The Citi Premier card has a welcome offer of 60,000 ThankYou points. ThankYou points are one of our favorite points because they are transferable points. This means they can be transferred directly to one of Citi Bank’s many airline or hotel partners which leads to more flexibility when redeeming your points.
Our top recommended card is the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which has a standard welcome offer of 60,000 Ultimate Rewards. If you haven’t gotten that card yet then we recommend starting there. But, if you have then the Citi Premier is a great option. It is also a great option for those who are over Chase 5/24.
You can earn 60,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 in 3 months. This card does have an annual fee of $95, which isn’t waived the first year. The Citi Premier card has great bonus categories where you can earn more points on everyday spending. You will get 3 points per dollar spent at restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, airfare, and hotels. You will earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. This is a fantastic everyday spending card.
Learn how to apply here for the Citi ThankYou Premier card
With this card, you will get an annual $100 off a hotel stay of $500 or more (excluding taxes and fees). To use this benefit you’ll need to book through thankyou.com or call 1-800-THANKYOU.
You won’t have to worry about any foreign transactions fees with this card.
Another benefit of this card is the ability to transfer your points to Citi Bank’s airline partners. This is how you can get the most value from your points, but you can also book in the Citi Bank Travel Center.
There are 16 airlines that you can transfer your ThankYou points to:
You can also transfer to these two hotel partners:
You can also book travel in the Citi Bank Travel Center. You can book, flights, hotel nights, rental cars, cruises, and even activities in the travel center. Points are worth 1 cent each in the portal, so your 60,000 point bonus would be worth $600 towards travel. There are other ways to use your points but for max value, stick to transferring your points to airlines or using the travel center.
One way to use your points is to transfer them to Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines is part of the Star Alliance meaning you can book flights on United through Turkish. The great news is that a round-trip ticket to Hawaii on Turkish Airlines is just 15,000 points! With this signup bonus, you could book 4 free flights (minus taxes and fees) to Hawaii! Sometimes you can book online but other times it requires calling or emailing Turkish Airlines to book these flights. Check out this post that tells you everything you need to know about booking United flights using Turkish Miles and Smiles. The same flight would cost 45,00 points on United!
Avianca is a part of the Star Alliance so you can book their partners, like United Airlines, using your Avianca LifeMiles. I did this one time when flying to Maui. I used 22,500 Aviance LifeMiles to book a one-way ticket to Maui on United Airlines.
You can also use Avianca LifeMiles to book business and first-class seats on Lufthansa airlines for 63,000 and 84,000 points respectively.
Singapore Airlines is also a great option for flying to Hawaii. If you live on the west coast with direct flights on Alaska Airlines you can book a roundtrip flight for just 24,000 miles per person. To do this, you’ll need to book over the phone.
You can also book United flights to Hawaii using Singapore miles. You can search for these ones on the Singapore Airlines website. The cost should be 35,000 miles roundtrip vs the 45,000 miles United charges.
Want to experience real luxury? You can book Singapore Suites for 86,000 miles from New York City to Frankfurt. To continue all the way to Singapore you are looking at 132,000 miles.
Love JetBlue airlines? You can transfer your 60,000 points to JetBlue and then have 60,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points! JetBlue is a great option for flying to the Caribbean. You can get direct flights from the east coast destinations all over the Caribbean using JetBlue miles.
You can also look into using your 60,000 Citi ThankYou points with Virgin Atlantic to book Delta One for much cheaper than booking directly with Delta. Flying Blue (the rewards program for Air France and KLM) can be a good option for flying economy to Europe. There are tons of options!
There is such a variety of ways that you can use these points. Many of these ways will save you a lot of points by leveraging airline alliances vs booking directly with the airline you intend to fly. If you prefer to keep it simples, use those points in the Citi Bank Travel Center.
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