Citi Adds JetBlue as a Transfer Partner, No Fee ThankYou Cards Now Transfer to JetBlue

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Premium Citibank ThankYou Rewards cards — like the Citi Prestige Card and Citi ThankYou Premier — let you transfer their points to airline miles and hotel programs.

  • Star Alliance: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, EVA Air Infinity MileageLands, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
  • Skyteam: Air France-KLM, Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • oneworld: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Malaysia Airlines Enrich, Qatar Airways Privilege Club, Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Non-alliance: Etihad Airways Guest, Virgin America Elevate, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • Hotel: Hilton HHonors

They’ve just added a new partner: JetBlue.

I like JetBlue’s ‘Mint’ — a fantastic product at a fair price. JetBlue points don’t expire and they offer family pooling of points. They have reasonable change fees. They just don’t have real leveragable redemption values.

You don’t get 1:1 transfers from Citi, but what’s unique about JetBlue is that even their no annual fee ThankYou cards offer JetBlue transfers (albeit at a reduced rate). Here are the transfer ratios for different cards.

For Citi ThankYou® Premier, Citi Prestige® and Citi Chairman® cardmember point transfers to TrueBlue, 1,000 Points = 800 TrueBlue points. For Citi ThankYou Preferred or Citi Forward cardmember point transfers to TrueBlue, 1,000 Points = 500 TrueBlue points.

It’s interesting that Barclaycard didn’t get exclusivity when they launched the new JetBlue credit cards earlier this year.

Considering that the JetBlue cards are earning at least 1 point per dollar, and Citi transfers are less than 1:1 (you lose 20% to half their value) I don’t generally recommend taking advantage of this new transfer. But more options are indeed better.

I tend to favor Singapore Airlines and Etihad transfers myself. Etihad doesn’t just let you redeem for their own flights, but myriad partners — including American Airlines at American’s old mileage chart prices and Brussels Airlines at under 37,000 miles roundtrip New York – Brussels in business class.

(HT: IADisGr8)

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Comments

  1. That’s absolutely not true that Amex lost them as a transfer partner. Yes they lost them as issuing their co-branded car but I can still transfer Memership Rewards at a 250:200 ratio the same ratio as Citi Thank You points. I just did that a few months ago and still shows that is available in my account today. Furthermore some routes and/or dates can vary drastically in availability. When I didn’t have any JetBlue points before I completed the PointsMatch there was a redemption where it was only 3,300 points for a $100. That as a no-brained even with the loss in 20% value when transferring.

  2. Do your homework other than just posting CC app links. As of 10/16/2016, Amex remains a B6 transfer partner.

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