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Citi ThankYou® Rewards has added JetBlue’s TrueBlue and Sears Shop Your Way® as transfer partners. And in a first for Citibank’s rewards program, JetBlue has been added as a tiered transfer partner with different transfer rates for different cardholders.
For the first time, Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card cardholders can transfer points to a transfer partner, although at a reduced rate.
As of September 2018: For Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige® Card and Citi Chairman® Card cardmember point transfers to TrueBlue, 1,000 Points = 1,000 TrueBlue points. For ThankYou Preferred or Citi Forward cardmember point transfers to TrueBlue, 1,000 Points = 800 TrueBlue points
In our recent guide on Citi ThankYou points basics, we touched on ThankYou Rewards transfer partners. Citi now has 17 transfer partners the majority of which transfer at a 1:1 ratio.
|Citi Transfer Partner||Transfer Ratio||Transfer Times|
|Aeromexico Club Premier||1:1||Up to 6 days|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||1:1||Instant|
|EVA Air Infinity MileageLands||1:1||Instant|
|Etihad Guest||1:1||3 days - 7 days|
|Air France/KLM Flying Blue||1:1||Instant|
|Jet Airways InterMiles (formerly JetPrivilege)||1:1||Instant|
|Malaysia Airlines Enrich||1:1||1 day - 2 days|
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||1:1||Instant|
|Qatar Airways Privilege Club||1:1||1 day - 2 days|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer||1:1||2 days|
|Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus||1:1||3 days - 7 days|
|Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles||1:1||1 day|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||1:1||Instant|
|Sears Shop Your Way®||1:12||Unknown|
JetBlue and Sears Join Citi ThankYou Rewards As Transfer Partners
Transfer ThankYou Points to TrueBlue
The loyalty program for JetBlue based out of New York, TrueBlue is a revenue-based rewards program with a great Mint Class premium cabin, fantastic co-branded cards like the JetBlue Plus Card.
JetBlue is already known for their award-winning service, 10″ HDTV screens, high-speed broadband in-flight internet, and free snacks. For a rundown on the details of JetBlue and where to find value, read our intro to the JetBlue TrueBlue loyalty program.
ThankYou points will transfer to JetBlue at 1,000 ThankYou Points = 1,000 TrueBlue points if you hold:
- Citi Premier® Card
- Citi Prestige® Card (Card no longer accepting applications)
- Citi Chairman® Card (Card no longer accepting applications)
ThankYou points will transfer to JetBlue at 1,000 ThankYou Points = 500 TrueBlue points if you hold:
- Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card (Card no longer accepting applications)
- Citi Forward® Card (Card no longer accepting applications)
Transfer ThankYou Points to Sears Shop Your Way®
Shop Your Way is the loyalty program for Sears and Kmart. Earn points for qualifying in-store and online purchases at Sears and Kmart stores. Shop Your Way points are worth 0.1¢ per point when redeemed in Sears and Kmart stores so each ThankYou point is 1.2¢ once transferred.
Not the best value you can achieve for ThankYou points but pretty solid for a retail shopping redemption, particularly if the item you buy is discounted.
ThankYou points will transfer to Sears at 1 ThankYou Point = 12 Shop Your Way points
Does it make sense to transfer Citi ThankYou points to JetBlue or Sears? There are few, but indeed some possible reasons to consider it. Sears could be appealing under certain circumstances, especially as the Christmas season approaches.
If you want to build a balance of TrueBlue points, you might be better off applying for the JetBlue Plus Card, which earns 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days and earns 6X points on JetBlue purchases.
While receiving 1.2¢ when transferring to Sears Shop Your Way isn’t what we would consider an ideal use of your ThankYou points; it does offer a cost-effective way of gathering those last few Christmas gifts using points at a fair rate for retail redemption.
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