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Buy miles via ThankYou Rewards

In general I don’t recommend purchasing airline miles, even at a discount, but if you have an immediate need for miles for a high value award, it can make sense. If you have a Citi Premier or Citi Prestige card and a few ThankYou points in your account, you can buy miles indirectly through the ThankYou Rewards program at a cost of only 2.5 cents per mile (or less when transfer bonuses are in effect). The best airline programs for these indirect mileage purchases, in my opinion, are: Air France, Cathay Pacific, Singapore, and Virgin Atlantic.

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Citi adds Avianca Life Miles as Thank You transfer partner

Avianca’s LifeMiles program is a popular option for booking Star Alliance flights because they have no fuel surcharges, decent award rates, and they often sell miles cheaply. They are about to increase in popularity as Avianca Life Miles has now been added as the latest Citi Thank You transfer partner. As seen in the picture above, Citi Thank You points transfer to Avianca Life Miles at a 1:1 ration in blocks of 1,000 miles. This is…

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60K offers return on Citi AA cards

American Airlines Planes

The signup bonuses on both the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard and the Citibusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard have again increased to 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles for $3,000 spend in the first 3 months on each card. Both of these offers can be found on our Best Offers page. Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard The Offer 60,000 AAdvantage miles for spending $3,000 within the first 3 months of account opening Card Benefits 2x on American…

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Last call for Citi Hilton cards?

Citi Hilton Reserve

UPDATE: ALL LINKS ARE DEAD Last week, Hilton announced that starting January 1st 2018, American Express would be the exclusive issuer of Hilton’s co-branded credit cards.  So, what happens with Citibank’s two Hilton cards?  Can we still sign up for those cards for the sign-up bonuses until the end of December?  It’s unclear, but my guess is no. At some point today, Citi’s Hilton application links have stopped working on some browsers.  For example, the…

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Citi Thank You Rewards 50% transfer bonus to JetBlue

Citi Thank You Rewards is offering a 50% bonus on transfers to JetBlue through April 30, 2017. Citi transfer rates differ depending on which Citi card you hold.  The normal transfer rates are as follows: 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points = 800 TrueBlue points for Citi ThankYou® Premier, Citi Prestige® and Citi Chairman® 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points = 500 TrueBlue points  For Citi ThankYou Preferred or Citi Forward  After the 50% bonus, points will transfer at…

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How to avoid basic economy when paying with points

avoid basic economy

Please find an updated version of this post here: How to avoid basic economy when paying with points. You gotta love the marketing genius that came up with the concept of basic economy.  I imagine that the first executive meeting on the topic went something like this: Marketing Guy: Let’s introduce a fare option that is crappier than regular economy.  That way we can charge more for regular economy while telling our customers that they’ll…

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