A previous complaint and an ongoing joke with Citi is now being rectified. I know a few have already posted about this but I feel, given my struggles with the card, that I am entitled to say a few words about this latest development. Citi is updating the Citi Prestige and putting the magnetic strip on the back of the card where it rightfully belongs.
Someone in marketing probably thought they were clever by moving it to the front. This resulted in unnecessary awkwardness wherever I tried to use my card. At the grocery store, the cashier would swipe one way, swipe another way till I had to intervene and tell her the same line, “This card is stupid. The strip is on the front.” At restaurants, my card would be ‘declined’ because the server couldn’t get it to swipe. Even I had trouble at gas stations trying to orientate the card the right way before filling up.
Finally after reading my post Citi Prestige: Being Different Is Stupid, Citi has given up on its mission of revolutionizing the way that cards are swiped. It’s going back to the way things were: if you swipe it, it will charge.