Limited Time: Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to American Airlines AAdvantage

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Big news! For a limited time, Citi ThankYou Points can be transferred to American Airlines. AAdvantage miles used to be particularly easy to earn. But, with banks clamping down on applications, AAdvantage miles have gotten much harder to come by. No bank points transfer to American Airlines.

That is, until now when Citi announced a temporary transfer option. Now through November 13, 2021, you can now transfer Citi ThankYou Points to AAdvantage miles.

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Key Terms

  • Temporary transfer partner option runs from July 18 to November 13, 2021
  • Must transfer in increments of 1,000 points
  • Not all ThankYou Points earning cards are eligible to transfer at 1:1 ratio

Eligible Cards and Transfer Ratios

Citi has several cards that earn ThankYou points, but not all of these cards are eligible for this offer. You'll need to hold one of the following cards to take advantage of this opportunity. Also note that the transfer rate varies from card to card, as well.

Cards that transfer at a rate of 1:1 — meaning if you transfer 1,000 ThankYou Points, you will earn 1,000 AA miles:

  • Citi Premier® Card
  • Citi Prestige® Card (no longer open to new applicants)
  • Citi Chairman® Card (no longer open to new applicants)

Cards that transfer at a rate of 2:1 — meaning if you transfer 1,000 ThankYou Points, you will earn 500 AA miles:

If you hold either the Citi Premier or Prestige Card, you can pool Citi ThankYou points earned across all ThankYou Points earning cards. Then you can transfer these points to airline partners — including American Airlines through November 13, 2021.

Earn Additional ThankYou Points

If this temporary transfer bonus has you excited about the ThankYou program, you're in luck. The Citi Premier is currently offering a best-ever sign-up bonus offer:

Citi Premier® Card
Citi Premier® Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Offer Earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
The Citi Premier card offers some of the top earning rates of any rewards card with an annual fee under $100. This card is best-in-class for rewards on air travel and hotel spending, and it tops our list of the best cards for gas & fuel purchases with a generous 3X ThankYou® Points.
  • 80,000 point signup bonus worth $800 towards airfare through the ThankYou Travel Center, or potentially much more when transferred to airline partners
  • 3X points per $1 on airfare and hotels and at gas stations, restaurants, and supermarkets
  • Annual Hotel Benefit: Save $100 off a single hotel stay of $500 or more (excluding taxes and fees) when you book through ThankYou.com
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee
  • 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
  • 1X points per $1 spent on all other purchases

How to Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to American Airlines

To transfer your ThankYou Points to American Airlines, head over to ThankYou.com and log in to your account. The option to transfer to Citi is advertised on the front page. Click on the option and you will be redirected to the transfer page.

You can transfer your ThankYou points in increments of 1,000. You can transfer up to 500,000 ThankYou points at a time. According to Citi, the transfer may take up to 5 days. Your first and last name on your Citi ThankYou account must match your AAdvantage account information.

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American Airlines Sweet Spots

American Airlines has effectively moved to a dynamic pricing system, so finding sweet spots can be a little complicated. But, that doesn't mean they don't exist.

US to Central America in Economy

One of my favorite award redemptions with AA is flights from the United States to Central America. Flights run as low as 10,000 AAdvantage miles plus minimal taxes and fees. Even better, AA often offers at least 6 award seats available on many dates.

Flights from Salt Lake City to Guatemala City in economy are just 10,000 AA miles for much of October — one of the best times to visit as it's the tail end of the rainy season.

Domestic AA Web Specials

Web Specials are another great way to snag a fantastic deal on award flights. We've seen domestic AA flights drop as low as 5,000 miles each way — including flights across the country. Web Special pricing is now in place on all American routes. For example, we've seen rates from the United States to Peru for as low as 9,000 AA miles each way.

Japan Airlines Business and First Class Awards

Flights to Tokyo on partner airline Japan Airlines (JAL) cost just 60,000 AAdvantage miles in business class or 80,000 AAdvantage miles in first class. These tickets normally cost thousands of dollars. Using AA miles and paying the small fee of $5.60 is a fantastic example of how to extract serious value out of this loyalty program.

Related Content: Sweet Spots with American Airlines AAdvantage Awards

Final Thoughts

Being able to transfer your Citi ThankYou points to American Airlines AAdvantage is huge. Unfortunately, it's only temporary, but hopefully this test run will result in a positive outcome and Citi and AA will continue forward with this option.

Will you be transferring your ThankYou points to American Airlines?

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Comments

  • Christopher says:

    Thanks for the info about the Citi Premier Card and the ability to transfer those bonus points to AA. I was not aware of this policy. Hope it sticks.

  • Wow, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time….with the United/Chase Point/Southwest and Delta/AMEX points partnerships, it seems like the Citi Thank You points/AA transfer option is way overdue….hoping this is just a trial run for a permanent relationship…having this option would greatly alter my redemption and spending choices for Citi points.

  • It was the sweepstakes a few months ago. Now, it is the transfer. That’s great.

  • Not a great transfer at 1:1

  • Citi has been upping its game recently!!

  • This is great development. I used some AA miles recently for a trip to Morocco and my balance dropped below an aspirational QSuites flight I’ve been dying to try, so this will be a great way to raise it up. Thanks!

  • Let’s hope they extend this option! Have some bookings coming up in the fall but won’t transfer until I see the cost for award flights. AA award flights have been very high the last few times I have looked.

  • Faye Doepp says:

    I’m not sure how this is done, even if I have thank you points available. Please advise me on this.

  • Christopher Anderson says:

    Love this! One of the reasons I got the Premier card was in hopes this would happen eventually. Hoping for a more permanent thing in the future