Can You Convert Citi ThankYou Points to American Airlines Miles?

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Robert writes:

So do I understand correctly, Citi ThankYou points can’t be converted directly to American Airlines miles?  It’s a cash incentive, albeit a good 1 in straight dollar amounts. Except I rarely PAY for an airline ticket since I use miles!

Are there any credit cards that currently have a sign-up bonus for 50,000 American Airlines miles?

Robert can use certain Citi ThankYou points as a credit towards American Airlines flights.  And if he prefers award flights, there are plenty of ways to earn American Airlines miles.

Can You Convert Citi ThankYou Points Into American Airlines Miles

Find Out How You Can Use Citi ThankYou Points With American Airlines!

How You Can Use Citi ThankYou Points With American Airlines?

Robert’s correct, you can NOT convert Citi ThankYou points to American Airlines miles.  Instead you can redeem them to cover the cost of your paid flight.

If you have the Citi Prestige, you can redeem Citi ThankYou points for most flights at 1.33 cents per point through July 23, 2017.  And if you book an American Airlines flight through the Citi Travel Center, you’ll get a 30% bonus for a total of 1.6 cents per point through July 23, 2017.

This is better than the rate of 1.25 cents per Citi ThankYou point on all flights you’ll get if you do NOT have the Citi Prestige card.

There are great perks that come with using Citi ThankYou points to book American Airlines, including:

  • NO blackout dates
  • Still earn American Airlines miles for your flight

The Citi ThankYou points Robert earns will cover the cost of his flight, just as miles do.  So he will still pay NO money out of pocket.

Bottom Line

When you have the Citi Prestige card, you can use Citi ThankYou points to book flights on American Airlines through the Citi Travel Center at a rate of 1.6 cents per point through July 23, 2017.

The points cover the cost of a paid flight, so you won’t have to worry about blackout dates and you’ll still earn miles for your flight.

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5 responses to “Can You Convert Citi ThankYou Points to American Airlines Miles?

  1. The problem is that miles can often be so much more useful than straight dollars. A roundtrip, business class ticket overseas is attainable using miles, but using cash it’s going to be thousands of dollars. I’d rather have something like 120K AA miles than the ability to use like $1300 towards an AA flight

  2. This is definitely a case where point styles work better for some people than others. I greatly prefer Citi Points and a Prestige card bonus to spending AA Points.

    -I always go economy
    -I generally have to fly during blackout dates
    -I love how I still get status when flying a free flight. I highly recommend this points system for people that fit the above criteria! 😀

  3. I love thank you points too. It has been the most flexible points with highest value. Normally I need to book travel just one week ahead. Points may have great values but just don’t work for my situation. Thank you points can be used to book deeply discounted tickets and generally work for every situation. There are not many points redemptions can really reach 1.6 cents per point for economy class, not considering the flexibility.

  4. hotshotcourier

    Can I use my Citi Thank You Prestige points to buy an American Airlines ticket, but actually fly on Alaska metal? If I can what would be the rate? And would it count towards earning AA miles?

  5. I believe the answer is no however can one use (combine) both Thankyou points and airlines miles when booking reward travel through either the Citi travel portal or Chase UR portal? Would be nice if I could convert my SPG points to AA miles then book award travel using miles, then Thankyou points, then whatever I owe, just pay cash.