Citi Prestige: Weird but valuable benefits

In light of the news that Citi has reduced many of the Prestige card’s travel & purchase protections, I expect that readers are wondering whether to dump their Prestige card when the next annual fee is due.  I’m wondering the same.  First, though, it makes sense to review the Prestige card’s benefits.  Specifically, lets look at the benefits that are not readily available with other ultra-premium cards.  I bet that you’ll be surprised by a…

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New AU bonus: 5K per user up to 20K total [Targeted]

American Express is sending out a targeted mailer for bonus points when adding authorized users. We have one report of the following offer: earn 5,000 Membership Rewards points for each additional card member after they spend $500 in eligible purchases in their first 3 months, up to 20,000 bonus points. This offer was received on a Premier Rewards Gold card, though it’s certainly possible that mailers are going out for other cards. The Deal Targeted bonuses for up to 20,000 Membership Rewards points…

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Fall airfares to Europe from $330 or 22.5K round trip

Star Alliance carriers are offering some cheap airfares to Europe this fall, with prices starting in the $330’s for flights from New York / Newark to cities like Dublin, Amsterdam, and Barcelona. Other destination cities are available for a bit more as well, with availability from September through January. While Newark seems to have most of the deals this fall, there are also limited dates out of Chicago for under $400 round trip as well. It’s easiest to use Google Flights…

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5% off sitewide at Raise, up to $10 off

Raise.com is offering a Memorial Day weekend sale, with 5% off sitewide with coupon code HOTDOG (up to a $10 discount). If you use the app and check out via PayPal, this would stack with 5x on the Chase Freedom this quarter if you haven’t yet maxed it out this quarter. The Deal Get 5% off sitewide at Raise.com with coupon code HOTDOG (max discount of $10) Direct link to this promotion Key Terms One use per household Expires at 11:59pm CST on May 28th,…

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Citi Prestige trip delay devaluation: from 3 hours to 6 hours

A reader reports receiving a pop-up notification when logging into her Citi account with bad news: Citi Prestige Trip Delay coverage is changing from a 3 hour minimum delay to a 6 hour minimum delay. That changes the benefit from being the best in the industry to just being as good as other premium cards. Additionally, the benefit has changed from covering you and your travel companions to you and your family members. Whereas others traveling with…

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Cathay Pacific Asia Miles devaluation on June 22nd

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles has announced some changes to its award chart that represent devaluations in premium cabins on long-haul round trip routes. The changes for flights on Cathay Pacific aren’t catastrophic at first glance, though there aren’t any significant bright spots in terms of redemptions. Some of the devluations on the oneworld multi-carrier chart are quite significant. Changes are set to take effect on June 22nd, 2018. The email from Cathay Pacific notes that “you will be…

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Getting a Chinese visa in a hurry & Mobile Passport for expedited re-entry

Getting a Chinese visa in a hurry might not be something you think you’ll ever need to do, but I recently needed to do so and learned a couple of good lessons in the process that are worth bearing in mind the next time you have to secure a visa for your travels. Then, in terms of speeding up your re-entry to the US, you’ll want to take a look at Mobile Passport. We returned…

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Is Citi killing the 10% mileage rebate on AAdvantage card?

Update: Dom reports that American Airlines PR reached out to him to say that this benefit is not being removed. Doctor of Credit reported this page that mentions the 10% rebate in a comparison of the various cards. Interestingly, this other page also has comparison charts of some of the AA cards and does not show the 10% mileage rebate. I can’t say for sure that this benefit is going away, but I can’t imagine that…

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From 5K & $6 one-way: Alaska award flight sale

Alaska Airlines is offering an award flight sale, with flights available from 5,000 miles + $6 one-way. Flights on sale range from shorter hops to transcontinental routes for 10K plus $6. To take advantage of these sale prices, you’ll need to buy your flight by May 24, 2018. The Deal Award travel sale for travel with Alaska Mileage Plan Direct link to this promotion Key Terms Must purchase by May 24, 2018 Travel is valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from…

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