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If you love America’s National Parks, the Citi Prestige card can get you discounts on extended hotel stays near some of the most beautiful places in the country. That’s because you can get the 4th night free on hotels.
I’ll show you lodging that’s within a ~20-minute drive of some of the best National Parks!
I’ll show you a few examples of Big Travel near National Parks. And how to get to them with the Citi ThankYou points you’ll earn with Citi Prestige!
Get Your 4th Night Free Near National Parks With Citi Prestige
Link: Find a National Park
Link: Citi Prestige
If you love outdoor adventures and nature, the Citi Prestige card can help you get longer stays in beautiful places for less money. That’s because you’ll get the 4th night free on hotel stays when you book through Citi’s concierge service.
And, they have lots of hotels available near beautiful National Parks!
You can find which hotels are available by searching on the Carlson Wagonlit website. That’s the service Citi uses to book hotel stays. So if it’s available there, you should be able to get the 4th night for free.
Note: Citi can now book hotels directly. And they no longer use Carlson Wagonlit.
Chain hotels aren’t always the closest option for National Parks, but you can also book many boutique hotels. And even places that get you ready for an adventure, like a mountain lodge with a roaring fireplace and fresh local foods on the menu in the hotel restaurant.
Remember most National Parks are free, or have free days. Check back for dates in 2016, but they’ll most likely correspond to the same dates as 2015.
Now let’s look at a few examples. I haven’t been to all of these parks, but I visited Big Bend National Park in Texas and will share my experience soon!
1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
To get started, do a search on the Carlson Wagonlit website.
For Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I searched for a 4-night stay within 20 miles of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the closest town to the park.
There were 83 hotels that matched! From there, you can filter based on:
- Name of the hotel
- Distance to where you want to be
Or, you can view a map to select the closest 1 to the park to you want to visit!
Two results that jumped out at me were the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg and the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Smoky Mountain Resort. That’s because when you book through Citi, you still earn elite stay credits and points. So you can enjoy your elite status AND get the 4th night free!
2. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is huge, and has limited access. It has 2 sides, the North Rim and the South Rim.
Most folks visit the South Rim because the elevation there is much lower, so it’s open all year-round.
I found 4 hotels near the entrance to the park, including the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn.
If you paid for 4 nights in cash, it would cost ~$506 But with Citi Prestige, you’ll only pay ~$411 for the same 4 nights!
That’s a savings of nearly $100! If you use this perk a few times a year, you can more than make up the cost of the annual fee.
I found 4 hotels within 20 miles of Yosemite where you can get the 4th night free with Citi Prestige.
While you’re in Yosemite, you can book a round at the Wawona Hotel Golf Course, which is only ~8 minutes from the park. So when you’re not hiking or exploring the outdoors, you can use Citi Prestige to save money on other things you enjoy!
Yellowstone is a massive park with borders in 3 different states. So depending on which part of the park you want to be in, you’ll have lots of different options for lodging.
I found dates available at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, which is on the Montana-Wyoming border, and near the entrance to the park.
Because Yellowstone is so big, you’ll definitely want to spend at least 4 nights here! But if you have the Citi Prestige card, you’ll only pay for 3!
5. Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is another huge park. At over 400 square miles, there are lots of choices depending on which part of the park you want to focus on.
A simple search like the 1 I showed you before returned nearly 100 hotels of all price ranges and ratings. So there’s definitely something available to suit all types of travel styles!
Get to a Park With Citi ThankYou Points
With Citi Prestige you have 3 ways to fly to National Parks:
- Transfer Citi ThankYou points to Singapore Airlines miles, then use those miles to book a flight on United Airlines.
- Use Citi ThankYou points through the Citi Travel Portal to fly on any American Airlines flight with no blackout dates for 1.6 cents per point through July 23, 2017
- Use Citi ThankYou points through the Citi Travel Portal to fly on any nearly any airline with no blackout dates for 1.33 cents per point through July 23, 2017
Here are the closest airports to 10 major national parks, and if American Airlines or United Airlines flies to them:
|National Park||Closest Airport||Does American Airlines Fly There?||Does United Airlines Fly There?|
|Great Smoky Mountains National Park||Knoxville, Tennessee||Yes||Yes|
|Grand Canyon||Phoenix, Arizona||Yes||Yes|
|Yellowstone||Jackson Hole, Wyoming||Yes (Seasonal)||Yes (Seasonal)|
|Rocky Mountain National Park||Denver, Colorado||Yes||Yes|
|Olympic National Park||Seattle, Washington||Yes||Yes|
|Zion||Las Vegas, Nevada||Yes||Yes|
|Grand Tetons||Jackson Hole, Wyoming||Yes (Seasonal)||Yes (Seasonal)|
|Glacier National Park||Glacier Park, Montana||No||Yes|
Keep These Tips In Mind, Too!
If you don’t plan on driving your own car, read my tips on how to save on a rental car.
And remember, if you have the Citi Prestige you get lounge access at Admirals Club (through July 23, 2017, if you’re flying American Airlines the same day) and Priority Pass lounges. So you can unwind before or after your trip for free! You can take your immediate family or 2 guests to either set of lounges.
The Citi Prestige card is a terrific companion for your adventures to America’s National Parks. In nearly every park, you’ll have at least a few options to get your 4th night free when you book through Citi concierge.
You can search for hotels on the Carlson Wagonlit website before you book.
And remember, you also get 3 free rounds of golf, lounge access at Admirals Club, and your Citi ThankYou points are worth 1.6 cents on American Airlines flights with Citi Prestige through July 23, 2017.
If you’ve been to any of these parks or find Citi Prestige useful in another way, please let me know!