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One of my favorite benefits of the Citi Prestige card from Citibank is their perks through GolfHub. Your annual fee enables you to book 3 free rounds per year at some really nice golf courses. I used mine to book 6 free rounds at courses that someone else paid over $1,000 for.
What is the Citi Prestige card?
The Citi Prestige card is the high-end ThankYou points card from Citibank. It carries a hefty annual fee of $450, but there are some pretty great benefits on top of the 50,000 ThankYou points offer that is usually available.
The 50,000 bonus points can be transferred to many partners, including:
- Hilton Hotels
- Flying Blue
- Singapore Airlines
- Virgin America
- Virgin Atlantic
And the 50,000 points are worth:
- $800 toward a flight on American Airlines or US Airways®
- $665 toward flights on any other airline
- $500 in gift cards from a wide range of merchants
- Other great rewards
Aside from the points bonus, the you earn 3x points on air travel and gas spend and 2x points on dining and entertainment. If you’re a CitiGold member, you get a discount on the annual fee (from $450 down to $395) and your points receive a 15% bonus.
There’s a $250 per year credit for flight-related travel expenses, such as tickets, baggage fees, and upgrades (I recently used mine to pay for taxes on Southwest flights to Cabo) and a $100 credit when using the Citi Prestige card to pay for Global Entry.
Just these benefits alone are worth up to $1,400 for the annual fee of $450.
One of the other great benefits (if you pay for hotel rooms) is receiving the 4th night free. When you pay with your Prestige card at ANY hotel, you will receive a credit for your 4th night. I’m not sure how this is calculated… if it’s an average of all nights or if they actually determine what you paid for that 4th night. I would assume it is the average amount paid per night.
And then there’s the golf benefit!
Complimentary golf at over 2,400 courses
My buddy Travis and I enjoy spending the occasional Saturday or Sunday morning chasing our golf balls around the course. We usually only golf whenever we can find a discounted golf deal on Groupon or LivingSocial.
But now that we have the Citi Prestige card, we get 3 free rounds of golf every calendar year. There are plenty of courses near our houses in Orange County, California, but we want to maximize the value we get, so we choose the most expensive courses from the list!
If you time the approval of your Citi Prestige card (usually April through October), you can manage to golf 3 times during the calendar year you were approved AND 3 more times in the next year before the annual fee is due!
There are now over 2,400 golf courses across Asia, Latin America, USA, Europe, the Middle East and Africa to choose from.
How to book your free rounds of golf
The first step is to go to the Citibank Prestige page (you may have to enter some card info to see your benefits) and look for the golf benefit.
Then click on “Learn More” which will then bring you to the link to sign up for GolfSwitch, which is the company that handles the golf benefit for the Citi Prestige. After registering for your account with GolfSwitch (GolfHub.com), you can select your course… you can golf locally, or pick a course that you’ll be traveling to!
I searched for courses in Orange County, California and found several to choose from, including some more expensive courses – Monarch Beach Golf Links at $179 per round and Strawberry Farms Golf Club at $175 per round.
Since Travis and I each have the card, we each have to book our own tee times through our own accounts. Be cautious of courses like Anaheim Hills Golf Course and Champions Club at the Retreat that list “2 or 4 players” because you can only use one of your free rounds at a time… effectively turning that reservation into a BOGO (buy one, get one free).
When you click book to select your course the full price will still show. Notice the message stating that “as a Prestige CardMember, you have 3 complimentary rounds available to be applied at checkout.” This section will tell you how many free rounds of golf you have left.
When you go to check out, you will be asked whether or not you want to use one of your free rounds of golf.
I say yes… then go to check out and see the price now showing as $0!
Voila! Now, just do this 5 more times and you just experienced six rounds of golf for free that would have cost over $1,000!!!
Travis and me at Strawberry Farms in Irvine, California
We always have fun golfing, but this morning was even more fun knowing that it would have cost $350 for both of us to golf… and we were doing it for free! Free is way better than a Groupon, let me tell you.
Travis had some great swings too…
We may not be great golfers (I seriously lost about 18 balls that day, which is why I always buy the cheap golf balls on sale), but we have a great time… except when the warden stops by to tell us to pick up the pace.
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