Coming quickly on the heels of announcing its first hotel transfer partner, Choice Privileges, Citi ThankYou Rewards has outdone itself by adding a second hotel partner just a month later. Now, cardholders who earn ThankYou Points can transfer over their hard-won currency to Wyndham Rewards. Let’s take a look at the details.
ThankYou Points now transfer to 2 hotel transfer partners and 16 airline transfer partners. Like Choice Privileges, the transfer ratio you’ll receive is dependent on the Citi card that you hold.
Those who hold either the Citi Premier® Card or the Citi Prestige® Card (no longer open to new applicants) will be able to transfer their points over at a 1:1 ratio, meaning 1 Citi ThankYou Point will become 1 Wyndham Rewards point.
Those who hold lower-tier cards, meanwhile, will only be able to transfer their points at a 1:0.8 ratio. This means 1 Citi ThankYou Point will equal 0.8 Wyndham Rewards points. This applies to those who hold the Citi Rewards+® Card, the Citi® Double Cash Card, or the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card (no longer open to new applicants).
How To Transfer Citi ThankYou Points
In order to transfer, you’ll first need to log into your Citi account at ThankYou.com. Once there, navigate to Travel and Points Transfer:
As with all other transfer partners, you’ll need to link your account before you can transfer your points. Also, points can only be transferred in 1,000 point increments, which is pretty standard across the board.
Is It Worth It To Transfer Points?
As exciting as a new transfer partner is, the real question is whether or not the partnership adds value. You can already transfer Capital One miles over to Wyndham Rewards at a 1:1 ratio — a recent improvement over a less favorable transfer ratio.
Due to this, and a number of other improvements, we value Capital One miles at a rate of 1.8 cents each. This is in comparison to Citi ThankYou Points, which we value at just 1.6 cents each. However, those who hold either of the higher-end Citi cards can transfer their ThankYou Points to Wyndham Rewards for a comparable ratio as Capital One, making this a slightly more valuable proposition than relying on Capital One miles for Wyndham Rewards transfers.
Wyndham Rewards tends to be one of those award programs that we don’t talk about all that often. It may be because it lacks some of those jaw-dropping properties featured in other hotel chains, or it may be because it devalued its award system several years ago.
However, there are still plenty of ways to get good value from Wyndham Rewards redemptions and there are certainly scenarios where transferring over Citi ThankYou Points can make sense. Wyndham Rewards operates on a fixed reward chart: hotels will either go for 7,500, 15,000, 0r 30,000 points per night.
That’s all well and good, and it’s definitely possible to find gems within the standard Wyndham portfolio. However, where Wyndham Rewards points truly shine are in the recent Vacasa-Wyndham partnership inked earlier this year. This partnership allows you to redeem your Wyndham Rewards points for vacation homes at a rate of 15,000 points per bedroom, per night.
This leads to some pretty interesting redemption opportunities, like a condo rental that sleeps 6 in Vail, Colorado that will run you just 15,000 points:
There are blackout dates and you have to call to book, but there is potential for extreme value here.
Hot Tip: Find out more about the best ways to earn Wyndham Rewards points in our detailed guide!
It’s always a good thing when a new transfer partner pops up. In Citi’s case, adding 2 new hotel transfer partners right in a row is a great development for customers. Whether or not you’re a huge Wyndham Rewards fan, having more options for earning points can lead to exciting new opportunities.
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