Using the Citi Premier Welcome Offer


One of our favorite transferable points credit cards is the Citi Premier Credit Card. Sometimes you get those welcome offers as a beginner and aren’t sure how to use them. Today let’s see what we can do using the Citi Premier welcome offer. Currently, if you get approved for the Citi Premier card you get 60,000 ThankYou points after spending $4000 in 3 months. That means you will have a minimum of 64,000 points. What can we do with that?

Remember that these are the Citi ThankYou transfer partners:

  • Aeromexico
  • Asia Miles
  • Avianca
  • Etihad
  • 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


Go to Thailand

Several years ago, I went to Thailand with a friend. To get there, I transferred ThankYou points to EVA airlines. It doesn’t fly from my home airport so I positioned to San Francisco and met my friend there for the start of the most amazing trip! This was a perfect trip for me using the Citi Premier welcome offer. This was my very first experience using Citi ThankYou points and it made me a fan for life!



Take a Road Trip to See Mount Rushmore

One of our favorite road trips was to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore and that beautiful area. You could use some of your ThankYou points and transfer them to Choice Hotels for your lodging. Even better, the transfer is 1:2 so you would get double the Choice points for each ThankYou point.

We camped out on our trip but I saw this Choice Hotel that I said I wanted to stay at next time in Custer, South Dakota. There are different award options depending on the date you choose to stay. You can start the day off with a free breakfast for the family too!


Screenshot of hotel redemptions


Stay at an All-Inclusive

Who knew that Choice hotels had all-inclusive hotels? With the ability to get 2 points for every 1 Citi ThankYou points the welcome offer means you would have 128,000 points that could get you 3-4 nights at one of these all-inclusive in Mexico. I do know that it comes with 2 meals a day, not the usual 3 meals but that is still pretty amazing!


Screenshot Choice Hotel award redemptions

Fly to London

One of Citi’s transfer partners is Avianca Airlines. It is primarily a Colombian airline but it is part of the Star Alliance. You can transfer ThankYou points to Avianca LifeMiles and fly on Star Alliance partner airlines. I have done this many times for United flights to Hawaii from Denver and also for flights to London. This April I am flying to Croatia doing this for 63K in business class while my daughters paid 70K for the same flights booked through United. Avianca is one of my favorites for using the Citi Premiere welcome offer.


Screenshot of Award Flight to London


In the above example, the flight to London was only 21,000 LifeMiles in economy. The flight home was 30,000 LifeMiles on the date I chose. Still, 51,000 LifeMiles for a roundtrip flight to London is amazing, and getting to travel there simply by using a credit card to pay for items you have to buy anyway is the best! If you and your spouse each got this card you would have your flights paid for.

Head to Puerto Rico

Alex can head to Puerto Rico with her Citi ThankYou points by transferring them to Jet Blue. Her welcome offer would get her a roundtrip ticket there with points to spare.  I loved Puerto Rico – we enjoyed being in the jungles, the beautiful beaches, and exploring historic San Juan.

Screenshot award redemption to Puerto Rico

Go to Paris

If a trip to Paris is one of your dream destinations, you can transfer ThankYou points to Air France and book a ticket to Paris. One thing to note is that the taxes and fees are almost $200 so you need to consider that.


Bottom Line

These are just a few suggestions about using the Citi Premier welcome offer. There are so many more! Once you start exploring, the options open up. Citi ThankYou points have a ton of transfer partners besides the ability to use the points in their portal. How do you plan to use your points?



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  1. James says:

    I just tried to transfer my Thank You points to the Choice Rewards program. After 5 phone calls, I am still unsuccessful. Choice is telling me that it’s an issue on their end they are trying to fix….. but no timetable on when! Anyone else experiencing this problem?

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