I just applied and was approved for the citi prestige card (new 50k bonus, ching ching), and it comes with a benefit that is book a 4 night stay at any hotel, and the last night is free.
I'd read anecdotal evidence that this was point and night elligible for some other programs (like SPG and club carlson) and was curious if anyone had any info about this benefit with marriott. The "Designated Travel Specialist" is Carlson Wagonlit Travel. I figure if it is, it might be a better option than a marriott or ritz card. Saving $500 on an expensive nights stay is more valuable to me than 2500 points from credit card spend
Thanks for sharing this. An intriguing topic no doubt.
I'm going to check into this for you and look for some current information. I'll follow up with whatever I can dig up.
I checked in with our team about this and, currently, they have no information about this credit card. Is it a new program offered by Citi?
I would think that contacting the credit card company to learn about any benefits like the ones you inquire about would be the best course of action at this point.
I'm happy to relay any information you learn from that Credit Card team to our team for review and confirmation as well.
Thanks for looking into this for me.
The new benefits of the prestige card started oct 19 2015. As soon as I get the card in the mail I'll call up and ask. I'll be sure to report back, as 4th night free (and 8th night, 16th, and so on, as long as your stay is) can be very beneficial if the rates are point + night elligible.
Citi won't know at all. I have the prestige card and a 4-night stay booked July 1-5. I intend to find out what benefits we get when booking through CWT. That is, I will find out then whether elite nights and points are given. Just so you know, you are giving up on 5x Marriott points per dollar for ALL nights and getting 3x TY points I believe instead as well.
New online article posted on "The Points Guy" about the utilization of the free 4th hotel night:
Since I just signed up for a couple of new credit cards in the last few months I'll probably skip this offer for now but may consider it again in the future if the 50k bonus returns. Thanks for the Melbourne Westin suggestion, I will keep it in mind. I plan to start booking flights in a few weeks once some credit card bonus miles post.
I've never stayed at a Westin property but have been curious about giving one a try sometime as I have heard good things about that brand. The only SPG brand I've stayed at has been Sheraton and my last stay at one of those was back in the 90s. I noticed that some of the Westin properties in the US & Canada have a birth year weekend promotion which seems pretty cool. The first night is the regular rate and the 2nd & 3rd nights are the rate of your birth year (e.g. 1971= $71).
I've had a lot of recent cards too, but it was a good offer to jump on. I got the annual fee waived as well by using my magic powers just like I did for the ritz card.
My recent cards (all in about 6 months) were the marriott (70k offer), citi doublecash ($200 offer) amex PRG (25k offer, wish I got a 50k offer), ritz (140k), US Airways (50k), barclaycard ring, and the citi prestige.
Hard to turn down 50k TY points worth $800 redeemed against AA/US, or to transfer to some of their partners. I've become an offer hound. lol.
Also, I'd never heard of that promotion before for the birth year. That is pretty cool. Also, I remember reading somewhere that virgin got rid of surcharges from the US to australia, so you could use those 50k points towards a virgin australia ticket. Virgin Atlantic is a transfer partner I'm not sure if that no surcharges applies to them as well, but worth looking into. I think it's 40k each way from LAX to SYD. Not sure where you live but you could use some avios to get to LAX real cheap.
Thanks for the suggestions. We do plan to depart from LAX and fly Business Class to and from Australia. Most likely one leg of the trip will be on Virgin Australia in which I can make use of existing Delta SkyMiles that I already have. One way Business class on VA using Delta SkyMiles is 80k each. For the other leg of the trip I plan to purchase two coach tickets and use United Miles (30K each) to upgrade to Business Class. Getting to LAX will be easy as I have a bunch of Southwest Points & the Companion Pass obtained from a Marriott Travel Package.
United's website gives you the ability to book a mileage upgrade reservation in real time. You are right there is an extra fee for doing so but its much better than paying the full price for Business Class. Click on the image below to see an example.
So in this case the total one way Business Class Fare expense for 2 is $1611 & 60k miles. If I were to pay out of pocket for these two one way Business Class tickets the cost would be over $10k.
Heads up on this. The CWT Agent did inform me the rates would be point/night elligible, HOWEVER, the rate they quoted me for the stay I had (which was the marriott georgetown) (if I wanted a refundable rates) was ~$50 more than the rate that I got on the marriott website. I still would have come out about $10 ahead, but I figured I would just keep the reservation I had.
I then booked the ritz carlton pentagon city, and called up to use one of my club level upgrade certificates, when the reservation agent lowered my rate by $40 and then attached my club level certificate, AND gave me the $100 hotel credit for having the ritz card.
Customer service on the ritz reservation line is far superior to the customer service on the marriott line, I'll say that. No "enter your number" or "if you're gold press one, if you're silver press 2." No holding, just "Hi Mr. <me>, how can I help you."
Moral of the story, I'm staying in club level at the ritz for the same price CWT quoted me for the georgetown marriott nonrefundable rate ($179 a night), but this rate is refundable. Plus I'm getting the $100 hotel credit.
From what I understand, the Citi Prestige requires you to book the stay with their travel provider, and the entire amount of the stay is charged to you, however, you then get a credit back for the 4th night, so you will earn points & EQNs for all 4 nights.
Hope this helps!