32 Best Ways to Redeem Citi ThankYou Points for Max Value

Lufthansa A380 First Class Seat

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Citi Premier℠ Card and Citi Prestige® Card members have the option to transfer their Citi ThankYou Points to travel partners. Even the no-annual-fee and discontinued Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card enables you to transfer to JetBlue TrueBlue.

Also, the Citi Rewards+® Card (which replaced the discontinued Citi ThankYou® Preferred card) will earn Citi ThankYou Points as well!

Having the Citi Rewards+ card is akin to having a Chase Freedom Unlimited® Credit Card; you earn points, but you will need to pair it with a more “premium” card (like the Citi Prestige or the Chase Sapphire Reserve®) to transfer to airline partners.

If you are one of these cardholders, one of the best ways to use Citi ThankYou Points is to transfer them to airline programs — that’s how you’re going to get the most value.

Unfortunately, not all redemption options are of equal value, but Citi offers many ways to use your Citi ThankYou Points for some amazing trips!

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Earning Citi ThankYou Points

The best way to earn Citi ThankYou Points is through strategic use of credit cards that earn these valuable points.

Transferring Citi ThankYou Points to Travel Partners

The Citi ThankYou Program provides 2 ways to redeem ThankYou Points for flights:

  • Redemptions for flights through the Citi Travel Center
  • Direct transfers to some of their airline partners

Using the Citi Travel Center

Citi Prestige Card and Citi Premier Card holders can redeem points for flights through the Travel Center at a rate of 1 cent per point, just like all other Citi ThankYou credit cards.

Citi Travel Portal
Citi Travel Center. Image Credit: citi.com

Hot Tip: The Citi Travel Center is a useful tool because it will give you access to using your reward points with airlines beyond the Citi ThankYou airline partners.

Citi ThankYou Transfer Partners

Citi airline partners include some great programs like Asia Miles and Etihad, and most have a 1:1 transfer rate.

Recent additions include JetBlue TrueBlue, Avianca LifeMiles, and Turkish Miles & Smiles.

With the loss of Hilton to Amex, Citi has no hotel direct transfer partner.

Citi Transfer PartnerMin TransferTransfer RatioTransfer Time
Aeromexico Club Premier1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Air France / KLM Flying Blue1,0001:1Almost Instantly
American Airlines1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Avianca Airlines Lifemiles1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Cathay Pacific
1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Emirates Skywards1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Etihad Airways1,0001:1Almost Instantly
EVA Air1,0001:12 Days
JetBlue Airways1,0001:1Almost Instantly
JetPrivilege1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Malaysia Airlines1,0001:11-2 Days
Qantas Airways1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Qatar Airways
1,0001:12 Days
Singapore Airlines1,0001:12 Days
Thai Airways1,0001:14 Days
Turkish Airlines1,0001:11-2 Days
Virgin Atlantic1,0001:12 Days

The 32 Best Ways to Use Your Citi ThankYou Points

Sure, you could use your points for statement credit or gift cards or one of the other redemption options. But to get the maximum value from your Citi ThankYou Points, you should transfer your points to frequent flyer programs.

These redemptions are especially valuable for international flights.

Please keep in mind that these options aren’t the only options for redemption, but are some of the best ways to use your Citi ThankYou Points to boost your points’ value.

Hot Tip: Need to earn points first? See our article on the best ways to earn Citi ThankYou Points.

1. Fly Singapore Suites on the A380 (KrisFlyer)

Singapore Airlines new A380 First Suite Double Bed
Singapore Airlines’ new A380 Suites features a double bed and separate lounge chair. Image Credit: Greg Stone

Many people transfer to KrisFlyer so they can experience Singapore Suites, one of the premier first class products available. If you have a travel date, you can even enjoy a double bed in the sky! It’s safe to say this is one experience you don’t want to miss.

There is only 1 option to fly Singapore Suites from the U.S., and that’s out of New York. For 86,000 miles you can try Suites from New York to Frankfurt.

If 7 hours in suites class isn’t enough, you can continue on to Singapore for a total of 132,000 miles. Feeling adventurous? You can fly from New York to Sydney for 167,000 miles, which would give you over 24 hours in luxury!

If you aren’t based in New York, you can still enjoy suites after connecting there to start your journey.

Need help booking? See our step-by-step guide for booking Singapore Suites or first class.

2. Fly United Domestic Business or First Class (KrisFlyer)

If you’re looking for a transcontinental flight on United, skip the United miles and go with KrisFlyer miles.

One-way in business class costs 23,000 KrisFlyer miles, which would be 25,000 on United. In first class, a one-way award will cost 34,500 KrisFlyer miles, while the same flight will cost 35,000 United miles.

3. Fly Between the Continental U.S. and Hawaii (KrisFlyer)

Waikiki Oahu Hawaii
Use your Citi ThankYou Points to travel to Hawaii for vacation! Options are available in economy, business, and first class if you transfer your points to KrisFlyer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com

Flying to Hawaii is without a doubt one of the most popular uses of miles and reward points. KrisFlyer again provides a great way to utilize the Star Alliance network.

For economy, business, and first class flights, you will need 17,500 miles, 34,500 miles, and 46,000 miles, respectively. United charges 22,500 miles, 40,000 miles, and 50,000 miles for the same flights.

4. Fly to Europe From the U.S. (KrisFlyer)

Looking for a cheap way to get to Europe? You can get a one-way flight in economy class on a Star Alliance partner for only 27,500 KrisFlyer miles. That’s 2,500 miles cheaper than the U.S. legacy carriers (American, Delta, and United).

If you travel to Europe regularly, these savings will add up quickly and save you miles for additional trips. Read more about Singapore KrisFlyer mile redemption options here.

5. Fly to the Middle East or North Africa From the U.S. (KrisFlyer)

The KrisFlyer program has some amazing partner redemption options to the Middle East and North Africa: one-way in economy class for 45,000 miles, one-way in business for 76,500 miles, or one-way in first class for 99,000 miles.

6. Fly From the U.S. to Central or South Africa (KrisFlyer)

Flying to Central and South Africa is not always easy and is often expensive, but KrisFlyer provides a great option in business class. You can book a one-way flight on a Star Alliance partner in business class for 96,500 miles.

7. Fly From Los Angeles to Tokyo (KrisFlyer)

Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 First Class - Turndown Service
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 First Class. Image Credit: Greg Stone

Check out Singapore Airlines flights from Los Angeles to Tokyo. For 107,000 miles, you can enjoy a great first-class experience.

Need help booking? See our step-by-step guide for booking Singapore first class and also business class.

8. Fly From San Francisco to Hong Kong (KrisFlyer)

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Business Class
Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Business Class – Middle Seat Bulkhead Legroom. Image Credit: Greg Stone

If you’re looking for a premium experience to Southeast Asia, you can use KrisFlyer miles to fly Singapore business class to Hong Kong for 89,000 miles, or get to Singapore for 95,000 miles.

Need help booking? See our step-by-step guide for booking Singapore business class using points.

9. Fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class to Europe (KrisFlyer)

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Seat2
Image Credit: Virgin Atlantic

While Singapore Airlines has 1 award chart for all Star Alliance partners, it has a separate one for flights on Virgin Atlantic. One key aspect to this award chart is that a round-trip flight is required.

However, you can experience Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class product for only 100,000 miles round-trip. This is 30,000 miles less than using KrisFlyer miles on a Star Alliance partner airline to travel to Europe.

Need Help Booking? Check out our step-by-step guide to booking Virgin Atlantic Upper Class using points.

10. Fly Lufthansa First Class to Europe (KrisFlyer)

Lufthansa B747-8 First Class Seat
Seats 1A and 1K. Image Credit: Cherag Dubash

Without a doubt, Lufthansa first class is an aspirational experience that should be on your list. For 107,500 Singapore KrisFlyer miles, you can fly to Europe and enjoy one of the best first class products in the sky.

To top it off, if you connect in Frankfurt, you will have a chance to visit the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. This is a lounge experience of a lifetime, so make sure your connection leaves you a few hours.

One thing to remember is the fuel surcharges that will run somewhere close to $425. But for what you’ll get along the way, this can definitely be worth it!

Need help booking? Check out our step-by-step guide to booking Lufthansa first class.

11. Fly Between the South Pacific Islands (KrisFlyer)

If you’d like to visit some South Pacific islands, KrisFlyer miles can be a great choice over United miles if you want to book a premium cabin award seat.

United and Singapore both charge 12,500 miles in economy, but Singapore really shines in business and first class. At 31,000 and 42,500 miles for business and first, respectively, KrisFlyer is no longer the great deal it used to be. United charges 30,000 miles for business class and 40,000 for first class, in comparison.

Availability on this one can be tough, but it will be worth the effort if you can make it work with your schedule. You can learn about more KrisFlyer redemptions by using Singapore Airlines’ Star Alliance award chart.

12. Fly Air France or KLM With Promo Awards (Flying Blue)

air france business
Use your Citi ThankYou Points to access Air France business class! Image Credit: airfrance.com

Air France/KLM Flying Blue utilizes a variable award pricing calculator, which they say is tied to revenue prices. This simply isn’t true; as a result, it’s very difficult to pin down an exact cost, as there are many award pricing levels now.

Probably the best way to use the Flying Blue program is their Promo Awards. These awards run throughout the year and change every few months. You will generally receive a 25%-50% discount on economy and business class award tickets from Europe to specific cities.

Typically, Flying Blue awards between the U.S. and Europe cost 21,500-27,000 miles for economy class and 53,000-71,000 miles for business class. With just a 25% discount, that drops the mileage cost to 16,125-20,250 miles and 39,750-53,250 miles, respectively.

Flying Blue award flights do incur surcharges, so keep that in mind when booking these. Even with the surcharges, though, these awards can provide great value.

Hot Tip: If you need extra Flying Blue miles, you can also transfer any points you have with your Chase Ultimate Rewards cards. These include the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card, or the Chase Freedom Unlimited® Credit Card!

13. Take Advantage of a Broad Definition of Europe (Flying Blue)

Flying Blue really shines with its broad definition of Europe. This gives you access to countries such as Algeria, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, and the Canary Islands at a lower redemption level.

citi thankyou points to israel
View of the rooftops of Israel. You could see this, North Africa, or Europe for only 25,000 miles (or less with a Promo Award)! Image Credit: Shutterstock.com

As mentioned above, a one-way business class award flight to “Europe” will cost 53,000-71,000 miles, which is a solid redemption. If you’re booking an economy class award flight, 21,500-27,000 miles for a one-way flight to Israel or North Africa is a fantastic deal.

14. Fly to Hawaii From the Continental U.S. (Flying Blue)

Another great redemption option is for flights from the continental U.S. to Hawaii. At only 15,000 miles for economy class and 30,000 miles for business class award flights on Flying Blue partner Delta, these are among the cheapest options available.

This is actually cheaper than using Delta’s own SkyMiles program to book an award flight with Delta! Read this article for more ideas on using Flying Blue miles.

15. Fly to Mexico at Domestic Redemption Rates (Flying Blue)

Unlike many programs, Flying Blue includes Mexico in the same region as the U.S. rather than the Caribbean and Central America. Because of this, you can book a one-way award flight from the U.S. to Mexico for only 12,500 miles.

16. Fly From the U.S. to the Caribbean (Flying Blue)

Speaking of the Caribbean, you can book an award flight from the U.S. for 15,000 miles one-way. This is means you will save at least 5,000 miles per round-trip flight compared to using a U.S. carrier’s program.

17. Crazy Cheap Awards to Australia and the South Pacific (Flying Blue)

Flying Blue provides a solid redemption option to the South Pacific, with one-way business class award flights costing 75,000 miles. The program also provides the cheapest award option in economy class at 48,000 miles one-way.

At these rates to Australia, Flying Blue becomes a competitive program for flights down under. You can also fly directly to Tahiti for 25,500 Flying Blue miles!

To see how many miles you would need for an award flight, check out AirFrance’s Flying Blue miles calculator.

Hot Tip: Traveling internationally, you’ll want to make sure you bring a card with no foreign transaction fees. The Citi Prestige® Card and Citi Premier Card have no fee, but the Citi Rewards+ Card does. Our favorite option outside of Citi is typically the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

18. A Cheap Business Class Flight to Europe (Etihad)

Brussels Airlines business class
Using Etihad Guest miles to fly Brussels Airlines business class is a great way to visit Europe. Image Credit: brusselsairlines.com

While Etihad may not be a member of a major airline alliance, they do have tons of partners. They also have a different award chart for each partner airline. Though the booking process may be tedious, there are some solid awards to be found!

One of these bookings is a round-trip business class trip on Brussels Airlines between New York (JFK) and Brussels for 88,000 miles. You can book a round-trip economy class award flight for only 54,000 miles if economy is more your style. The same redemption rates can also be found from Toronto and Washington, D.C. (IAD).

Availability can be tough to find, but for one of the best award flight deals, it’s definitely worth the patience!

19. Fly American Airlines at Pre-Devaluation Prices in Business and First Class (Etihad)

American Airlines Business Class
Flying American Airlines in business class at pre-devaluation rates is a steal! Image Credit: American Airlines

Earlier this year, American Airlines devalued their business and first class redemptions. Fortunately, Etihad’s award chart for American allows you to book flights on American Airlines at pre-devaluation levels.

Let’s take a look at some of the great options you have by flying American with Etihad miles:

  • Fly to Europe for 50,000 miles in business class or 62,500 miles in first class
  • Fly to Asia 1 (Japan, Korea, Mongolia) for 50,000 miles in business class or 62,500 miles in first class
  • Fly to Asia 2 (China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.) for 55,000 miles in business class and 67,500 miles in first class
  • Fly to the South Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, etc.) for 62,500 in business class and 67,500 in first class

Need Help Booking? See our step-by-step instructions on booking American Airlines First Class using points.

20. Fly Prague to Seoul on Czech Airlines in Business Class (Etihad)

Czech Airlines Business Class
Czech Airlines Business Class. Image Credit: Czech Airlines

Similar to the deal on Brussels Airlines, Etihad has a fantastic sweet spot award with Czech Airlines. You can fly one-way in business class on Czech Airlines from Prague to Seoul for only 25,610 miles. That is an amazing deal, and cheaper than most economy class awards on that route.

21. Fly Royal Air Maroc to Casablanca (Etihad)

Royal Air Maroc Business
Maybe you haven’t heard much about Royal Air Maroc, but keep them in mind if you want to visit Casablanca! Image Credit: flight-report.com

Etihad’s award chart for Royal Air Maroc is distance-based. This is different than the region-based award chart for their partnership with American Airlines. It’s also different than an award chart with specific routes, like their partnerships with Brussels Airlines and Czech Airlines.

For flights of 2,001 miles or more on Royal Air Maroc, you can book a one-way ticket in economy for 22,000 miles or business for 44,000 miles. This includes the route between New York (JFK) to Casablanca, which is an amazing way to reach North Africa!

22. Fly Oman Air in Business Class (Etihad)

Oman Air First Class
Experience a great business class product on an under-the-radar airline, Oman Air. Image Credit: omanair.com

Etihad has 2 great award flights on Oman Air. If you are in London, you can fly from London to Muscat one-way in business class for 44,000 miles.

If you are already in the Middle East, check out Oman Air’s route between Muscat and Singapore. For only 42,000 Etihad miles, you can fly one-way in business class on Oman Air.

First class is an option too, though it’s not as great of a deal: you’ll pay 77,000 miles one-way between Muscat (MCT) and Singapore (SIN).

While not as well known as some major international airlines, Oman Air’s business class has received great reviews.

23. Fly Delta One Suites Round-Trip (Virgin Atlantic)

Always wanted to try Delta One Suites, the new phenomenal business class product from Delta Air Lines? You’re in luck! Virgin Atlantic, a Delta partner, has the best redemption rates for Delta One Suites.

Here are the routes you can take:

A350 Routes

  • Detroit (DTW)-Tokyo Narita (NRT)
  • Detroit (DTW)-Seoul (ICN)
  • Detroit (DTW)-Beijing (PEK)
  • Detroit (DTW)-Amsterdam (AMS)
  • Atlanta (ATL)-Seoul (ICN)
  • Detroit (DTW)-Shanghai (PVG)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)-Shanghai (PVG)
  • Seattle (SEA)-Tokyo Narita (NRT)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)-Tokyo Haneda (HND)
  • Minneapolis (MSP) – Shanghai (PVG) {proposed}

777 Routes and Flight Start Dates

  • Minneapolis (MSP)-Tokyo Haneda (HND)
  • Atlanta (ATL)-Paris (CDG)
  • Minneapolis (MSP)-Paris (CDG)
  • Atlanta (ATL)-Tokyo Narita (NRT)
  • Minneapolis (MSP) – Seoul (ICN)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)-Sydney (SYD)

All routes to Asia cost 60,000 miles each way or 120,000 miles round-trip in Delta One Suites, while all routes to Europe cost 50,000 miles each way or 100,000 miles round-trip.

If you’d like to see some other great ways to book Delta One flights, check out our booking guide!

24. Fly Delta One to Europe Round-Trip (Virgin Atlantic)

Delta One Suites A350-900
Delta One Suites A350-900. Image Credit: Stephen Au

Flying round-trip to Europe on Delta in business class with SkyMiles starts at 140,000 miles and can go all the way up to 600,000 miles! However, with Virgin Points, you can book this award for only 100,000 miles round-trip. That’s a huge discount!

There are 13 airline partners for redeeming Flying Club Virgin Points, including All Nippon Airways (ANA), Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, and Virgin Australia.

For more information on rewards with Virgin Atlantic partner airlines, check out the Virgin Atlantic partners’ award charts.

Hot Tip: Keep an eye out for promotional periods that will give you the best redemption for your Citi ThankYou Points. For example, Citi ThankYou offered a 40% bonus in October 2018 for transferring points to Virgin Atlantic. In this case, transferring 42,857 ThankYou Points for the round-trip flight to London would yield the 60,000 Virgin Points it would take to get you there in economy.

25. Fly From the East Coast to Europe (Malaysia Airlines)

Malaysia Airlines has been devalued many times; however, if flying on Oneworld partners or Emirates is on your to-do list, you can use Citi ThankYou Points to help book flights!

Malaysia Airlines uses 2distance-based award charts:

  1. Partner flights
  2. Malaysia Airlines + 1 partner flights

Malaysia Airlines used to have the Oneworld multi-carrier award chart, similar to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, but it hasn’t been used since November 2018.

Here are some great example routes you can take:

  • Chicago (ORD) – Paris (CDG) in Air France economy for 44,000 miles one-way or 69,000 miles round-trip. The same route in business class goes for 87,000 miles one-way or 132,000 miles round-trip
  • Boston (BOS) – Rome (FCO) in Alitalia economy for 44,000 miles one-way or 69,000 miles round-trip. The same route in business class goes for 87,000 miles one-way or 132,000 miles round-trip.

It’s important to remember that no matter what award you book, there will be significant surcharges added to an award ticket.

26. Fly Emirates or Qatar Airways in Business or First Class From the East Coast (Malaysia Airlines)

Emirates Inaugural World's Shortest A380 First Class Window Suite Cherag Dubash
Emirates A380 First Class Window Suite. Image Credit: Cherag Dubash

Using Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles is one of the only ways that you can book Emirates and Qatar Airways with Citi points. Here are a few great routes you can fly, along with award prices:

  • New York City (JFK) – Milan (MXP) in Emirates one-way for 82,000 miles in business class and 103,000 miles in first class
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Dubai (DXB) in Emirates one-way for 131,000 miles in business class and 172,000 miles in first class
  • Houston (IAH) – Doha (DOH) in Qatar Airlines QSuites one-way for 131,000 miles

Need help booking? Check out our guide to booking Emirates business class with points.

27. U.S. to Australia on Cathay Pacific (Asia Miles)

Asia Miles made major changes to their awards on June 22, 2018, with awards now called Standard Award and Choice Award. Flying Cathay Pacific, U.S. to Australia awards now price under the ultra-long-haul one-way price of 85,000 miles in business or 125,000 in first.

Remember that for each of these award prices, you will need to stop in Hong Kong before continuing to Australia. Here are a few routes you can use:

  • New York City (JFK) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Perth (PER)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Brisbane (BNE)
  • Boston (BOS) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Adelaide (ADL)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Melbourne (MEL)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Sydney (SYD) 

28. See 2 Asian Cities and 3 Pacific Islands (EVA Air)

EVA Air 777-300ER Business Class
EVA Air 777-300ER Business Class. Image credit: Stephen Au

EVA Air’s Infinity MileageLands program doesn’t provide many great options for award bookings, but it does have some solid options in Asia. It also allows 2 stopovers and an open-jaw on round-trip Star Alliance award flights.

To see 3 islands and 2 Asian cities, you can fly round-trip in business class on United Airlines and Asiana for 55,000 miles.

For example, you can start in Tokyo and stopover in Guam with Saipan as your destination. You can then open-jaw to Palau by using 12,500 United miles for an economy class flight. From Palau, you can then fly to Seoul for your second stopover before returning to Tokyo.

29. Fly to Hawaii, Then Central America (EVA Air)

If you want a fun island adventure, you can fly round-trip in business class for 80,000 Eva miles to see Hawaii and 2 Caribbean islands.

Here’s an example of a possible routing: fly from San Francisco to St. Thomas with a stopover in Hawaii, then open-jaw to St. Maarten, and finally stopover in Toronto before returning to San Francisco.

30. Fly Around Europe (EVA Air)

Another fun option with Eva Infinity MileageLand miles is to fly around Europe. For 30,000 miles in economy class or 55,000 miles in business class, you can see several cities in Europe.

Eva Air’s award chart includes both Iceland and Russia in “Europe,” so you have a lot of options!

A sample routing could include a flight from Istanbul to Rome (stopover) and then on to Frankfurt (destination). You could then open-jaw to Berlin before flying to Copenhagen (stopover) and back to Istanbul. This route would include flights on Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, and SAS.

Other than the above options, Singapore Airlines is probably the better deal for transferring points from the Citi ThankYou reward program to a partner airline. For more award flights, see EVA’s award charts.

Hot Tip: For more information, check out these ways to redeem EVA Air Miles for maximum value.

31. Fly Qatar Airways in Business Class (Qatar)

Qatar Airways Airbus A350 Business Class
Qatar Airways Airbus A350 Business Class – Front Cabin Mid Flight. Image Credit: Greg Stone

The Qatar Airways Privilege Club doesn’t provide a lot of great redemptions, but you can fly in business class to Doha at a reasonable redemption rate.

For 101,500-108,500 miles, you can book a one-way award flight from the U.S. on Qatar Airways and experience one of the best business class products in the sky.

You can even try one of the most coveted business class products in the world: Qatar Airways QSuites.

32. East Coast to Dubai Round-Trip on Emirates: Economy for 80,000 Points or Business for 168,000 Points (Qantas)

Emirates A380 Business Class
Emirates A380 Business Class Seat – 16K. Image Credit: Cherag Dubash

Emirates is known to have one of the best economy products and a fantastic business class. They are currently not in an alliance and only partner with a handful of airlines, which makes these award redemptions a little tougher to snag.

There are several East Coast cities in this points range that fly direct to Dubai, including Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), and Toronto (YYZ). For Emirates award flights, you should reference the first award chart; since the one-way distance is less than 7,000 flown miles, Zone 7 pricing applies.

Need Help Booking? Read our guide on how to book Emirates business class using points.

How to Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Partners

You can visit the Citi Travel Center or jump straight to the Points Transfer page. From the toolbar, go to Travel, then select “Points Transfer” from the dropdown menu.

Transfer Citi Points
Click on “Points Transfer” to proceed to the screen where you can transfer your points. Image Credit: Citi

Now, it’s time to choose which airline you want to transfer your ThankYou Points to.

Citi Transfer Partners
You will see a list of all the airlines you can transfer your points to, and the rates of each transfer. Each transfer starts at a minimum of 1,000 points. Image Credit: Citi

Once you select a transfer partner, you’ll need to choose how many points you would like to transfer.

Citi Point Transfer
You can choose the number of points to transfer using the slider or by manually entering a number. It will tell you how many points you have available to transfer. Image Credit: Citi

Then it’s time to enter your loyalty program number.

Citi Point Transfer
Enter your loyalty account information for your desired airline. You can save it for later! Image Credit: Citi

Once you accept the terms and conditions, you are only 1 step away from completing the transfer.

Citi Transfer
Accept the transfer amount and the terms and conditions to complete the transfer. Image Credit: Citi

Once you confirm the transfer, there is not a way to reverse. Make sure you want to transfer the points before confirming!

U.P. Pro Tips

We love the options provided by ThankYou Points. We’ve booked First Class Suites on Singapore Air and business class on Brussels Air with Etihad miles, and there are still many more options to try!

Some of the best options don’t even start in the U.S. If you’ll be in Europe or Asia, see what ThankYou Points can do for you.

Bottom Line: Still have more questions? Check out this list of 27 FAQs about Citi ThankYou Points to get answers.

Final Thoughts

Transferring your Citi ThankYou Points to one of their partner airlines can provide some fantastic travel options, and is in our opinion the best way to use Citi points.

The Citi Rewards+ Card, Citi Premier Card, and Citi Prestige® Card can be used to earn additional points. Two of these 3 cards have an annual fee, but if used correctly you will not have a problem earning well more than that in value!

Make sure you do your research when deciding between transferring your miles to a partner’s program and using Citi’s Travel Center.

With a little planning, you’ll be on your way to Frankfurt in Singapore’s luxury suites class or to Brussels in business class for the fewest points possible.

The information for the Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige® Card, and the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card has been collected independently by Upgraded Points. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Frequently asked questions

What are Citi points?

Citi has 2 primary rewards points programs: American AAdvantage and ThankYou. This post focuses on all of the ways you can earn Citi ThankYou reward program points.

Which credit cards earn Citi ThankYou Points?

There are currently 3 Citi ThankYou cards: the Citi Prestige® Card, Citi Premier Card, and Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card. The Citi ThankYou® Preferred card has been discontinued, and replaced by the Citi Rewards+ Card.

The Citi Prestige and Citi Premier have an annual fee, but the Citi ThankYou® Preferred and Citi Rewards+ comes at no cost.

What are Citi ThankYou Points worth?

The value of Citi ThankYou points depends on the redemption. That being said, redemptions for less than 1 cent per point should be avoided.

Airline partners are where you will find the most value for your points, particularly on award flights in international premium cabins.

If you redeem for flights through the ThankYou Travel Center, the value of your ThankYou Points will max out at about 1 cent per point when you hold a Citi Premier card.

That’s like getting a $100 ticket for the equivalent of about 8,000 ThankYou Points.

While you can redeem points for gift cards and statement credit for $0.01 each, we highly recommend using points for travel rewards.

Transferring your ThankYou Points to partners can increase your ROI to around 3-10 cents per point! 

What are Citi ThankYou Points worth on Amazon?

You can pay with points on Amazon.com at a rate of 0.8 cents per point.

While it may be tempting to use ThankYou Points to buy any number of items on Amazon, you would be better off using your ThankYou Points on travel.

Who are Citi ThankYou airline partners?

Air France/KLM Flying Blue
Avianca LifeMiles
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
Etihad Airways Guest Programme
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
Jet Airways JetPrivilege
JetBlue TrueBlue
Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Qantas Airways Frequent Flyer
Qatar Airways Privilege Club
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

When do Citi ThankYou Points update in your account?

Points earned will appear in your account at the end of each monthly billing cycle.

When do Citi ThankYou Points expire?

Citi ThankYou Points will never expire as long as you have an open Citi Prestige® Card, Citi Premier Card, or Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card. You will have 30 days from account closing to use your Citi ThankYou Points.

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  1. I have 60K thank you reward points and I want to use them to book a trip to Iceland..what would be the best option?


    • James J. Lazos June 6, 2019

      Apparently, they don’t partner with hotels, and if they do its only 5 bucks off and you pay more than if you purchased directly from the website.


      • Hi James,

        While it is true that Citi does not offer any hotel transfer partners, you can still use Citi ThankYou points to purchase hotel stays through their travel portal.


  2. A disappointing and misleading article. Would except to see much more diversity than just transferring points to an airline for travel. What are other non-travel related options for using ThankYou points? Or at least specify that the article is airline/travel focused in the title.


    • Hey Kris,

      We understand that you might have been expecting non-travel options. However, non-travel redemptions generally get around 1-1.25 cents per point. With transferring ThankYou points, you will be able to multiply that by 10 most times to receive over 10-15 cents per point in value! That’s why we specify the title post of “Max Value”, where transferring to airlines for travel is the absolute best way to redeem points for max value.


  3. Hi guys,

    Thanks for the article. I have 55,000 ThankYou points that came from opening a Citi bank account. They CANNOT be transferred to airlines.

    What is the best option to use these severely restricted ThankYou points?

    Thanks again for your expert advice.



    • Gary,

      Thanks for reading. You can consider opening either the Citi Prestige or Citi Premier card to be able to transfer to airlines. Besides that, you can pretty much only redeem for gift cards or statement credits at 1 cent per point.


  4. Do these transfer partners allow you to book flights for family using miles? Do you know where I could find a list of airlines that let you book for others and those that restrict you?



    • Hi Jeff and thanks for the question. Most airlines let you book tickets for others. I have booked several tickets for friends and family using miles on both domestic and international airlines. You can also book paid flights for others. The only airline I know of that has any restrictions is Korean Air which in the past has required documentation be sent to them.


  5. Hello, I see that the Citi Premier credit card has a 60k bonus but their website shows for only 50k?


  6. Which Citi TYP partners are unique to Citi — that is, which partners are only available via Citi and not available via Amex MR or Chase URs?


    • Hi Joe,

      Citi transfer partners that are not available with American Express or Chase include Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, EVA Air, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, and Turkish Airways.

      Keep in mind that some of these can be booked with Capital One or Marriott Bonvoy points, but none of them can be booked with Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

      Thanks for reading!


  7. Hi, great article.

    I am a mileage member of American, Asia Miles (Oneworld Ruby), United (1K), EVA Air, and Japan Airlines. I live in Singapore and travel to the USA a lot and my favorite stopover is Tokyo.

    I saw that my Citi ThankYou points (I have around 1.2 million) and I also have chase sapphire reserve. And points can be transferred to these partners. Seems like not all partners are equal for instance sounds like the sweet spot is using Alaska Airlines points to book trans-pacific award flights, Eva Air for within Asia.

    Is it worth it to use points to book flights themselves because I do get miles from flights and depending on fare class there’s some decent booking class bonuses for them. My intuition tells me that go with the option that gets more cents/mile which is the redemption option but wanted to check since some articles online does do the math on when to actually use points to book a flight vs redeeming. Wanted to get your two cents.



    • Hi James! Thanks for reading. We appreciate your support and feedback. If you maximize your Citi points, they can be worth many times more than the “generally accepted value” of the points themselves. For example, an international flight in Lufthansa First Class booked by transferring Citi points is worth a remarkable 10-20 cents per point. This is a return of nearly 10 times better than using them to book paid flights that earn miles.

      If you book a paid flight and earn miles, you might only get 1-1.25 cents per point. With a paid flight, you’ll probably earn around 10% of the actual cash value (1.25 cents per point). 10% of 1.25 cents per point is around .125 cent per point. If you add the cumulative value of those two, you’ll get at best a 1.375 cents per point return based on the example we just discussed.

      If you compare the 1.375 cents per point return on a paid travel booking redeemed with points with up to 20 cents per point return with redeeming an award flight, you’ll quickly find that the difference is massive.

      Thanks again!


  8. What is the most economical way to redeem Citi ThankYou points for a R/T business seat from LAX to SGN?


  9. Hi, any suggestion on the most economic way to use TYP for award travel from NYC to the Maldives?
    Looking at economy as I only have about 100K, and trying to get 3 economy one-way tickets.


  10. My citi premier becomes 1 year on 6/22/2020 and I wanted to know what was the most flexible airline partner to transfer to in order to conserve my points (since I’m planning on downgrading to rewards + since it has no annual fee).
    I go to Korea every year so that would be the most useful, but I’m also interested in miles that can get me to Mexico or Thailand.


    • Hi Kelley,

      It really depends on how many ThankYou points you have. If you have quite a lot and could split them up amongst a few programs, that would give you a lot more flexibility in the future. But if I had to pick just one partner to transfer my ThankYou points to I would pick Avianca. Avianca is excellent for Star Alliance awards, especially to Korea and Thailand, they have solid award prices, and do not charge fuel surcharges on awards (which can be a big cash saver). Check out our post on the best ways to redeem Avianca miles for some ideas!

      I hope this helps and thanks for reading!


  11. In your “updated” version dated April 26th, 2021 there should be an update on:
    ” Citi Premier Card holders can redeem points for flights through the Travel Center at a rate of 1.25 cents per point. ”
    This benefit ended on April 10, 2021 – as I have personally experienced.
    For Citi Premier cardholders the rate, when redeeming TYPs, is now 1 cent per point.


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