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Transfer Times from Citi ThankYou Points to American Airlines: Miles Posted 12-13 Hours Later

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Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.  Yesterday morning, Frequent Miler wrote You Can Now Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To American Airlines, But Only For A Limited Time.  I decided to do a sample transfer of 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points (TYPs) to American Airlines to test the transfer times and see if the transfer was instant.  I submitted the transfer request at 9:19am and checked my American Airlines account a few minutes later.  Unfortunately, the transfer was not instant, so I set up an AwardWallet “Balance Watch” alert to see when the miles posted, so I could calculate the transfer time.  From my experience, the transfer took 12-13 hours to post.

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In AwardWallet, if you scroll down to the bottom of a specific loyalty account, you will see the option to Enable “Balance Watch.”  In 2019, AwardWallet introduced this new feature: Receive Alerts for Incoming Miles & Points with Balance Watch.  I set up my alert by filling in the information and waited for AwardWallet to alert me when the miles posted to my American Airlines account.

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I received the AwardWallet “Balance Watch” confirmation email at 9:31am.

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At 10:36pm, ~13 hours later, I received an email from AwardWallet letting me know that they had detected a change in my American Airlines account of 1,000 miles.  Since “Balance Watch” only checks the account once an hour, the transfer could have happened 12-13 hours after submitting the transfer request.

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I logged into my American Airlines account and saw the 1,000 miles in my Recent Activity section.

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I wish the transfer times from Citi TYPs to American Airlines was instant, but 12-13 hours is still pretty fast.  If you have any questions about transferring Citi TYPs to American Airlines, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

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3 thoughts on “Transfer Times from Citi ThankYou Points to American Airlines: Miles Posted 12-13 Hours Later

  1. FranP

    The transfer time is not as big an issue for American as some other airlines as they have a fairly easy process to put award bookings on Hold for a few days.

    1. Grant Post author

      Hi Fran, that is a good point. In that case, I would recommend putting an award on hold with AA, then transfer the Citi TYPs to AA, then call back to book the award ticket.

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