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TPG reader Andy wrote in to ask about transferring Citi ThankYou Rewards:
“Can I transfer ThankYou points earned with my Citi Forward card to partner airlines?”
When it comes to cards with no annual fee, the Citi Forward card is one of the best. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply for it, but those who already have it earn five points per dollar spent on dining and entertainment (including movies, music, and books). These categories were chosen by Citi to target college students, but they’re pretty handy for just about anyone.
As long as you have at least one Citi card that lets you transfer to partners (like the Citi Premier Card and the Citi Prestige), then all of your ThankYou points will be transferable, including those that you earned on the Citi Forward or another card. Note that you can’t actually transfer your Forward points into those accounts, because points earned on Citi Forward have a three-year expiration. However, when you go to use those points, the transfer option will appear.
If you have the Citi Prestige, you can even redeem ThankYou points earned from Citi Forward at the enhanced rate of 1.6 cents apiece on US Airways and American Airlines. That’s much better than the typical gift card value of about 1 cent per point.
Chase allows you to do something similar; if you have points from the Chase Freedom card, you can actually transfer them to your Ultimate Rewards account from the Ink Plus Business Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card account, and then transfer to airline and hotel partners from there.
American Express is a little bit different. With most Membership Rewards points, you have one account, and points earned with all of your cards go into one account. If you’re seeing multiple Membership Rewards accounts when you check online, you can simply request that Amex merge them into one central account.
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