Citi Transfer Partners

Citi ThankYou Rewards points are transferable to many airline and hotel partners. Below you’ll find a complete list of Citi transfer partners as well as suggestions for best uses.

Tips

Don’t transfer yet: Don’t transfer points until high value awards are available and you are ready to book them. Transfers are one-way only. Citi ThankYou points are valuable for their flexibility. Once you transfer, you are locked into a single program that may or may not have awards available.

Watch for transfer bonuses: Citi often offers improved transfer ratios through limited time transfer bonuses.

Move points from one account to another (even to friends’ accounts): You can freely move up to 100,000 points per year to any other Citi ThankYou Rewards account.  The catch is that once points are moved, they expire within 90 days. Make sure you have immediate plans for those points before moving them.

Always have at least one transferable account: With a few exceptions, ThankYou Rewards are transferable only from Citi ThankYou Premier and Citi Prestige accounts.  If you or a friend has such an account, you can move points to that account from any other account before transferring to an airline or hotel program, but you are limited to moving 100,000 points per year this way.  Another option is to pool points among your accounts.  For example, if you have the Citi ThankYou Preferred card and the Citi ThankYou Premier card, you can pool points between them in order to make all of the points transferable.  There are pluses and minuses to pooling accounts.  Please see: Should you avoid pooling ThankYou accounts?

You can keep points alive by downgrading to a no fee card:  If you don’t want to keep your Premier or Prestige card due to annual fees, consider downgrading to the no-fee Preferred card instead.  This will keep your points alive.  If you later want to transfer points to an airline program, you can get a new Premier or Prestige card, upgrade your Preferred card, or move points to a friend who has a Premier or Prestige card.

Current Transfer Bonuses

If there are any current transfer bonuses from Citi ThankYou Rewards, details will appear here:

Transfer Bonus DetailsEnd Date
25% transfer bonus to JetBlue
The usual transfer ratio is 1 to .8 for Premier and Prestige cardholders. This bonus brings the ratio up to an even 1 to 1.
10/25/17

Best Citi Transfer Partners

The following transfer partners represent the best potential value in my opinion.

Airline
Transfer Ratio
Best Uses
Air France KLM Flying Blue 1,000 to 1,000 Monthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France also has a very generous definition of “Europe” (includes Israel for example)
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 1,000 to 1,000 Cathay Pacific has a fairly generous distance based award chart and allows  multiple stopovers.  Fuel surcharges can be very high on certain routes.  See: Best Use of Asia Miles (Cathay).
Etihad Airways 1,000 to 1,000 Etihad has a very competitive award chart for American Airlines flights, among others.  Beware that booking awards can be very difficult.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1,000 to 1,000 Use to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members) or for Star Alliance awards. Very low change fees and no close-in booking fees make this a very good program for booking United Airlines flights.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1,000 to 1,000 Virgin Atlantic miles can be usefully thought of as a way to get a discount off Virgin Atlantic flights (high fuel surcharges make the flights far from free), but there are some better uses. Use miles to upgrade paid flights or to fly partner airlines. A fantastic use is to fly ANA in business or first class thanks to Virgin’s generous ANA partner award chart. Or, if you can find saver level Delta awards for nonstop international travel, you can often book through Virgin Atlantic far cheaper than with Delta directly.

The Other Transfer Partners

Here are the transfer partners that didn’t make my “best of” list, above. Note that some of these are still worth considering under certain circumstances.

Airline Program
Transfer Ratio
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands 1,000 to 1,000
Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer 1,000 to 1,000
Jet Airways JetPrivilege 1,000 to 1,000
JetBlue Airways 1,000 to 800 (Prestige, Premier) or 1,000 to 500 (Preferred)
Malaysia Enrich 1,000 to 1,000
Qantas 1,000 to 1,000
Qatar Airways 1,000 to 1,000
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus 1,000 to 1,000
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles 1,000 to 1,000

 

Hotel Program
Transfer Ratio
Hilton 1,000 to 1,500

 

Shopping Program
Transfer Ratio
Sears Shop Your Way Rewards 1 to 12 (really 1 Citi point transfers to 1.2 cents worth of ThankYou points)

Indirect Transfer Partners

In many cases it is possible to transfer to an airline or hotel program in order to then transfer from that program to another program. In some cases this can be a great deal. In other cases it’s just cool to think about the possibilities even though the value may be poor (such as transferring indirectly to Hilton at a 1 to 2 ratio)

Transfer First To
Then To
Transfer Ratio Details
Virgin Atlantic IHG 1 to 1 Transfer minimum of 10,000 Virgin Atlantic miles to equal number of IHG points.  Details here (under “Spend Miles”).
Virgin Atlantic IHG 75K to 100K
(1 to 1.33)
Transfer 75K Citi points to 75K Virgin Atlantic. Convert Virgin Atlantic miles 1 to 1 to IHG. Points transferred to IHG are tier qualifying points. IHG Spire status requires 75,000 tier qualifying points. You can then choose 25,000 points as your Choice Benefit.

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Comments

  1. I was going to transfer 57,000 points to Flying Blue yesterday, but would only get 44,000 miles for them. So it is NOT a 1-1 transfer right now. Any idea? I need to move them very soon since I will not be continuing the Citi Prestige.

    • Air France Flying Blue transfers 1 to 1 from Citi, so you should get 57,000 miles with the transfer.

      It’s possible that you accidentally selected the JetBlue TrueBlue transfer (due to the similar program name) where 1,000 ThankYou points -> 800 JetBlue points. In that case, 57,000 ThankYou points would become 45,600 JetBlue points.

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