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Update: Beginning July 23, 2017, the 4th night free perk will refund the average cost of a 4-night stay, NOT including taxes.
And I’ll show you how to always be sure you’re getting the best price on your room!
I’ll explain why it’s worth it!
Why You Should Always Check Your Quoted Room Rate
One of the many perks you get with the Citi Prestige card is the 4th night free on hotel stays booked through the Citi Travel Concierge.
However, you should still take steps to make sure you’re getting the best price on your stay. Here’s how to make an already fantastic perk even better!
1. Check the Price on the Hotel’s Website
If you don’t know where you want to stay, you can call the number on the back of your Citi Prestige card. And ask the Citi Travel Concierge to send you a list of hotels in the area you want to visit.
Once you pick a hotel, or if you already know where you want to stay, pull up the room rates on the hotel’s website.
Note: Citi can NOT match prices you find on other online travel agencies like Orbitz or Expedia. That’s because Citi uses their own travel agency. But they CAN match the price offered directly from the hotel.
Say, for example, you find a room at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun for Cinco de Mayo.
You’ll see a promotion for 50% off the standard rate.
And then you dig a little deeper because you have a AAA membership, and search for a AAA room rate.
You’d save an extra $38 a night. That saves you $152 on a 4-night stay!
But in the examples above, notice the standard room rate is still listed for $768 per night. If for some reason the Citi Travel Concierge isn’t looking for discounts, they might quote you this room rate. And you’d end up paying over double!
2. Call Citi to Adjust the Price
But, Million Mile Secrets readers are travel-savvy, and know how to find the best deals!
You can call Citi to make the adjustment to your room rate. Or you can send a secure message. However, I find that calling is easier and faster.
As long as you’ve found a better room rate on the hotel’s website, Citi should be able to match the better price.
And you can combine Prestige’s 4th night free with special rates like AARP, AAA, and military discounts, status perks, hotel rewards, and hotel promotions for Big Savings!
Sweeten the Deal
You’ll get the best deal if you try to arrange your stay so the most expensive night is your 4th night. That’s because Citi Prestige will reimburse you for the actual cost of your 4th night, NOT the average cost of 4 nights.
For the Hyatt Zilara Cancun example, each night costs ~$346. So when the 4th night is reimbursed, it’s effectively a 25% discount.
But say the 1st 3 nights cost ~$346. And the 4th night costs $500. In that case, you’d get $500 back, which is more than 25% of the total room rate!
This is a great way to make the most of high-season rates, for things like home games for sports teams, annual celebrations or parades, or any other special event that would drive up the price of hotels.
That’s because you can combine the 4th night free with special rates like AARP, AAA, and military discounts, status perks, hotel rewards, and hotel promotions to save even more money.
To get special rates honored, call the number on the back of your card. Or send a secure message.
It’s always worth it to check, especially when you can save money!