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How to transfer Citi ThankYou points to miles with airline partners

by on Thu July 7, 2016 • No Comment


Citi ThankYou Points are extremely valuable if you know how to use them correctly. The first step to realizing the most value from your points is knowing that you can transfer Thank You Points to airline partners and booking through the airline you transfer to when you are ready to make a trip.

Citi cards that earn ThankYou Points and have an annual fee allow you to transfer your points to airline partners. These cards are the Citi Premier, Prestige, and Chariman cards. Citi cards without an annual fee, like the ThankYou Preferred, do not allow transfers unless you also have another Citi ThankYou points earning card with an annual fee.

Citi co-branded cards, like the Citi Hilton HHonors Card, do not earn ThankYou Points and therefore you cannot transfer those points to the ThankYou Point transfer partners.

If your card is card is eligible, here is a step to step guide that will show you how to transfer you Citi ThankYou Points to any of the Citi transfer partners.

Step 1: Go to the Transfer Points Page

Use this link to go to the Points Transfer page on (it’s easier to sign in from this page). Or, look for ‘Points Transfer’ in the Travel menu while you’re browsing You’ll get the most value out of your points by transferring them to airline transfer partners.


Step 2: Choose Your Transfer Partner

Citi ThankYou Points allow transfers to the following programs at the rates listed. Click on the partner you would like to transfer to and click ‘Sign In’ to begin the transfer process. You’ll see the page refresh, and the ‘Sign In’ button will change to say ‘Transfer Now.’ Click that and you’ll reach the next step.

PartnerTransfer Rate
Asia Miles1:1
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands1:1
Etihad Guest1:1
Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)1:1
Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flier1:1
Malaysia Airlines Enrich1:1
Qantas Frequent Flyer1:1
Qatar Airways Privilege Club1:1
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1:1
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus1:1
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1:1
Virgin America Elevate2:1
Hilton HHonors1:1.5

The only program with a transfer partner that is different from 1:1 is Hilton HHonors. Even though the transfer rate is better for Hilton points, Hilton points are generally not as valuable as the airline transfer partners.


How long do transfers take?

Most transfers from Citi take two days or less, but there are a few exceptions. Citi states that transfers can take up to 14 days, so don’t transfer from Citi if you are looking to book something that is time sensitive.

  • Asia Miles (<24 hours)
  • Etihad Guest (6 days)
  • Hilton HHonors (<24 hours)
  • Thai Royal Orchid Plus (2 days)

Step 4: Enter the number of points you would like to transfer

First, enter in the number of points you would like to transfer and click continue.


Step 5: Enter your frequent flyer account information

After indicating the number of miles you would like to transfer, you will be prompted to enter your frequent flyer program information. You can have Citi remember your frequent flyer information which would be useful if you plan to complete more transfers. If that is the case you will not need to complete this step again in the future.


Step 6: Review your transfer and accept the terms and conditions to confirm

Double check that your transfer is correct before clicking ‘Confirm Transfer.’ Transfers can not be stopped or returned, so you need to verify that all of your information is correct.

This will finalize your transfer and the points will appear in your partner account. Citi states that transfer times can take up to 14 days, but we have found that most are completed much quicker, so you should usually see your miles according to the approximate time listed above.


Remember that transfers cannot be reversed, so make sure your information is entered correctly and that you’ll be able to use the points and have already verified availability with the airline you are transferring to.


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