If you need a hotel stay in the near future, you can transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Hilton Honors at a promotional rate of 1:2 until September 20, 2017. The standard transfer rate is 1:1.5, so this transfer bonus gives you about a 33% bump.
Transferring ThankYou Points to Hilton Honors can take up to 24 hours, so account for that before making a transfer.
Using ThankYou Points for a Hilton reward stay is not very common. In fact, the vast majority of points are transferred to one of Citi’s 13 airline partners.
|Citi Transfer Partner||Min Transfer||Transfer Ratio||Transfer Time|
|Avianca Lifemiles||1,000||1:1||No Data|
|Air France / KLM Flying Blue||1,000||1:1||2 Days|
|Cathay Pacific||1,000||1:1||24 Hours|
|Etihad Airways||1,000||1:1||6 Days|
|EVA Air||1,000||1:1||2 Days|
|Garuda Indonesia||1,000||1:1||2 Days|
|Jet Airways||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|JetBlue Airways||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|Malaysia Airlines||1,000||1:1||No Data|
|Qantas Airways||1,000||1:1||2 Days|
|Qatar Airways||1,000||1:1||2 Days|
|Singapore Airlines||1,000||1:1||2 Days|
|Thai Airways||1,000||1:1||4 Days|
|Turkish Airlines||1,000||1:1||1-2 Days|
|Virgin Atlantic||1,000||1:1||2 Days|
That’s because there are some fantastic ways to utilize these partners such as booking Singapore Airlines Suites (or first class), Delta One, and Etihad’s award-winning first class known as The Apartment.
With options like these, we would not recommend ever transferring to Hilton Honors at the standard rate of 1:1.5. You might think the promotional bonus definitely makes a transfer worth it, but we still don’t think you’ll get enough value this way.
Consider the fact that Hilton Honors points are worth roughly 0.4 cents per point, while you can transfer ThankYou Points an airline partner and easily get 1.7 cents per point when booking an award flight. In fact, if you book an international flight in first class or business class, your points can be worth even more.
To transfer ThankYou Points to partners, you must have one of Citi’s premium cards: the Citi Prestige® Card or the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. You can also book flights through the Citi Travel Center when you have one of these cards.
Your points will have a set value of 1.25 cents per point in the Travel Center, so you want to make sure you’ll get more value than that when considering a transfer. For economy class tickets, you’ll sometimes get more value when booking through the Citi Travel Center.
If you also have the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card, you can combine the points earned on that card into 1 account with the points earned through Citi’s premium cards.
Similar to the current bonus offered when buying American AAdvantage miles, this promo opportunity is best for topping off your points balance if you need to book an award now. We recommend transferring to Hilton only if you are close to the necessary points to book an award stay.
Transfer bonuses can be exciting, but don’t forget to make sure it’s actually a good deal based on your travel needs. Sometimes a bonus is just what you need to complete a booking, but not always.
This particular Hilton transfer bonus might be a good idea if you already have most of an award covered with Hilton points, or if you just have tons of unused ThankYou Points sitting around.
Otherwise, keep an eye out for other transfer bonus promotions for your ThankYou Points, and look at your options with airline partners to get the most value out of your points.