Yes, shared ThankYou points can be transferred to miles

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One of the best features of Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program is that anyone can share points with anyone else.  Most other major programs have much less lenient about sharing (you can find info about sharing points with the major transferable points programs here).  The only catch is that shared points will expire if not used within 90 days of sharing.

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Last week, as a way to inch us closer to Necker Island, my wife moved her ThankYou points to my account.  Then, in order to take advantage of Citi’s 25% transfer bonus (which expired on Sunday), I transferred those points to Virgin Atlantic.  Two days later, the miles (including the 25% bonus miles) appeared in my Virgin Atlantic account.

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Why this is interesting

In order to transfer ThankYou points to miles, you must have a qualifying ThankYou card: ThankYou Premier, Prestige, or Citi Chariman.  At the time, my wife had none of those (she has since signed up for the Premier).  By sharing her points with me (I have the Prestige card), her points became more valuable.  I already knew that it would be possible to use shared points for up to 1.6 cents per point value by buying flights, but I wasn’t 100% sure about transfers to miles.  Now we know for sure.

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