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Citi ThankYou Rewards has announced the addition of a new transfer partner, Avianca LifeMiles. You'll need to have the Citi Prestige® Card, or the Citi Premier℠ Card to be able to transfer ThankYou Points to LifeMiles.
The Value Of LifeMiles
Remember that Avianca is a Star Alliance carrier, so you can redeem your LifeMiles on any of the member airlines. Checking out the redemption rates there are some solid values.
Some routes worth pointing out (full Star Alliance award chart):
- Flights to/from the US to Europe will set you back no more than 63,000 miles one-way in Business, or 87,000 miles in First.
- A US to Japan routing will set you back 78,000 miles one way in Business, or 102,000 in First.
- A one-way transcon flight from New York to LA will set you back 25,000 miles in Business, or 35,000 miles in First.
- Keep in mind that LifeMiles does not tack on any fuel surcharges like many other frequent flyer programs.
It is good news whenever a new transfer partner is added to any points program. With the recent additions of Turkish Airlines, and before that JetBlue as transfer partners, Citi is enhancing the value of their points by making them more flexible, which is key to the value of any points program.
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