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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.
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.
After selecting the program I wanted to transfer points to, I moved the slider to indicate how many points I wanted to transfer.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
What has been your experience with the speed at which Citi ThankYou points transfer to Air France or other airlines?