Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Turkish Airlines with a 25% Bonus

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Citi ThankYou has announced a 25% transfer bonus to Turkish airlines Miles and Smiles. Through February 20, 2019, you will receive 1,250 Turkish miles for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points. As far as we know, this is the first time Citi has offered a transfer bonus to Turkish Airlines since they were added a transfer partner in the summer of 2017.

Key Terms

  • Promotion is valid on transfers through February 20, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
  • Receive a 25% when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Turkish Airlines miles
  • The bonus is hard-coded, and you will receive 1,250 miles for every 1,000 points transferred

Using Turkish Airlines Miles

While the Turkish Airlines program may not be one of the most well-known, it does have some excellent redemption sweet spots from North America. Before transferring points, you should definitely check out the post linked above for a detailed review of the Miles & Smiles program. Great redemption options include:

  • North America to Europe one way in business class from 45,000 miles plus taxes and fees
  • North America to India roundtrip in business class for 105,000 miles plus taxes and fees
  • Transcontinental flight within the US for 15K/25K/40K round trip plus taxes and fees

Our Take

If your travel plans permit you to take advantage of one of Turkish Airlines sweet spots, then this promotion is a no-brainer. Citi ThankYou points are currently the only transfer partner for the Turkish Miles & Smiles program, so you'll need enough Citi points (with the 25% bonus) to reach the desired redemption. On the other hand, it is not worth transferring points speculatively no matter how good the bonus. The loss of flexibility will almost always outweigh the benefit of a transfer bonus.

Source: One Mile At A Time

Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Turkish Airlines with a 25% Bonus
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  • Always happy to see transfer bonuses. It would be especially great to see Chase do this with UR partners.

  • Turkish Airline Destinations in USA

    At the start of 2009, THY’s only destinations in North America were Chicago and New York. Since then, it has opened new routes at the rate of one a year, bringing the total to nine today. It added Toronto in 2009, Washington Dulles in 2010, Los Angeles in 2011, Houston in 2013, Boston and Montreal in 2014 and San Francisco in summer 2015.

  • oh!! Nice 25% bonus!! Thank you for helping us out..

  • I wish Chase or Amex transferred to Turkish. I have 7,000 miles in my account I’d like to use at some point before they expire. On Turkish’s cheapest fares, they only credit for Miles and Smiles and not for other Partner programs. I don’t have a Citi card.

  • I find TK miles too hard to use.
    Thanks for the post though.

  • Turkish airlines has a decent award chart but they do charge fuel surcharges which dilutes the value a bit.

  • 25% bonus is very tempting. Is it safe to travel via Istanbul? US State Dept site says to reconsider travel.

  • Well worth trying Turkish out – their onboard service rocked, and the Istanbul lounge was amazing.

  • Does Turkish Airlines have fuel surcharges on award tickets?

  • I have heard good things about Turkish airlines and their business class. It might be a way to to get to Europe. So I will certainly watch out for any future transfers with bonus miles, but this time won’t work for me.

  • Awesome, flying with them in a few months!

  • while i have no travel plans on Turkish, this is a good deal for those who can use it.

  • says:

    They have great service in-flight.

  • good deal. I would jump on this if I had any citi points left to transfer.. the best redemption we used turkish was USA to bombay on business. it was like 100k round trip !!!!

  • Don’t moss awards with Turkish require booking in person? That makes it useless for most people…

  • The C class transatlantic award to Europe is a good deal if you can deal with the political uncertainty over there.

  • I would love to visit Turkey!

  • Thank you. I would have never thought of looking at them for a transcontinental flight within the US. I’ll have to keep it in mind.

  • Finally accumulating some meaningful ThankYou Points, so I’ll take this offer as my personal welcome to the program. Thanks.

  • Unfortunately, the Turkish Airlines rewards program is quite complicated.

  • miles & smiles is an interesting program. They do have some attractive award chart but they also pass on the fuel surcharges and they are non-trivial. However with this promo offer, it does make a compelling case if you can use the points. Wish they would get their new business class seats faster as their current business hard product is pretty dated and subpar.

  • Anthony Shannon. says:

    I recently flew TA Dublin Manila via Istanbul
    Never again ! Left my shoulder COB on plane at Istanbul ..and when I boarded the TA connection .
    possibly same aircraft.
    Was same cabin crew! I asked them them to contact prev planeto hold my bag for me. They said no! I must do so on the net lost/found site! Also during the flight a couple with babies were continually kicking the back of my seat
    I asked the head of cabin crew to have a word with them and he said NO! He could not! He seemed to personally know them.
    At Manila airport TA have no official office. They are represented by Macroasia
    It too me 2 hours to find them….they have a cubby hole sized office at the back.of the departure area
    My experience with TA was the most unprofessional I’ve had in my 10 years travelling to Asia. When I return to Ireland I intend to make a formal complaint to the IATA. THE personnel at Macroasia told me that TA will cease flying to Manila end of March 2019. I wonder why!
    Also if you represent TA I’m not expecting a reply from you or TA.

  • I’ll second the why not Chase sentiment

  • MinJae Hwang says:

    I believe you need to contact their office to make a booking for alliance flight. They do have nice sweetspot so worth trying.

  • I wish Chase UR would have bonus transfers every once in a while.

  • Farid Kassam says:

    Turkey is a great place to visit. Great offer.

  • Not too sure about Turkish Airlines. Too political, too many negative comments, unsafe?

  • The transferrability of Thank you points has been such a game changer!

  • Pinchas Rubinfeld says:

    Can you also transfer Citithank you points to united club miles?

  • I agree with others. I wish Chase did bonuses. I wonder if this will push them to do some? Amex and Citi now do transfer bonuses, but maybe Chase feels like they don’t have to yet?

  • Turkish airlines is such a high quality carrier…Economy class experience exceeded my expectations.

  • Transfer bonuses are always nice.

  • I didn’t realize North America to Europe was actually cheaper with directly booking versus Air Canada… game changer.

  • Not a bad option but the program is a bit too complicated for me.

  • This is great. Turkish is a pretty great airline & the extra 25% can be really valuable. I’ve flown them a few times & not been disappointed.

  • ouch with what’s listed above we’re not going to be interested

  • Perfect timing. Thanks for sharing this news!

  • Nice bonus but I feel like the program is too complicated for most people

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