Our flights last Friday were to be TVC-ORD-SFO-RNO. Unfortunately, while I was waiting waiting for flight #1, I got the dreaded “flight cancellation” call on my phone. The cancellation was for “air traffic control.” I immediately called the 1K United phone line and explained what had happened.
With Katy out of town and both of us boys planning on a golf weekend, I regretfully agreed to Vegas. It meant my prepaid hotel reservation was gone, my golf reservation was gone, my Priceline car rental was gone, and I had no idea what would happen to my Marriott timeshare stay. Would I be able to recoup those points? It was destined to be a financial disaster. But this was the 1K desk. If anybody could help me, they could. The agent instructed me to head back to the ticket counter at Traverse City to “un-check” us in so she could continue processing our new tickets to Las Vegas.
The ticket agent at the counter was Joe, a baggage handler by trade now who is now tired of dealing with the public and working at a United Express station. I told Joe my story about needing to be unchecked going to Reno so the 1K agent on hold could reissue tickets to Las Vegas. He did un-check us on the Reno destined flights, but did not hand me my Las Vegas boarding passes. His response instead was, “Let me try a few things.”
Joe spent 20 minutes on that computer. Then he ran down to the Delta ticket counter and suddenly we were going to Reno after all! We were booked DL from TVC to MSP and United MSP-DEN then United DEN-RNO.
Joe had saved the day and saved me a few hundreds bucks. We arrived in Reno shortly after our originally scheduled time. I tried to slip something in Joe’s pocket for the effort, but he refused and asked me to write the home office about the station in Traverse City instead. I already have.
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