How to use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free Hotel Benefit?

Earlier this week, I listed down all the benefits I received via my Citi Prestige India Credit Card last year. Many requested were unaware that the 4th night benefit could be redeemed online, and requested to elaborate on how the Citi Prestige 4th night free works.  This is a valid for Citi Prestige India primary cardholders where a minimum of 4 consecutive nights are required to be booked to get the one night free. I used it last year and this is how it works.

how Citi Prestige India 4th night free benefit works

I logged into the Visa promotions website, selected India as the country of issue for my card. The page then directed me to a third party OTA, Hotels.com website. After this, I could search on the website just like on any other OTA.  Once I finalised my preferred hotel, I applied the coupon code VISAFREE1, typed in my Citi Prestige India card number and a discount of 25%, i.e. average price of 4 nights, was applied automatically.

Citi Prestige India 4th night free benefit coupon code

The one thing to keep in mind is that the discount reflects only when you select a 4-night stay. For example, I had a six nights stay in Tokyo last year. When I applied the code to the 6-night stay, I got a prompt saying that the coupon is not eligible.

Citi Prestige India 4th night free benefit

Citi Prestige India 4th night free benefit

I then split my reservation into 2 parts. The first one, a consecutive 4-night stay and then I booked 2 nights separately. That way I got the 25% discount on my first reservation.

Citi Prestige India 4th night free benefit discount

The other thing to bear in mind is that any reservation made by using the free night coupon code is not eligible for the Hotel.com loyalty program.

On the whole, while you can always call up the concierge to send you hotel options and prices, this is an easy and a faster way to look at hotels and book them yourself instantly.

Have you used the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free benefit on your Citi Prestige Credit Card?

Comments

  1. The Visa Promotions link is no longer active. Can we do it directly at hotels.com? I have registered my card with Visa India.

    The only other option is to use the prestige concierge, but I usually like to do my research and then call them for actual booking if online option is not available.

  2. does this mean this benefit can be enjoyed by the addon card holder as long as the payment is made thru primary card .

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Ajay. Surprisingly, the Concierge has no idea on this. They still maintain they it can only be booked by calling them.

    Guess, Citi wants to keep this as a secret.

    I wonder, why?

    • @Soumya, it is inconsequential to have a discussion. Maybe Citi want’s to share it, maybe they don’t. It does not matter. As long as you know what you have to do going forward. Cheers!

  4. I have used the 4th nigh benefit for booking Hyatt hotels in 2016. And I got the Hyatt nights credit as well. Has this changed over last 2 years that we no longer get loyalty benefits?

    • Yes. Earlier Citi used to book through a GDS and had direct partnerships with over 900 branded Visa network hotels. That partnership has now been restricted to 2 usages per year per cardmember and is only accessible by US cardholders. For Asia, Citi partnered with Hotels.com and continued the benefit without interruption. In US, they had to stop issuing the card.

      With Asian Hotels.com partnership, it is like booking through an OTA so you don’t get points. Some hotels will still give you the other status benefits if you have one.

    • @Manu, I’ve used it back in the day as well. When Citi changed their concierge service from Ten to something else, all systems were realigned, and hence you now don’t get the loyalty benefits.

    • @Pradeep you have to book 4 consecutive nights to get the 25% discount. So, the only 2 combinations possible in this case were 1+2+3+4 or 3+4+5+6.

  5. Thanks for the info.. i have a few questions though…do we get hotel night credit and/or loyalty benefits if we book using this benefit? Is there a restriction to how many times i can use it in a year? Can we book using phone say if i wanna combine with a hotel promotion(example 5th night free)?

  6. I took 4th night free at Taj Bekal, but I was not able to get a GST bill from the hotel or hotel.com in that case I would have got a GST credit of 28%

  7. First to comment then , & now. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who was living under a rock. Thanks for sharing. Makes things much easier for stays that long.

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