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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CITI Prestige changes effective 10-18-14

Old Jul 16, 14, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by dw
What kind of notice did they give you that they were raising your AF?
No notice. The AF has always been $400 but I got $50 discount for being citi gold last year.
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Old Jul 17, 14, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by yoyo
No notice. The AF has always been $400 but I got $50 discount for being citi gold last year.
my membership is due again in september, and given all the above changes mentioned and also the fact that they dont have this citigold discount, i'm finding it quite hard to justify keeping this card for another year. tbh, i bought this hoping to use the free companion ticket, but could never find a decent flight anywhere through spirit. can anyone recommend a card similar to this (is the amex platinum the only other comparable choice)?

also, have they done away with citi prestige access to american airlines lounges? an AU on my card was told that yesterday while flying out of JFK (international terminal 8).
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Old Jul 17, 14, 7:07 am
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Originally Posted by columbiazulu
... have they done away with citi prestige access to american airlines lounges? ...
No, but this benefit is only offered to the primary cardholder. You may bring guests, but an AU cannot access on his or her own.
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Old Jul 17, 14, 9:28 am
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In light of these changes, I am highly likely to cancel in September (my anniversary date).

I do have a question, though, as an annual fee newbie. Is there a way to time cancellation so that it happens after my anniversary bonus points post, but before next year's annual fee hits? I'd prefer not to abandon my anniversary bonus, but it certainly wouldn't be worth a $350-$400 annual fee.

Thanks for any insight!
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Old Jul 17, 14, 9:30 am
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I'm confused....

I know the companion and 15% off program is ending (never had much luck with them anyway).....

but is flightpoint acrual going away???

If so.....what is the point of this card???
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Old Jul 17, 14, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by msk6261
but is flightpoint acrual going away???
Reportedly yes, but nothing official on any of the changes.

The points of the card will apparently be:

  • $0.0133 and $0.016 value per point when redeemed for airfare, which is higher than Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards
  • Airline transfers. We don't know who the transfer partners will be, nor if the ratio will be 1:1 to all partners, nor if all points will be eligible for transfer. My hunch is that AA will not be a transfer partner, and that points earned through banking will be excluded, but they could also exclude Flight Points if they are concerned about large transfers of legacy balances before closing.
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Old Jul 17, 14, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by wvvm
In light of these changes, I am highly likely to cancel in September (my anniversary date).

I do have a question, though, as an annual fee newbie. Is there a way to time cancellation so that it happens after my anniversary bonus points post, but before next year's annual fee hits? I'd prefer not to abandon my anniversary bonus, but it certainly wouldn't be worth a $350-$400 annual fee.

Thanks for any insight!
The annual fee and anniversary points should be on the same statement. Let them both post, and then call to cancel. You shouldn't have to pay the annual fee and you'll be able to keep the points.
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Old Jul 17, 14, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by mia
Reportedly yes, but nothing official on any of the changes.

The points of the card will apparently be:

  • $0.0133 and $0.016 value per point when redeemed for airfare, which is higher than Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards
  • Airline transfers. We don't know who the transfer partners will be, nor if the ratio will be 1:1 to all partners, nor if all points will be eligible for transfer. My hunch is that AA will not be a transfer partner, and that points earned through banking will be excluded, but they could also exclude Flight Points if they are concerned about large transfers of legacy balances before closing.
Transfer to AA and/or transfer of legacy balances would be unreal.

I'd have my parents get the card just to dump their ~300K TY points into an airline.

I can't see how they'd allow points from banking, either. But I'll take my Forward earning 5 MILES per dollar @ Amazon and Dining if they do transfer. Or, with the 1.6 multiplier on TY points, I get 8% when redeeming for US/AA flights. Pretty nice. That multiplier might even be worth keeping the card for me if they retain the $200 in airfare reimbursement annually. I usually earn ~80K TY points a year. $800 in GC, $1064 in any flights, $1280 in AA/US flights.
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Old Jul 17, 14, 12:21 pm
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I went into a local branch today and was confirmed that the following benefits are going away in October:

Annual free companion ticket
15% discount on airfares
Airport Angel lounge access
Flight points (that can convert into TYP)

New benefits to be added are:

A new airport lounge access benefit (to replace Airport Angel)
More TYP on airfare purchases.

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Old Jul 17, 14, 12:37 pm
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Originally Posted by roki
I can't see how they'd allow points from banking, either.
They don't allow transfer of banking points to Hilton, so I doubt they would to airlines, either.

Originally Posted by columbiazulu
also the fact that they dont have this citigold discount
The fee on the website is $450 (used to be $400), sounds like they are still giving a $50 discount, just on the new AF.
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Old Jul 18, 14, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by yoyo
My second year now they want $400. So far no luck to reduce it to what I paid last year which was $350 (citi gold).
I paid last year $400. this year I'm gold and got a letter a few weeks before the renewal that due to my relationship the annual fee would be lower, when I got the bill with annual fee it was $350
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Old Jul 18, 14, 7:26 pm
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I don't know if this is their way of wrapping up flight points, but my statement just closed and I was awarded flight points for the flights (using companion ticket) bought this month but haven't flown yet. Actually I used both my companion tickets this month, one credited but the other didn't.
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Old Jul 19, 14, 8:02 pm
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ohh, I think I see what happened. The charge by USAir has the departure date as 5/12/14, not 5/12/15. Even though I bought the ticket on 6/27/14. The system must have thought I already flew and thus awarded me points this month.
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Old Jul 21, 14, 4:37 am
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Thank You -> airline mileage transfers seems to be live on thankyou.com under shop-> travel -> points transfer.

The participating travel loyalty programs are (all 1:1 TYP:miles w/ the exception of Hilton):
1. Asia Miles
2. Etihad Guest
3. EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
4. Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
5. Hilton HHonors
6. Malaysia Airlines Enrich
7. Qatar Airways Privilege Club
8. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
9. Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus


Full FAQ below:

1. What is Points Transfer?
Points Transfer is a feature of ThankYou Rewards that allows certain eligible ThankYou members to easily transfer their ThankYou Points to a variety of international travel loyalty programs. From airlines to hotels, Points Transfer brings a new dimension of value and flexibility to your ThankYou Points.
2. Who is eligible to use Points Transfer?
Only Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige and Citi Chairman cardmembers are eligible to transfer available and qualifying points to participating travel loyalty programs membership accounts.
3. How can I transfer ThankYou Points?
Transfer your ThankYou Points through www.thankyou.com com or by calling the ThankYou Customer Service. Here's how:
1. 1. Select the participating travel loyalty program you want to transfer your available and qualifying ThankYou Points to.
2. 2. Select number of ThankYou Points to transfer
3. 3. Confirm Points Transfer and accept terms and conditions

4. Can I cancel my Points Transfer request after it's submitted to the participating travel loyalty program?
No. Points Transfer requests cannot be cancelled or reversed. Once your ThankYou Points are transferred, the resulting rewards currency of the participating travel loyalty program cannot be converted or transferred back to ThankYou Points
5. Do the ThankYou Points that I transfer expire, have blackout dates, or any other restrictions?
Once transferred, the ThankYou Points become the reward currency of the participating travel loyalty program and are subject to the terms and conditions of that participating travel loyalty program. Please check the terms and conditions of the participating travel loyalty program involved in your transfer for details regarding restrictions and other terms.
6. Can all ThankYou Points be transferred?
No, taxable points and points that are made unavailable for redemption due to signs of fraud, abuse or suspicious activity in your ThankYou Member Account or due to your failure to make the required minimum payment due on your participating Citi credit card account by the payment due date are not eligible for Points Transfer. Taxable points are points received for a Citibank checking relationship, points obtained through activity unrelated to purchases made with your eligible Citi credit card, as well as bonus points that may be awarded with no spend requirements such as opening new Citi accounts or for signing up for new credit card account services.
7. What travel loyalty programs currently participate in Points Transfer?
The participating travel loyalty programs are:
1. Asia Miles
2. Etihad Guest
3. EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
4. Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
5. Hilton HHonors
6. Malaysia Airlines Enrich
7. Qatar Airways Privilege Club
8. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
9. Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus

8. Is there a minimum number of ThankYou Points required in order to transfer points into participating travel loyalty programs?
The minimum number of ThankYou Points that you can transfer is 1,000. Transfers must be made in 1,000 ThankYou Point increments.
9. Is there a maximum limit to the number of ThankYou Points that may be transferred?
There is no maximum limit to the number of available qualifying ThankYou Points that you can transfer.
10. Is there a limit to the number of times I can transfer ThankYou Points into participating travel loyalty programs?
There is no limit to the number of times you can transfer ThankYou Citi Rewards Points.
11. Is there a fee to use Points Transfer?
No, currently there is no fee to transfer ThankYou Points when using Points Transfer.
12. How long will it take for my ThankYou Points to post to my participating travel loyalty program member account after I request a transfer?
It may take up to fourteen days for the ThankYou Points to post to your participating travel loyalty program member account.
13. How long will it take for my ThankYou Points to be deducted from my ThankYou Member Account after I request a transfer?
ThankYou Points will be deducted immediately from your ThankYou Member Account.
14. Can ThankYou Points be transferred to a participating travel loyalty program member account that is not in my name?
No. The first and last names on both the ThankYou Member Account and the participating travel loyalty program member's account must match in order to transfer points using the Points Transfer feature.
15. Where can I read the full terms and conditions of Points Transfer?
See Terms & Conditions
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Old Jul 21, 14, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by matsur
The participating travel loyalty programs are (all 1:1 TYP:miles w/ the exception of Hilton):
1. Asia Miles
2. Etihad Guest
3. EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
4. Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
5. Hilton HHonors™
6. Malaysia Airlines Enrich
7. Qatar Airways Privilege Club
8. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
9. Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
These partner options kind of suck. Any chance this may be part 1 and part 2 maybe announced in October or so . I sure hope so because if this is it then this is kind of childish on the part of citi

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