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Citi ThankYou Rewards adds a hotel transfer partner

Oct. 18, 2021
5 min read
Osaka, Japan
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Transferrable points, including Citi ThankYou Rewards, are especially valuable because you aren't locked into redeeming with just one airline or hotel loyalty program. Instead, you can transfer rewards to a wide variety of programs.

We've recently seen Capital One improve transfer ratios. But today, the good news comes from the Citi ThankYou Rewards program in the form of a new transfer partner.

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That's right: Citi ThankYou just added a hotel transfer partner, Choice Privileges. And in doing so, Citi also added its first 1:2 transfer ratio partner. For every 1,000 Citi ThankYou points you transfer, you'll get 2,000 Choice Privileges points.

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How to transfer Citi ThankYou points to Choice

To transfer Citi ThankYou Rewards points to Choice Privileges, log in to your Citi ThankYou account here. Hover over "Travel" and then select "Points Transfer."

(Screenshot courtesy of thankyou.com)

You'll see a splash notice at the top when the next page loads.

(Screenshot courtesy of thankyou.com)

Scroll down and you'll see Choice Privileges listed at a 1:2 transfer partner.

(Screenshot courtesy of thankyou.com)

Click "Continue" and then decide how many points you want to transfer. You'll need to enter your Choice Privileges account number, and the terms note that you must have the same first and last name on your ThankYou account and Choice Privileges account.

(Screenshot courtesy of thankyou.com)

If you go forward with your transfer request, you'll get to review your request before submitting it. On this page, Citi ThankYou notes, "Transfers to Choice Privileges® are often completed within 24 hours, however, the process may occasionally take up to 5 business days."

(Screenshot courtesy of thankyou.com)

Once I clicked "Transfer now" and entered a code sent to my cell phone, I got confirmation that Citi initiated the transfer. By the time I refreshed my Choice Privileges account, the 2,000 points were already in my account. So, you can expect that the transfer may be as soon as instant.

Related: TPG's points and miles staffers reveal how they'd spend a million Citi ThankYou points

Should you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Choice?

You can book The Ridgeline Hotel-Estes Park, Ascend Hotel Collection, with Choice Privileges points. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Just because you can transfer Citi ThankYou points to Choice Privileges at a 1:2 ratio doesn't mean you should.

There's certainly plenty of value to be found in the Choice Privileges program. For example, you can often book well-located Cambria and Ascend Hotel Collection properties in major cities for 30,000 points or less per night. And I love booking centrally-located hotels in Europe, Japan and New Zealand for as low as 6,000 points per night.

I often book Choice hotels during my travels due to the program's lucrative promotions and the value I can get when redeeming Choice points. But, the award chart has certainly become inflated in some regions and there are several ways in which Choice Privileges should improve its loyalty program.

TPG's valuations peg the value of Citi ThankYou points at 1.7 cents each and Choice Privileges points at 0.6 cents each. So, even with the 1:2 transfer ratio, you'll still effectively lose 0.5 cents per ThankYou point when you transfer to Choice on average. In short, there are more valuable transfer partners in the Citi ThankYou Rewards program.

However, if you want to transfer points into Choice Privileges, doing so from Citi ThankYou is currently your best option. After all, American Express Membership Rewards transfer to Choice Privileges at a 1:1 ratio, which means you'll effectively lose 1.4 cents per point transferred. Further, while Capital One announced it would add Choice as a transfer partner back in April, transfers still aren't active.

Related: 19 ways to earn more Choice Privileges points

Bottom line

It's excellent that Citi ThankYou added its only hotel transfer partner. And Citi should be applauded for adding this partner at a 1:2 transfer ratio. This ratio provides enough value that it could make sense to transfer Citi ThankYou points to Choice Privileges for a high-value redemption.

If you're looking to earn Citi ThankYou points, you'll need a Citi ThankYou Rewards card. One of the top options is the Citi Premier® Card, which currently offers a sign-up bonus of 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. If you transfer these bonus points to Choice Privileges, you will get 120,000 Choice points. And, these points would be enough for 15 nights at several centrally-located properties in Tokyo, Japan.

Correction: This article previously stated that Choice Privileges is Citi's first hotel transfer partner. However, Citi ThankYou points previously transferred to Hilton Honors — we've corrected this error throughout the article and in the headline.

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
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  • Annual Fee

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  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases