My Citi Prestige Card Airfare Credit for 2016 Has Posted

January 29, 2016
Citi Prestige card

A lot of friends ask me for recommendations in regards to what the first credit card they should start with. At this point, I usually try to steer them towards a card with flexible currencies. The upside of this is that obviously – the points are flexible. They can use them to book travel through the card portals themselves, they can use them for hotels, or transfer to airline miles. The downside is that all of these options can overwhelm somebody new to the game.

As of this exact moment, I’d probably throw my weight behind the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, as it has a higher bonus at the moment. Unfortunately I don’t have this card in my portfolio (I received the bonus within the last 24 months and then cancelled), but I plan to scoop it up come March when I’m eligible for the bonus again. Hopefully the 50,000 point offer is still around then.

But another alternative I’d recommend is the Citi Prestige card. You can read about the benefits of the card directly on Citi’s website, but I’ve posted them here for your convenience, too.

  • Each year a $250 Air Travel Credit will automatically be applied to flight-related expenses charged to your card, including airline tickets, baggage fees, upgrades and more.
  • Enjoy complimentary access to American Airlines Admirals Club® lounges, plus hundreds of VIP lounges through Priority Pass™ Select.
  • Receive a $100 Global Entry application fee credit. Once approved for Global Entry by the U.S. Government, you can bypass long lines and enjoy expedited entry into the U.S.
  • Extend your trip with a complimentary night at any hotel of your choice after a minimum 4-consecutive-night booking. There’s no limit to the number of times you can use this benefit, so go ahead and stay a little bit longer.
  • With Citi Prestige®, you’ll earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels, 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment and 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases.
  • Annual Fee: $450

Now, while some people will understandably balk at such a high credit card annual fee, look at the benefits of the Citi Prestige card. Right off the top, you’re going to get $250 in cash back towards airfare. Add in the Global Entry fee, and the lounge access – to me, that’s worth well over $200 alone.

So it’s easy to justify the fee for the Citi Prestige card.

The good news is that my Citi Prestige card credit for 2016 has posted!

I have to fly from Sacramento to Los Angeles, and so I bought a one way ticket on Delta for $80.10. The transaction completed on January 12th, and on January 15th (the day my statement closes), my Citi Prestige credit for 2016 posted.

citi prestige

Now, I still have $160 in credit, so I’ll get the remaining Citi Prestige card credit on future flights I book. If I had purchased a flight for $300, this credit simply would have posted as $250, and reimbursed my Citi Prestige card credit in one swoop.

It’s that simple! Just like that I have (part of) my Citi Prestige card credit.

If you’re interested in getting a Citi Prestige card and want to support Bachelor Travels, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to send you a referral link.

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