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:
- Convert Double Cash cash back to ThankYou Points
- Shared 1,000 Double Cash ThankYou Points with my Citi Prestige Card
- Transferred 1,000 ThankYou Points from my Prestige account to Avianca LifeMiles
- 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: