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Citi ThankYou Rewards can offer massive value if you know how to leverage the extensive list of Citi transfer partners. You can transfer ThankYou Points to 14 different airline frequent flyer programs, three hotel loyalty programs, and one retail partner. This gives you tremendous flexibility when it comes time to book award travel.
Although it's possible to redeem your points for a fixed value toward travel or retail via thankyou.com, the best way to maximize your Citi ThankYou Points is by transferring to one of the airline partner loyalty programs.
In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about the Citi ThankYou transfer partners.
- Why are Citi ThankYou Transfer Partners a Good Deal?
- Citi Airline Transfer Partners
- Aeromexico Rewards
- Air France–KLM Flying Blue
- Avianca LifeMiles
- Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Emirates Skywards
- Etihad Guest
- EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
- JetBlue TrueBlue
- Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Citi Hotel Transfer Partners
- Other Citi Transfer Partners
- Shop Your Way Rewards
- How Long Do Points Take to Transfer to Citi Partners?
- Tips for Maximizing Citi ThankYou Partners
- Citi ThankYou Points FAQ
Why are Citi ThankYou Transfer Partners a Good Deal?
Transferable points like Citi ThankYou points offer extraordinary flexibility. For this reason, they are incredibly valuable. Rather than limiting yourself to airline miles with a frequent flyer program like Air France–KLM Flying Blue by earning them with the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®, earning transferable points gives you the option to use your rewards with Flying Blue in addition to many other airline and hotel partners. This is because you can transfer Citi ThankYou Points to numerous programs — or redeem them in other ways within the portal. Since Citi ThankYou Rewards partners with airlines in every alliance, you can book awards on most major airlines with your points.
The flexibility to pick your Citi transfer partner at the time you’re ready to book is key. Rather than lock your miles into one carrier's loyalty program, you can hold onto them as Citi ThankYou p=Points until you need to use them. We don't recommend you transfer points speculatively unless you're in some specific, unique situations. Flexible points give you a much better chance of finding an ideal itinerary. This is especially true if you have limited date flexibility. And since you have flexibility from using your points in multiple ways, you can choose the best option at hand when it's time to book travel.
Difference between miles and fees
Also, there are significant differences between the number of miles and out-of-pocket fees charged by different Citi ThankYou partners for the same itinerary. For example, Avianca LifeMiles and Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles can both book Lufthansa business class to Europe. With the former, you'll pay 63,000 miles one-way (or potentially less). However, Turkish charges just 45,000 miles for this ticket.
However, Turkish Airlines passes along award taxes, fees, and carrier surcharges. For a Lufthansa business-class award, this is hundreds of dollars. Avianca LifeMiles doesn't pass these along. In this case, I'd likely pay more miles to book through LifeMiles to reduce my out-of-pocket cost. That said, I'm also giving up some flexibility, as LifeMiles has some of the worst award change and cancellation fees in the industry. There are lots of pros and cons. Learning the ins and outs of the various Citi transfer partners can let you save a massive number of points.
In a nutshell, having flexible points that you can transfer to an array of partners lets you shop for the best award deal. Now, let's dig into the transfer partners.
Citi Airline Transfer Partners
These are the 18 Citi ThankYou transfer partners. Of those, 14 are airlines — all of which transfer at 1:1 transfer ratio if you hold either the Citi Premier or Prestige Card:
For folks not familiar with Aeromexico Rewards, award prices appear much higher than comparable programs at first glance. Why? Awards are priced in kilometers, rather than miles. Unlike Amex Membership Rewards, which transfer to Aeromexico Rewards at a rate of 1,000 to 1,600 (factoring in that 1 mile = 1.6 kilometers), ThankYou Points transfer at a flat rate of 1:1, making this a poor transfer option for your Citi points. You effectively lose value, even though the transfer ratio is 1:1.
Prices for many awards are noncompetitive. Consider this award from Mexico City to Paris, flying nonstop. The tourist cabin price is 75,000 kilometers each way. Compare this to Delta SkyMiles, which charges 35,000 miles in each direction. The award taxes and fees with Aeromexico are egregiously high for an economy award as well. I couldn't find a single business-class award that I would use Aeromexico Rewards to book.
The only circumstances where it makes sense to transfer Citi points to Aeromexico would be:
- To top off your account if you are a few thousand points shy of a specific redemption (and already have points with Aeromexico Rewards).
- If a substantial transfer bonus was announced, in the realm of 50-60%, and you find a decently priced award.
Reports show that Citi transfers to Aeromexico take around six days. If you have any additional data to share on transfer times, please reach out in the comments.
Info on discontinued round-the-world tickets
Aeromexico Rewards appears to have discontinued its round-the-world tickets, previously one of the program's best features. These tickets would allow you to fly to up to 15 destinations (a maximum of five per continent). We can no longer find any details on the Aeromexico website.
Air France–KLM Flying Blue
Flying Blue, the mileage program for both Air France and KLM, is one of our favorite Citi transfer partners. Both airlines are part of the SkyTeam Alliance, so you can use Flying Blue miles to book travel on partner airlines like Delta and Korean Air, as well as many other SkyTeam member airlines and non-alliance partners.
With Flying Blue, there are two main ways to get the most value from your points. The first is with Flying Blue’s Promo Rewards. Each month, award flights to/from specific cities go on sale from 25% to 50% off. If you catch the right deal, it’s possible to book economy flights to Europe for as few as 11,250 miles each way.
The second sweet spot covers specific destinations where Flying Blue offers far better prices than other airlines. That's because it uses a region-based award chart with some countries allocated to different regions than the assignments used by other airlines' charts. For example, Flying Blue considers Algeria, the Canary Islands, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia to all be part of Europe. You can find flights to these spots for as few as 15,000 miles each way.
Most other frequent-flyer programs consider these countries to be in the Middle East or North Africa, meaning they charge many more miles for these destinations. Business class can be reasonable as well. One-way tickets between the U.S. and Europe start at 55,000 Flying Blue miles.
Avianca LifeMiles offers some great options for travel on Star Alliance carriers like United, Air Canada, and Lufthansa. In addition to a competitive award chart, Avianca does not pass on fuel surcharges from partner airlines. This can save you hundreds of dollars compared to booking the same flights with Aeroplan, ANA, or Singapore miles.
Another benefit of Avianca LifeMiles is that you can choose between economy, business, and first-class tickets on a flight-by-flight basis. And you’ll pay a discounted rate for mixed-class itineraries. Most programs charge you the full business-class rate if one segment of your trip is in business class – even if it’s the shortest flight!
For example, here's a mixed-cabin itinerary from San Francisco (SFO) to Barcelona (BCN) on SWISS via Zurich (ZRH). The San Francisco-Zurich segment is in business class with the Zurich-Barcelona leg in economy. This trip comes to 60,240 miles, instead of 63,000 miles to fly the entire route in business. Given how minimal intra-Europe business class is, I'd be glad to save the miles.
Downside to booking with LifeMiles
Perhaps the biggest downside to booking with LifeMiles is the website. You won’t always find award seats, even if they’re available with other Star Alliance partners. Sometimes, you'll find award space when searching segment by segment but not for an entire trip. In this second case, it’s possible to request a manual booking by emailing LifeMiles customer service with screenshots of the available flights online. However, it can take a couple of days for you to get a ticket booked this way. The seats might disappear in that time. Calling is likely a faster option, but it's hard to show the phone representative what you're seeing.
Finally, keep in mind that LifeMiles charges as much as $200 to cancel a ticket. The highest fees apply to international business- or first-class itineraries.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
Cathay Pacific is part of the Oneworld alliance, so its Asia Miles program is great for booking award flights on airlines like Alaska, American, Japan Airlines, and Qantas. It’s less ideal for airlines that have fuel surcharges like British Airways and Qatar, since you’ll still have to pay those fees. However, fees are generally less than booking the same flights with other programs (such as British Airways).
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles is an often-overlooked program, but it offers a few key benefits. Award prices are generally comparable to other programs and sometimes offer significantly better value — especially in premium cabins. For example, a flight from Chicago to Rome would cost 45,000 Asia Miles one-way in business class. American Airlines would charge 75,000+ miles for the same itinerary.
Some great uses of Asia Miles include:
- Business class on flights between 2,751 and 5,000 miles, paying 45,000 to 50,000 Asia Miles.
- Business class on flights between 5,000 and 7,500 miles, paying 75,000 to 80,000 Asia Miles
- Ultra-long flights in business or first class, paying 85,000 or 125,000 Asia Miles, respectively.
- Around-the-world awards using the multi-carrier award chart.
Although Asia Miles does have published award charts, there are some oddities to the program. The nonstop JAL flight from Tokyo-Narita to Ho Chi Minh City rings in under 2,750 miles. Based on Cathay's award chart, a one-way business-class ticket should cost 45,000 miles. However, it costs just 30,000 miles.
In some cases, flights cost more than expected. In others, they are cheaper. There is little rhyme or reason, but you can find some great Oneworld deals.
Cathay's complicated award routing rules
Beyond the pricing inconsistencies, Cathay has some of the most complex award pricing and routing rules of any airline program. We won't elaborate on all of them, but we want to highlight the around-the-world opportunity. If you include two or more Oneworld partner airlines (a Oneworld multi-carrier award — separate award chart), you can have a whopping five stops on a round-trip itinerary. Award pricing is distance-based and calculated on your total trip distance.
It's also worth mentioning that you should book some of these awards now, before a devaluation in October 2023 changes things.
The Emirates Skywards program isn't as popular as many other programs, in large part because Emirates often charges hefty fuel surcharges on its own flights. As a result of the high surcharges, the best value often comes for Emirates flights originating in countries that limit or forbid fuel surcharges, like Brazil and Hong Kong.
One potentially useful redemption for U.S.-based flyers is on Emirates’ U.S.-Europe flights. If you’re flying between New York (JFK) and Milan (MXP) or Newark (EWR) and Athens (ATH), you can get economy tickets for 77,500 miles roundtrip. Business and first class provide decent value at 108,000 miles and 204,000 miles roundtrip, respectively. It can be hard to find them priced at this award level, however. You can check prices for Emirates flights using the Miles Calculator.
One of the few places to find value with Emirates Skywards is for certain partner flights, such as Korean Air. Emirates also partners with Qantas and JAL, but there are better Citi transfer partners for booking these airlines' flights.
Skywards allows you to hold award tickets for 24 hours on Emirates-operated flights. You do have to call to hold a flight, though.
Etihad Guest offers some solid value through its eclectic network of partners – including some major ones like American and Air Canada. The list also includes many smaller, unique carriers like Air Serbia, Hainan Airlines, Gulf Air, and Oman Air that are hard to book otherwise. Oddly, the program is rather terrible for booking flights on Etihad itself.
American Airlines flights were historically an excellent deal using Etihad’s previous award chart. However, Etihad recently made changes that removed the bulk of the value. These changes hit all partner awards hard across the board. There are few great uses left.
However, if you're interested in flying Oman Air first class, Etihad miles are one way to do so. You'll pay through the nose, though. A one-way first-class fare on Oman Air's Boeing 787 from Muscat (MCT) to London (LHR) costs a whopping 107,000 Etihad Guest miles.
To book partner award flights with Etihad Guest miles, you’ll need to call the Etihad Guest service center. The U.S. phone number is 877-690-0767. Most partner awards must be booked at least 24 hours before departure. However, Oman Air awards must be booked at least seven days in advance.
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
If you research much about Taiwan-based EVA Air’s Infinity MileageLands program, the most compelling thing you’ll find is the interesting program name. When it comes to award tickets, EVA doesn’t have a lot to offer. When looking through the routes EVA offers, you'll notice you can book virtually all of them for fewer miles with Singapore KrisFlyer miles or Avianca LifeMiles.
For example, a round-trip business-class ticket between the U.S. and Asia would cost 160,000 EVA miles. Another downside is that EVA passes on fuel surcharges from partner airlines.
The only award that could make sense is using EVA miles to fly round-trip from North America to South America with two stopovers. The award price is only 5,000 miles more than what Singapore KrisFlyer charges, and you're permitted two stopovers on a round-trip ticket, plus one open jaw. You cannot book a stopover on a one-way EVA award.
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands is one program you can use to book a Round-the-World ticket. However, the prices are high. A RTW trip in business class costs 325,000 miles. It's possible to piece together your own itinerary using various program sweet spots for less than this.
Of all the Citi transfer partners, JetBlue TrueBlue is the easiest to use. Unlike other loyalty programs that charge a fixed number of miles from one part of the world to another, the number of TrueBlue points needed to book a ticket depends on the cash price of the flight. This is a key difference between revenue-based and region-based award programs.
Although this eliminates the potential to get outsized value from your points, JetBlue compensates by making the booking completely painless. With TrueBlue points, there are no blackout dates; if a seat is available for purchase, you can use your points to book it. Expect to get an average value of approximately 1.3 cents per point. The actual value varies from one flight to the next, but it's within the range of 1.0–1.5 cents per point.
Here is an example coast-to-coast economy flight redemption. The cash price for a standard Blue fare (not Basic) for a nonstop one-way flight from San Francisco to New York-JFK is $134.
Toggling over to points — which JetBlue lets you do quickly — we see that an award costs 8,400 TrueBlue points plus $5.60. This award offers better value than most: over 1.5¢ per TrueBlue point.
Transfers from Citi to JetBlue are at a 1:1 ratio as long as you have a Citi Premier® Card or Citi Prestige® Card (no longer open to new applicants). If you hold other Citi cards that allow points transfers, the ratio is 1:0.8 unfortunately.
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Qantas uses a distance-based award chart that calculates the price of your ticket based on the total distance flown, rather than the distance of each individual segment (which is how British Airways calculates award pricing). The best value tends to be for short trips: You’ll pay 8,000 points each way for trips under 600 miles and 12,000 points each way for trips of 600–1,200 miles. Qantas prices tend to be higher than other Citi partner airlines for the majority of itineraries, but you can find some situations where transfers can make sense.
The Qantas website is much better at searching for and booking complex itineraries like travel between small U.S. airports than the Iberia or British Airways search engines. For short-segment, connecting AA itineraries, Qantas can't be beat. Here is an example itinerary from Roanoke, Virginia (ROA) to Bangor, Maine (BGR). Since the total one-way distance is less than 1,200 miles, Qantas charges just 12,000 points.
Compare this to a one-way flight on the same day. It's admittedly a better itinerary (given the flight times), but the value is still fantastic here using Qantas Frequent Flyer: nearly 2.5¢ per Citi ThankYou Point!
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios
Qatar Airways Privilege Club doesn’t publish an award chart. However, there's a calculator online that tells you how many Avios you'll need for Qatar Airways flights. It's possible to fly between the U.S. and Doha for:
- 35,000 Avios in economy
- 70,000 Avios in business class
- 105,000 Avios in first class (although first class isn't currently operating on these routes)
Onward connections to destinations in Asia and Africa don't cost much more. For example, a flight from the U.S. to India will cost you 40,000 Avios in economy or 80,000 Avios in business class. And flights to the Maldives cost just 42,500 Avios in economy or 85,000 Avios in business class. These prices are competitive.
The only downside to Qatar is its per-segment award booking fee. These fees are steep. If you book a flight from New York (JFK) to Doha (DOH) and onward to Male (MLE), you would pay $280 in fees if flying business class. Fees can really add up, depending on the itinerary.
Short-haul Qatar award flights are an excellent use of your Avios, especially if you want to check out the Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge. Short-haul first class can be booked for as few as 21,000 Avios.
The calculator only applies to flights operated by Qatar. Partner awards booked with Avios use a distance-based award chart. Prices start at 6,000 Avios each way for economy flights under 650 miles in length and climb from there. With other programs available (e.g. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles), there's little reason to use Qatar Avios for partner awards. The best value comes from increased access to award availability on Qatar-operated flights.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
KrisFlyer is one of the most accessible Citi transfer partners because you can supplement your balance by transferring points from Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, or Marriott Bonvoy. Singapore Airlines is part of Star Alliance and partners with all 26 member airlines. In addition, you can use KrisFlyer miles to fly with Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and Alaska Airlines.
If you are dying to try out Singapore Airline's luxury suites class on the A380, you'll definitely want to pay attention! That’s because Singapore makes more award space available to its own members than to the members of partner programs — especially in premium cabins. You can redeem 97,000 Singapore miles to fly from New York (JFK) to Frankfurt (FRA) in Suites Class. The ability to book suites at all makes it one of the more highly-prized Citi transfer partners.
Here are a few more ideas for getting the best value out of the Singapore KrisFlyer program:
- United Airlines flights from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii in economy for 17,500 Singapore miles
- Star Alliance partner flights from the U.S. to Europe for 27,500 miles in economy (watch out for fuel surcharges with some carriers)
- Flights on Avianca within South America
Like Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, and Aeroplan, the KrisFlyer program passes on fuel surcharges to consumers, so your out-of-pocket cost can vary dramatically from $5.60 to $500 or more, depending on the airline operating your flight. If the cash component of a Singapore booking is too high, Avianca LifeMiles may be a better option within the Citi ThankYou ecosystem. With Avianca, you should be able to book the same flights for less cash and (sometimes) more miles. We've rounded up a few other great deals in our post on Singapore KrisFlyer sweet spots.
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
There’s not much to see here: Thai Airways instituted a significant devaluation of its award program effective October 1, 2019, with many routes seeing considerable increases in the number of miles required.
For example, domestic flights within the U.S. start at 17,500 miles each way in economy — not terrible, but not good either. However, if you want to fly from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii, you'll pay an eye-watering 65,000 miles each way. Flights from North America to Asia cost 67,000 miles each way in economy and 132,000 miles each way in business class.
In virtually all cases, you’ll pay fewer miles (and avoid fuel surcharges) by booking flights through Avianca LifeMiles or Turkish Miles & Smiles instead. Even worse, transfers to Royal Orchid Plus take 3 to 7 days. Don't bother with Royal Orchid Plus.
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
For a long time, most people have ignored Turkish Airlines because of its complicated award booking processes. Purchasing a ticket still often requires a phone call — a hurdle that intimidates many enough to write off the program.
But the program has some impressive sweet spots. By far, the best Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles sweet spot is for domestic flight awards within the U.S. And the price is amazing. Flights anywhere within the U.S. cost just 7,500 miles in economy and 12,500 miles in business/first class. That includes flights from anywhere in the U.S. mainland to Alaska and Hawaii on United Airlines!
Turkish Miles & Smiles also offers some other sweet redemption options, like 45,000 miles one-way between the U.S. and Europe in business class and 75,000 miles each way for business class flights between the U.S. and Oceania. Check out our post on Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles award chart sweet spots for more ideas.
The good news is that you can book some partner itineraries online. Use United Airlines’ website to search for availability (make sure you’re not logged in!), then try pricing it on Turkish's website. If the itinerary doesn't come up, call Miles & Smiles to verify they see the same thing and make your reservation. Make sure to put awards on hold before transferring your Citi points.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is one of the most underrated flexible point transfer partners. While some bookings with Virgin will incur high taxes and fees, Flying Club makes up for this shortcoming by charging fewer points than many other airlines and has some great sweet spots. If you choose your flights carefully, it’s possible to avoid those high out-of-pocket costs.
Specifically, if you book flights operated by Virgin Atlantic with your Virgin Atlantic points, taxes should be roughly $150 in economy, $250 in premium economy, and $500 or more in Upper Class (Virgin's business-class cabin) for flights to Europe. However, flights from the U.S. to London can cost as little as 10,000 points in economy and 17,500 in premium economy. When you compare that to 30,000–50,000 points charged by other transfer partners for the same class of service, you come out ahead, despite the higher taxes and fees.
Even flights from the West Coast are a decent deal at 15,000 points and ~$150 in taxes and fees. Flights in Premium or Upper Class incur far more in fees.
Virgin Atlantic joined SkyTeam in early 2023 but also partners with Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, and All Nippon Airways (ANA).
Value of booking ANA flights
We can't conclude any discussion of Virgin Atlantic Flying Club without mentioning the value of booking ANA flights. You can book round-trip flights between the U.S. and Japan for 60,000–65,000 ANA miles in economy, 90,000–95,000 miles in business class, or 145,000–170,000 miles in first class. This is considerably less than what most other programs charge.
Most flights with Virgin Atlantic, Delta, KLM, and Air France can be booked online. But other partner bookings require calling Virgin Atlantic at 800-365-9500. It’s slightly inconvenient, but the savings can be worth it! Fortunately, Virgin has one of the best call centers of all major loyalty programs. Hold times are usually short, and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly.
Flying Club agents can put a flight on hold for 24–72 hours (depending on the partner) — a perk many other programs no longer offer.
Citi Hotel Transfer Partners
Cit has three hotel transfer partners:
Below you will find more information about the best way to redeem points within each program. Of the options, Choice Hotels stands above the rest, as the 1:2 transfer ratio is extremely favorable. However, there are some excellent niche uses of Wyndham points.
Accor Hotel (ALL — Accor Live Limitless)
Accor Live Limitless is a newer option among the Citi transfer partners, joining the list in the first half of 2023. Accor has more worldwide hotels than you might realize — over 5,000. You may have even stayed at an Accor hotel and not realized it.
Unlike other hotel loyalty programs, Accor lets you use points for a discount on your bill. There are no award categories. Everything is essentially cash + points, where you redeem 2,000 ALL points for a 40 euro discount.
Unfortunately, Citi points transfer to ALL at a 2:1 ratio. This means that it takes 4,000 ThankYou points per 40 euro discount. At the current exchange rates, this is a bit over 1 cent per ThankYou point. You can do much better than this with other partners, but at least it's an option.
Choice Hotels (Choice Privileges)
In addition to being a Citi transfer partner, Choice Privileges is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards and Capital One Rewards. However, those transfers are 1:1, while Citi points transfer to Choice Privileges at 1:2 (meaning you get 2 Choice points for every 1 Citi point transferred). That makes this option much more valuable from the outset.
While this chain isn't generally known for its luxurious accommodations, its large footprint makes it a convenient option — especially in areas where some of the more high-end brands have no presence. One of the best uses for Choice points is for locations outside of the U.S. where Choice options include historic and unique boutique properties via the Ascend Hotel Collection. Other great redemptions include peak dates when cash rates are high.
Here is a comparison between cash and award rates at the Comfort Inn San Diego Airport at the Harbor for dates in August 2023. Even though 30,000 Choice points is steep, this is really only 15,000 Citi ThankYou Points. It's well worth saving $258 + taxes per night.
Choice's award nights start at just 6,000 points per night in Australia and New Zealand or 8,000 points elsewhere. Given that points transfer from Citi to Choice Privileges at 1:2, the value can be worthwhile. You'd only need to transfer 4,000 Citi ThankYou Points to book a hotel costing 8,000 points per night. That means it's possible to find valuations over 2 cents per point.
Wyndham Hotels (Wyndham Rewards)
The Wyndham Rewards program isn't the most lucrative, but it's still worth a look. With more than 9,000 hotels across 22 brands in nearly 100 countries, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts offers a lot of options for travelers to explore. However, additional partnerships let Wyndham Rewards members book free and discounted stays at over 30,000 hotels, vacation club resorts, and vacation rentals around the world.
There are three free night tiers for participating properties:
- 7,500 points per night
- 15,000 points per night
- 30,000 points per night
As always, you'll need to do some searching to find the best value options. There are certainly some gems out there. A beachfront studio at the Wyndham Reef Resort in Grand Cayman for 30,000 points a night sounds nice to me!
A week-long stay runs 210,000 points. The cash price for the same stay is $3,001.25 including taxes and fees. That's a value of over 1.4 cents per point. It's not a record-breaking redemption but provides reasonable value for Wyndham Rewards points.=
Using Wyndham points for Vacasa rentals
One of the best ways to use Wyndham points is for Vacasa rentals. You might not be aware that Wyndham partners with this vacation rental company. The pricing structure is simple: 15,000 Wyndham points per bedroom per night. This means that a three-bedroom vacation rental would require 45,000 Wyndham points per night.
Depending on the location, you can get great value for your points. This lovely little studio on the rural northern California coast goes for around $200 per night. Or you can redeem 15,000 Wyndham points per night. Call 800-441-1034 to book Vacasa rentals with Wyndham points.
Other Citi Transfer Partners
Shop Your Way Rewards
In addition to its 14 airline and three hotel partners, you can transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Shop Your Way Rewards (SYWR), the loyalty program for Sears and Kmart. Points transfer at a 1:10 ratio, but 1,000 SYWR points are only worth $1. Thus, points transferred to Shop Your Way are worth 1 cent each toward Sears and Kmart merchandise. Probably not worth it unless you have a specific use in mind.
How Long Do Points Take to Transfer to Citi Partners?
AwardWallet tracks the transfer times to Citi ThankYou transfer partners. Transfers to most programs are immediate. However, you'll need to watch out for include the following:
- AeroMexico Rewards: Transfers can take up to six days.
- Etihad Guest: Transfers should be immediate but sometimes take up to a week.
- EVA Air Infinity MileageLands: Transfers can take up to two days.
- Singapore KrisFlyer: Transfers can take up to a day, but usually process within a matter of hours.
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus: Transfers can take three to seven days.
- Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles: Transfers can take up to a day.
Tips for Maximizing Citi ThankYou Partners
- Always make sure flights or hotel nights are available with points before you make a transfer. Where possible, put flights on hold before you transfer.
- Check the cost of booking the same flight through the ThankYou Travel Portal. In some cases, you’ll spend fewer points and less cash booking with ThankYou Points directly, rather than transferring to a partner program. This is especially true for economy flights.
- Remember, each airline partner has its own list of partner airlines. You’re not limited to flights on the airline that owns the program.
- Transfers can’t be reversed! You can never transfer points back to Citi ThankYou from a Citi transfer partner, so plan your transfers carefully.
- Comparison shop. In most cases, the same flight can be booked by several Citi transfer partners. Be sure to compare the points, taxes, and fees required before you decide on a partner program.
- Air France–KLM and Virgin Atlantic can book Delta flights.
- Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Qantas, and Qatar can book American flights.
- Cathay Pacific, Singapore, and Qantas can book Alaska flights.
- Avianca, EVA, Singapore, Thai, and Turkish can book United flights.
Citi ThankYou Points FAQ
Can I transfer Citi ThankYou Points to United MileagePlus?
No, you can’t transfer Citi ThankYou Points to United, but you can transfer them to Avianca, EVA, Singapore, Thai, and Turkish. Those programs are Star Alliance partners that can book flights on United.
Can I Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Delta SkyMiles?
No, you can’t transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Delta, but you can transfer them to Air France–KLM or Virgin Atlantic and use those programs to book flights on Delta.
Can I Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to American Airlines AAdvantage?
No. Citi added American Airlines as a temporary transfer partner through November 13, 2021, but this partnership was not extended. However, you still can transfer Citi points to Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Qantas, or Qatar and use those airlines’ miles to book flights on American.
Can I Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Alaska Mileage Plan?
No, you can’t transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Alaska, but you can transfer Membership Rewards to Cathay Pacific, Qantas, or Singapore and use those miles to book flights on Alaska.
Can I Use Citi ThankYou Points to Book Travel for Others?
Generally, airline programs don’t have a problem with you using your points to book travel for someone else. (Some have restrictions, though. For example, Singapore Airlines limits the number of other people you can book tickets for, and Turkish reportedly requires that the first booking you make match the name on the Miles & Smiles account). However, it's generally against rewards programs’ terms and conditions to make a reservation with your points or miles in exchange for money or other compensation. As long as you’re only booking for people you know, you shouldn't run into any problems.
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