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One of the best perks of the Citi® Double Cash Card is, well, double cash back. You get 2% cash-back earnings on all purchases — 1% when you buy and another 1% as you pay — which is pretty tough to beat for a no-annual-fee card.

While fantastic for pure cash back (or ThankYou points with a linked account), the Double Cash card was otherwise devoid of many perks.

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That list of benefits was sparse and included contactless payment with a chip-enabled card, access to Citi Entertainment, a free ShopRunner membership and access to your FICO Score.

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However, Citi has emailed some cardholders — myself included — that the Double Cash will be converted to a World Elite Mastercard. And there are several advantages that come with that designation. Note, some cardholders already have a Double Cash that is a World Elite.

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With this change for many Double Cash cardholders, you should now get access to an array of new extras including a Lyft and Boxed offer as well as cell phone protection.

With Lyft, you can take five rides in a month and get a $10 Lyft credit once per month for World Elite cardholders. With Boxed, you’ll earn 5% cash rewards on orders for use on future purchases.

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Additionally, one of the biggest perks is a cell phone protection benefit. You can get up to $1,000 in yearly cell phone protection coverage (up to $800 per claim, two claims per year). To activate this coverage, simply pay your cell phone bill with your World Elite Mastercard.

There is also a complimentary 24/7 concierge service, a Fandango benefit and more.

Cell phone protection is World Elite benefit (Image by Irina Dobrolyubova / Getty Images)

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With the Double Cash, you can convert your cash back to ThankYou points as long as you have a Citi Premier® Card or Citi Prestige® Card. If you go this route, you’ll essentially earn 2 ThankYou points per dollar spent. Based on TPG’s valuation of ThankYou points at 1.7 cents each, this means you can earn a 3.4% return.

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These perks are certainly a welcome addition for those that have a Citi Double Cash card. The benefits should come at no extra cost for current and future cardholders — great news in a world where sometimes the expectation is fewer perks, not more.

Featured photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy.