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Last Monday I decided to apply for the Citi Prestige® Card thanks to the increased sign-up bonus being offered on the card. Presently the card is offering 40,000 ThankYou Rewards points after spending $4,000 on the card within the first three months. Combined with the increased sign-up bonus on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, I’ll soon have well over 100,000 ThankYou Rewards points.
I’ve been putting quite a bit of spend on the Citi Prestige® Card to help reach minimum spend (though my orange juice incident sure helped), and there’s one experience I’ve consistently had which caught me off guard at first.
The card as such is pretty sexy. While it’s made of plastic, the card looks very fancy. Like many new cards, the numbers are on the back, while the front side just has a nice, understated design.
Notice anything interesting about the back, though? Yep, there’s no “stripe.”
Instead, the “stripe” is actually on the bottom of the front of the card.
So it’s exactly the opposite of where most would expect it — typically it’s on the top of the back of the card.
I’m not sure if this is intentional to try and make cashiers spend more time looking at how pretty the card is, or what, but it has certainly added a second or two to every one of my Citi Prestige Card transactions. Also keep in mind that the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card has also recently been refreshed and has a similar look now, so it also has the stripe on the front bottom of the card.
It looks like chancepress in the “Ask Lucky” forums has had the same experience.
Has anyone else had similar experiences?