Flying Blue Added as Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner

by on August 25, 2014 · 5 comments

in Air France, Citi, KLM, ThankYou Points

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Last month, Citi ramped up the value of their Thank You program by adding 8 new transfer partners, including Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. While most of these Asian/Middle Eastern frequent flyer programs are not as lucrative as programs based in North America, there are still great values to be had, as we wrote about in this follow-up post.

Citi's newest transfer partner

Citi’s newest transfer partner

Today Citi announced that Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of carriers Air France, KLM, Air Europa, Kenya Airways and TAROM) is now a 1:1 transfer partner. This new transfer partner is great for taking advantage of Flying Blue’s rotating reduced priced promo awards, and for redeeming for one-way Delta saver award flights. Flying Blue also allows a stopover and open jaw routing on roundtrip awards, so even if you have to pay fuel surcharges, you may be able to get well more than the standard 1 cent per point or less that Citi gives for ThankYou point redemptions.

Boosting Your ThankYou Points
You can only transfer points to airline partners if you have the Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige, and Citi Chairman cards. The Citi ThankYou Premier comes with a sign-up bonus of 50,000 ThankYou points: 20,000 after you spend $2,000 in the first three months of cardmembership, plus another 30,000 after spending $3,000 in the first three months of the second year of cardmembership. The annual fee of $125 is waived for the first year, but not the second.

Formerly, those 50,000 points were worth about $625 in travel. I now value ThankYou points at 1.5 cents a piece, meaning the Citi ThankYou Premier now offers at least $750 worth of value, 20% more than before these transfer options were available.  The same could be said of points earned from other ThankYou Rewards cards, like the Citi ThankYou Preferred. Since ThankYou points can be combined between accounts, all the points you earn on other cards will also be eligible for transfer partners once you have the Premier, Prestige, or Chairman cards.

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  • Wellington

    TYPs are now much more valuable with the addition of an actually usable skyteam member. If they add AA as a partner the TYPs will be my go to program.

  • junblze

    CITI is making great strides…. I wonder if Amex is preparing something to respond to the beating they have been taking from Chase and CITI in the last 2 years.

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  • RG

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  • Karl Mitchell

    I agree. After losing the Mall, losing Continental, and somewhat more surprisingly reducing the amount of transfer bonuses the offer, Amex seem to be going backwards.

    They did up their game with the Amex Everyday Preferred, increasing miles earning rates for most people. It’s now the only Membership Rewards card I use. However, now the Premier Rewards Gold and Platinum cards definitely need some love. I suspect there will be some bonus changes there, and hopefully the removal of international transaction fees on the PRG.

    I also wonder whether, now that Citi are in to the airline transfer partners game, whether Bank of America might return. The WorldPoints program used to transfer to Air Canada if I recall, but it wasn’t widely utilized. Alaska Airlines are conspicuous in their lack of a direct transfer partner, unless you include hotel programs.

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