Double Cash ThankYou Points Transferable to All Partners (when paired with Prestige or Premier)

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Yesterday we learned that the Double Cash card’s cash back can transfer 1 to 1 to Citi ThankYou Points.  That means that this card can equally earn either 2% cash back or 2X ThankYou rewards for all spend.  Since the transfer wasn’t working properly yesterday, there was one remaining question: Will we be able to transfer these points to airline programs like Avianca, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish, etc. if we have a full-powered ThankYou card like the Citi Premier or Prestige?  It’s not a dumb question since points earned from bank accounts, are not transferable to airlines even when paired with a premium card.

This morning, I found that points transfers are working, and I was able to successfully transfer cash to points and then points to airline programs (I moved 1,000 points to Avianca LIfeMiles).  More specifically, I did the following:

  1. Convert Double Cash cash back to ThankYou Points
  2. Shared 1,000 Double Cash ThankYou Points with my Citi Prestige Card
  3. Transferred 1,000 ThankYou Points from my Prestige account to Avianca LifeMiles
  4. Confirmed that the 1,000 ThankYou Points I used were from the Double Cash card.

The above will work equally well (and more simply) if you combine ThankYou accounts so that step 2 won’t be necessary.  I did it the way I did to make it easier to confirm that points came from the Double Cash card.

Note that if you don’t have a Premier or Prestige card, you are limited to just two weak transfer partners:

 

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