Getting the most out of your card is important. If you want to earn the most Citi ThankYou points, check out the following tips:
Tip #1: The top strategy for accumulating points with the Citi ThankYou Preferred card is simple to use it for all your dining and entertainment spending since it earns 2x points.
Using the card for all of your monthly expenses will help you bank points faster.
Tip #2: Remember, entertainment is a huge category. You get 2x points for using your card at movie theaters, sporting events, tourist attractions, theatrical productions, record stores, and video stores.
Tip #3: Get extra points by putting the entire restaurant bill on your card when dining with friends or colleagues. Then they can pay you back with cash later!
Tip #4: There’s no fee for adding authorized users, which not all cards offer. Add users to the card so you can earn their points too.
Tip #5: You are allowed to combine ThankYou points from multiple Citi credit cards. If you have points on other cards, move them all to one account so you can redeem them for bigger awards.
Tip #6: If you have cancelled the card and a sign-up bonus reappears, make a note that you can sign up for the card again to take advantage of the bonus. However, you must follow the “18 Months Rule” when doing so.
Under this rule, you can only receive the sign-up bonus points if you have not opened or closed an account for the same card within the last 18 months.
In other words, if you closed your card account on January 1, 2016, you cannot open it again until July 2, 2017.
The Citi ThankYou Preferred card provides several opportunities for redeeming your ThankYou points.
Tip #1: Unlike the Citi Prestige® Card, you won’t get more value out of your points by booking flights through the ThankYou Travel Center. However, redeeming through the Travel Center allows you to combine cash and ThankYou Points to pay for your flight.
Plus, all flights paid for with ThankYou Points earn additional points based on the cost of the fare. So not only can you redeem points for a flight, but you also get more points!
Tip #2: Transfer ThankYou Points to an airline or hotel partner’s loyalty program to gain maximum value for your points.
Note that card members transfer points to JetBlue at a reduced rate from the Citi Prestige® Card and Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which transfer at a 1:0.8 ratio.
Tip #3: Transfer ThankYou Points to the Hilton Honors loyalty program. You can earn free hotel stays in no time with the awards ratio: transfer 1,000 points and get 1,500 Hilton Honors Bonus Points.
Tip #4: Redeem ThankYou Points for merchandise and gift cards from top retailers. For example, pay for purchases at Amazon.com, Expedia.com, and Live Nation using your points.
You can even make purchases through the Best Buy app and Wonder app, and then receive statement credit to cover the cost within 24-48 hours.
Tip #5: With Citi ThankYou Online Billpay and a Citibank checking account, you can use your points to pay your monthly bills. If you don’t have enough points to cover the cost, you can combine points and cash instead.
Tip #6: Get credit for eligible purchases you already made using your card with Select and Credit. It includes categories like utilities, gas, groceries, clothing, dining, department stores, and more!
Tip #7: Donate money to worthy causes with PointWorthy. You can browse non-profits approved by the IRS before making a donation with your ThankYou points. Even better, earn points for every dollar you donate using your card!
Citi Airline & Hotel Transfer Partners
|Citi Transfer Partner||Min Transfer||Transfer Ratio||Transfer Time|
|Aeromexico Club Premier||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|Air France / KLM Flying Blue||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|Avianca Airlines Lifemiles||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|Cathay Pacific||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|Choice Privileges||1,000||1:2||Almost Instantly|
|Emirates Skywards||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|Etihad Airways||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|EVA Air||1,000||1:1||2 Days|
|JetBlue Airways||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|Qantas Airways||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|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||Almost Instantly|
|Virgin Atlantic||1,000||1:1||Almost Instantly|
|Wyndham Rewards||1,000||1:1||Within 24 Hours|