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Through November 23, Citibank ThankYou Rewards points from Chairman, Prestige, Premier, Preferred and Rewards+ cards can be transferred 1:1 into American AAdvantage. This is huge for the program and for these cards. At this point the option to transfer to American AAdvantage is temporary. (HT: MilesTalk who cites to Business Insider)
Citi Premier® Card is offering its biggest-ever initial bonus to earn 80,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
I think this temporary aadition of AAAdvantage transfers is going to push me over the edge to apply for the card. And I’d point out that if you’re not eligible for the offer to earn 100,000 points with a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card because of 5/24 or other reasons, this is in my view the best initial bonus offer out there in my opinion.
Normally Citi ThankYou transfer partners for the Premier (and Prestige, Chairmans) card include:
- SkyTeam: Aeromexico Club Premier, Air France KLM Flying Blue
- oneworld: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Malaysia Airlines Enrich, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Star Alliance: Avianca LifeMiles, EVA Air Infinity MileageLands, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
- Non-alliance: Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, JetBlue TrueBlue, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
I wonder whether transfers to American are more of a test than something temporary. When American did its last co-brand deal with Citibank and Barclays, mileage transfers for Citi ThankYou Rewards were on the table, as well as taking the entire cobrand relationship. Citi wouldn’t pay the premium American wanted. However now that these deals have been getting renegotiated there could be a changed POV on one of all sides.
Bilt Rewards, the loyalty program that lets you earn points for paying rent (and has its own credit card), offers points transfers to American so it’s even more conspicuous that Citi’s program doesn’t consider they’re the largest American co-brand partner.
Already I love the transfer partners Citi offers, especially unique ones like Qatar’s Privilege Club which has really improved and is compelling especially for QSuites redemptions; Turkish Airlines which offers 48 hour award holds so you can lock in an award prior to transferring points and where first class to the Caribbean or Hawaii is just 12,500 miles one-way on United. Europe is just 45,000 miles in business class, and India 52,500 miles (plus fuel surcharges); along with EVA Airways which has a really underappreciated program as well.
However the lack of one of the large US airlines as a transfer partner makes Citi appear like a more fringe program to many than Chase Ultimate Rewards (which has United and Southwest) and American Express (which has Delta). American AAdvantage is actually the program I’ve redeemed miles in the most over the past several years, for premium cabin awards on Cathay Pacific; Qantas; Japan Airlines; British Airways; Etihad as well as Qatar.
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