Million Mile Secrets reader John writes:
Now my wife and I both have the CitiGold checking account (40,000 points), Citi Forward (5% movies and restaurants), Citi ThankYou Preferred (20,000 points), Citi ThankYou Premier (50,000 points), and the Citi Prestige (50,000 points).
I have no annual fee AMEX and Chase cards in place to prevent losing those points, when I cancel annual fee cards, but don’t have a Citi solution. How do I keep the Citi ThankYou points alive, when I cancel an annual fee card?
A transfer only delays the forced redemption for 90 days.
John wants to cancel his Citi ThankYou cards to avoid paying the annual fee. But when he closes his account, he only has 60 days to use his points before he’ll lose them. How can he extend the life of his Citi ThankYou points?
When John Closes His Citi ThankYou Cards He Can Lose His Points If He Doesn’t Use Them Within 60 Days! And Those Points Are Worth a Lot of Big Travel!
Luckily, there are some steps he can take to prevent this from happening.
The sign-up bonus on the Citi Hilton HHonors card has been increased to 50,000 Hilton points plus a $50 statement credit after meeting minimum spending requirements.
You could use 50,000 Hilton points to splurge on a night at a high-end hotel such as the Conrad Chicago.
But some folks may prefer to stretch the bonus to cover 2 or 3 nights at nice, although less fancy, Hilton hotels.
You Can Stretch Your Sign-Up Bonus by Staying at Hilton Brands Like Home2 Suites, Hampton Inn, or DoubleTree
I’ll give you ideas and show you how!
Million Mile Secrets reader, TB, commented:
There are some hotel and airline chains in which you can transfer points/miles to points/miles and vice versa for 1:1 or 1:2 or better ratio.
What site can I go to to know what hotel or airline accepts transferred points/miles from other hotels or airlines?
Great question! You can NOT transfer airline miles from 1 airline to another. And you can NOT transfer hotel points between hotel programs. But it is possible to transfer hotel points to airline miles.
Let’s 1st look at transferring hotel points to airline miles. And later we can take a look at transferring airline miles to hotel points.
You Can Transfer Hotel Points to Airline Miles. But Should You?
I’ll explain how to do it. And if it’s ever a good idea to make the transfer!
1. New Flights to Australia With American Airlines and Qantas
Mommy Points reports, American Airlines is teaming up with Qantas to provide flights between the US and Australia.
Starting December 17, 2015, you can fly American Airlines from Los Angeles to Sydney. And on December 20, 2015, Qantas will begin flights from San Francisco to Sydney, eventually increasing to 6 flights per week!
These flights will be code-shares, which means each will have both an American Airlines and Qantas flight number.
Great News Mate! American Airlines and Qantas Are Giving You More Options for Award Flights to Australia, Starting in December
It can be difficult to find award flights to Australia, so this may open up more options for folks.
American Airlines 1-way partner award flights from the US to Australia cost:
- 37,500 American Airlines miles in coach
- 62,500 American Airlines miles in Business Class
- 72,500 American Airlines miles in First Class
And there are lots of ways to earn American Airlines miles. You can also use United Airlines miles to get to Australia.
2. $350 in Cash for AT&T 2-Year Contract
Until June 17, 2015, you’ll earn a 100% bonus when you buy Hilton points. So you’ve got 1 week left!
Normally, Hilton sells points for 1 cent each, in 1,000 point increments. So 1,000 Hilton points usually costs $10.
With this deal, you can buy Hilton points for 0.5 cents each. So you’ll pay $10 and get 2,000 Hilton points!
You Can Buy Hilton Points Cheaply Through This Deal and Use Them for Stays at Any Hilton Hotel
Let’s see if it’s worth buying Hilton points through this promotion!