Everyone loves tangible travel privileges that you can enjoy with your credit card. It's not uncommon (though it is becoming increasingly difficult) to get airport limousine transfers from credit card spend and most decent credit cards give you a few lounge accesses every year. The Citi ULTIMA is an elite credit card that is not commonly advertised and the reason for that is very simple - it's by invitation-only and it requires an AUM of S$5,000,000 (compare this to Priority Banking in Singapore!).
If you want high net-worth individuals to use your credit card(s), you will most definitely have to attract them enough to do it - after all, all the banks are fighting for the same slice of pie. Here are five ridiculous travel benefits that make you wish you were a Citi ULTIMA cardholder as well:
1. Buy One Get One Free Business/First Class Ticket
If there was one benefit to really make a difference, it would have to be this BOGO Business and First Class ticket on a participating airline. That's right, your traveling companion's airfare will be completely taken care of by Citibank when you purchase a full fare First or Business class ticket - you will still have to pay for applicable taxes but this is easily tens of thousands of dollars savings each year! Traveling alone? You will still be able to save 15% off all published full fares on First and Business.
2. Complimentary Airport Transafer and VIP Meet & Assist
Whenever you travel on a purchased First or Business Class ticket, you will be able to enjoy complimentary airport assistance services at all participating airports in Asia-Pacific. Allow an appointed agent to expedite you through the customs and immigration and enjoy a complimentary one-way luxury airport limousine transfer service when you pay with your Citi ULTIMA.
3. Stay Two Nights, Get One Night Free
We already know that the Citi Prestige is better in the US than in Singapore - one of the greatest benefit of this card is the third (or fourth) complimentary night that you get with participating hotels. With the Citi ULTIMA, you will be able to get a complimentary night with a minimum of two nights. That's right, this includes chain luxury hotel brands like the St. Regis, Park Hyatt and W Hotels.
4. Instant Hotel Status and Benefits
Fret not about earning your hotel loyalty status the difficult way like the rest of us - when you are a Citi ULTIMA cardholder, you will be treated like royalty each time you stay at a participating luxury-branded hotel. Enjoy VIP welcome amenities, late check-outs, early check-ins, complimentary breakfast and even dining/spa credits every time you travel the world.
5. 35% Off Car Rental Rates
Enjoy car rental privileges with participating rental companies like Avis and Hertz - save up to 35% off on international car rentals and be immediately upgraded into a preferred membership for extra perks.