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Prestige ups fee, slaughters 4th night free for most of us

Citi has sent out an email and created a landing page confirming the previously-rumored changes to the Citi Prestige card. You can find Citi’s page detailing the changes here. They have mostly confirmed what we already knew, with two big zingers: 1) many of us who have been enjoying a grandfathered $350 annual fee will see an increase to the new $495 fee in 2019/2020 and 2) Beginning on September 1, 2019 4th night free bookings must be made…

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Amex and Citi capture my wallet but not my spend

There was a time, not long ago at all, when I maximized my wallet with just two cards: Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Freedom Unlimited. I got 3X for travel and dining with the Sapphire Reserve, and I got 1.5X everywhere else with the Freedom Unlimited. Now, Amex and Citi have shattered that approach.

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6 reasons the Citi Prestige is not a Sapphire Reserve killer

Recently I posted news about big changes coming to the Citi Prestige card as of January 2019: Citi Prestige to add 5X dining & airfare; limit 4th Night Free. In response, some readers asked if this marked the end for the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Others asked whether Chase will respond by increasing the Sapphire Reserve’s category bonuses. After all, while the Sapphire Reserve offers “only” 3X for dining and travel, the new Prestige card will…

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Citi Prestige to add 5X dining & airfare; limit 4th Night Free

Update: Via a reliable source I’ve learned that the category bonus changes won’t take effect until January 2019 (I previously published Nov 9, 2018).  Also, I previously speculated that the current 3X rewards for most travel agencies will drop to 1X, but I’ve since learned that most travel agencies will earn 5X! Exciting news about upcoming changes to the Citi Prestige card have dribbled out from multiple sources (here, here, and here, for example).  The…

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Stacking 4th Night Free + BRG for big savings

Whoever said you can’t have your cake and eat it too never tried to stack a 4th Night Free with a best rate guarantee — or at the very least, they didn’t do it at an all-inclusive where you can have as much cake as you want. Hyatt wanted $1,411 for the cheapest advance-purchase member rate for my stay at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, but I had other plans. My final cost: $863.20 all-in. That’s…

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The two better methods to book the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

This morning, I published a post looking for some reader feedback on the best of a few options to book an award stay (See: Hunting for the best redemption: Hyatt, UR, or Citi Prestige?). I got some great feedback from readers — and specifically, there were two awesome suggestions that I thought were worth pointing out as even better options than the ones I considered. Quick Review In a nutshell, I am debating a possible stay at the…

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Hunting for the best redemption: Hyatt, UR, or Citi Prestige?

Some people get into miles & points to travel more, others to travel more cheaply, and still others to travel more luxuriously. Some are drawn into this obsession hobby for the thrill of the hunt — whether a way to stack as many points as possible on the earning side or redeeming for maximum value. Of course, it gets tricky in determining which option returns maximum value, and I’ve run into a bit of a…

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The best way(s) to use 180K Thank You points

With a newborn infant (already past the newborn stage!) at home, my wife and I have been cost-cutting as of late to stay on budget. As a points-and-miles collector and blogger, one topic of discussion has been which annual fees are worth paying. With recent devaluations to the Citi Prestige card, we’ve certainly considered cancelling. That’s a bit easier said than done for me as I was granfathered in to a $350 annual fee on my…

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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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