In early November, I wrote about the Citi Prestige card changes that would be happening at the beginning of the year. Today, January 4, 2019, is the day for the first round of changes to take effect. The changes are significant to any points and miles enthusiast.
The following four items were implemented today:
- $250 travel credit is for all eligible travel purchases (hotels, flights, car rentals, tolls, etc). I value the $250 because it allows me to essentially cut the cost of the annual fee ($450) in half. The $250 travel credit, coupled with the delayed travel and missed flight compensation on United Airlines, gives me $600 towards a ticket. The ticket could be a roundtrip in domestic first class or in economy to Central America. A quick trip to Panama for Carnival might be in order.
- Earn five bonus points per dollar on air travel. This is by far one of the most generous offers when it comes to points per travel dollar. When added to the $250 travel credit, I do not have a better card in my wallet.
- Earn five bonus points per dollar at restaurants. This perk is what makes the Citi Prestige my “go to” card for the timer being. In addition to the travel credit and 5X bonus miles on air travel, the return on those purchases are immeasurable.
- Earn two bonus points per dollar on entertainment (through August 31, 2018). Citi defines entertainment as anything from sporting events to theatrical productions.
As I have said before, the changes that Citi has made to this card excite me. I will keep it for as long as the company will allow. In addition to the benefits listed above, I will continue to enjoy Priority Pass access.
What do you think about the changes?