I knew from Flyertalk and the Citi site that they were no longer issuing the PremierPass, but I didn’t realize they were issuing all PremierPass cardholders new cards. I have the Citi Professional that they had stopped issuing over a year ago, but my card and benefits have remained intact.
One of the key perks that made the PremierPass different than many other cards is the concept of flight points. If I book a flight with my PremierPass for my mom I would get ThankYou points for the miles she flies. She could accrue miles with whatever program she was flying, but with most credit cards I would only get credit for the actual cost of the ticket. This benefit didn’t work so well for me recently though. My business flying is all booked on a corporate card and I have few personal trips where I don’t use miles (although paying the taxes for an award would still be enough to get you flight miles). Most of my personal trips are booked with United and United and Citi seem to not like eachother. After a couple go-rounds of “call the airline” “call the card issuer” “we can’t authorize the transaction because they aren’t asking for authorization properly” I gave up and booked with my American Express with no hassle.
I’m not going to say I will miss PremierPass. I never bought up to the Elite card so I pretty much always got 1 ThankYou point per $ and 1 TYP per 3 miles flown for the few personal trips I booked. I haven’t even carried my PP card for at least a year since I have better cards in my wallet. For those who booked tickets for other people or booked their own frequent travel the TYPs really added up. After the last devaluation I decided to focus mainly on Hilton HHonors points and I’m now trying to see if Citi will let me convert my PP into their Hilton product (to complement my current HHonors AMEX) instead of the other card it’s converting into.
ETA: I called Citi Customer Service (and was surprised they actually tell you the stated of the call center) and asked to convert my Premier Pass to the Hilton Visa. I explained I understood the number had to change (MCs start with 5, Visas start with 4). I have to wait until March 9th to get my new Hilton card, but my credit limit should carry over and that was my main concern. The rep went through all the benefits I would lose, but Hilton points are more valuable to me anyway.