How to combine Citi ThankYou points: A clever, yet simple, strategy

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If you’ve been at the travel hobby for a while, you’ve probably got a few cards in your wallet that earn the same type of rewards. Being able to combine them in one spot is important if you don’t have enough miles or points in a single account to book an award flight, hotel stay, or other travel.

Last year, I combined points from my Citi Premier℠ Card and Citi Prestige® Card to book five round-trip flights to Hawaii with my family, because I didn’t have enough points in either individual account to book the trip.

Calling Citi ThankYou at 800-842-6596 or the number on the back of your card is the easiest way to do this, but it’s also possible through your online account.

Here’s how to combine your Citi ThankYou accounts online so all your points are in one place:

Transferring Citi ThankYou points between accounts online is a bit of a pain, but you can call Citi instead and let them do the work for you. (Photo by gpointstudio/Shutterstock)

Why combine your Citi ThankYou accounts?

The redemption value you get for your Citi ThankYou points depends on with which credit card your Citi ThankYou points are linked.

There are several credit cards that earn Citi ThankYou points. Here are the most popular:

  • Citi Rewards+℠ Card – 2 points per dollar spent at gas stations and supermarkets (on up to $6,000 per year, then 1 point per dollar spent), 1 point per dollar spent on everything else. Read our review of the Citi Rewards+ Card
  • Citi Premier℠ Card – 3 points per dollar spent on travel; 2 points per dollar spent on dining and entertainment, and 1 point per dollar spent on everything else. Some earning aspects on this card will change in August 2020. Read our Citi Premier review for all the details
  • Citi Prestige – 5 points per dollar spent on airfare and dining; 3 points per dollar spent on hotels and cruises, and 1 point per dollar spent on everything else
  • Citi® Double Cash Card (can be converted to Citi ThankYou points if you have an eligible card) – 1 point per dollar when a purchase is made, and 1 point per dollar when your balance is paid, for an effective 2 points per dollar (or 2% cash back). Read our Citi Double Cash review
The information for the Citi Premier, Citi Prestige has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

If you have the Citi Prestige, you’ll get the fourth night free on hotel stays of 4+ nights booked through the Citi portal; with the Premier, you do not.

Or say you have the Citi Prestige, which allows you to transfer points to airline partners, and the Citi Rewards+℠ Card, which does not. But the Citi Rewards+ offers a 10% rebate on the first 100,000 ThankYou points you redeem each year. If your accounts are combined, you’ll be able to stack the 10% rebate with a ThankYou points transfer to Qantas.

By combining your accounts you’ll be able to access the very best redemption rates and perks with all your Citi ThankYou points, regardless of the linked card.

It’s also a lot easier to manage your points balances when they’re pooled in one spot.

How to combine your Citi ThankYou accounts

If you want to combine your Citi ThankYou accounts online, here are the steps:

Note that some folks have reported errors if the names on the accounts don’t match exactly. In that case, it’s best to call Citi at 800-842-6596.

Step 1:  Sign in to your Citi Account

Log into your Citi ThankYou account at thankyou.com. Then, navigate to “Points Summary” on the drop-down menu in the top right corner.

 

Step 2:  Select “Combine My Accounts”

On the left sidebar under “Manage My Account” click on “Combine My Accounts.”

 

Step 3:  Choose the accounts you wish to combine

In this example, I’ve combined my Citi Prestige account and my Citi Premier account by selecting the checkbox next to the Prestige.  Then click “Continue” to confirm.

 

Step 4:  Verify and receive confirmation

You’ll have one last opportunity to verify the change before you submit. Keep in mind that once your accounts are combined, Citi says it’s difficult to split them up again.

Finally, you’ll be brought to a screen congratulating you for combining your accounts.

   

Shortly after, expect an email with the same information. Going forward, you’ll see your points balances combined and earnings presented in one spot when you access your Citi account.

Bottom line

Combining your Citi ThankYou points accounts is a smart move if you have multiple Citi ThankYou points cards. By pooling your points in one spot, you’ll be able to access the best perks from your cards with all of your eligible points. That includes the 10% rebate on the first 100,000 points you redeem each year with the Citi Rewards+.

The easiest way to do this is by calling Citi ThankYou at 800-842-6596 or the number on the back of your card. This is especially important if the names on your different accounts don’t match exactly. But if you prefer to do it yourself online, it’s a fairly straightforward process.

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Oldmanbob
1 year ago

I know this is an older article, but I will post anyway in hopes it may help others. I have both the Citi Prestige and Premier. I am closing my Prestige to save the high annual fee and keeping my Premier. I called twice to verify but I have found out that while combining my points from my Prestige card with my Premier card, it is an easy process, but I have been advised twice that even once combined, if I close mt Prestige card, then I have only 60 days to use the points that were associated with my prestige card and if I don’t I will loose them. This is applicable even after I combine (note: I am talking strictly about combining points within two of my Citi TY card products. I am not talking about transferring points which is an entirely different option but which also has a 90 day use or loose rule). So my suggestion is that if you are closing the Prestige and many folks are, ask to convert the Prestige account to the Citi Rewards + account ( its a no fee card) and then the points from my Prestige will transfer with it and not have that 60 day timeline attached like they would if I simply combined the points as mentioned in this article.

RJain
1 year ago

Andrew,
Could you let me know how to combine thank you points from checking account with thank you points from Premier credit card?

Michael Nahum
1 year ago

I am not sure what happens when you cancel a Citi credit card. Will it affect your pooled point balance. Something to consider before you pool the accounts

Andrew Wan
Reply to  Michael Nahum
1 year ago

Hi Michael! I called and also did an online chat with Citi and they stated that if you cancel a card with thank you points, they will expire within 60 days. That’s even if you transfer them to a different card and keep it open!

So it looks like they have a way to track which points were earned with a specific card, and once that card is closed, any points earned from that card will expire within 60 days.

I asked for clarification on why this was the case and was told it’s because a points transfer does not count as a redemption or qualifying activity to keep the points active.

A bit odd, but I did get the same answer twice. Once in writing and once over the phone.

If you’re thinking about cancelling a card, maybe try downgrading it to a card with no annual fee. This way it’ll be easier to keep your thank you points active until you get a chance to redeem them on your own schedule.

Michael
Reply to  Andrew Wan
1 year ago

Yes that is always the plan to downgrade! 🙂 I am debating on whether or not to keep the Citi Prestige when my annual fee hits in October. They really did a number to that card! And the numbers all suck! I hate all the changes come Sept 1st – Hope they have good retention offers to offset that fee. I also wonder if I lost out on the better annual fee – which was like 350 i believe.)

Andrew Wan
Reply to  Michael
1 year ago

I’m an optimist. Here’s hoping you’ll get a good retention offer 🙂