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Sweet deal on Citi Forward card

September 20th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I saw over on My Money Blog (the only personal finance blog I subscribe to these days) there was mention of a pretty sweet credit card deal.

If you apply for a new citi forward card (make sure the ofer is mentioned when you apply) and designate that card to pay for your Netflix streaming, you'll receive a credit up to $10 a month from Citi for the first 12 months. Meaning you get a free one-year streaming membership to Netflix.

It's been a few years since I had Netflix. I had the 2 a month DVD plan, which suited me just fine.

So I called Citi to see if this deal would apply to DVD rentals, or just streaming, and no one seemed to know. I talked to 3 Citi people and 2 Netflix people.

Then I just went to the Netflix website and I think I answered my own question. I realized that Netflix today no longer seems to offer DVD rentals as a stand-alone offer; they only offer it as an add-on to a streaming membership that costs $7.99 a month.Now why couldn't Netflix tell me that????

I'm really sort of surprised Netflix doesn't do DVDs anymore except in the capacity described above.

So I guess I own't spring for the card after all. I need to do a memory upgrade on my computer; it is constantly locking up and freezing on me, and I remember a computer repair guy had told me a while back to wait 6 more months and memory would be much cheaper. I want to finish up the 2 big freelance I've been working on and then let him make the upgrade for me.

I discovered unexpectedly that I could charge the $180 for the furnace tune-up to my Amex card; it was all i needed to meet my 3-month spending goal on that card, so as soon as that final charge posts (or perhaps only when I pay the bill), I'll be able to redeem muchos ($250) gift cards. It'll feel like Xmas again. Smile

At that point, I'll have earned $850 in either cash back or gift cards from assorted card offers, which is double what I earned last year.

It's tempting to try one or two more offers this year and shoot for $1,000 earned, although I do have over $500 in grocery store gift cards I should really use.

I went to cancel my Citi Thank You card and the rep pointed out that I had 2,279 points, or just a few hundred points shy of a $25 gift card, so I decided she's right, maybe hold off cancelling it for now. But I do want to winnow a card or two and close them so i can more easily track points and just maxmimize points build-up on one card rather than multiple cards. It'll go faster that way.

I did use a gift card to do some shopping at Trader Joe's this a.m. Didn't buy as much as I wanted, mainly becus i remembered my freezer is packed with frozen tomatoes and I just can't fit anymore in there.

J. is working late today and tomorrow so I don't have to pick him up til 6 pm.

Mowed half the lawn but pooped out and have to go out there again in a little while.

8 Responses to “Sweet deal on Citi Forward card”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I saw that deal on My Money Blog, too. It is tempting. We stream only right now, although I'm getting bored with some of the content. Not new enough. However, I was curious about the other options too. I looked at my account and did see a $7.99 plan for Unlimited DVD's one out at a time as a stand alone offer. I thought they had done away with that as you said. I then logged out and see that isn't mentioned on the FAQ's. I would guess any Netflix charge would get credited by Citi. If the DVD offer is available (which it looks like it is on my account), you could try it and risk having to pay one month if it doesn't pan out.

    Anyone else notice the DVD only plan for $7.99?

  2. Jenn Says:

    Netflix DOES have just DVDs too. I just signed up a month ago. It's here, on a separate website: https://dvd.netflix.com/

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    The sly card user!

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    Thank you, Jenn, you're right! I applied, was approved and already opened up my Netflix account. It will be good company when the weather turns cold!

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Glad it worked out of you!!

  6. My English Castle Says:

    I see last season's Sherlocks on now on Netflix. But they need more!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I saw that deal this morning too! I applied and was approved. Although I'd planned on canceling Netflix for the duration of my 6 month class, if I can "pay" for it this way, it'll still be nice to have when I have some down time - or need a break.

    I'm curious how you opened your Netflix account already without having the physical card/number in hand?

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Good question, Frugal Texan. Unlike most other cards I've applied for, when i was approved online for the Citi forward, they gave me the number and security code, with a temporary exp. date of the end of this month, so i could use it before i had the actual card in hand. I guess they thought of everything!

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