There have been rumors about Citi ThankYou points transferring to airline miles for nearly as long as Air India has been betrothed to the Star Alliance, but it looks like holders of the Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige, and Citi Chairman cards will now be able to transfer points to selected airline partners.
- Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles
- EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
- Etihad Guest
- Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
ThankYou points are also transferable to the Hilton HHonors program at the rate of 1,000 ThankYou points to 1,500 HHonors points, but that’s not a great value in most situations, and I’d try to avoid that if possible. I value HHonors points at about 0.4 cents each, so to me that’s like getting ~0.6 cents of value per ThankYou point.
It is worth noting the Terms and Conditions state “it may take up to fourteen days for the ThankYou Points to post to your participating travel loyalty program member account.” That’s an outrageous transfer time, so hopefully that improves as the initial kinks get worked out, or that’s just them trying to under promise and over deliver.
In general, the best value here is going to come from transferring points to the Singapore KrisFlyer program.
I love the KrisFlyer program, mainly for redemptions in Singapore Airlines premium cabins. Singapore is one of the airlines that releases lots more premium cabin award space to members of their own KrisFlyer program than to members of partner airline programs. For example, you can’t use miles from most of their Star Alliance partners for first class awards on Singapore, while you can redeem Singapore miles for their premium cabins.
Redeem ThankYou points for Singapore Airlines Suites Class
And since they don’t release this space to many of their partner airlines, availability is actually quite good for KrisFlyer redemptions. They recently even started making two Suites Class award seats available for flights to the US, so it’s now possible to book the “double bed in the sky” on miles to the US for two.
As a reminder, Singapore KrisFlyer was already partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, so now the “major” flexible points currencies are all transfer partners with KrisFlyer.
This should make it easier for those who have lingering ThankYou point balances to top off other accounts, but at this point I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to accrue additional ThankYou points, since their cards aren’t as lucrative as they used to be.