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How I’ve Gotten $2,250 in Value from the Citi Prestige Card

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There are plenty of great credit cards to choose from, but some offer unique perks that can ultimately save you tons of money each year. Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig shares his experience with Citi Prestige.

Last month, I wrote about my experience getting a replacement Citi Prestige card when I couldn’t find mine at home. Citi overnighted the card to Hawaii, without me requesting any sort of priority shipping. Now, generally I would have been fine without one credit card, since I travel with quite a few, including my overall favorite, the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but there’s something that makes Prestige indispensable in certain situations — Citi’s 4th Night Free benefit.

We’ve covered this perk in detail in the past, but to summarize, Citi will reimburse you for the fourth consecutive night of a hotel stay — pretty much any hotel stay — provided that you book through a Citi concierge and pay for the stay using your Citi Prestige card. Now this is a fantastic benefit, and it’s saved me a lot of money on stays over the last few months.

A brand new Citi Prestige card, overnighted to my hotel in Hawaii.
A brand new Citi Prestige card, overnighted to my hotel in Hawaii. *Note the appearance of the Citi Prestige cards has changed since I received my card.

The Citi Prestige card comes along with a hefty $450 annual fee, but so far I’ve taken advantage of the following benefits, which in total have gotten me far more than $450 in value:

  • 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 in the first three months ($800)
  • 4th Night Free benefit, on three different stays ($1,150)
  • $250 annual air credit ($250)
  • One Admirals Club visit — available every time I fly AA ($50)
  • 3x points on airfare and hotels

Total: $2,250

This is especially exciting when you consider that I first signed up for Citi Prestige in May. Yes, in just four months I’ve gotten $2,250 in value from a $450 annual-fee credit card. It’s a great example of how you can get tremendous value from a credit card, especially those with a high annual fee.

For more on Citi Prestige, see:

6 Premium Travel Cards that Are Worth the High Annual Fee
Immediately Denied for the Citi Prestige? You’re Not Alone!
Maximizing Citi Prestige Benefits — TPG Reader Success Story
50,000 Points for the Citi Prestige Card

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