Or, consider other cards for 50,000 or more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$750 for air / hotel / car bookings. Or transfer points to United, Southwest, Hyatt, and more.
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Citibank now allows point transfers from ThankYou points to 7 airline mile partners if you hold a Citi Prestige, Citi ThankYou Premier, or Citi Chairman’s card (all have annual fees). You can see the latest Citi ThankYou Premier intro deal here.
The partners include Air France / KLM Flying Blue, Asia Miles, EVA Airways Infinity Mileage Lands (yes, that’s the name), Etihad Guest, Garuda Indonesia, Qatar QMiles, Singapore KrisFlyer, and Thai Royal Orchid.
Citi is trying to make a common global rewards platform with ThankYou, and it’s clear with this list of partners they are going strong after the Asian market. But if you live in the U.S. there are still some really interesting deals to be found now that you can transfer to these programs. We have a list of award charts for each of them below, but first here are some of the biggest things to know:
Thanks to Etihad Guest. It’s a complex program with myriad partners you won’t find anywhere else. And there you can find some interesting value. For example, Tokyo to Los Angeles in First Class is just 90,000 miles round-trip, plus fuel surcharges which amount to only around $600, which is a good deal for a great experience like this. Compare that to United’s price of 220,000 miles.
Granted this is the same price ANA charges its own members, and Amex Membership Rewards transfer directly to ANA, but if you’re looking for a good value premium long haul deal with ThankYou points this is an example.
They require you to come in person to one of their sales offices to complete a reward booking, which makes it essentially useless for U.S. based users.
There’s not much worth looking at there.
You can now earn them via all three major transfer programs – Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou. So it’s easy to rack up over 150,000 of them in short order and get yourself in their First Class, or use them for flights on United within the U.S.
Sort of. You’ll need to do it via Etihad Guest, but the rates are almost identical to what you’d pay if you used AAdvantage miles, including off-peak awards. And there aren’t any fuel surcharges on most AA flights. The Etihad phone agents are very friendly, but go easy on them, they often have to look up basic information, but are happy to do so. You also get date changes for free, but you must book awards 14 days in advance, and there are no redeposits or refunds.
These are three airlines unaffiliated with the major alliances, but with flights to and from the U.S. The award prices aren’t spectacular (like 152,000 miles in Business from Seattle to Beijing plus surcharges and 155,556 miles from Manila to San Francisco in Business), but it’s another option at your disposal thanks to Etihad Guest. Royal Air Maroc, which flies from JFK to Casablanca, appears intriguing with 44,000 points roundtrip in Ec0nomy for flights over 2,000 miles, but this may be a function of Royal Air Maroc not having U.S. flights at the time the award chart was developed.
Unless the airline you’re actually flying on doesn’t charge them (like American Airlines or Air Berlin), you’ll pay fuel surcharges on most rewards with Citi’s transfer partners.
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