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:

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Best Citi Transfer Partners

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

Rewards ProgramCiti Transfer RatioBest Uses
Avianca LifeMiles1 to 1
(instant)
Avianca LifeMiles can be great for Star Alliance awards. They offer reasonable award prices and no fuel surcharges on awards. They also offer shorthaul awards within the US (for flying United, for example) for as few as 7,500 miles one-way. Best of all, their mixed-cabin pricing can lead to fantastic first-class award prices. See this post for details.
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles1 to 1
(~2 days)
Miles & Smiles offers an incredible sweet spot award: 7.5K one-way anywhere within the US, even to Hawaii. Many awards cannot be booked online, but can be booked via email.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1 to 1
(instant)
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. Virgin Atlantic also offers great award prices for Air France premium economy awards.

Useful Citi Transfer Partners

The following transfer partners can offer great value under certain circumstances:

Rewards ProgramCiti Transfer RatioBest Uses
Air France KLM Flying Blue1 to 1
(instant)
Monthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1 to 1
(instant)
Cathay Pacific has a decent distance based award chart, but as of April 2020 they no longer allow stopovers longer than 24 hours. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles can be a good option for booking American Airlines flights with a distance based award chart, especially if other OneWorld Alliance miles aren't available.
Emirates Skywards1 to 1Emirates has different award charts for each airline partner. Sometimes they allow one-way awards, sometimes they do not. In general, award prices are fairly high, but there are a few sweet spots such as New York to Milan for 90K round trip in business class.
Etihad Guest1 to 1
(~1 week)
Etihad has a very competitive award chart for American Airlines flights, among others.  For example, they charge only 50,000 miles one-way for business class flights from North America to Europe. Partner awards must be booked over the phone.
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands1 to 1
(~2 days)
If you want to fly one of the best business class products in the sky, the best way to snag EVA flights is with their own miles since they release more award space to their own members. One-way business class flights from the US to Taipei cost 75K to 80K miles. Fuel surcharges are very low on these routes.
JetBlue1 to 1
(instant)
JetBlue points offer the most value when cheap ticket prices are available and when award taxes are high relative to the overall cost of the ticket (more details can be found here). The JetBlue Plus Card and the JetBlue Business Card offer a 10% rebate on awards, so you can get more value by holding one or both cards.
Qantas Frequent Flyer1 to 1
(~2 days)
Best use is probably for flights on El Al with no fuel surcharges. Also useful for short AA flights. Qantas offers distance based award charts similar to Cathay Pacific. Both are OneWorld Alliance members. I recommend comparing award prices across both programs before transferring to either. Qantas offers round the world business class awards for only 280,000 points (but with many restrictions)
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1 to 1
(~2 days)
Use to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members) or for Star Alliance awards. Low change fees and no close-in booking fees make this a very good program for booking United Airlines flights.

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.

Rewards ProgramCiti Transfer RatioBest Uses
AeroMexico ClubPremier1 to 1AeroMexico is a SkyTeam partner. Club Premier points can be used to book flights on AeroMexico, SkyTeam alliance members (such as Delta or Korean Air), or on select partner airlines. Unfortunately many have reported that awards are extremely difficult to book through AeroMexico so we do not recommend transferring points to this program. If you want to fly AeroMexico, look to transfer points to another SkyTeam partner (such as Air France) and then book AeroMexico with that program.
Jet Airways JetPrivilege1 to 1
(instant)
JetAirways JetPrivilege miles are useful only for a few very specific cases such as certain flights to Hawaii for as low as 15K (30K business) one-way, or to the Caribbean or Central America for as low as 10K (20K business) one-way. Details can be found here.
Malaysia Enrich1 to 1
(~2 days)
Given Malaysia's award chart devaluation in June 2017, I'm not aware of any good uses for these miles.
Qatar Privilege Club1 to 1
(~2 days)
Given Qatar's award chart devaluation plus the addition of award booking fees in May 2018, I'm not aware of any particularly good uses for these miles.
Shop Your Way Rewards1 to 12Shop Your Way points can be redeemed for a variety of gift cards including Walmart, EBay, and more. For details, see our Guide to Shop Your Way Gift Cards.
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus1 to 1
(~1 week)
I'm not aware of any good uses for these miles

Indirect Transfer Partners

In some cases it is possible to transfer to an airline or hotel program in order to then transfer from that program to another program.  In most cases this is a bad deal, but it’s cool to think about the possibilities.

Rewards ProgramCiti Transfer RatioIndirect Transfer Notes
Hilton2 to 3** Transfer first to Virgin Atlantic, then convert Virgin Atlantic miles 1 to 1.5 to Hilton. Since Hilton points are usually worth only around .45 cents each towards free nights, this isn’t usually a good idea.
IHG1 to 1** Transfer first to Virgin Atlantic, then convert Virgin Atlantic miles 1 to 1 to IHG. Note: I do not recommend this. See: Virgin Atlantic transfers to IHG no longer count towards status

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