Old Oct 28, 14, 2:34 pm
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Transition-Related Notes
Members are starting to receive Priority Pass Select cards in the mail. These are sent by Collinson via USPS, separately from the rebranded Prestige cards.
There was a decimal rounding error in the ThankYou point accounting on October statements. Remove a 0 from each of the totals reported - it should then match
Members who signed up prior to 10/18 still only receive a $250 airline credit for the year; if you previously used the $200 incidental credit, you can get another $50 in airline purchases reimbursed through December.
If you signed up before 10/18/14 you are eligible to receive the 15% discount and companion benefits for a year after your signup date. Call Citi at 877-288-2484 and ask to speak with a travel specialist, rather than letting them send the information to Spirit Incentives for an email quote. There are mixed reviews as to the efficacy of this service.
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Old Feb 3, 15, 7:53 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2009
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Just wanna share my story. It's 9:50 EST right now and I forgot to pay the balance which was due today. Called it in because I thought it was past deadline for same-day posting (which is usually 8pm EST or 5pm EST) and to my surprise, rep told me it's until 12AM EST.!

I was ready to bring out "I was too busy still scratching my head from SB49 ending" excuses but we didn't need to go there, and we ended call very pleasantly.

+1 for citi.
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Old Feb 8, 15, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by dw
I certainly hope that the magnetic stripe will be a bit more recognizable than it appears in the graphic... it'll start to get very annoying very quickly if we have to point out to every single cashier where the stripe is when handing the card over.

Granted, this may be less of an issue after October 2015, IF the EMV transition here in the US goes as planned, b/c presumably we'll be using the chip more after that date.
Originally Posted by mizzou1
Looking at new design, I can imagine myself having a fun/frustrating chat with every other cashier in US and with every cashier abroad.
So I've had this card for about a month now, and I use it as my primary card. It is annoying to have to "chat" with every cashier. Sometimes, I just want my food and don't want to make friends.

I wish they had an optional alternate more conventional card design with the stripe in back.
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Old Feb 8, 15, 2:50 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyMeToTheLooneyBin
So I've had this card for about a month now, and I use it as my primary card. It is annoying to have to "chat" with every cashier. Sometimes, I just want my food and don't want to make friends.

I wish they had an optional alternate more conventional card design with the stripe in back.
This x1000. I've only once had a cashier be able to swipe my card correctly without fumbling around a few times or telling me it doesn't work.
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Old Feb 8, 15, 7:12 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2015
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Question on TYP and Prestige

I'm considering apply for the Prestige card.

For whatever reason I'm having a hard time figuring out what TYP can be used for. I'm not interested in transferring them to a FF program and I don't fly American.

With that said there is a 30k bonus points for sign up (online, nearest branch is over 100 miles away). What ways other can this sign up TYP bonus be used?

I will be able to use the $250 airline credit this year and then once early in 2016.

I assume as long as I book through the travel agent I could get a 4th night free at a Universal Studios hotel (around $425 credit) and use that 4th night offer 1 other time this year so it seems like it would be a great card unless I'm missing something.

Thanks for any help.
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Old Feb 8, 15, 8:20 pm
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Join Date: Apr 2013
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Originally Posted by fuddrules
For whatever reason I'm having a hard time figuring out what TYP can be used for. With that said there is a 30k bonus points for sign up I will be able to use the $250 airline credit this year and then once early in 2016. I assume as long as I book through the travel agent I could get a 4th night free at a Universal Studios hotel (around $425 credit) and use that 4th night offer 1 other time this year so it seems like it would be a great card unless I'm missing something.
Prestige has a lot of premium benefits, as well. You may also use TYP for statement credits, purchase gift cards, or buy merchandise from TYP mall. For more info check this sticky http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/citi-...s-program.html
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Old Feb 8, 15, 8:24 pm
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Outside of frequent flyer miles, the best TYP redemptions are:
  • Partner gift cards
  • Mortgage / Student Loan payment (this is a check made out to the institution where your mortgage or SL is held. Many reports of depositing the check into a checking account at the institution it's made out to without issue.)

Both of these get a 100TYP = $1 valuation. Cash/statement credit are lower.
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Old Feb 8, 15, 8:40 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2015
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Thanks to both of you.

I've read that guide and my options seem a little limited. The statement credit is 20,000 points for a $100 credit? Not Good.

I don't have a mortgage or SL to payoff so that's not an option.

It seems my best bet would be to use the TYP for an airfare I've booked beyond the $250 statement credit or for hotels/rental cars or gift card?

I know I'm making this more difficult than it should be but w/o the card and never using points (I've only used miles) it's a little foreign to me.
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Old Feb 8, 15, 8:53 pm
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Don't apply for it lol
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Old Feb 8, 15, 9:42 pm
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Originally Posted by fuddrules
I'm considering apply for the Prestige card.

For whatever reason I'm having a hard time figuring out what TYP can be used for. I'm not interested in transferring them to a FF program and I don't fly American.

With that said there is a 30k bonus points for sign up (online, nearest branch is over 100 miles away). What ways other can this sign up TYP bonus be used?

I will be able to use the $250 airline credit this year and then once early in 2016.

I assume as long as I book through the travel agent I could get a 4th night free at a Universal Studios hotel (around $425 credit) and use that 4th night offer 1 other time this year so it seems like it would be a great card unless I'm missing something.

Thanks for any help.

Taking into consideration the fact that you don't fly American and the $450 annual fee that comes with the Prestige, this may not be the right card for you. The main draw for this card is the AAdmirals Club membership, most of the other benefeits can be found with other products for far less than $450/year.
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Old Feb 8, 15, 10:15 pm
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Originally Posted by ffflllyyyeeerrr
This x1000. I've only once had a cashier be able to swipe my card correctly without fumbling around a few times or telling me it doesn't work.
YES!! It has become annoying. The first time was OK... I actually like to chat, but c'mon... Not everytime I want to use my card I feel like explaining to the cashier how to use it and how I got the card etc etc...
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Old Feb 8, 15, 11:53 pm
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Originally Posted by traveler9020
Taking into consideration the fact that you don't fly American and the $450 annual fee that comes with the Prestige, this may not be the right card for you. The main draw for this card is the AAdmirals Club membership, most of the other benefeits can be found with other products for far less than $450/year.
It's actually not AC membership, it's AC access when flying AA/US flight. AC membership gets you in without flying AA/US.
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Old Feb 9, 15, 7:26 am
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For me, the other potential draws for the product apart from Admirals Club access & family/guest privileges are: (i) the 1.6x multiplier for purchasing flights on AA with TYPs applies not just to TYPs earned with the card but to Citi checking/savings TYPs as well, (ii) the Priority Pass membership comes with free family/guest privileges (unlike Amex Plat's), (iii) the annual airline credit is $250 (more than Amex Plat's) and can be used for tickets (unlike Amex Plat's), (iv) with a Gold account at Citi, the annual fee is $100 less (so $450-$250-$100 = $100).

Obviously the key here is AA flights + Admirals Club access (requires same-day AA boarding pass).

The other key for me, which no one comments on, is that the 1.6x thing lets you buy a $400 AA ticket for 25,000 points with no capacity limitations, i.e., you don't have to struggle to find saver space. Or a $480 AA ticket with 30,000 TYPs. I've gradually figured out that that's what the card is all about. Finding saver space in this day and age is hard unless you're single, unemployed and childless. In my opinion.

So, yes, if you're not interested in AA flights or Admirals Club access, the card's a waste for you. Don't do it!
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Old Feb 9, 15, 7:32 am
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Originally Posted by traveler9020
Taking into consideration the fact that you don't fly American and the $450 annual fee that comes with the Prestige, this may not be the right card for you. The main draw for this card is the AAdmirals Club membership, most of the other benefeits can be found with other products for far less than $450/year.
What any person has to consider is what you get for $200, assuming you use the $250 rebate every year. Some cards with a $95 AF offer many of Prestige's benefits. In this case consider whether you get enough added benefit to justify the extra $105. For everyone, it will vary. Some benefits to consider are Global Entry at $20 per year ($100 every five years refunded),
the 1.3 on airlines, the 1.6 on AA, etc. The weakest benefits of this card have already been noted by the OP, so I won't go there.
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Old Feb 9, 15, 9:03 am
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AA Citi Executive:
Spend 40k on AA gets you: 80k miles, 10k EQM. Spend 40k elsewhere get only 40k miles.

Citi Prestige:
Spend 40k on any airline or hotel gets you: 120k points which equals 1,920 USD for AA. Enough for 4 round trips MIA-SEA that will get you 44k miles (if you have status), 22k EQM and 8EQS
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Old Feb 9, 15, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by lotrbfme
AA Citi Executive:
Spend 40k on AA gets you: 80k miles, 10k EQM. Spend 40k elsewhere get only 40k miles.

Citi Prestige:
Spend 40k on any airline or hotel gets you: 120k points which equals 1,920 USD for AA. Enough for 4 round trips MIA-SEA that will get you 44k miles (if you have status), 22k EQM and 8EQS
This is a perfect example of why I chose to apply for the Prestige and not the Exec. This being my third Citi card, puts me at the max CL Citi will give me, so I wanted the card with the biggest bang for my buck.
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