Turns out I’ve accumulated a rather large stash of Citi Thank You Points, and have recently decided to start spending them on flights. I don’t put much spend on my Citi Prestige Credit Card EXCEPT for using the card at hotels for the 4th night free hotel benefit. Since I’ve been using that perk for a few years now, I was pleasantly surprised when I logged into my Citi Thank You account and saw my accumulated total of Citi Thank You Points.
Citi Thank You Points are earned through credit cards issued by Citibank and can be redeemed for a variety of rewards. I’ve looked at using points at hotels, but I’ve decided that redeeming them for flights makes more sense. This meant I had to learn to use the site to book flights. When I learn something new, I like to share it with you all too, so this post focuses on redeeming Citi Thank You Points for flights.
I consider Citi Thank You Points to be almost the same as cash. I say almost because, on some occasions, tickets might cost slightly less on sites like Kayak, Expedia, or Travelocity. It’s always good to check the other OTAs to compare prices. And remember, using your Citi Thank You Points does earn you frequent flyer miles for the tickets you book, so I’ll show you below how to filter for specific airlines.
How much are Citi Thank You Points worth?
The value of Citi Thank You Points toward flights depends on which Citi credit cards you have:
- Citi Thank You Credit Card & Citi Thank You Preferred Credit Card: 1 cent per point
- Citi Thank You Premier Credit Card: 1.25 cents per point
- Citi Prestige Credit Card: 1.25 cents per point
My cousin called me yesterday afternoon to ask a question about her American Airlines miles expiring. She has a stash of miles expiring in a few months and didn’t even know that miles expire. I gave her a short answer because I was heading home from the mall to get ready for dinner. But it got me thinking, that maybe I hadn’t given her the best advice or even all the options, so I did some research and here’s what I’d tell her now.
Yup, your miles will expire if you don’t have activity in your account every 18 months. If you have no plans to fly to keep your account active, there are plenty of options. My cousin could:
- Apply for a Citibank credit card linked to American Airlines miles.
- Make a hotel reservation or car rental with an AAdvantage hotel or car rental partner. As long as her American Airlines frequent flyer number is linked to the reservation, she’ll get activity in her account and keep her miles alive.
- Link a credit card to the American Airlines dining program. She can link American Airlines and then get miles when she eats at select restaurants.
- Shop online using the AAdvantage shopping portal.
- Buy or gift miles, redeem for a magazine subscription, or donate miles to any of American Airline’s partner charities.
Good afternoon everyone. My friend just forwarded me this targeted offer for the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Business Credit Card. The standard sign up bonus is 50,000 United Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in 3 months. With this targeted offer, the sign up bonus is 75,000 United Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in 3 months. If you did not receive this email, you can see if you are targeted for the offer by signing into your United MileagePlus account here.
Good morning everyone. A few days ago, I called Barclays regarding retention offers on my Barclays credit cards. During the call, I decided to close my old Barclays Lufthansa Miles & More Credit Card. I had already redeemed all of my Lufthansa Miles & More Miles for a Turkish Airlines business class flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Istanbul (IST) to Athens (ATH). That was 55,000 miles well spent. A few months ago, I even downgraded to the no annual fee version of the Barclays Lufthansa Miles & More Credit Card, but I vowed never to spend another dollar on that credit card since I had 0 miles, so what would be the point in earning more miles? Long story short, I decided to close the Barclays Lufthansa Miles & More Credit Card and move the credit limit to my Barclays JetBlue Plus Credit Card and no annual fee Barclays Arrival Credit Card. Now that the credit card was closed and had a $0 credit limit, I was confused why the closed credit card continued to show up in my online account. I was on a mission to find out how to remove the credit card from my online account, but I was not prepared for what I would find out.
Good morning everyone. A few days ago, Doctor of Credit noticed increased referral sign up bonuses for the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card (my referral link) and American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card (my referral link). Both credit cards offer 150,000 Hilton Honors Points when you complete the minimum spending requirement. At the time, the no annual fee American Express Hilton Honors Credit Card and American Express Hilton Honors Business Credit Card were still offering 100,000 Hilton Honors Points via referral links. But it looks like the American Express Hilton Honors Business Credit Card (my referral link) has increased the referral sign up bonus to 125,000 Hilton Honors Points. As a referrer, you can earn up to 80,000 Hilton Honors Points per calendar year (20,000 Hilton Honors Points per referral). Thank you for using my referral links if you decide to apply for any of these credit cards.