Prestige 4th Night Free
Among the Citi Prestige card’s perks is one benefit not found on any other credit card to-date: A complimentary 4th night with a minimum 4-consecutive night hotel booking. This benefit can be used twice per year.
The way it works is simple: book a hotel stay of four nights or more and your stay will automatically be discounted by one night’s base rate (not including taxes). The one free night is calculated as the average room rate across your entire stay. In other words, on a four night stay, the discounted price will be 75% of the base rate (25% off) before taxes and fees.
Stacking deals for 40% off
You can stack Premier & Prestige benefits if you have the Citi Premier card pooled with your Prestige card. The Premier card’s 20% point discount on travel stacks with the Prestige card’s 4th night free. These combine to give you up to 1.67 cents per point value, or a 40% point discount if you prefer to think of it that way.
Unfortunately, Citi’s prices through the ThankYou portal are often inflated compared to the competition. As a result, the 4th Night Free discount isn’t as good as it sounds. Here’s a chart I put together when I investigated prices across multiple sites. This shows that Citi’s prices average about 10% above best available prices:
For more details, click here: How bad are Citi ThankYou hotel prices?
Additional 4th Night Free Disadvantages
Here are some downsides to booking hotels through the ThankYou portal:
- You can’t apply additional discounts. You can’t get AAA rates, government or military rates, hotel promotional rates (unless they are available on ThankYou.com), etc.
- You won’t earn hotel loyalty points for your stay.
- Your elite status (if any) most likely won’t be recognized.
- Your receipt will show only the discounted price (this is an issue if you intend to expense the entire 4 nights)
How to Book 4th Night Free Stays
To book your stay, do the following:
- Log in to your Citibank account
- Click to view “My Points Summary“
- Click Hotels under the Travel menu
- Search for your hotel with a date range spanning 4 or more nights
Q & A
- How do I know which hotels are available and at what price? Use the online hotel search function to find hotels and prices.
- Will I earn hotel loyalty points and elite credits for a stay booked this way? You most likely will not earn hotel points, elite credits, or elite recognition.
- Are taxes and fees included in the fourth night discount? No. Therefore, your total savings on a 4 night stay will be less than 25%.
- What discounts can be applied at the time of booking? None