How Long Do Citi To Air France Points Transfers Take?

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It’s no secret that two of my favorite credit cards are the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card and Citi Prestige® Card. Both cards have been refreshed as of earlier this year, and offer incredible sign-up bonuses, perks, and returns on everyday spend.

They’re the two cards I’ve been using the most lately, and just about everyone in the US should easily be able to earn 90,000+ ThankYou points with these cards, upon completing minimum spend.

Then you can transfer ThankYou points to the program’s airline partners, including Air France FlyingBlue, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, etc.

On Wednesday I decided to transfer 125,000 Citi ThankYou points to Air France FlyingBlue. These transfers can be initiated directly through thankyou.com.

Points transfer at a 1:1 ratio, and can be transferred in 1,000 point increments.

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After selecting the program I wanted to transfer points to, I moved the slider to indicate how many points I wanted to transfer.

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Below that I had to enter my FlyingBlue number. This is apparently a step which is easy to screw up. Per MileValue, Citi ThankYou requires you to enter a 12 digit FlyingBlue frequent flyer account number. Most FlyingBlue account numbers are only 10 digits. So you have to enter two zeroes to the front of your Air France account number.

In other words, if your account number were “1234567890,” you’d instead want to enter “001234567890.”

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The next page brought me to the confirmation page, which indicated that it can take up to 14 days for Citi to Air France transfers to be completed.

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So how long did it actually take for points to transfer from Citi to FlyingBlue? 

I initiated the Citi ThankYou points transfer at 3PM ET on Wednesday, and by 9PM ET on Thursday the points had posted. That means it took about 30 hours for Citi ThankYou points to transfer to Air France FlyingBlue.

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Bottom line

While transferring points from Citi ThankYou to Air France FlyingBlue isn’t an instant process, it was quick, at just about 30 hours. I can’t guarantee it’ll always transfer at that pace, but that certainly was quicker than I expected. If you have a 10-digit FlyingBlue account number, just make sure you add two zeroes to the front of it when making the transfer on the Citi website.

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What has been your experience with the speed at which Citi ThankYou points transfer to Air France or other airlines?

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Comments

  1. Isn’t Air France still shutting down Flying Blue accounts for “fraud” aka using TY/MR points to XFR into their program or their website to search for award availability? Or have they stopped that?

  2. Why would anyone transfer anything to flyingblue is beyond me, I have a very simple policy when companies and businesses like to F people over and do what @Euro mentioned, which was brought up many times in this blog. I try not to do business with them I can help me and most certainly I would not be transferring any miles to them… pffff

  3. I had the same thought as euro and jay. I suppose you actually EARN some fb miles by paying for tix, but for those of us who just want to fly on miles, does anyone know if it’s finally safe? I’d love to fly them, but the horror stories ealier this year rely scared me off.

  4. Hey Lucky,

    I didn’t put the 0s ahead of my number, and while it’s only been ~36hrs, the miles haven’t hit my account yet. Have you had any experiences with this recently? I’m reading on flyertalk that the 0s aren’t an issue anymore. If so, maybe you can update the post?

    Thank you!

  5. I found this post along with another one and figured it might be worth updating here. Tonight I went to transfer to Flying Blue using my CITI Thank You points. I was scared off by the 2 day transfer time figuring the availability would go away, but finally pulled the trigger. To my amazement, the points transferred to Flying Blue within a minute and I was able to get my flights confirmed. I am not sure if this is a new thing or what, but the transfer was instant.

  6. FlyingBlue Flying Blue – KLM Air France…
    I just did it from Citi Thank You! Was very worried it could take days. It was INSTANTANEOUS! Woot.

  7. Just saw this after initialing a transfer and called citi… Seems they have fixed this bug. Apparently they now add the two zeros automatically. So if you forget to do so when initialing transfer it is not a problem.

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