place a premium on (something)

place a premium on (something)

1. To greatly increase the cost or scarcity of something. Because the city is so densely populated, landlords are able to place a premium on rented accommodation.
2. To place an especially high value on something; to consider something more important or valuable than is usual. We always place a premium on our customer service support, so never hesitate to contact us if you have a problem! With three young children, I place a premium on a shop where I can find everything I need in one stop.
See also: on, place, premium