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Last week I highlighted the Citi Prestige card now that it’s offering a 50,000 point signup bonus.
You get 50,000 bonus points after $3000 spend within 3 months of opening the account.
It’s a $450 annual fee card, but comes with a $250 air travel credit each year that can be used on paid airline tickets (no gift card shenanigans required). It also comes with American Airlines lounge access, and it earns triple points on air travel and hotels and double points on dining and entertainment.
Many American flyers will love that points, in addition to transferring to miles through the ThankYou program, can be used for revenue tickets at 1.6 cents apiece.
I was aware of other benefits of the card but not familiar enough to assess them, like free golf.
Doctor of Credit goes into some detail on the golf benefit.
You get three free rounds of golf per year. It’s a calendar year benefit, which means you can use it 3 times this calendar year and three times at the beginning of next calendar year — all for that same first year annual fee.
You can book one tee time at a time, and you must book at least three days in advance. (Different rules apply in Asia.)
You can search participating locations on the Prestige golf benefit site. Just click Golf Destination on the menu bar, and select your location. It will refresh the page, and you can click Golf courses and available courses in the drop down will correspond to the destination you’ve chosen.
For instance I see there are three near my family in Boca Raton, Florida and 18 choices in Miami/Fort Lauderdale. Offerings appear to be extensive. Tee times can be reserved online.
There are courses where prime spots go for over $200 per round, so it’s possible to get really outsized value out of this benefit if you’re a golfer: 6 tee times in your first cardmember year worth over $1200, in addition to the airline credit and global entry credit and bonus points that are worth a minimum of $800 on American Airlines tickets but could be used to transfer to miles as well.
Citi Prestige just seems like a better and better value proposition the closer I look.