Unless I get a decent retention offer, I plan to close my Citi ThankYou Premier card soon, so I have been reviewing all the Citi ThankYou points transfer partners in order to decide where to transfer my Citi Thank You points. I don’t have an immediate redemption for Citi ThankYou Rewards points in mind so my plan is to pick a frequent flyer program that I think I can use the points on in the future.
List of Citi ThankYou Points Transfer Partners:
Citi ThankYou Rewards points transfer to 13 airline partners but only one hotel loyalty program. Citi Thank You points transfer at a 1:1 ratio (meaning 1,000 Citi ThankYou Rewards points transfer to 1,000 miles/points) unless otherwise noted.
Citi ThankYou Rewards Airline Partners:
- Asia Miles
- EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
- Etihad Guest
- Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)
- JetBlue TrueBlue (1,000 ThankYou Rewards = 800 TrueBlue points)
- Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Virgin America Elevate (1,000 ThankYou Rewards = 500 Elevate points)
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Citi ThankYou Rewards Hotel Partner:
- Hilton HHonors (1,000 Citi ThankYou Rewards points = 1,500 Hilton HHonors Points)
Here is a link of all the ThankYou points transfer partners on the Citi ThankYou® Rewards website.
Although they transfer at a good ratio, I would not transfer my Citi ThankYou Rewards points to Hilton HHonors since they are very easy to earn elsewhere (there are 2 Amex cards and 2 Citi cards that earn Hilton points and Hilton is also a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards). I would rather transfer my Citi ThankYou Rewards points to one of the airline programs.
The Citi ThankYou Rewards airline partners I personally find to be most valuable are Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Flying Blue – even though both are also transfer partners of Amex Membership Rewards, SPG Starpoints and Ultimate Rewards points. I am hoping to use Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles to book Singagore Suites again so I plan to transfer my Citi Thank You points to Singapore. Unfortunately, Singapore KrisFlyer miles expire in 3 years and cannot be extended with some activity as is the case with many U.S airline such as United and AA.
Overall, I think Citi Thank You points transfer partners are the least valuable of all the all major points currencies (Amex Membership Rewards, SPG Starpoints and Chase Ultimate Rewards points).
Dated on 9/13/16 but updated on 10/16/16- To reflect addition of Jet Blue as a Thank You Rewards transfer partner