Limited-Time 80K Point Bonus on Citi Premier Card!

Alex

The Citi Premier card has a new, limited-time bonus of 80,000 ThankYou points! This is up from the usual 60,000 points offered. 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 travel partners, which leads to more flexibility when redeeming your points.  

 

 

 

 

Citi Premier Card

Earning ThankYou Points

You can earn 80,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 in 3 months. This card does have an annual fee of $95, which isn’t waived for 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. Click here to apply for the Citi ThankYou Premier card.    

 

Other Card Benefits

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 transaction fees with this card. Another benefit of this card is the ability to transfer your points to Citi Bank’s travel partners. This is how you can get the most value from your points, but you can also book in the Citi Bank Travel Center.  

 

How to Redeem Your ThankYou Points

Transfer Partners

There are 17 airlines and two hotels that you can transfer your ThankYou points to. All points transfer at a 1:1 ratio except for Choice Privileges which transfer 1:2.

  • Aeromexico
  • Air France
  • Avianca Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • EVA air
  • JetBlue
  • JetPrivilege
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Choice Privileges 1:2
  • Wyndham Rewards

 

woman petting an elephant in Thailand

I transferred Citi ThankYou Points to book a flight to Thailand on EVA Air.

 

Citi Bank Travel Center

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 80,000 point bonus would be worth $800 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.

 

How to Use Your 80,000 ThankYou Points

Book 5 Flights to Hawaii Using Turkish Airlines

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 5 free flights to Hawaii! I booked an upcoming trip to Maui this way, and we have a PDF you can get that tells you step-by-step how to do it too! Several readers have had success with this. It’s easiest to do from a United hub with a direct flight. You can always position to get to one.  

 

Maui at sunset  

Transferring to Avianca

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.  

 

United Airplane   You can also use Avianca LifeMiles to book business and first-class seats to Europe on Lufthansa airlines for 63,000 and 84,000 points, respectively.    

 

Transferring to Singapore Airlines

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. I am flying Singapore Suites to Frankfurt in October and can’t wait!  

 

Flying Singapore Suites is on my bucket list!

 

Transfer Your Points to JetBlue

Love JetBlue airlines? You can transfer your 80,000 points to JetBlue and then have 80,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points! JetBlue is a great option for flying to the Caribbean. You can get direct flights from the east coast destinations across the Caribbean using JetBlue miles.  

 

Man and woman on white sandy beach

You can book direct flights to Turks and Caicos on JetBlue from Boston, Florida, and New York

 

Other Flight Options

You can also use your 80,000 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! I recommend using a service like Point.me if you want to use these points to book an international flight. (Use code TRAVELHACKINGMOM to get your first month for $1!) That will make it so much easier for you to find those award flights and take advantage of those airline alliances.    

 

Hotel Options

The only hotel options are Wyndham and Choice Hotels. They make some good choices for family travel, plus that 1:2 transfer ratio to Choice Hotels is really nice!

 

Wyndham

Let’s say I want to go to Clearwater, Florida. (A great place to visit in the winter!) I can find rooms that range from 7,500-to 30,000 Wyndham Rewards needed to book. Here’s a 30,000 reward property, the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.  It looks pretty nice.  

 

 

If I’m going to the beach, I’ll spend most of my time outdoors, so I think I’d rather spend fewer points. Let’s look at the La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Clearwater Central. I can stay here for just 15,000 Wyndham Rewards a night, and we will get free breakfast!

With Wyndham, you can also book Vacasa vacation rentals. When booking through Vacasa, the cost is 15,000 points per room per night. A one-bedroom condo will cost you 15,000 points a night, a two-bedroom home will cost you 30,000 points a night, and so on. When you book with points, your taxes and fees are covered! vacasa home rental

 

There are some great rental properties on Vacasa! Take this home in Newport Beach, CA. You could stay here for 5 nights. At $300 a night (the median price), your 80,000 points would have a value of $1,500!

Vacasa has rentals all over, including Hawaii. What’s great is some of these one-bedroom units have a basement or loft that isn’t included as a bedroom. I have seen some that sleep 8 people!    

 

There are actually some really nice Choice Hotels in Europe. With a 1:2 transfer rate, you could get some nice stays with these points. If Norway is on your radar, check out the Hotel Christiania Teater, Ascend Hotel Collection. For only 20K, you can book a night here, and that means it will only cost 10K Citi ThankYou points! Looks nice to me!  

 

White hotel with arched doorways

Citi ThankYou Points will let you stay in Norway at this gorgeous hotel!

 

 If traveling to Italy is your thing (and it’s always my thing), the Comfort Hotel Bolivar is found right in central Rome. Additionally, they have rooms with 3 single beds, a rarity in Europe. This hotel is only 16,000 points a night so with the Citi ThankYou exchange, it would cost 8,000 points leaving you money for food and entertainment.  

 

Pinkish colored hotel

Budget-conscious travelers can save a lot of points while here in Rome!

 

Bottom Line

80,000 points is a fantastic offer on the Citi ThankYou Premier card.  There is 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.

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