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Citi ThankYou® Points Basics

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Citi ThankYou® Rewards, the loyalty program for CitiBank®, earns Citi ThankYou points, one of the five big transferrable or flexible rewards currencies available to U.S. consumers (the others being Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Rewards, and Marriott Rewards).

Citi’s rewards program, when compared to some of its counterparts, is relatively straightforward. You can earn ThankYou points on every $1 spent using a participating Citi credit card, and also on select Citibank consumer checking accounts.

Unlike Ultimate Rewards, Citi doesn’t allow you to earn points when using its online mall at, but does offer plenty of redemption options for using your points online once you’ve earned them.

In this post, we’re going to touch on the different ways of earning and redeeming ThankYou points, and we'll dive into more detail in future posts.

Earning Citi ThankYou Points

There are two primary ways to earn ThankYou points. You earn points on each $1 spent on one of five participating Citi credit cards, and also through eligible Citi checking accounts by adding a qualifying direct deposit and a qualifying bill payment.

Earning Citi ThankYou points

ThankYou Points Earning Credit Cards

There are currently five Citi credit cards that earn ThankYou points. These range from basic cards with no annual fee up to premium travel cards with higher annual fees but additional travel benefits and points earning capacity.

  • Citi Rewards+® Card – An entry-level card with $0 annual fee
  • Citi Premier® Card – A mid-tier card with great bonus spending categories and an annual fee of $95
  • Citi Prestige® Card – Citi’s premium travel credit card with a $495 annual fee
  • Citi Rewards+ Student Card – Earn 2,500 bonus points after you spend $500 in purchases with your card within 3 months of account opening; redeemable for a $25 gift card at, only for students, $0 annual fee
  • AT&T Access Card from Citi – Another entry level card, earns 10,000 bonus points after making $1,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening and has no annual fee

The Citi Premier and Prestige Card both enjoy great bonus categories, earning up to 5x points on select spending categories. For example, the Prestige Card offers

  • 5x points on airfare and restaurants
  • 3x points on hotels and cruise lines

Plus you receive a $250 Travel Credit which effectively drops the annual fee down to $245.

Citi Premier cardholders can earn:

  • 3X points per $1 spent on airfare, hotels, and at gas stations
  • 3X points per $1 spent on dining at restaurants, including cafes, bars and lounges
  • 3X points per $1 spent at supermarkets

That's in addition to some excellent Citi Premier benefits on offer for cardholders.

Citi Consumer Checking Accounts That Earn ThankYou Points

To earn ThankYou points through your Citi checking account, you need to complete a qualifying deposit and bill payment each statement cycle. You can see a full list of ways to earn through a Citi checking account via the ThankYou points Earning Chart.

Eligible checking accounts include:

  • Citigold® Account
  • Citi Private Bank Account
  • The Citibank Account

As with most rewards programs, you can also buy ThankYou Points. But, even if you can buy points at a discount, it’s not recommended unless you need to top off an account for a specific redemption.

Redeeming Citi ThankYou Points

Citi offers a bunch of different options to redeem ThankYou points, but not all redemption options provide the same value. As with other transferable currencies, transferring points out to travel partners is the easiest way of leveraging maximum value from your points. However, it’s not the only way.

Citi ThankYou points can be redeemed for:

  • Transferring points to travel partners
  • Redeeming directly through the Citi Travel Portal for flights, hotels, rental cars, and more
  • Pay bills online using ThankYou points
  • Receive a statement credit on recent purchases, categories include dining, entertainment, utility bills, gas, grocery, clothing and department stores, and drug stores
  • Purchase gift cards and shop at major retailers using ThankYou points through

Citi ThankYou Rewards Travel Partners

To take advantage of Citi’s transfer partners, you must hold the Citi Premier, Prestige Card, or Citi Chairman® Card (no longer accepting applications). While Citi doesn’t offer anything in the way of hotel transfers, you can transfer to plenty of airline partners across all three international airline alliances, and almost all transfer at a 1:1 ratio. While Citi says transfers can take up to 14 days, we've found that they're much quicker than that, and have listed our experience on transfer times in the chart as well.

Citi Transfer PartnerTransfer RatioTransfer Times
Aeromexico Rewards1:1Up to 6 days
Accor Live Limitless2:1Unknown
Avianca LifeMiles1:1Instant
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1:1Instant
Choice Privileges1:2Unknown
Emirates Skywards1:1Unknown
Etihad Guest1:11 hour
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands1:12 days
Air France/KLM Flying Blue
JetBlue TrueBlue1:1Instant
Leading Hotels of the World Leaders Club5:1Unknown
Qantas Frequent Flyer1:11 day
Qatar Airways Privilege Club1:11 day
Sears Shop Your Way®1:12Unknown
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1:11 day
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus1:13 days - 7 days
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles1:1Instant
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1:1Instant

Citi’s transfer partners include some of the most desirable airline programs in the world, with the likes of Etihad Guest, Avianca LifeMiles, and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, making ThankYou points a fantastic option for travelers who enjoy using rewards for aspirational redemptions.

Sharing and Combining Citi ThankYou Points

While recent changes to Citi’s points sharing rules limit points transfers to 100K points per calendar year, ThankYou points maintain their status as having the most relaxed transfer rules of the big four, still being the easiest points to transfer. You can transfer up to 100K ThankYou points per calendar year to any other Citi ThankYou Rewards account, with points valid for up to 90 days.

You can also combine ThankYou points earned via checking accounts, and multiple credit cards into one account, to be redeemed or transferred out to transfer partners. Note: you cannot transfer points earned from checking accounts to travel partners.

Final Thoughts

The Citi ThankYou Rewards program is one of the most straightforward and valuable rewards programs available for U.S. consumers, offering an easy to understand earning structure and fantastic redemption options through its extensive list of transfer partners.

While we haven’t covered every method of earning and redeeming Citi ThankYou Rewards points, this post should offer a starting point to discover more about Citi’s transfer partners, and the best credit cards to earn ThankYou Points.

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  • Citi te permite enviar ThankYou Points a cualquier otra cuenta esto ya no es posible en Argentina el Citi fue vendido

  • Trying to merge my Prestige & Premier TY accounts was a painful experience. It took 3 calls with customer service reps to get it right. The 2nd agent tried to move my higher-redemption Prestige TY points over to my Premium account! In the end the difficulty was because 1 account had a middle initial whereas the other did not. Once the names on the 2 accounts were identical the TY point balances merged ok.