Posted by William Charles on December 6, 2016
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Published on December 6th, 2016 | by William Charles

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Haven’t Used Your Citi Prestige $250 Travel Credit? Here’s What To Know

It’s nearly the end of 2016 and one of the benefits of the Citi Prestige card is the fact that it comes with a $250 travel credit. Like the Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 travel credit, charges must POST to your December 2016 statement to be eligible.

That means if your statement closes on December 10th and you make a purchase on December 12th it will not count towards your 2016 travel credit (instead it’ll count towards your 2017 travel credit). You can change your statement closing date with Citi to try and give yourself more time, but I wouldn’t rely on this working.

I’d recommend using this credit sooner rather than later, if you’re interested to know what has triggered the credit in the past this post will help you. If you have any questions about this benefit, please ask us in the comments as I want to try and make sure all readers are using these benefits to the fullest!

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NinjaX
NinjaX

thanks doc. u da man.

please open a tip jar so we can give u our lunch bunny monies.

VK
VK

Does something apply to the Amex Platinum as well? I got the card a week back and wanted to wait a while before buying those Southwest Gift cards. Should I do this immediately ?

Justin
Justin

Wondering the same thing about Sapphire Reserve?

farsighted99
farsighted99

Amex Platinum is $200 per year. So if you just got the card, you can get $200 worth of airline benefits (GC are the easiest, especially AA), but you have to do it NOW. Then in January you get a new $200 to use for next year. Go to flyer talk.com here (this is for AA, but there other airlines with wiki’s and comments. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/american-express-membership-rewards/1646825-airline-fee-200-100-reimbursement-reports-aa-only.html. You have to pick an airline first, or you won’t get the credit. You can change the airline in January if you like, but you are stuck with it for the rest of the year.

Chase Sapphire Reserve. If your account hasn’t sent you your last bill for the year, you can purchase $250 worth of travel. Then in January, wash and repeat. Go to their site and read the details. Chase accepts most every travel charge, but read it carefully. Airline tickets, etc…

Good luck.

Trey
Trey

Does anyone know if the golf benefit works the same way? I planned on using my final two rounds for 2016 over christmas break. Will those actually count for 2016 or 2017?

Trey
Trey

Also, as a datapoint. An American Airlines gift card purchased online worked for the travel credit for me in November.

Lok
Lok

Anyone know how long it takes a United Gift Registry purchase to post?

farsighted99
farsighted99

about 2-4 days. Maybe a week (but I got mine right away).

jackjack
jackjack

So if my statement closed dec 2, and next one is jan 3 am I screwed?

zakon
zakon

I am in the same boat as you. However, assuming your Dec 2 statement did not include the annual fee, you should be able to maximize the $250 credit for 2017 by spending it now, and then canceling in January.

54austin
54austin

So, if my statement closes on Dec 10 and I make an eligible purchase on Dec 11, will that count towards my 2017 allowance? Thanks.

MAG
MAG

I have a question about new accounts and their first statement. Does any one remember if the spend put on a Citi card shows on the first statement generated. Thinking about applying for the Prestige tomorrow Dec 7, wondering if it would be possible to maximize the $250 for this calendar year or if I am too late. If I am too late I might go with the Premier.

Ben
Ben

I got my Prestige early 11/2015. I got my first $250 credit 11/25/2015. My AF was billed to me on 12/24/2015. I’ve also already redeemed by 2016 $250 credit. And I expect my AF to post on 12/24/2016 and then be due late Jan 2017.

Am I eligible to get another $250 statement credit before paying the AF? If I make a travel charge between 12/24 and 12/31/2016, then I don’t think I’ll get it. But if I make the travel charge after 1/1/17 then I should get another $250 statement credit….right?

Also, does the credit post within a day or so after the travel charge posts to the account? Or does the travel charge post when the statement closes?

Ben
Ben

I can’t be the only person thinking about this…?

Deborah
Deborah

The charge appears immediately, but is due in the following statement. The credit appears on the following statement.

James
James

@ben if u make the charge after 01/01/2017 youl be eligible for the credit. I’m actually in the same boat as you and don’t know the answer to your last question. If the credit is applied on the statement than I won’t be able to keep it open because I won’t get the AF refunded for the second year. Anyone know the answer to Ben’s question? When does the credit post? On the statement or before?

Ben
Ben

I did a little more digging on flyertalk, I think that what happens is that the credit will post on the first statement that closes after the charge posts.

This, coupled with the fact that the AF posts on the last statement of the year and then becomes due PRIOR to the next statement closing (which is when the credit will appear). Therefore, we have to pay the AF. Typically, the due date that the AF is due on is ~2-4 days before the next statement close date. So if we pay the AF, then wait ~2-4 days for the next statement to close/credit will post, we can then cancel the card on day 5 after we pay the AF. I think this means that we will get a prorated refund for 10 months. So, ($450/12)*10=$375. Therefore we’re paying a $75 fee to get a $250 credit…good deal. I would love some extra verification that Citi still prorates AFs, though.

54austin
54austin

A rep told me earlier this week that the annual fee is pro-rated. It would just take a quick call to verify.

nick

is there an easy way to see the balance remaining on the travel credit?

I bought a $110 SW gift card since I believe I have about $108 left. my statement closes on 12/14. I haven’t used the card in a while so I assume I won’t see the credit post until my statement date.

Deborah
Deborah

DP/Caution: my statement date is the 17th of the month. I purchased AA gift card on the 17th of November; however, since the transaction did not process until the 18th, the credit did not appear on the November statement. I am fairly confident and have been assured by Citi it will appear on the December statement. Lesson for me: do not wait until the statement close date to make the purchase.
I did a test purchase of a $10 gift card from SW a few months ago; did receive the credit.

Biggie F
Biggie F

Data point and then a question:

Data point: Last year I bought a ticket — or at least I thought I bought a ticket using my Citi Prestige Card before my (early) December 2015 closing date. But there was some complication in the actual ticketing by the airline, which I didn’t notice at first. To my horror, the ticket didn’t go through until my Prestige closing date and didn’t post until afterwards. As this was unfolding, I contacted Citi about moving the closing date later into the month. Too late for that, as it would be now. But — and maybe this was just a freak piece of luck at a time of kinder and gentler relations between Citi and its valued cardholders — but I got someone to understand the situation and give me a special $250 credit to make up for the one that an airline quirk plus my getting-acquainted-with-the-technical-year-end-enddate-of-a-new-card ignorance had made me skate by. YMMV, but for those of you who cut it too close, got the dreaded 1 or 2 December closing date, or whatever — worth a call or two to see if you can find a sympathetic ear. I have to say that this gave me an irrational sense of loyalty to the card, and to Citi!

Question: Wasn’t there a place on the website where we used to be able to see whether we had used our credit for a given year? Given my experience above, I am hyper-sensitive about getting on the wrong side of the December date!

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