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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 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 info@thepointsguy.com.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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$550
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