How to Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Airlines

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How to Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Airlines

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One of the best ways to get Big Travel with Small Money is transferring flexible points to airline and hotel partners for award flights and stays.

If you’re a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, Citi Prestige® Card (not currently available to new applicants), or Citi Chairman (no longer offered) cardholder, you can transfer Citi ThankYou points to airline partners.  And depending on how you like to use your miles and points, you can get terrific deals booking Business and First Class award seats worth thousands of dollars.

How To Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Airlines
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I’ll show you how to transfer Citi ThankYou points to airlines in 4 easy steps!

How to Transfer Citi ThankYou Points

Link:   Citi ThankYou Rewards

Currently, you can transfer Citi ThankYou points to:

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

Citi ThankYou points transfer at a 1:1 ratio with all of the above partners except JetBlue (5:4 ratio).   And transfers must occur in 1,000-point increments.

1.   Sign-In to Your Citi ThankYou Account

Log-in to your Citi account and click onThankYou From Citi.”

Alternately, you can sign-in to Citi ThankYou Rewards directly on the Citi ThankYou Rewards website.

How To Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Airlines
Click on “ThankYou From Citi” to Access Citi ThankYou Rewards

2.   Select Points Transfer

Hover your cursor over “More Ways to Redeem” then click on “Points Transfer.

How To Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Airlines
Hover Your Cursor Over “More Ways to Redeem” Then Click on “Points Transfer”

3.   Choose Your Airline

Find the airline you want to transfer points to.  Then click “Transfer Now” on your desired transfer partner.

How To Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Airlines
Find the Airline You Want to Transfer Points To

4.   Transfer Your Points

Enter the number of Citi ThankYou points you’d like to transfer (remember, it must be in 1,000-point increments!).   And fill in your name and airline frequent flyer number.

Accept the terms and conditions and click “Transfer Points.”

Remember, once you transfer points to an airline or hotel partner, you can NOT transfer them back!

How To Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Airlines
Enter Your Details and Transfer Your Points

Note:   Citi says it can take up to 14 days for points to transfer to your airline account.  But in my experience, it usually takes 1 to 2 days.

What If Award Seats Aren’t Available?

If you have the Citi ThankYou Premier, you can redeem Citi ThankYou points towards paid travel (including airfare) through the Citi Travel Portal at a rate of 1.25 cents per point.

And folks with the Citi Prestige can redeem Citi ThankYou points for paid airfare at a rate of 1.25 cents per point.

This is a good option if you’re not flexible with your travel dates, are booking last-minute flights, or don’t want to fuss with finding award seats.

Plus, there are no blackout dates and you’ll earn airline miles for your flight!

Bottom Line

In just 4 easy steps, you can transfer Citi ThankYou points to airline partners for Big Travel with Small Money!  Transfers can take up to 14 days, though typically it takes 1 to 2 days.

You can only transfer Citi ThankYou points to partners if you’re a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, Citi Prestige® Card, or Citi Chairman (no longer offered) cardholder.

If you don’t want to bother with finding award seats, you can use Citi ThankYou points to book paid travel through the Citi Travel Portal.

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Citi ThankYou® Premier Card

Citi ThankYou® Premier Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3X Points on Travel, Including Gas Stations
  • Earn 2X Points on Dining Out & Entertainment
  • Earn 1X Points on All Other Purchases
  • 60,000 Points are redeemable for $750 in airfare on any airline, anytime with no blackout dates when booked through the ThankYou® Travel Center, or $600 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • Points Transfer allows you to transfer points to participating airline loyalty programs
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases*

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The thing is, I have about 650k points with UA, 150k with AA, & 250K with DL. So transferring to Singapore, or Ethiad wouldn’t help much, because I wouldn’t be able to combine Krispoints with UA miles on the same reservation (unless Im wrong)? Also, Id have to deal with the hassle of keeping miles alive on some foreign Airline whose website, etc., Im not familiar with. DL don’t expire, so Im OK there. I Manufactured Spend heavily on Chase for UA miles, so they will never expire, because I have United Chase Cards. As far as AA, I just downgraded my Plat. & Gold Citi Card to TY preferred. Wasn’t worth Paying $50 AF to keep AA miles alive, as I can just buy an ITunes song from them Every 18 Months for $2 I think, to keep those miles alive.

But, TY Preferred does come with 15K miles Bonus, so I was wondering if there was something useful I could do with it.

thanks

Thanks for this good article!

And I am glad to see the ‘Arrows’ are back!

Newbies appreciate this.

Darius, Can my husband’s thank you points be transferred to my frequent flyer account?