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How to Check the Citi Prestige Airline Credit
About a month and a half ago I picked up the Citi Prestige card during my last round of applications. While the card does come with a $450 annual fee, it has several benefits that I value highly. In addition to Priority Pass and Admiral’s Club access, it also comes with a nice 50,000 bonus as well.
Still, that isn’t enough value justify me paying a $450 annual fee. The one feature that put it over the top for me is the $250 annual airline credit. Unlike the Amex Platinum, this credit applies to all airline purchases and it runs based on the calendar year meaning I can get $500 in credits during my first year with the card.
The one issue I have with airline credits is that I don’t tend to purchase tickets very often. What normally happens is I use miles to book a ticket and then pay the taxes/fees. For example, for my upcoming trip to Europe with my son, we each had about $40.40 in taxes on our business class tickets.
Tracking the Credit
While the Prestige is useful in these situations, I know it can be hard to keep track of how much of the credit has been used, especially with a number of smaller transactions. Thankfully Citi has fixed that. Today I checked my statement and was surprised to see just how clearly Citi lays it out.
As shown above, they show you the amount of the credit, how much you have spent and your remaining balance. I put the taxes for both mine and my son’s tickets to Europe on the card and now I have $169.20 remaining. I love simplicity.
This is valuable to me as well since I can let the credit run through the end of the year and use it to pay various taxes and fees on award tickets. If at the end of the year I haven’t used it all up, then I can just purchase a gift card. With so much complexity in this hobby, I value the simple things that make my life easier.
I am still just getting to know the Prestige card, but I really like it so far. While I am not always the biggest fan of Citi, in this case I really need to commend them for making this feature easily accessible. Other banks might have wanted to hide this feature, but Citi seems to want you to take full advantage. (And I will!)