I hold the Citi BANK Prestige card. My wife also holds one as well. It is one of these cards like the non-Delta AMEX Platinum card or the non-Delta AMEX Platinum business Card that I could not spend a dime on each year other than paying the fee and get HUGE value year after year.
Right now, as you can see from the back of my card and on the application landing page, the card not only gets you Priority Pass (with two guests free unlike most other cards) but also when you are flying AA you get into AA lounges. The latter really is meh. AA lounges are not “that” great and if you are a frequent AA flyer you should have the AAdvantage Executive card anyway. The loss of this next year is really not “that” big of a downgrade folks! (HT to M2M)
Beyond this change there is talk of a change to the offer. Not the 50,000 bonus points (I am told that is staying the same) but the spend is going up from 3k to 5k. Again, if you are mega upset over this change on the way you either cannot order VDGCs from GiftCards.com (starting at TCB) or you don’t have a CVS or Walgreens near you or you don’t live near a Simons Mall. For the rest of us, who really cares about an extra 2k more in spend to get bonus points?
Lastly, if you are a golfer, this card pays for itself over and over and over and that does not count the $250 back you get each year in travel credits (lowering the net cost for the card to just $200).
Folks there are cards you hold and pay the fee even if you don’t use it (you should when booking airline tickets and it has great transfer partners as well). This could be one of those cards for you but the changes on the way really don’t matter one bit to me. You? – René