You can now use Citi ThankYou Points for rewards seats on 84 airlines

You can now use Citi ThankYou Points for rewards seats on 84 airlines

If you've been paying attention to credit card rewards programs, you probably think Citi ThankYou Points are kind of a joke. Once a great program, ThankYou points were devalued over and over until the same points that once could sometimes get you across an ocean were all but useless. Until today.

How to use Citi Thank You Points for Free Flights

Fly on your choice of 82 airlines using Citi ThankYou Points.

The news broke earlier this week that Citi has finally figured out that long promised airline transfer, adding eight new air and hotel loyalty programs to its (previously light) portfolio - and each of those programs has a whole host of airline partners that they work with. We tallied the numbers and discovered that through those eight programs you now have access to reward seats on 84 different airlines!

We've put together this list so that you can see, at a glance, which program suits you best as an air traveler. Most, if not all, also partner with a whole slew of hotels, but we're focusing on the airlines for this post.

Citi ThankYou Points can be transferred 1:1 in 1,000 point increments to the following loyalty programs:

Asia Miles

You can use your Citi ThankYou points to book travel on one of Asia Miles' 25 partner airlines:

  • Aer Lingus
  • airberlin
  • Air China
  • Air New Zealand
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • Dragonair
  • Finnair
  • Gulf Air
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • LAN
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • S7 Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • TAM
  • US Airways

EVA Air Infinity MileageLands

EVA Air is a member of the Star Alliance, which opens up travel on all 27 Star Alliance member airlines when booking through EVA:

  • Adria Airways
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • ANA
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian
  • Avianca
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EGYPTAIR
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • SWISS
  • TAP Portugal
  • THAI
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United

Etihad Guest

In addition to air travel, Etihad Guest rewards can be used for hotels, car rentals and more.

Partner airlines:

  • airberlin
  • Air Serbia
  • Air Seychelles
  • Air New Zealand
  • Alitalia
  • ANA
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Etihad Regional
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • Korean Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Oman Air
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • Ukraine International Airlines
  • Virgin Australia
  • FlyBe

Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer

Exchange your Citi ThankYou Points for GarudaMiles to book travel through Garuda Indonesia on any of 20 partner airlines:

  • Aeroflot
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Saudia
  • TAROM
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Xiamen Airlines

Qatar Airways Privilege Club

In addition to being part of the Oneworld Alliance, Qatar Airways partners with a handful of other airlines as well. You can also book car rentals and hotels with Qmiles. Of all of the new transfer options, Qatar Airways probably offers access to the best selection of major hotel chains - collecting and using Qmiles for hotel stays means you don't have to be loyal to any particular hotel brand. A few that caught our eye are Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Wyndham and Radisson Blu.

Oneworld Alliance Airlines:

  • airberlin
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airines
  • LAN
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • TAM
  • US Airways

Other airline partners:

  • ANA
  • Asiana
  • GOL
  • MEA
  • Virgin Atlantic

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

Singapore Airlines is part of the Star Alliance, which means that rewards members here have access to the same airlines as the EVA program, outlined above, plus partner airline SilkAir. Booking with KrisFlyer Miles nets an additional bonus of a 15% miles discount for online bookings. Perhaps the most appealing reason to transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Singapore Airlines, however, is the ability to fly on United to Europe and Hawaii. The only downside to Singapore Airlines is the fuel surcharge imposed on routes outside of the U.S. and South America.

It's also worth noting that Singapore Airlines also partners with Chase Sapphire Preferred, Amex Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs, so you can funnel points from multiple sources to your KrisFlyer account, making it easier to rack up rewards quickly here.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus

In addition to the same Star Alliance airlines mentioned above under EVA, members have access to a number of attractive hotel options including Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental, Starwood and many others), plus a handful of car rental services.

Malaysia Airlines Enrich

Enrich is probably not the most popular program right now given Malaysia's recent run of tragedies, but you can book via Malaysia Airlines on a handful of partners that aren't currently making international news.

  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • Jet Airways
  • KLM
  • MASwings
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Etihad
  • Firefly

You can earn Citi ThankYou Points with Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige, and Citi Chairman (now Citi Prestige) credit cards, and as with most programs there are a few caveats. Points earned via checking accounts can't be transferred, points must be transferred to your own accounts (no giving them away to someone else!), and transfers can take up to 2 weeks to hit your accounts.

We still like Chase Ultimate Rewards a lot, and Starwood Starpoints' 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred is always going to be really tough to beat, but for those of you sitting on a fat stack of ThankYou Points, this development finally makes it worthwhile to cash them out.

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