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Will I Earn Elite Status for Citi ThankYou Hotel Bookings?

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TPG reader Tony messaged me to ask a question about Citi ThankYou Rewards:

“Do you know if the hotel nights booked using Citi ThankYou points are eligible for elite night accrual in hotel programs?”

Using Citi ThankYou points for hotels can be a good value, especially if you have the Citi Prestige card, which offers the fourth night free benefit that you can even pair with AAA or AARP rates. To answer Tony’s question, yes, your hotel stays booked with Citi ThankYou points through the Citi ThankYou Travel Center do count toward elite nights.

Booking through third parties doesn’t usually earn you elite nights, but using Citi ThankYou points does. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Generally, you’re not eligible for elite nights when you book through online travel agencies (like Orbitz and Priceline) or Hotel Tonight (though I’ll share a little secret — I’ve actually gotten some elite nights when using Hotel Tonight … shhhh). However, Citi books hotels as a corporate travel agency, not as an OTA or discount agency, so you should receive elite credit if you’re booking eligible rates via the Citi ThankYou Travel Center.

I have an upcoming stay booked through Citi, so I’ll report my own experience soon, but everything I’ve read and heard seems to point toward getting credit. If you’ve experienced the contrary and haven’t gotten credit, please let us know by sharing in the comments below.

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Citi Prestige® Card

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  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year, and receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre √®
  • 4th night hotel benefit for any hotel stay at hotels booked through the Citi Prestige® Concierge.
  • Earn 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
  • Points are redeemable for a $532 flight on any airline or $400 in gift cards.
  • Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
  • Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
  • 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 15.49%* (Variable) $450 0% Excellent Credit