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Citibank emailed yesterday to share that they’ve added Air France KLM’s Flying Blue as a points transfer partner in their Thank You program.
Thank You Premier and Prestige cardmembers can now transfer points to:
- Air France-KLM
- Asia Miles
- Etihad Airways Guest
- EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
- Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- Hilton HHonorsTM
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
Of these, Singapore Airlines has the broadest and best uses. You can now transfer points from Chase, Starwood, American Express, and Citi over to Singapore. And that’s a really great option.
Air France’s Flying Blue does come with some benefits as a transfer partner.
- It’s also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, so it’s another place you can combine both Amex and Citi points.
- Air France award availability is really good, as long as you aren’t trying to book using Delta miles.
- Air France regularly runs discounted promo awards.
- They have most of their partner airlines online for award booking, though the website isn’t always perfectly functional.
To me the best thing about this move is what it says about the Citi Thank You Points program — they aren’t done. They aren’t resting on their laurels. They are actively adding partners. And that’s a good thing, it suggests that the points may be getting more valuable rather than less. (And you can transfer the points to anyone you wish.)
The best current offer for a bunch of Thank You points as a signup bonus is for the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. Its 50,000 bonus points are as follows:
- 20,000 points after $2000 in purchases within the first 3 months
- 30,000 points after another $3000 in purchases within the first 3 months of the second year as a cardmember
- Earns 3 points per dollar on dining and entertainment and 2 points per dollar on airfare and hotels.
- No foreign transaction fees
- First year annual fee waived, $125 after that
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