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Citi ThankYou airline transfer partner award charts

by on Tue July 22, 2014 • 2 Comments

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:

You can fly ANA first class for cheap

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.

You can ignore Garuda Indonesia

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.

Thai Royal Orchid recently devalued its program

There’s not much worth looking at there.

Singapore KrisFlyer miles just got a lot easier to earn

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.

You can book American Airlines awards

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.

Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, and Hainan Airlines are accessible

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.

Fuel surcharges are everywhere

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.

Transfer Partner Airline Award Charts

Asia Miles

> Award chart

EVA Infinity Mileage Lands

> EVA flights

> Star Alliance partner flights

Etihad Guest

> Etihad flights

> Alitalia

> Air Berlin 

> Garuda Indonesia 

> Air Serbia

> Air Seychelles

> Air New Zealand

> American Airlines


> Asiana

> Bangkok Airways

> Brussels Airways

> Czech Airlines

> Fly BE

> Garuda Indonesia

Hainan Airways

> Jet Airways

> Korean Airlines

> Malaysia Airlines

> Oman Air

> Philippine Airlines

> Royal Air Maroc

> South African Airways

> Sri Lankan Airlines

> Ukraine International Airlines

> Virgin Australia

Flying Blue

> Mileage calculator

Garuda Indonesia

> All charts

Qatar QMiles

> Qatar flights

> Partner Airlines

Singapore KrisFlyer

> Singapore flights

> Star Alliance flights

Thai Royal Orchid

> Thai flights

> Star Alliance flights


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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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2 thoughts on Citi ThankYou airline transfer partner award charts

  1. Valerie

    I don’t have many Thank You points, around 1K. I don’t use them for shopping. How do I combine them with my AA miles to get award seats? Do I call Etihad, and tell them I want to use 49K AA miles and 1K points for a flight?
    Would appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thanks.


      @Valerie – Unfortunately you can’t mix your AA miles with the ThankYou / Etihad points.

      If you wanted to book an AA flight with your ThankYou points you’d need to earn enough to get a one-way award. Then you could use your AA miles for the other direction.

      Or just try to earn more AA miles to cover the whole trip.


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