Citi Prestige ® – Why it’s the best card for travel

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If you’re a frequent traveler looking for one of the best premium travel cards then the Citi Prestige is for you! With the Citi Prestige, you’ll get the highest level of service, endless travel benefits, and be rewarded every step of the way. While it may not be for everyone due to the high annual fee ($450 which is not waived the first year), if you’re a frequent traveler it is more than worth it.

The Citi Prestige benefits include 50K ThankYou® point sign up bonus, 4th night free on hotel stays, $250 airline credit, airport lounge access, global entry credit, 3 free rounds of golf and many more!

Citi Prestige package

Citi Prestige package

Sign up bonus of 50,000 ThankYou® points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. These points can be transferred to 13 transfer partners or used directly for air travel on American Airlines at 1.6 cents a piece or any other airline at 1.3 cents. Thats $800 that can be used towards an American Airlines flight!

Collect ThankYou® points faster by earning 3x the points on travel including hotel and air, 2x the points on dining and entertainment, and 1x the points on everything else.

Receive a 4th night free on hotel stays when booked directly through the Citi concierge. The concierge is often able to get the same advertised online rate or an even better rate if it is one of their preferred hotels. This perk alone could save you thousands of dollars per year. We like to use this for some of our favorite all-inclusive hotels!

Use your 4th night at an All inclusive Resort like the Excellence Riviera Cancun - Mexico

Use your free 4th night at an All Inclusive Resort like the Excellence Riviera Cancun – Mexico

$250 airfare credit per year that is good for any airline and can be used for just about any flight related expense including tickets, baggage fees and upgrades. The best part is you get this credit each calendar year so you could take advantage of this $250 credit twice (2015 & 2016) while only paying the annual fee once. This benefit alone will cover the annual fee and then some! We have used this credit for Easyjet flights around Europe.

Priority Pass & American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access for you and up to two guests. With your Priority Pass Select membership you have complimentary access to hundreds of lounges around the world. If you are flying American Airlines you will also have complimentary access to over 50 admirals clubs. We recently used this benefit in Orlando and Montego Bay, check back soon for reviews on The Club at MCO and Club Mobay.  

MCO lounge bar

MCO lounge bar, Orlando International Airport

$100 Global Entry credit for the primary cardholder when applying for Global Entry or TSA Pre-check. If you are a frequent international traveler there is nothing better than skipping the line at customs when returning back into the United States!

3 Free Rounds of Golf per year for the primary cardholder almost anywhere in the world. Like the airfare credit, the free golf is based on the calendar year so you could get up to 6 free rounds (3 in 2015 and 3 in 2016) and only pay the annual fee once.

White Witch Golf Course, Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course, Jamaica

Upgraded Car rentals with National, Avis, and Sixt. Get an upgraded membership as a free benefit. With National you will automatically be an Emerald Executive member and be able to choose cars from the executive aisle!

Dodge Challenger upgrade from National

Dodge Challenger upgrade from National

Even more benefits include 24/7 concierge, no foreign transaction fees, global acceptance with chip technology, dining perks, travel and purchase protection, city guides, travel and emergency assistance, and lost baggage and trip delay protection.

If you are a frequent traveler, you need to have the Citi Prestige card in your wallet!