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 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.
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.