We boarded the plane first and as the plane filled up, they announced that they had a need for three additional volunteers. We were seated toward the front of the plane so I rang the call button as the attendant walked by and asked about the offer. They again said they only needed three, but I told them if they took four, I was game. They discussed amongst themselves and said, “Gather your stuff.” By now the plane was full and we were applauded, to my daughter’s amazement, as we deplaned.
The deal was $400 each in travel vouchers and $12 each for meals as well as the next flight to Florida. The agent called another gate as there was trouble with passengers at a flight to Atlanta at 5 p.m. that we might be able to get on. We went to the gate with the agent and, after a few moments, we were not able to board the plane. But he told me we were on the next flight to Atlanta at 6 p.m. and then we were confirmed with four seats in first class from Atlanta to FLL. The girls were excited. He said we should grab a snack and see the gate agent to get our tickets.
So after all is said and done, here is where we stand:
Flight vouchers for first bump: $400 X 4 = $1,600
Food vouchers: $12 X 4 = $48 (basically enough for water in NYC)
Flight vouchers for second bump: $400 X 4 = $1,600
Food vouchers: $12 X 4 = $48 (more water, LOL!)
Hotel transportation: $15 value
Hotel: $179 value
Amount saved for room in Florida: $50 (Holiday Inn Express at the Entertainment Card rate)
Rental car saved: $50 for one day
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