All About Citibank ThankYou Points


Citibank sponsors several credit cards. If you shop at Costco, you may use their Citibank Costco card to get 2% back each year on your purchases there. They also sponsor some American Airlines cards. Today we are talking all about the cards that earn Citi ThankYou Points. Like Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards, ThankYou points are a transferable points currency. This means that they can be transferred directly to participating airline and hotel loyalty accounts. They also can be redeemed in a travel portal to book all sorts of travel (airfare, hotels, rental cars, cruises, etc.). The flexibility of transferable points makes them the most valuable type of credit card points.


Citi ThankYou Point Credit Cards


Citi Premier Card

The Citi Premier Card is the main card that we use and refer people to for Citi ThankYou points.  The annual fee is only $95, and the card earns 3 points per dollar spent on some of our most popular expenses, making it an easy card for everyday expenses.

  • Air travel
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Supermarket
  • Gas stations



Citi Rewards+ Card

The Citi Rewards+ Card doesn’t offer enough ThankYou points to make it worth applying for, in our opinion. However, the no annual fee makes it a good card to downgrade to.



Citi Double Cash

The Citi Double Cash is actually a cashback card, BUT you have the option to convert that cashback into ThankYou points! This card earns 2% back on all your purchases (1% when you make your purchase and another 1% when you pay your bill). You would only want to convert your cashback into ThankYou points if you have the Citi Premier card. Check out this post from our friends over at Travel Freely to learn more about how this card works and why it’s a great addition to your Citi Prestige or Citi Premier card.



Citi ThankYou Airline and Hotel Transfer Partners

Citi has a lot of great transfer partners if you travel internationally. If you want to get into airline alliances then you can open up more opportunities to use your points. For example, you can transfer your ThankYou points to Turkish Airlines and book super cheap flights to Hawaii while flying United Airlines (note- it can be hard to find availability!)

  • Aeromexico
  • Asia Miles
  • Avianca
  • Etihad
  • Emirates
  • Eva Air
  • Flying Blue- Air France/KLM
  • Jet Airways
  • JetBlue
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Wyndham Hotels
  • Choice Hotels 1:2


Citi ThankYou Points Rules

When it comes to applying for Citi credit cards there is one major rule to be aware of. You will not earn a signup bonus for a ThankYou points earning card if you have opened or closed one in the past 24 months. This includes any credit card in the same family.


Bottom Line

There are many different types of points a travel hacker can collect. ThankYou points are another type of points that are worth getting. Once you are over the Chase 5/24 rule, it is time to look at other credit cards and their bonus points. Therefore, ThankYou points may be for you. I have had great success using my points for travel and you can too!



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