michaeljc70 wrote:I've seen the Prestige mentioned. I was thinking of getting one. If I get the annual travel credit twice that is $500 and then you get $400/$500 in points ($500 if used for travel). AF is $450. Also lounge access and no foreign transaction fees. I already have Global Entry so that reimbursement doesn't help me. The lounges I have through CSR. It might make sense for me to wait until I cancel my CSR before the annual fee in Oct.
Is the hotel benefit worth anything? Free night after 4th booked through them. Not sure how their prices are.
Experiences may vary but I have had generally great experience with the citi concierge. If you travel frequently and would stay at least 4 days, I think this is worth it. I am renewing this year because of this benefit alone. I was on the phone with one of them just this past week and she spent an hour an a half trying to get what I wanted. I research the best deal I can find on the internet and she calls the hotel and tries to get them to match that rate.
What type of "citi concierge"?
We used to make terrific use of the Amex Plat Concierge service.
They found some "unfindable" things for us back before "Google"/etc., and also grabbed some "sold out" hot toys at holiday times.
But recently, they tend to ignore the specifics in a query/request, or just send back a short response with a Google link.
Needless to say, I had tried a bunch of online searches before turning to them.
We really only keep that card because the hotel perks add up to more in actual cash than the annual fee, plus the additional perks that don't have an exact cash value (or offer an upgrade that we'd never have paid for, and sometimes decline because we chose a specific view or such).
And their Travel Service has also been able to get rooms at "totally sold out" hotels more than a few times.
(We figure in those cases, the hotel might be overbooking, and make a point of arriving early-ish *or* calling to let them know that we are really going to arrive, etc.)
We also use the Membership Rewards Miles for great value in freebie premium travel, with a variety of their partner airlines. That is worth a *lot* to us these days. (With that, and AAdvantage, we've got quite a selection of airlines available.)
But a *good* concierge service would be terrific to know about, if it isn't one that has it's own (high?) fee.
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