In an email to members on August 24, Citi announced the addition of 2 new airline partners for their ThankYou Points program. The new transfer partners are Turkish Airlines and Jet Airways.
As other banks add new rules restricting points-earning and remove airline partners, Citi seems to be continuing to expand their program. It is exciting to see them adding global airlines; no matter where you want to travel, you’ll have options for flights with points.
For those people who aren’t familiar with them, let’s take a quick look at the 2 new partner airlines.
Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier of Turkey and is headquartered at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. They are a member of the Star Alliance and have a fairly expansive flight network, serving more destinations from a single airport than any other airline in Europe.
The Turkish Airlines frequent flyer program is called Miles & Smiles, and since they are a member of Star Alliance, their miles can be used for flights on their own planes and those of any other Star Alliance members as well.
Citi ThankYou Points now transfer to Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles at a 1:1 ratio in increments of 1,000 with a minimum transfer amount of 1,000 points.
Jet Airways is the second largest carrier in India and is based at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. They have several secondary hubs, including one in Amsterdam, so their flight network covers a large area.
JetPrivilege is the frequent flyer program for Jet Airways. They are not a member of any alliance, though they have been linked to SkyTeam as a possible future member. For the time being, they partner and codeshare with 25 other airlines.
Unfortunately, JetPrivilege miles can only be earned or redeemed on a select few airlines, specifically the Etihad Airways Partners including Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional, Alitalia, Air Serbia, and Air Seychelles.
Citi ThankYou Points now transfer to Jet Airways JetPrivilege at a 1:1 ratio in increments of 1,000 with a minimum transfer amount of 1,000 points.
Earning Citi ThankYou Points
The addition of Turkish Airlines and Jet Airways brings Citibank up to a total of 14 airline transfer partners for their ThankYou Points. If you want to earn more ThankYou Points to have available for transfer, take a look at our guide on how to earn lots of points.
To earn ThankYou Points with credit cards bonuses and spending, take a look at these options:
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|Citi Prestige® Card|
|Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card|
|Citi ThankYou® Premier Card|
Although these are definitely not mainstream programs for frequent flyers based in the United States, programs that everyone else isn’t searching sometimes have the most award space.
It may be worth it for you to spend some time learning about Miles & Smiles and JetPrivilege. Take a look at the award charts and see if anything meets your needs for upcoming flights. If so, search for space, send some of your Citi ThankYou Points over at a 1:1 ratio, and make your booking.
When searching for award space, it’s always best to have as many options as possible. Will I be transferring points and booking with one of these new programs right away? Probably not. But am I happy there are there as options and excited to try them out in the future? Absolutely!