It was a bonanza day for me meeting another Frugal Travel Guy reader in San Jose. Dmitriy has been sending me deals, asking questions and learning the tricks of the trade for over a year now. It is always great to put a name with a face.
He has helped me with the Accor deal, given me more ideas on how he handles retention bonuses with Citiblank (he is much more aggressive than me) and generally been a very supportive reader. In fact, he even watched me play poker one evening on Pokerstars and offered some suggestions on my play.
The point of my post being, we all come from different backgrounds and have different needs for cheap travel. Dmitriy has amassed over 800,000 miles since joining the frugal gang, very little of it from actual flying. But he has used those miles to go to Korea and China and still wants to learn more. We talked about mileage runs and elite status, things he is not involved in yet.
Being considerably younger than Katy or I, it became evident again,that status is not necessary for all flyers. You young pups can curl up in a coach seat for hours on end. Katy and I just can’t do that anymore.
So we share our experience, develop a new friend and both move on down the road better for the experience. Thanks Dmitriy.
And his Citibank tip on retention: He calls to cancel his card right after his initial sign up bonus miles posts. He indicates to Citi he found a better card for himself and he wants to cancel. Citibank has been offering him 2 miles per $ for a period of time and in some cases more bonus miles for keeping the card, even when it is just several months old. Try it and see what happens.
We also talked about credit card usage in relation to credit limit. If you don’t want your score to take a nose dive, try not to get greedy when ordering coins. A $7000 balance reported to a credit reporting agency on a card with a 7500 limit is a red flag that will effect future card approvals. And unfortunately, we never know what day the bank is reporting the current balance to the reporting agency. It may be the day you increase your balance?????
“Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered”. Try to keep your spending to under 50% of your credit limit to protect your credit score from short term swings.
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases