Updated on April 6, 2017
My 2nd billing statement just ended for the Citi Prestige® credit card and I was pleasantly surprised to learn of 2 unadvertised perks:
- My annual fee was reduced from $450 to $350 because I have a CitiGold checking account – this is despite having applied for the 50k bonus after $3,000 spend
- The $180 fee I paid for the AA Platinum challenge counted towards the $250 annual air travel credit
$350 Reduced Annual Fee – Citi Prestige®
I signed up on 4/9/15 when the offer first came out – it offered 50,000 bonus Thank You points after a mere $3,000 spend within 3 months. There was a second offer of 50,000 bonus Thank You points for CitiGold members with a reduced $350 annual fee but this required:
- Applying in-branch, which, believe it or not, is an extremely manual paper application process without a possibility for instant approval
- A whopping $15,000 spend within 12 months
I wanted my TY points ASAP, so the opportunity cost of waiting an extra 9-11 months wasn’t worth the $100 savings in my book. I signed up for the publicly available offer. I woke up today to see the 50,000 bonus Thank You points had posted and more importantly that my annual fee was automatically reduced to $350 without having to ask. My colleague, who is also a CitiGold member, had received snail mail from Citi which explicitly stated the $100 reduction. Oddly, I did not receive such mail, but nonetheless, received the same discount. Sweet!
AA Platinum Challenge Fee Processed as Air Travel
I had previously posted that I enrolled in the AA Platinum status challenge since I was one of the many lucky people who scored a Beijing mistake fare. I had also noted that it would be interesting to see if the $180 challenge fee would count towards the $250 annual air travel credit. I am happy to report that it DOES count towards the $250 air travel credit. The charge was processed as “Air Travel AMERICAN AIRLINES” according to my detailed statement.
If you happened to have scored a Beijing mistake fare and the trip has been completed, it’s not too late to sign up for the AA Platinum status challenge and have the start date back-dated. If you have the Citi Prestige card, charge the challenge fee on the card and receive the fee back in the form of statement credit.
Note: I had $70+ worth of actual air travel related charges (taxes and fees on award tickets) in addition to the $180 challenge fee.
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Open a CitiGold Checking Account
If you currently do not have a CitiGold checking account but plan to sign up to shave $100 off the Prestige’s AF, be sure to sign up for the latest promo – 30k bonus AA miles.