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Citi Thank You credit cards might offer airline mile transfer – but with no annual fee?

by on Tue March 27, 2012 • 2 Comments

It looks like American Express’ competitors are cluing into the big feature that has kept so many of its card members loyal and heavy spenders over the years…the ability to transfer points earned with a credit card directly into airline miles accounts of multiple airlines.

Chase did it with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card which offers transfer to United, Southwest, British Airways, Hyatt, Marriott, Korean Airlines, Priority Club, and more.

Now Citi is (in a smaller way) may be getting into the game. Dan’s Deals reports that starting April, the Citi ‘Thank You’ credit card rewards program might offer 1:1 mile transfer into British Airways and Singapore Airlines miles. His sources are Citi ThankYou customer service reps on multiple calls, though Citi corporate communications won’t confirm.

Before you do a double take and wonder what you’re going to do with airlines from England and Singapore — think about the value of partners.

  • British Airways is partners with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, which means British Airways miles can be used for booking American Airlines and Alaska Airlines flights. Plus there are over 10 other airline partners as British Airways is part of the ‘One World’ alliance.
  • Singapore Airlines is partners with United Airlines and US Airways, so Singapore miles can be used for booking United and US Airways flights. Plus there are over 20 other airline partners in Singapore Airlines’ ‘Star Alliance.’
  • Only catch is you can’t combine these miles with the partner airline.  While you can use British Airways miles to book flights on American Airlines, you can’t combine the British Airways miles with American Airlines miles you might already have.

The big question — which Thank You credit cards will carry this feature? Both American Express and Chase only offer airline mile transfer benefits on credit cards with annual fees of $95 or more. That makes it likely the Citi ThankYou Premier and Prestige will be the only ones to offer this feature, as they carry $100+ annual fees.

However Citi has three ThankYou credit cards with no annual fee. It will be a big differentiating point if Citi offers this feature on its no annual fee ThankYou cards…but we’re not holding our breath.

We’re also wondering whether American Airlines might become a mile transfer partner, as they have the closest credit card relationship with Citi. Altogether, stay tuned…as the more options the better.


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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 Thank You credit cards might offer airline mile transfer – but with no annual fee?

  1. Nun

    Why do you think ThankYou is a “credit card rewards program?” The rewards program is generic to various Citi products (and used to be part of Expedia as well).

    1. MileCards

      @Nun – Yes it is generic to various Citi products, but for most people it’s used for credit card rewards. Basically a non-airline specific rewards program.


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