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Do I Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Citi ThankYou Points?

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TPG reader Kevin tweeted me to ask a question about Citi ThankYou points:

@thepointsguy – “If I’m redeeming Citi ThankYou points with the Citi Prestige card, does that count as a revenue ticket?”

Fortunately, the answer is yes! Flights booked through the Citi ThankYou Travel Center using points from the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier cards do indeed count as revenue fares, so you will earn miles for flying on a free ticket. The Premier card lets you redeem points for 1.25 cents apiece for airfare or other travel booked through Citi. The Prestige card offers you even better value, since you can redeem ThankYou points for 1.33 cents per point in most cases, or 1.6 cents per point for flights on American Airlines and US Airways.

Tickets purchased with Citi ThankYou points do earn frequent flyer miles.

You can also use systemwide upgrades for most fares, and you can call the Citi ThankYou desk to find out which fare class you’re purchasing. American Airlines is offering bonus miles as well as bonus elite qualifying points this year. Depending on your fare class, you could earn earn a big bonus when you book a qualifying fare, even if your flight is free.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at

Citi Prestige® Card

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  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year, and receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre √®
  • 4th night hotel benefit for any hotel stay at hotels booked through the Citi Prestige® Concierge.
  • Earn 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
  • Points are redeemable for a $532 flight on any airline or $400 in gift cards.
  • Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
  • Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
  • 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 15.49%* (Variable) $450 0% Excellent Credit