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Citi ThankYou adds Wyndham Rewards as its second hotel transfer partner

Nov. 15, 2021
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A day after ending temporary transfers to American AAdvantage, Citi ThankYou added a new transfer partner: Wyndham Rewards.

Wyndham Rewards is Citi's second hotel transfer partner after it added Choice Privileges last month. Unlike Choice, however, Citi points transfer to Wyndham at a 1:1 transfer ratio for those with a Citi Premier® Card or Citi Prestige® Card (no longer available for new applicants).

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Other cards can transfer at a lower 1:0.8 transfer ratio. This includes the Citi Rewards+® Card, Citi® Double Cash Card, and Citi ThankYou Preferred (no longer available for new applicants).

Wyndham is home to thousands of hotels worldwide, so this new transfer partner makes it easier to leverage your Citi points to fuel your travels with award nights. Let's take a closer look at how to transfer points from Citi to Wyndham and discuss when it makes sense to do so.

The information for the Citi Prestige card and Citi ThankYou Preferred has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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How to transfer Citi points to Wyndham

To transfer Citi ThankYou Rewards points to Wyndham Rewards, log in to your Citi ThankYou account here. Hover over “Travel” and then select “Points Transfer.”

(Screenshot courtesy of citi.com)

Scroll down until you see the Wyndham Rewards transfer option. Click the blue "Continue" button to start your transfer.

(Screenshot courtesy of citi.com)

Now, decide how many points you want to transfer and enter your Wyndham Rewards account number. Be aware that the terms note that you must have the same first and last name on your ThankYou account and Wyndham Rewards account in order to transfer.

(Screenshot courtesy of citi.com)

Now, you can review and confirm your points transfer. On this page, Citi ThankYou notes, “Transfers to Wyndham Rewards® are often completed within 24 hours, however the process may occasionally take up to 5 business days.”

(Screenshot courtesy of citi.com)

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When to transfer Citi points to Wyndham

It can sometimes make sense to transfer Citi points to Wyndham — but run the numbers first. (Photo by ZRyzner/Shutterstock.com)

While a new transfer partner is always good news, it only makes sense to transfer to Wyndham Rewards if you have an immediate plan to use Wyndham points to book an award stay.

TPG currently values Wyndham Rewards points at 1.1 cents apiece, which is lower than our Citi ThankYou valuation of 1.7 cents apiece. That said, Wyndham Rewards points are more valuable — at least on paper — when compared to other popular hotel currencies like Hilton Honors and Choice Privileges.

Wyndham Rewards has one of the most straightforward award charts with only three different award pricing tiers: 7,500, 15,000, or 30,000 points per night. Because of this, you can sometimes find value when booking high-end or high-demand properties with your Wyndham points. In these cases, it might make sense to transfer your Citi points to book.

For example, a flexible one-night stay at The New Yorker costs $735 per night on New Year's Eve. Alternatively, you can book the same stay for 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points plus a $40.16 resort fee. This gives you 2.32 cents per point for your Wyndham Rewards points. That's a solid deal, and it likely makes sense to transfer your Citi points to book if you don't have Wyndham Rewards points on hand.

(Screenshot courtesy of wyndhamhotels.com)

Another way to get good value from Wyndham Rewards points is by booking Vacasa vacation rentals. Currently, Wyndham Rewards members can book Vacasa properties for 15,000 Wyndham points per bedroom, per night. These rentals get expensive depending on location, so it could make sense to transfer Citi points to cover the bill. Read our full guide to booking Vacasa stays with Wyndham points for more info.

Related: 14 best Wyndham properties to book with points

Bottom line

It's great to see Citi add yet another transfer partner. This makes Citi ThankYou points even more valuable by providing additional flexibility to Citi cardholders. Now, cardholders have access to Wyndham’s more than 50,000 hotels, vacation club resorts, and vacation rentals located around the world.

Regardless, you should always run the numbers before you transfer your Citi points to Wyndham to see if you're getting a good deal on a redemption. If you're getting less than 1 cent per point, you may opt to book through the Citi ThankYou Travel Portal that lets Citi Premier cardholders book hotels and flights at a fixed rate of 1 cent per point.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Rewards

1 - 3X points
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

Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points60,000 points
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

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent, Good
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.

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
Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

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
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • 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