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Citi ThankYou Rewards is running a promotion giving you a 25% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Qantas through April 13, 2019.

Key Terms

  • Transfer points by 11:59 PM ET on April 13, 2019
  • Receive a 25% bonus when you transfer to Qantas
  • Receive 1,250 Qantas miles for every 1,000 ThankYou points you transfer

While most airline programs have many sweet spots, the same can not be said for Qantas. The best of the bunch for redeeming Qantas miles include:

  • El Al flights in business and first class
  • Business-class awards on Qantas to and from the U.S.
  • The Oneworld Classic Flight Reward ticket giving you up to 35,000 miles of travel around the globe

In particular, a round-the-world ticket using Qantas points has the potential to be a huge value. You can explore flight options with Oneworld's planning tool, but be aware that booking one of these tickets usually requires a phone call and a lot of patience.

Here is a quick summary of the round-the-world ticket rules:

  • You can book flights with any Oneworld airline
  • You are allowed up to 16 segments
  • The total distance traveled should be less than 35,000 miles
  • You can stop for more than 24 hours in 5 different cities
  • You can transit up to 24 hours in as many cities as you like
  • Open jaws are allowed, but the distance between the cities counts toward the 35,000 mile limit
  • You can change a RTW itinerary for 5,000 Qantas points
  • You must include at least two Oneworld airlines
  • Non Oneworld partners, like Emirates, cannot be included in a RTW itinerary

A round-the-world ticket will cost 140,000 points in economy, 210,000 points in premium economy, 280,000 points in business class, and 420,000 points in first class. Many Oneworld airlines don't offer premium economy or first class on all routes, so economy and business class are the most practical options. With economy, it may be better to simply combine paid and award flights with lots of different airlines. Business class has huge potential, but it will likely take a lot of work to put your itinerary together.

Our Take

This is the first transfer bonus to Qantas we have seen in a long time, so it may be tempting for some Qantas program regulars. However, as a rule, we don’t recommend transferring points speculatively no matter what the bonus. When you factor in the restrictions and the relatively poor redemption options with Qantas, the promotion will not be much use for most, but if you do have an immediate use for Qantas miles, then this bonus will stretch your points further.

Source: One Mile At A Time

25% Bonus on Citi ThankYou Transfers to Qantas
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Comments

  • It is certainly better than no bonus, but probably not the best use of TY points.

  • With all the airline devaluations I am not interested in transferring Thank You points to airline miles. It is so much easier to buy my tickets with Thank You points.

  • An interesting use for Citi TY points. If I had more time and patience, the described round-the-world ticket looks interesting. Thanks

  • Some also might be targeted for a 15% bonus from Qantas too, more likely I think if they’ve done a transfer in the past: https://www.qantas.com/au/en/frequent-flyer/member-specials/transfer-your-rewards-points.html

  • Originally I thought this may be useful but I appreciate your take and honesty. Looks like I will pass this bonus up!

  • ron_vaughn@hotmail.com says:

    Do you recall anything similar bonus for CSR points conversion? I am thinking about moving some into UAL miles.

  • Nice promotion but bear in mind the tax and fuel surcharge when you issue an QF award ticket can be costly compared to AA.

  • It seems that Qantas is trying to get a little more business? This bonus and also the extra miles with Alaska.
    I know that I saw some cheap fares for Australia a few days ago. I wish I had the time off to go.

  • It is good to know the current Qantas FFP “sweet spots.”

  • It seems like this won’t be a very good deal for most people.

  • %25 bonus…..looks like I may have to consider getting a Citi Card

  • Sounds great! I need to go back to Australia.

  • Not a fan of QF’s program, but 25% off is a good deal.

  • Thanks for the info. Too bad there isn’t a way to time or know in advance of the these bonus transfer offers.

  • I’ve always wondered how popular such round-the-world tickets are, in fact. That’s not at all my preference for a vacation; I’d rather do a deep dive into a single location. But, if you had limitless time and almost limitless money, maybe it’s the ultimate, final retirement trip for some???

    • I have done it before twice on this Qantas award, you just have to watch out for the high taxes and fuel surcharges that Qantas passes on with these awards on most airlines. I ended up paying 280k and about $900 each.

  • Forget about transfers, I’m still waiting on Qantas to credit me for flights I actually took.

  • Thank you@!! Nice little bump and bonus on Quantas!! Fun Times.

  • “With economy, it may be better to simply combine paid and award flights with lots of different airlines.”

    Exactly, in some cases, you can fly from Dubai to Manlia on Cebu Pacific with taxes, food and other fees all it for less than USD 100.

  • I transferred all of my Citi points to QF a couple of months ago.
    This stings…

  • We had a great experience on Qantas business-class coming back from Hobart Australia! This is a great time to transfer and plan again.

  • Only 2 days until this promo ends – luckily I saw this.
    Premium seat redemptions are always a challenge with Qantas though.

  • Good luck finding seat in premium cabin on QF. They’re very sting in release award.

  • Good to see Citi’s Thank You is trying to stay in the game, compete with Chase’s UR. Of course, we all shall miss SPG’s points flexibility.

  • Whilst I do have the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme, it is one I struggle to find much value in. The points awarded in partner airlines are very low, and the taxes and charges on redeeming are very high.

  • For Australians, it’s either QF or VA, and earning points is relatively easy enough. For anyone overseas, I highly recommend you transfer your points elsewhere … unless you want to redeem for EK of course!

    The best thing about QFF is their award search engine

  • I’m still waiting on Qantas to award me points for partner flights I took.

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