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Citi ThankYou is offering a 25% transfer bonus when transferring ThankYou points to Qantas. This can actually be a good way to book very short American Airlines flights — from just 6,000 ThankYou points one way.
- Get a 25% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Qantas miles
- Expires April 13, 2019 at 11:59pm Eastern
The Qantas award charts don’t present many useful sweet spots to my knowledge apart from being useful for very short American Airlines flights.
As you can see, if the one-way miles are 600 or fewer, you’d pay 8,000 Qantas miles. That means you’d need 6400 Citi ThankYou points each way. You’d need to transfer in increments of 1K, so you’ll need to either tranfer 7,000 ThankYou points for a one-way award or 13K for a round trip. It’s noteworthy that unlike British Airways, which prices each segment individually, Qantas prices cumulatively. In other words, they’ll add the distance of your segments if you have a connecting itinerary. I was recently pricing Myrtle Beach to Charlotte to Atlanta on American Airlines and it came up for 8,000 Qantas points since MYR->CLT + CLT->ATL is fewer than 600 miles in distance.
When I saw this transfer bonus, I looked up the distance from Charlotte to Chicago and thought I’d stumbled on a great sweet spot.
However, despite American showing saver availability next Friday on several direct flights…
And British Airways showing plenty of seats on those….
Qantas doesn’t show any of the direct flights — the Qantas site only shows connecting itineraries.
Perhaps there are days when you can find the availability, but I thought it was noteworthy that Qantas may not have access to all of the saver seats you see on AA.com. Perhaps they can book them over the phone — but I’d want to check on that before transferring ThankYou points to take advantage of this promotion.
While Qantas isn’t the most useful partner for most of us, it’s great to see Citi and Amex continue to run point transfer bonuses so we can get more mileage from our points.
As always, we have added this to our list of Current point transfer bonuses.
H/T: Doctor of Credit
Last updated on January 19th, 2020