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Citi ThankYou points are the currency accrued by the Citi Prestige® Card and the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. These are two of the most lucrative cards for everyday spend, thanks to the great bonus categories they offer.
Citi ThankYou points can be transferred to a dozen partner airline & hotel programs, including the following:
|Air France/KLM | Flying Blue||Garuda Indonesia | Frequent Flyer||Qatar Airways | Privilege Club||Hilton | HHonors|
|Cathay Pacific | Asia Miles||JetBlue | TrueBlue||Singapore Airlines | KrisFlyer|
|EVA Air | Infinity MileageLands||Malaysia Airlines | Enrich||Thai Airways | Royal Orchid Plus|
|Etihad | Etihad Guest||Qantas | Frequent Flyer||Virgin Atlantic | Flying Club|
Citi ThankYou points earned on the Citi Prestige® Card can also be redeemed for paid tickets on airlines, which is a great use of those points, especially since you receive elite benefits and earn miles on those tickets.
However, Air France FlyingBlue is also a fantastic transfer partner. The program is especially useful for transatlantic travel. I just recently redeemed Citi ThankYou points for travel in Air France business class between Europe and North America, which was a great use of points.
Last September I shared my experience transferring Citi ThankYou points to Air France, and explained how it took about 30 hours for the points to transfer.
With American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou, points transfers typically range from instant to a couple of days, depending on the partner.
I transferred more points yesterday, and should note that Citi points now transfer to Air France instantly.
I had zero miles in my account before I made the transfer.
And then I checked my account again a minute after making the transfer of 1,000 miles, and the miles had already posted.
That’s fantastic news. Air France doesn’t allow holds on award tickets, so it’s always frustrating to transfer points with a specific use in mind, when availability could disappear between the time you transfer points and when they actually post.
Now you can find availability, transfer the points, and then ticket instantly. That’s great.
If you are transferring points, one thing to remember is that 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 when transferring points. If you don’t do that there may be a delay.
Air France is a fantastic Citi transfer partner, for those collecting points through the Citi Prestige® Card and the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. If you’re looking to travel transatlantic, Air France’s new business class product is great.
Beyond that, they have some useful airline partners as well, and offer one of the best SkyTeam frequent flyer programs.
Have you transferred Citi ThankYou points to Air France FlyingBlue?