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Good evening everyone, in this post, I will show you how to book American Airlines flights through the Citi Thank You Points website and get 1.6 cents per point (CPP) in value. Travel Codex recently reported that codeshare flights with American Airlines / US Airways flight numbers can be purchased for 1.6 CPP also through the Citi Thank You website. The value you get out of your Citi Thank You Points is dependent on the Citi credit cards you have and the flights you book. Here is a summary of the possible values:
- Citi Prestige Credit Card + American Airlines / US Airways Flight (and codeshares) = 1.6 CPP
- Citi Prestige Credit Card + All Other Flights = 1.33 CPP
- Citi Premier Credit Card + Any Flight = 1.25 CPP
- Citi Preferred/Forward/Other Credit Card + Any Flight = 1.0 CPP
If you have more than 1 Citi Thank You Point earning credit card, all your Citi Thank You Points can be pooled into 1 account and will be worth the same as your highest earning credit card. For example, I have a Citi Prestige, Premier, Forward, and Citigold Checking account and they all earn Citi Thank You Points worth up to 1.6 CPP.
Anyway, let’s get started with booking an American Airlines flight. After logging into your Citi Thank You Points account, click the Shop tab and then click on Flights.
If you have a Citi Prestige Credit Card, you will see a note on the screen that says you can get 60% more value booking American Airlines and US Airways flights (since 1.6 CPP is 60% more than 1.0 CPP if you redeem your Citi Thank You Points for gift cards).
To get started, search for your flight by filling out the search boxes. I need to book a flight from Orange County, CA (SNA) to Dallas, TX (DFW), preferably non-stop flights only.
Since only American Airlines flies that route non-stop, they show up first, along with a few US Airways and Alaska Airlines codeshare flights.
After looking at the available flight times, I select the perfect flight times and am ready to book. The cool thing about Citi Thank You Points is that you can use all points and pay no cash (not even taxes/fees). However, if you only have enough Citi Thank You Points to pay for some of the cost, you can use all your Citi Thank You Points and pay the rest with cash. For example, if a flight costs $260, but you only have 10,000 Citi Thank You Points (worth $160), you can redeem all 10,000 Citi Thank You Points and pay the remaining $100 with any credit card. In my example below, my $315.20 round trip flight costs 19,700 Citi Thank You Points, which is exactly 1.6 CPP in value. To purchase these flights, I click the Add to Cart button.
Verify the flight times and cost before clicking the Checkout button.
Fill in the passenger’s name, date of birth, frequent flyer number, address, and click the Complete Checkout button to purchase the ticket.
Congratulations, you just purchased a flight using Citi Thank You Points. You will see a Thank You Points Trip ID number, an airline reference number (this is your American Airlines record locator number), and an agency reference number.
To view all previously purchased trips (flights, hotels, rental cars, etc.), click My Trips.
To view all your Citi Thank You Points activity, click My Account and then click Points Summary. You will see all recent Citi Thank You Point deposits (from Citi credit cards and checking accounts) and all withdrawals (hopefully lots of flights).
The travel portion of the Citi Thank You Points website is run by Connexions, so you will get a confirmation number from them with details of your Citi Thank You Points purchase. Copy the airline reference number (your American Airlines record locator number) and head over to AA.com to pick your seats.
On American Airlines’ website, click on the My Trips / Check-In tab, enter the passenger’s first & last name, American Airlines record locator number, and press Go.
You will see your American Airlines flight details and be able to chose your seats. If you have American Airlines elite status, you may be able to upgrade your seats for free.
That’s all you have to do to redeem your Citi Thank You Points for flights on American Airlines. The process should be almost identical for all other airlines booked through the Citi Thank You Points website. Since I book enough American Airlines / US Airways flights per year, I want to hold onto my Citi Thank You Points and book flights only on those airlines. Why book flights at 1.33 CPP when you can book flights for 1.6 CPP? I would also consider transferring Citi Thank You Points to Singapore Airlines if I can get more than 1.6 CPP in value. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great evening everyone!
P.S. I am also working on a post about combining your Citi Thank You Points the easy way and the hard way. Stay tuned…