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Many premium credit cards offer concierge services, though I can’t say I use them very much. This is largely due to how useful the internet has become. I’d rather do my own research on where to visit, what to eat, etc., rather than outsourcing it to someone who isn’t actually an expert on an area. Similarly, lately I’ve found the concierge services haven’t been that great for getting restaurant reservations which are unavailable on OpenTable.
The only thing I frequently use a “concierge” for is the Citi Prestige® Card fourth night free benefit, and that’s simply because you have to book through the concierge in order to take advantage of that perk. Fortunately they made that process easier recently, as the Citi Prestige Card switched concierge services to Aspire Lifestyle. As I explained in a previous post, that shaves several minutes off the process of making such a reservation.
It seems there’s another benefit to Aspire Lifestyle which I wasn’t previously aware of. While virtually all concierge services will try to help with restaurant reservations, booking with Aspire Lifestyle (through your Citi Prestige Card) gets you special perks at select restaurants. It’s called Aspire’s Preferred Restaurant Program.
I phoned up the Citi Prestige Card concierge to ask about the perk, and the concierge asked which city I was interested in. When I said Los Angeles, she offered to email me a guide with the restaurants in LA where they offer special perks.
But you can actually access all of the restaurants online as well. Simply go to the Citi Concierge website and log-in with your card credentials. Once you’re logged in, click on the “Dining” tab at the top.
There you’ll be given the option to select a location.
Then all the restaurants in Aspire’s Preferred Restaurant Program will display. If there’s a value-add perk, the top of the restaurant’s picture will have a star and say “Special Benefits.”
Then if you click the restaurant it will indicate what the benefit is.
These benefits range from a free appetizer to free dessert to a free glass of wine, etc.
While this won’t be useful to everyone or at all restaurants, it is a great perk of the Citi Prestige Card to be aware of. For example, I’ve dined at some of the restaurants that are part of this program and didn’t take advantage of the Preferred Restaurant Program perks. From now on I’ll be visiting the Citi website before I make reservations at nice restaurants, to see if they have any value-add perks at restaurants I’m considering.
Can you see yourself using this Citi Prestige Card restaurant perk?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)