You Can Now Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Airlines

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You can now transfer Citi ThankYou points to certain airlines.

You Can Now Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Airlines

You Can Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Certain Airlines and Hilton Hotel

Citi ThankYou Transfer Partners

You can transfer Citi ThankYou points from the Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige and Citi Chairman cards to certain airlines and Hilton Hotels.

You can transfer Citi ThankYou points to:

  • Hilton Hotels
  • Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific)
  • EVA Air
  • Etihad Guest
  • Flying Blue (Air France / KLM)
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic

Citi ThankYou points transfer in a 1:1 ratio with airline miles, so for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou points, you get 1,000 participating partner airline miles.  However, you get 1,500 Hilton points for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou points you transfer to Hilton Hotels.

I’d pay ~0.4 to 0.5 cents per Hilton point, so I wouldn’t personally transfer Citi Thank You points to Hilton.  But this could be worth it for some folks.

For most folks, Singapore Airlines is the best airline transfer partner if you’re using Citi ThankYou points.  That’s because you can get good deals using Singapore Airlines miles to fly on United Airlines to Hawaii and flying Singapore Airlines to Europe.

You can make transfers in 1,000 Citi ThankYou point increments.  And Citi says it may take as many 14 days for your transfer to be completed.

ThankYou Points or Ultimate Rewards Points?

Although you can now transfer your Citi ThankYou points from the Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige and Citi Chairman cards to certain airlines and Hilton hotel, I wouldn’t give up your Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

You have a better choice of airline transfer partners when you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to certain airlines and hotels.

So if your goal is First Class or Business Class tickets, you’re better off spending on the Chase Sapphire Preferred instead of the Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige and Citi Chairman cards.

That’s because you can transfer your points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred to airlines such as United Airlines and British Airways and to hotels such as Hyatt and Marriott.

Redeeming Citi ThankYou Points

However, I still like the option of using Citi Thank You points for flights through the Citi portal.

You get:

  • 1.33 cents for 1 Thank You Point with the Citi Thank You Prestige
  • 1.25 cents for 1 Thank You Point with the Citi Thank You Premier (or 1.6 cents per point for American Airlines or US Air flights)
  • 1.0 cent for 1 Thank You Point for all other Thank You cards

if you redeem your Thank You Points through the Citi ThankYou Travel Center.

You can use these points to buy any airline tickets, just like paying cash.  So it gives you a lot of flexibility.

You Can Now Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Airlines

1 Citi ThankYou Point Gets You 1.25 Cents Towards Airline Tickets

So redeeming CitiThankYou points for 1.25 cents towards airfare through the Citi Travel Center might make more sense.

You can transfer your Citi ThankYou points on  Or you can call Citi ThankYou customer service at 800-842-5696.

Bottom Line

You can now transfer Citi ThankYou points to certain airlines and Hilton Hotel from the Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige and Citi Chairman cards.

However, I wouldn’t transfer my Citi ThankYou points to Hilton points because they are worth more towards airline tickets.

See this post for more details on how to prevent your Thank You points from expiring if you cancel your Citi ThankYou card. 

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10 responses to “You Can Now Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Airlines

  1. This is a reason to pull my old Citi Forward out of the drawer – 5x on dining and Amazon!

  2. Perhaps I missed it in the article, but is Lisa on to something here? Can I use the ThankYou points I earn on my Citi Forward to transfer to airlines if I get a Citi Prestige card? If so, that’s awesome. :)

  3. @khad,

    Yes, you can combine points between ThankYou accounts from different cards, so if you have the Premier or Prestige, points from other cards (like Forward) will be transferable as well.

  4. daraius this is great news. is it valid if i only have a citi forward card? thnks!

  5. I’m booked currently on SQ JFK-FRA in Suites, but now that I could top up my KrisFlyer acct. enough w/ TY pts. I’m contemplating cancelling that and booking SQ LAX-SIN (via NRT) instead. Anybody ever cancel an SQ award, and can you confirm for me that it would only cost USD 30 to reinstate the miles to my KF acct.? And would the cash portion of the award be refunded, or held and at least creditable to a future booking? I have found availability for LAX-SIN (not waitlist!), and want to pounce on it ASAP. Also, any experience w/ how long it takes xfers from Citi TY (or Chase UR) to post to KrisFlyer? Thanks for any info to be had on this!

  6. Also…I’m curious too about the ability to take points from a Forward card and put them on a TY Preferred card, and then transfer from there to KrisFlyer. Hope someone can put up an authoritative answer on that, as the earnings on Forward for Dining sound great. And Amazon? Heck, I buy practically everything on Amazon anymore, so this too would be nice. But then I can always use my Ink Bold at OfficeMax, buy Amazon gift cards, get 5x UR and ship those over to KrisFlyer. It’s mainly the dining boost that’d be a big help.

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  8. I only have a Citi Forward Card. I don’t see how to save 20% of the points by using the Travel Center. When I look up a flight it keeps showing at a rate of $0.01 per point which is the same as if I wanted to redeem for a Retail Store gift card. Am I missing something?

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