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Do you need some extra Hilton points to top-off an account for an award stay?
Until January 8, 2015, you can get a ~33% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Hilton.
Normally, points transfer at a ratio of 1,000 ThankYou points to 1,500 Hilton points. But with this deal, you’ll get 2,000 Hilton points for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou points you transfer, or a 2:1 ratio.
Is this a better deal than transferring ThankYou points to other travel partners? Let’s find out.
What’s the Deal?
Citi ThankYou points can normally be transferred to airline partners at a 1:1 ratio:
- Asia Miles
- Eva Air
- Flying Blue
- Garuda Indonesia
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
With this deal, the ratio is 2 Hilton points to 1 ThankYou point. This sounds like a good deal, but Hilton points are generally worth much less than airline miles!
That’s why I don’t usually recommend transferring points to Hilton unless you just need a few extra points for an award stay.
And you should always compare what you could get by transferring your ThankYou points to airlines instead (even if the ratio isn’t as good).
For example, you could transfer 17,000 Citi ThankYou points to Singapore Airlines and get a 1-way, coach class ticket between New York and Frankfurt (if you book online and get the 15% discount).
A paid ticket on the same route costs ~$468.
If you transferred 17,000 points to Hilton with this bonus promotion, you’d have 34,000 Hilton points. That’s enough for:
- 6 nights at a Category 1 hotel (5,000 points per night)
- 3 nights at a Category 2 hotel (10,000 points per night)
- 1 night at Category 3, 4, or (some) 5 hotels (20,000 to 30,000 points per night)
But there aren’t many category 1 and 2 Hilton hotels. Suppose you used the points to book 1 night at a category 3, 4, or 5 hotel.
For 30,000 points per night, you could book the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld.
A paid night at this hotel in January costs $119 plus taxes (and less if you book a non-refundable rate).
I think I’d rather use a similar number of points for a flight to Europe than for 1 night at a relatively inexpensive Hilton!
That said, if you’re able to find a category 1 or 2 hotel that suits your needs, transferring points to Hilton might make sense as far as value. And you could always just transfer enough to top-off your account for an award.
How Do You Get Citi ThankYou Points?
But if you have 1 of these cards, you can transfer points earned from other Citi ThankYou cards, like the Citi ThankYou Preferred, to your account. And then to airline and hotel partners.
|Cards With Points That Directly Transfer to Travel Partners||Cards With Points That Transfer ONLY If You Have a Card From First Column|
|Citi ThankYou® Premier Card||Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card|
|Citi Prestige® Card||Citi ThankYou Preferred for College Students|
|Citi Chairman||CitiBusiness ThankYou (No Longer Available)|
|Citi AT&T Access More|
Again, do the math before you transfer to see what the best deal is for you. And remember, it can take up to 14 days for Citi ThankYou points to transfer to airline and hotel partners.
You’ll get a 33% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Hilton until January 8, 2015. Normally, the transfer ratio is 1,000 ThankYou points to 1,500 Hilton points. With this deal, you’ll get 2,000 Hilton points for every 1,000 ThankYou points.
Transferring bank points to Hilton is usually not a good deal, even with a bonus. Your points could be worth much more transferred to other partners!
But for certain hotels, or if you’re short just a few points for an award stay, it could make sense to transfer ThankYou points to Hilton. Do the math to see if it’s worth it.
Will you take part in the Citi ThankYou Hilton transfer bonus?