I’ve been a big fan of the Citibank PremierMiles credit card, ever since it landed in my wallet almost a year back now. However, the product features have been changing and I’m not exactly impressed by all of them.
Overnight, there is a reduction in the lounge access policy, which quietly underwent a change. A reader Gagan pointed this out to me in the comments, and got me to have a look. While the MasterCard version did not have too many lounges to start with, on the Visa network, there were a lot of lounges in India and outside India to go for. However, I cannot blame, but thank Citi for having keeping the lounge access alive. This is because, the earlier benefits were offered by MasterCard and Visa networks, and while these have now been closed out by the networks themselves, Citi has approached them to make new tie-ups for PremierMiles customers.
Here is a snapshot of all the lounges/restaurants which one can access using the Citibank PremierMiles as of this moment.
What is disappointing is however that there is new wording which says only ‘Primary’ cardholders may use the lounges ‘complimentary’ now. While the lounge has no way of finding out if a credit card is primary or add-on, the card company sure can charge for an add-on swipe at a later point of time. I am not too ruffled by the change at this moment however, till I don’t get to test it myself.
So, what are your views on these latest changes? On one hand, Citi is doing some fantastic promotions with the card, on the other hand, some bennies are going away…such is life!
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