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As most of you probably know by now, the Citi Prestige Card is offering an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 ThankYou Rewards points after spending $3,000 on the card within the first three months. At a minimum that sign-up bonus will get you $800 worth of travel on American and US Airways.
Not only is this a great sign-up bonus, but the Citi Prestige Card is one which has value beyond the bonus. The card comes with a lot of perks, including the following:
- A $250 annual airline credit
- Access to American Admirals Clubs
- The most comprehensive Priority Pass membership offered by any card
- A $100 Global Entry fee credit
- A great points earnings structure
- No foreign transaction fees
I’ve been receiving many questions about the card, so thought I’d go through and answer them here.
Do additional cardholders on the Citi Prestige Card also get Admirals Club access?
The Admirals Club access benefit is limited to the primary card member. When the primary card member travels, they can bring in two guests or all immediately family members.
Do additional cardholders on the Citi Prestige Card also get a Priority Pass Select membership?
The Citi Prestige Card comes with a Priority Pass Select membership, though what makes it unique is that you have guesting privileges with your Priority Pass Select membership, which you don’t with many other credit cards.
The other cool thing is that even additional cardholders on an account are eligible for this benefit. You can add additional members to the card for just $50 each, so that’s a great way to get others Priority Pass Select memberships with guesting privileges at a really reasonable price.
Can I redeem the $250 airline credit towards award ticket taxes?
One of the coolest things about the Citi Prestige Card is that it offers a $250 airline credit each calendar year. This isn’t a fee credit, but rather an outright airline credit. That means you can get the cost of a paid ticket reimbursed.
Not only can you apply that credit towards the cost of a revenue ticket, but you can also apply it towards award ticket taxes & fees.
How long will the increased sign-up bonus on the Citi Prestige Card be around?
No end date has been published for the offer yet, but if you’re interested I’d apply sooner rather than later.
Can I convert my Citi Executive AAdvantage Card into the Citi Prestige Card?
A lot of us signed up the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card last year when it was offering a 100,000 mile sign-up bonus. The Citi Prestige Card is a great alternative to that card, given that it also offers Admirals Club access, along with a bunch of other perks.
So yes, many have reported being able to convert their Citi Executive AAdvantage Card into the Citi Prestige Card. That being said, keep in mind you won’t get the sign-up bonus if you do that. So there’s value in applying for the card so you can still get the sign-up bonus.
Can I access the Admirals Club with the Citi Prestige Card when flying US Airways?
It’s worth noting that the Citi Prestige Card comes with Admirals Club access and not an Admirals Club membership. The distinction? You have to be flying American or US Airways same day in order to access the Admirals Club.
If you look at the terms you’ll see that they indicate that you have to be flying American same day. However, in practice flying US Airways works as well. The terms just haven’t been updated to reflect the merger and elimination of US Airways Clubs.
Can I get approved for both the Citi Prestige Card and Citi ThankYou® Premier Card?
Citi has two super-tempting ThankYou Rewards points cards, the Citi Prestige and Citi Premier. It’s worth noting that you can indeed earn the sign-up bonus on both of these cards.
If applying for the cards, just keep in mind Citi’s rules for new credit card applications:
- You can only apply for one Citi card every eight days
- You can apply for no more than two Citi cards every 65 days
How do I get $500 in airline credits the first year?
The annual fee on this card is $450, so that’s what you’d be paying for your first 12 months as a member.
However, the $250 airline credit is a benefit which is based on calendar years. Specifically, it’s annual benefit available for purchases appearing on your billing statements from December through the following December.
In other words, you could utilize your $250 airline credit shortly after being approved for the card, and then another $250 airline credit early next year. That’s $500 worth of airline credits with your first year’s annual fee.
Can the $100 Global Entry fee credit be used for someone else?
One of the cool perks of this card is that there’s a $100 Global Entry fee credit. If you already have Global Entry, that benefit can indeed be used for someone else. Just charge it to your card and it will be reimbursed.
That answers some of the most common questions I receive about this very lucrative card. If you have any other questions, please let me know in the comments section.
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