $2000 per month and the biggest spend category is more than 25% of the total spend, the Custom Cash beats a 2% rewards card. 
  • *If one spends less than $2000 per month and the biggest spend category is less than 25% of total spend, the 2% card beats the Custom Cash card. 
  • *If one spends more than $2000 per month, the 2% rewards card beats the Custom Cash card. 

Thanks for that analysis, @FormerCollegeDJ.  Your numbers look right to me.  So for someone looking for a daily driver, $2K is the breakeven point if you are able to max-out the $500 monthly high spend category.  While this doesn't apply to many of us on My Fico who seek out high rewards and are willing to spread it out among multiple cards, this is good to know. 


Doing some additional calculations, I think the Custom Cash is definitely a 1.5% rewards rate card killer (in addition to potentially being an Amex BCE or BCP killer as others have noted).  Instead of monthly spending below $2000 and >25% of spending being in one category being the sweet spot for the Custom Cash vs. a 2% rewards card, against a 1.5% rewards card (with no bonus categories) the sweet spot for the Custom Cash to "win" would be monthly spending below $4000 and >12.5% of spending being in one qualifying category.  Those are very attainable and common to beat thresholds for most people.

Playing the credit card rewards game since early May 2020.

Current credit cards:
*Discover Cash It, 10/5/94, $10,000 CL
*American Express Hilton Honors, 9/23/96, $16,500 CL
*Kohl's store card, 7/31/00, $2500 CL
*Chase Amazon Rewards Visa, 10/29/06, $7000 CL
*Citi Sears/Thank You Rewards Mastercard, 9/19/09, $2001 CL (LOL)
*Citi My Best Buy Visa, 12/29/11, $4600 CL
*Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards Platinum Mastercard, 10/17/15, $15,000 CL
*Bank of America AAA Member Rewards Visa, 3/9/17, $15,000 CL
*Chase Freedom Unlimited Visa, 6/29/20, $11,000 CL
*Chase Freedom Flex Mastercard, 11/9/20, $9900 CL
*Capital One SavorOne Mastercard, 3/30/21, $10,000 CL
*Wells Fargo Propel American Express, 4/11/21, $10,000 CL

Next target credit cards:
*US Bank Cash+ Visa
*Wells Fargo Active Cash Visa, PSECU Founder's Card Visa, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa
*Citi Custom Cash Mastercard
*Elan Financial Services Max Cash Preferred (S&T Bank Visa version)
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Carmy03
Established Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card

ugh. i just entered the garden last month.

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Saeren
Mega Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card


@icednightpaper wrote:
Is it bad that my shallow self saw the card design before the rewards structure and said "that will look nice in person!"? It is interesting to have a month-to-month 5% category though. I kind of wish I didn't just PC my R+ to a DC, I will have to wait the two years for eligibility for this one.

This card actually doesn't have the typical "no bonus if you have received or PC'd another TYP card in 24 months" language, I just checked that myself. It specifically says that you can't get the bonus if you've had it on this card in the last 48 months. 





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blindambition
Community Leader
Senior Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card

This is a solid card, especially for no AF groceries. I get a lot of value from my BCP though.

The benefit terms showed a glaring failure in Dining category, it doesn't include DoorDash, UberEats, etc. many other cards include third party delivery in that category.

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kilroy8
Super Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card

Experian wants me to go for it Smiley Happy

 

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calyx
Super Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card


@joltdude wrote:

@Remedios 

Actually friend of mine prefers a Americano to a normal brew at SB because its fresh, less dark tasting, and is predictable... A lot of SB standard brew tastes awful and is almost burnt tasting, but an Americano, basically an espresso with hot water is much better than their normal drip... As long as the hot water dispenser is working... 

(and this is from someone who drinks it black) 

 

Give it a try.... 

-J


This is good information for when I start travelling again, since the airports here only seem to have Sbux in them. 
And the people I visit are all Sbux junkies, so getting them anywhere else is difficult.



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FormerCollegeDJ
Regular Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card


@kilroy8 wrote:

Experian wants me to go for it Smiley Happy

 

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It looks like Experian is telling you "Citi or bust!"  LOL.

Playing the credit card rewards game since early May 2020.

Current credit cards:
*Discover Cash It, 10/5/94, $10,000 CL
*American Express Hilton Honors, 9/23/96, $16,500 CL
*Kohl's store card, 7/31/00, $2500 CL
*Chase Amazon Rewards Visa, 10/29/06, $7000 CL
*Citi Sears/Thank You Rewards Mastercard, 9/19/09, $2001 CL (LOL)
*Citi My Best Buy Visa, 12/29/11, $4600 CL
*Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards Platinum Mastercard, 10/17/15, $15,000 CL
*Bank of America AAA Member Rewards Visa, 3/9/17, $15,000 CL
*Chase Freedom Unlimited Visa, 6/29/20, $11,000 CL
*Chase Freedom Flex Mastercard, 11/9/20, $9900 CL
*Capital One SavorOne Mastercard, 3/30/21, $10,000 CL
*Wells Fargo Propel American Express, 4/11/21, $10,000 CL

Next target credit cards:
*US Bank Cash+ Visa
*Wells Fargo Active Cash Visa, PSECU Founder's Card Visa, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa
*Citi Custom Cash Mastercard
*Elan Financial Services Max Cash Preferred (S&T Bank Visa version)
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calyx
Super Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card


@longtimelurker wrote:

@Remedios wrote:

 

I hate Starbucks, and I hate standing behind the person whose coffee order sounds like manifesto which in WA is everyone (except me). 

I ask for plain brewed coffee, and barista looks offended .. "I didn't go through two weeks of training to pour coffee in cups!!!" 


Do coffee lovers in WA really go to starbucks?  Seems to be different in the Bay area.  At least judging from my daughter who views starbucks as pretty similar tastewise to instant coffee with lukewarm water.    Still, my local roaster in the northeast offers "specials" on coffee beans at $80 for 4 oz.  Never try it because a) way too pricey and I probably couldn't taste the difference, and b) and just in case I could and really liked it, that would be a bad habit to get in to.


^ Inlaws in Seattle live and die by Sbux.  I send gifts of good coffee every year, and yet...



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longtimelurker
Mega Contributor

Re: Citi Custom Cash Card


@FormerCollegeDJ wrote:

against a 1.5% rewards card (with no bonus categories) the sweet spot for the Custom Cash to "win" would be monthly spending below $4000 and >12.5% of spending being in one qualifying category.  Those are very attainable and common to beat thresholds for most people.

Right, but then you start running into "overlap"   If you are spending say $3000 a month if you have to get an extra card, you would be better off getting a 2% card (by your previous calculations) than going for this even if you maxed out the $500 (16.6% spend)

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