UPDATES:
  • November 14, 2021: Citi added Wyndham Rewards as a second new hotel transfer partner. 
  • Citi added Choice Hotels Privileges points as a transfer partner at a ratio of 1:2. 
  • Citi Premier Credit Card offers an all-time high 80,000 sign-up bonus ThankYou points. 

Citi ThankYou Points (TYP) offers the best value in return when you transfer them to loyalty programs that partner with Citi. Your ThankYou points are worth so much more when redeeming them this way. The way it works is you transfer your ThankYou points to a frequent flyer airline for miles at 1:1 ratio, and you then can use those miles to redeem a flight that the cash price costs more than 1 cent per mile. You also need to have an eligible Citi credit card that earns ThankYou points that you can directly transfer those points to partners.

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    Citi ThankYou Points Transfer Ratio & Transfer Time

    Below is how long Citi ThankYou points typically take to transfer based on data points from the miles and points community. Please note that there's no fee associated with transferring Citi ThankYou points to their partners.

    The minimum ThankYou points Citi requires is 1,000 points. See the chart below:

    Citi ThankYou Points
    Transfer Partners

    Transfer Ratio
    (Min. TY Points:Miles)

    Transfer Time
    (No Transfer Fees)

    Airline Transfer PartnerMin. TY Points:Airline Miles
    Aeromexico Club Premier 1000:1000 Instant
    Air France KLM Flying Blue    1000:1000 Instant
    [Expired] American Airlines AAdvantage
    (Limited time offer ends Nov 13, 2021) 
    1000:1000 ~1 day
    Avianca LifeMiles 1000:1000 Instant
    Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 1000:1000 Instant
    Emirates Skywards 1000:1000 Instant
    Etihad Guest 1000:1000 Instant
    EVA Air Infinity MileageLands 1000:1000 ~2 days
    JetBlue TrueBlue  1000:1000 Instant
    Malaysia Airlines Enrich   1000:1000 ~2 days
    Qantas Frequent Flyer 1000:1000 ~2 days
    Qatar Airways Privilege Club 1000:1000 ~2 days
    Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1000:1000 ~1 day
    THAI Airways Royal Orchard Plus 1000:1000 ~6 days
    Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles 1000:1000 ~2 days
    Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1000:1000 Instant
    Hotel Transfer PartnerMin. TY Points:Hotel Points
    Choice Privileges1000:2000 (Prestige, Premier)

    1000:1500 (Preferred, Rewards+, Double Cash)
    Instant
    Wyndham Rewards1000:1000 (Prestige, Premier)

    1000:800 (Preferred, Rewards+, Double Cash)
    Instant


    Which Citi Credit Card Earns ThankYou Points?

    The following Citi credit cards earn ThankYou points. Earned points can directly be transferred to loyalty programs that has a partnership with Citi:
    • Citi Prestige Credit Card
    • Citi Premier Credit Card (Current high offer: 80,000 bonus ThankYou points)

    The following Citi credit cards earn ThankYou points also, but their points must be combined with one of the above Citi cards ThankYou points to transfer points to loyalty programs:
    • Citi Rewards+ Credit Card
    • Citi Double Cash Credit Card
    • Citi Custom Cash Credit Card

    Editor's Note: Citi Rewards+ Credit Card is a great combination card with Citi Prestige Credit Card or Citi Premier Credit Card because Citi Rewards+ offers a benefit that each time you transfer ThankYou points to a partner, you receive 10% ThankYou points back for the first 100,000 points redeemed per calendar year.

    How To Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Partners?

    It is important to know that transferring Citi ThankYou points to partners is a one-way street. You cannot transfer points back to Citi once the transfer is finalized.

    It is possible to perform Citi ThankYou points to partners transfer online or on the phone. For online:
    • Sign in to your account if you have not done that. 
    • Scroll down a little bit to see your total ThankYou points balance, and select Redeem
    • Citi will take you to the ThankYou points portal. 
    • Hover your mouse over the Travel menu and select Points Transfer. (See screenshot below).
    • Click the Continue button on the partner you want to do the transfer. 
    • Follow the web interface to indicate how many points you want to transfer, provide or check your frequent flyer program's information, etc. Simply follow the prompts to finalize the transfer. 

    How To Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Partners?


    Should You Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Airline Partners?

    While transferring Citi ThankYou points to airline miles provides the best value in return, it is important to keep in mind that you cannot transfer those miles back to Citi points once the transfer is completed.

    Therefore, the rule of thumb is to transfer only if you know you are going to use those miles. Use these as a guideline to help to make a decision:
    • Search and confirm the award availability of the flight that you want. 
    • Understand how that mileage program works such as how to book, mileage expiration policy, award cancellation/change policy in case you have to cancel. 
    • If you cancel, will you be able to use those miles later on? 

    Generally speaking, the speculative transfer can have a negative impact in a way that you are stuck with a particular airline's frequent flyer miles and are not able to use those miles. Airlines can devalue their award chart, and most airlines have a policy in place that those unused miles can be expired.

    From time to time, Citi offers transfer bonuses that can be lucrative for me personally to perform the transfer speculatively; however, the rule of thumb still applies here that I only transfer if I know I am going to use those miles. For example, I honestly think that Aeromexico Club Premier is one of the worst mileage programs out there. Their award booking site is very limited with search functionality and is almost impossible to use. Their award booking call center is also a nightmare to deal with. So in the end I do not care at all when Citi offers any transfer bonus to Aeromexico Club Premier.

    For what is worth, here are my favorite Citi transfer airline partners: Avianca LifeMiles, Air France KLM Flying Blue, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

    Citi ThankYou Points Current & Past Transfer Bonus History

    Below is the chart for Citi ThankYou points current and past transfer bonus. These bonus histories are for reference purposes only so you have an idea of when the next transfer bonus is. There's no guarantee the transfer bonus will return, but it's worth waiting it out if you have the flexibility.

    Citi Transfer Partners

    Transfer Bonus

    Offer End Date

    Air France KLM Flying Blue 25% April 16, 2021
    25% July 20, 2019
    30% August 29, 2018
    Avianca LifeMiles 25% August 27, 2021
    25% July 2, 2020
    25% July 5, 2019
    25% December 12, 2018
    Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 15% July 4, 2018
    20% September 6, 2017
    Etihad Guest 10% July 5, 2017
    25% July 31, 2016
    25% December 31, 2015

    25% May 15, 2015
    JetBlue TrueBlue 30% May 19, 2019
    25% October 25, 2017
    50% April 30, 2017
    Qantas Frequent Flyer 25% April 13, 2019
    30% June 30, 2016
    Qatar Airways Privilege Club 20% (Offered by Qatar Airways) November 2, 2021
    Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles 25% February 20, 2019
    Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 30% June 22, 2019
    30% October 13, 2018
    25% March 2, 2017
    25% August 23, 2015