Citi Adds Choice Hotels As Its Newest Transfer Partner

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Citi ThankYou Points have long been considered a second-rate currency in a world where points like Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards dominate. But ThankYou points are loaded with value and can be just as useful as the competition — especially as Citi continues to expand its portfolio of transfer partners.

In August, for example, Citi introduced a temporary transfer to American Airlines — a partnership many of us are hoping becomes permanent. And now, Citi is adding another transfer partner: Choice Privileges.

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Is This A Good Option

You're probably wondering if this is a good offer? That answer, as usual, is maybe.

First of all, it's important to know that you will probably get significantly better value transferring your Citi points to airlines, especially when Citi runs transfer bonus promotions. Recently, for example, you could transfer ThankYou points to Avianca LifeMiles and receive a 25% bonus. If you don't know why LifeMiles rock, read more here.

Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles is another fantastic transfer partner for your Citi ThankYou Points.

What Can You Do with Choice Privilege Points

So what can you do with Choice Privilege points? Using them overseas is one great option. Choice hotels within the United States tend to be more budget-oriented style accommodations. You'll need to search hard to find anything luxurious when staying at a Choice property in the U.S.

But head over the ocean and you'll see a different story.

Photo of the view from the Hotel Bolivar in Rome, Italy, which is located just a few steps away from the Roman forum.
Photo of the view from the Hotel Bolivar in Rome, Italy, which is located just a few steps away from the Roman forum.

The above property runs currently 16,000 Choice Points a night. That's already a decent rate as the hotel usually costs around $150 per night. If transferring points from Citi, you'll only need 8,000 ThankYou Points a night. That nets nearly 2 cents per point in value from your Citi points.

Another great option is using Choice Privilege points for a stay in Scandinavia. Nordic Choice Hotels is a franchise of Choice. Although it has its own loyalty program and you won't earn Choice Privilege Points on paid stays, you can redeem Choice Privilege Points for free nights.

The Skt. Petri in Denmark costs $200 a night or you can use 20,000 Choice points (10,000 Citi ThankYou Points) to book a room here.

Transfer Choice Points to Alaska Air

Choice Privilege Points can be transferred to a handful of airlines and other travel partners.

Alaska Mileage Plan miles are packed with value but are relatively hard to earn. Additionally, Alaska doesn't partner with any of the big transferrable currencies — except for Marriott Bonvoy. Bonvoy points transfer to Alaska Air at a rate of 3:1.

So, Citi adding Choice as a transfer partner opens up a backdoor way to transfer Citi points to Alaska (or United or Aeroplan). However, you're certainly going to lose value in the transfer, so it's only good when you don't have a better source. After the double transfer, you'll get 1 mile for every 2.5 Citi ThankYou Points transferred. These airline transfer partners can also be a great use of your Choice points if you have no plans to use them for hotel stays.

Final Thoughts

Although transferring your ThankYou Points to airline miles will most likely get you the most value out of them, having more options like Choice is always great. And hopefully, this is a sign of things to come with Citi and it will continue to add more transfer partners at better than 1:1 rates.

What do you think of Citi's new transfer partnership with Choice Hotels?

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  • Seems nice. But nothing really helpful for this part of the world. We really need Citi back in Argentina with the AAdvantage program.

  • Nice addittion!! I still really miss Citi in Argentina and the opportunity to earn miles in my AAdvantage program, regional programs such as Latam and ArPlus failed to fullfilled the spot.

  • fernando nuñez says:

    Tuvimos la posibilidad de estar en Europa en septiembre del 2019 y estar en uno de los hoteles que maneja la cadena Choice Hotels y es una gran alegría que AA esta asociada ya que muchas veces no es tan fácil usar las millas asociadas con AAdvantage.

  • Choice as a transfer partner is finally gaining some ground. This may start to become a good transfer option, especially outside of the US.

  • Wasn’t aware that choice had hotels in europe. will check them out. Thanks.

  • While mostly run of the mill hotels in the US, there are some surprisingly good options overseas for Choice Hotels, esp in Europe…..good move by Citi to add as many partners as they can…they’ll catch up to AMEX and Chase sooner than later at this rate.

  • Nice addition the Citi ThankYou. Any time new partners are added, it only enhances the value of the program!

  • I miss when you could transfer Amtrak to Choice at a 1:5 ratio.

  • Could be quite a useful transfer partner with some good sweet spots outside the US.

  • I do earn Choice points through my stays in some small towns where there are nothing but budget hotels. I have been thinking about starting to collect Citi points, and this would be another reason to do so.

  • Citi has the best transfer partners’ portfolio

    • Of course, it all depends on who you travel with, but I think you would find that the majority of folks here think the AmEx partner portfolio is number one and by a bit of distance.

  • Lamentablemente en nuestro país, Argentina, además de que el banco Santander Río canceló el convenio que tenía con American Airlines, el banco CITI pasó hace un tiempo a atender servicios solo corporativos y no para particulares. Por lo que a la fecha no tenemos opciones para acumular puntos (millas) con ninguna tarjeta de crédito para aerolíneas de otros países. Solo lo podemos hacer con algunos bancos y para puntos con Aerolíneas Argentinas. Aunque esta compañía tienen convenio con otras para la transferencia de puntos, los mismos no se pueden transferir por ejemplo a American Airlines. Seguiremos esperando.

  • This is an additional blip on citi thank you points but it definitely does not move the needle much.

  • I really like to see hotel partners added, Chase are you watching

  • Have not used Choice Hotels in 15 years. Probably not going to start now.