Complete List of Citi ThankYou Points Airline and Hotel Transfer Partners & Bonus [2020]


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Complete List of Citi ThankYou Points Airline and Hotel Transfer Partners & Bonus [2020]

UPDATE: 25% Transfer Bonus: Citi ThankYou Rewards to Air France Flying Blue

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 a Citi credit card that earns ThankYou points that can directly transfer those points to partners.

Complete List of Citi ThankYou Points Airline and Hotel Transfer Partners & Bonus
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Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles
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Citi Airline Transfer Partners

Below are extensive 16 airline frequent flyer mileage programs that Citi currently has partnership with.

Club Premier   
Cathay Pacific
Asia Miles 
Emirates Skywards   
Etihad Guest
Infinity MileageLands
Air France KLM
Flying Blue   
Jet Airways
Malaysia Airlines
Frequent Flyer
Qatar Airways
Privilege Club
Singapore Airlines
THAI Airways
Royal Orchard Plus
Turkish Airlines
Miles & Smiles
Virgin Atlantic
Flying Club

Citi Hotel Transfer Partners

Unfortunately, Citi currently does not partner with any hotel rewards programs. However, you can use your ThankYou points to redeem for hotel bookings through ThankYou travel portal. The return value may not be as great as transferring those points to airline miles, but that is an option if you do not want to spend cash on hotels.

Citi ThankYou Points Transfer Ratio & Transfer Time

Blow 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)

Aeromexico Club Premier 1000:1000 Instant
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 1000:1000 Instant
Avianca LifeMiles 1000:1000 Instant
Emirates Skywards 1000:1000 New, needs data point
Etihad Guest 1000:1000 Instant
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands 1000:1000 ~2 days
Air France KLM Flying Blue    1000:1000 Instant
JetBlue TrueBlue  1000:1000 Instant
Jet Airways JetPrivilege  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

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:

The following Citi credit cards earn ThankYou points also, but their points must be combined with one of the above Citi cards ThankYou points in order to transfer points to loyalty programs:

Editor's Note: Citi Rewards+ is a great combination card with Citi Prestige or Citi Premier 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 into 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 ThankYou points portal. 
  • Hover your mouse over the Travel menu and select Points Transfer. (See screenshot below).
  • Click 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 provide 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 transfer only if you know you are going to use those miles. Use these as a guideline to help making 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, 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 has 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 purpose 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% 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
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
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