25% Transfer Bonus From Citi ThankYou Rewards To Etihad Guest

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Now that a lot of us are collecting Citi ThankYou Rewards points thanks to the increased sign-up bonuses on the Citi Prestige® Card and the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, the next logical follow up question is what can be done with those points.

Points earned through the Citi Prestige® Card can be redeemed for 1.6 cents each towards the cost of an American/US Airways ticket. That’s a great value, in my opinion.

That being said, ThankYou Rewards points as such can be transferred to a bunch of travel partners, including the following airlines and hotels:

Air France/KLM | Flying BlueGaruda Indonesia | Frequent FlyerQatar Airways | Privilege ClubHilton | HHonors
Cathay Pacific | Asia MilesJetBlue | TrueBlueSingapore Airlines | KrisFlyer
EVA Air | Infinity MileageLandsMalaysia Airlines | EnrichThai Airways | Royal Orchid Plus
Etihad | Etihad GuestQantas | Frequent FlyerVirgin Atlantic | Flying Club

Through May 15, 2015, Etihad Guest is offering a 25% mileage bonus when you transfer ThankYou Rewards points to their program.

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This transfer bonus is a bit backwards compared to what we might be used to. Typically when there’s a transfer bonus from a transferable points currency it shows up when you make the transfer request. In this case, the transfer seems to be entirely on Etihad’s end.

When you get to the Citi ThankYou Rewards website you’ll see the usual transfer rate of 1,000 ThankYou Rewards points per 1,000 Etihad Guest miles.

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However, Etihad’s website hosts the promotion whereby they’re offering a 25% bonus on points transfers. The promotion is valid for transfers through May 15, 2015, and the 25% bonus miles should be posted within seven days of the standard miles being transferred.

This is actually a fairly global promotion. The promotion page lists all the countries where Citi points transfers are eligible for the bonus, which includes several countries in Asia and the Middle East, along with the United States.

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As I’ve explained before, Etihad actually has reasonable redemption rates, especially compared to most other-non US carriers. They have a roughly distance based award chart, so shorthaul redemptions are especially reasonably priced in business class:

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One-way flights between Abu Dhabi and Europe cost ~50,000-55,000 miles in first class:

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Meanwhile one-way flights between Abu Dhabi and the US cost 110,000+ miles in first class:

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When you factor in the 25% bonus, those prices are roughly comparable to what you’d pay through American AAdvantage. That being said, Etihad does occasionally have redemption promotions, which could make this a spectacular deal. For example, back in March Etihad offered a 25% discount on select redemptions. That wasn’t the first time they’ve offered such a promotion, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

If you stacked the 25% transfer bonus and the 25% discount, you’d be looking at some amazingly low redemption rates.

Bottom line

I’ve been wondering whether Citi transfer partners ever have transfer bonuses, so it’s nice to see that they do. Etihad Guest has the ability to be a pretty lucrative transfer partner, given that they have a great onboard product and some of the most reasonable redemption rates for a non-US carrier.

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Etihad A380 First Class Apartment

While I’m still building up my ThankYou Rewards points (I have 100,000+ points which should hit my account within the next month thanks to the Citi Prestige® Card and Citi ThankYou® Premier Card), a similar bonus could prove quite useful to me in the future.

(Tip of the hat to Live from a Lounge)

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Comments

  1. lucky, without any transfer bonuses, are you more inclined to transfer the TY pts to one of the many airline partners or more inclined to redeem them at 1.6c for AA flights? you tend to find way more value than 1.6c per pt, so would be interested in why if your preference is the latter option. thanks.

  2. @Al, I think the added value people will find with the 1.6c for AA flights to be that they are status and points generating tickets.

  3. @ Al — Without transfer bonuses I do tend to think outright redemptions on American are the best value. 1.6 cents per mile is an excellent rate, and that’s especially true as an American flyer, since those are mostly tickets I’d book anyway. That being said, I value KrisFlyer miles at roughly 1.6 cents each as well, so I guess it all depends on what your travel goals are and how diversified your points balances are.

  4. @ JustSaying — Without status they’re valid for two years from the date of issue, regardless of how much activity you have with them.

  5. Hi Lucky. Can you tell me if any of these transfer partners travel to Reunion Island or to Maldives? Thank you

  6. And Etihad charges YQ on award tickets which can be around $100 to more than $1000 … All your sample awards are out of AUH where YQ is not charged, starting the trip from anywhere else comes with highhh YQ …

  7. @ Miz — That’s not quite true. They don’t impose fuel surcharges if you’re originating in the US.

  8. Thanks again! How about any of those partners to Reunion Island? Or is it only Air France through Skymiles that flies there or to nearby Mauritus?

  9. @ Lucky
    In reference to your answer to Maury “@ Maury — Etihad flies to the Maldives.” ….. can I get into Maldives from SFO by Etihad? if so, what is the route? is it SFO – AUH – Maldives (forgot the airport code) and how many Etihad miles will it cost for First?
    Thanks!

  10. @Maury

    Emirates have a code share with Air Mauritius, you might be able to find something that way. Not sure what FF program would let you book reward tickets on this except Emirates own.

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