A number of blogs have been writing about the Citi Rewards+ credit card of late and, if I'm being totally honest, this is a card that I haven't really given all that much thought to since it launched at the beginning of the year....but now I'm giving it a serious look.
Citi announced a series of big changes to its Prestige card back in November last year and, although details of most of these changes were revealed at the time of the announcement, there was one benefit that remained a mystery - the cell phone protection that the Citi Prestige card will offer from 1 May.
The Citi Prestige Card has been closed to new applicants for quite some time and, while the card has remained unavailable, Citi has been making some serious changes to the Prestige's offering so this isn't the Citi Prestige Card of old. On 31 January 2019 (yesterday) Citi reopened the Prestige card to new applicants and, at the same time, launched a 50,000 point sign-up bonus to attract new customers.....but what exactly does the revamped Citi Prestige Card offer?
Citibank has launched a 25% transfer bonus for anyone converting its ThankYou Points to Turkish Airlines' Miles & Smiles program through 20 February 2019. Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles may not come up in conversation all that often but the combination of a friendly award chart, a friendly companion rule and a very good Business Class offering onboard make this Citi transfer bonus once that's well worth a closer look.
Friends of ours will be visiting Los Angeles in December and they asked if I would give them some advice on booking their trip and help them out with their accommodation. Naturally I said yes and I started exploring a few options on their behalf....but things didn't quite turn out as I expected them to turn out.
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I'm a very big fan of transferable currencies and that's one of the reasons why I currently hold the three best known premium credit cards which between them cost me over $1,500 in annual fees. The Platinum Card from American Express, the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Citi Prestige card don't actually cost me over $1,500 between them as they all offer me travel rebates that I use every year (although sometimes I come close to forgetting to use them!) and they all offer me benefits to which I can easily assign a monetary value....but I still have to justify holding three such expensive cards.
As you have probably noticed, I write about miles & points quite a bit and, despite the fact that I have a large number of credit cards and loyalty program accounts (31 at the last count), I like to think that I'm good at keeping on top of my accounts, tracking spending and earnings and generally knowing where I stand at any given moment in time.
The Citi Prestige credit card may not yet be open to new applicants (we're expecting an announcement on that any day now) but current cardholders can start to make the most of some of the card's new benefits from today - 4 January 2019.
Long time readers may remember that I've blown hot and cold about the Citi Prestige card for quite some time. I defended the value of the credit card following the devaluations which saw Admirals Club membership withdrawn as a benefit but, by the beginning of this year, I was set to swap my Citi Prestige card for the cheaper Citi Premier ThankYou card....but that downgrade never actually happened.