Citi ThankYou Points are a valuable currency in the points and miles game, and can be used to book award flights around the world. Earned via the Citi Prestige, Citi Premier and Citi ThankYou Preferred cards, these points are best used in certain situations. Here are some of the best ways to get top value for your points.
1. Singapore KrisFlyer
Convert your Citi ThankYou points into KrisFlyer miles and suddenly you’re able to book some of the best flying experiences in the world. Singapore Airlines is well-known for its opulent first-class Singapore Suites, and they’re only bookable via the KrisFlyer program. Luckily for you, you can book one of these if you have enough Citi ThankYou points to transfer, or you can also use ThankYou points to transfer and book flights on the cheap to Hawai’i.
2. Etihad Guest
Convert your Citi ThankYou points into Etihad Guest miles and you can book some attractive flights through the airline’s various partners. From Ukraine International Airlines to Royal Air Maroc, you’ll have access to airlines you likely didn’t even think to use, all at decent award rates.
3. Virgin Atlantic
Convert your Citi ThankYou points into Virgin Atlantic miles, not for use on Virgin Atlantic, but for use with Air New Zealand or Delta. Virgin Atlantic routinely charges fewer award miles for premium Delta and Air New Zealand flights than the respective airlines do themselves.
4. Flying Blue
Flying Blue’s award program broadly defines its European award flights, so that you can fly to a lot of non-European destinations for cheaper award redemption costs. Also, as of this year, the Flying Blue loyalty program introduced a new dynamic pricing model for award flights, which comes with some great value on business-class flights to Europe.
5. Miles-Earning Flights
Lastly, one way you can use those ThankYou points is in the ThankYou travel center. Now while this might not seem very lucrative to some, it should be noted that, at 1.25 cents per point, you can book a decent amount of airfare, but when you redeem the points directly for travel, your flight is categorized as a normal ticket — that means you’ll be earning miles and credit toward elite status qualification. And this can be highly important and valuable if you’re oh-so-close to reaching your next tier.