Citi Prestige

In my opinion, if you were going to apply for one and only one card, the Citi Prestige would definitely be the card to get. I love this card for many reasons that I will go over below. Even though this card comes with a $450 annual fee, the amount of perks and benefits that come with this card makes it of great value for just about everyone for at least one year.


Citi Prestige


  • Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening. These points can be used as follows:
    • $800 toward flights on American Airlines (1.6 cent per point value)
    • $665 toward flights on any other airline (1.33 cent per point value)
    • $500 in gift cards from a wide range of merchants
  • Bonus on everyday spend
    • 3 ThankYou Points per $1 spent on Air Travel and Hotels
    • 2 ThankYou Points per $1 spent on Dining Out & Entertainment
    • 1 ThankYou Point per $1 spent on other purchases
  • Several Airline and Hotel transfer partners
    •  Asia Miles
    • Etihad Guest
    • EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
    • Flying Blue Air France KLM
    • Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
    • Hilton HHonors
    • Malaysia Airlines Enrich
    • Qantas Frequent Flyer
    • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
    • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
    • Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
    • Virgin America Elevate®
    • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • $250 Air Travel Credit, per calendar year, to be applied to flight-related expenses charged to your card, including airline tickets, baggage fees, upgrades and more. I consider this benefit as good as cash because the credit applies to any airfare or even airline gift cards.
  • Complimentary 4th night stay at any hotel of your choice. This is a huge benefit that I can’t wrap my head around. You can stay an unlimited number of 4 night stays at hotels all around the world and get the 4th night free!! (you don’t get 25% back, you get the exact cost of the 4th night back. Let’s say you stay at a hotel December 28th – January 1st where night 1 is $300 and night 2 is $300 and night 3 is $300 and night 4 (December 31st) is the most expensive and costs $1,000, you get the $1,000 back!!
  • Enjoy complimentary access to American Airlines Admirals Club® lounges for you and two guests or immediate family anytime you fly American Airlines regardless of cabin class.
  • Enjoy complimentary access to hundreds of VIP lounges through Priority PassTM Select membership. Unlike the Priority Pass membership you get with the American Express Platinum card, you don’t need to enroll, you will receive your Priority Pass membership card about a week after you receive your Citi Prestige card. You also get to bring two guests or your immediate family with you, whereas, with the AMEX Platinum Card membership you have to pay $27 for each guest.
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre ✔ ® Application Fee Credit. Receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre ✔ ®
  • Three complimentary greens fees at more than 2,400 public and private golf courses around the globe
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases

Bottom Line:

So why get Citi Prestige now? I truly believe this is the most well rounded credit card in the market right now and should be of great value for anyone for at least the first year. If you apply now, you can use the $250 airfare credit before the end of the year and use it again in 2016 since this is a calendar year benefit and not a membership year benefit. You can also receive $100 back after you apply for Global Entry or TSA Pre ✔ and pay for the fee using your prestige card. So essentially you get $600 in statement credit and pay $450 fee for the first year. You’re already up $150 without counting the 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points or how many free 4th night stays at hotels you’ll enjoy.

This is a no brainer card for me!


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