Since Ben is off on a surprise trip of a lifetime, I thought I’d post a quick reminder about the upcoming changes to the Citi Prestige fourth night free benefit.
As Ben detailed at the beginning of the year, the Citi Prestige Card is changing many of its benefits. Sadly, what many of us consider to be the best perk of the card is being significantly devalued. Starting September 1, 2019, the fourth night free benefit:
- Can only be booked through the ThankYou website or ThankYou call center; this likely means that not all properties will be bookable anymore, and you’re unlikely to earn points or receive elite benefits for these bookings
- Will be limited to two bookings per year
I know the fourth night free has saved me thousands of dollars in the last couple of years alone and I’m sad to see this very generous perk be changed significantly. To be honest, I’m surprised it took this long for Citi to make these changes.
I’ve spent the last couple of days locking in future travel plans. I want to be sure they don’t count against my two bookings per year. And I want to get elite recognition and stay credits for the trips, which is unlikely once the ThankYou portal becomes the only option for booking.
My most recent replies from the Prestige Concierge team at Aspire have noted the upcoming change. Given how close we are to the deadline, it’s probably best to take their advice and call the concierge team at 561-922-0158 for these last minute bookings.
The Citi Prestige fourth night free program has long been a favorite way to save money on travel. It has helped change my travel habits to encourage longer stays than I used to book.
The imminent changes are clearly a loss for those of us with the Prestige Card. But, we still have a chance to lock in some final bookings before the September 1, 2019, changes kick in. So get to booking!