Citi ThankYou Points Transfer Time

You can transfer your Citi ThankYou points to 15 airline programs, including several unique programs that you cannot transfer to from American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

How Long Does it Take to Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Airlines?

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can share your ThankYou points with anyone else, but there are a few restrictions:

  • Shared points expire after 90 days.
  • You can share up to 100,000 ThankYou points every calendar year, and you can only have up to 100,000 ThankYou points shared with you every calendar year.
  • The recipient of the points cannot share those points with another account. 

No. The loyalty account has to match the name of the ThankYou rewards account. The only workaround is if that person has a ThankYou rewards account, where you could transfer your points and then they could transfer those points to an airline.

Citi has four cards that earn ThankYou points:

Citi’s system creates separate ThankYou points accounts for each card. However, you can combine them, but the points that you transfer to your main ThankYou points account must be used within 60 days. 

Generally, you get better value from transferring points. However, if you hold a Prestige or Premier, you can use your points via the Citi Travel Center for 1.25 cents per point. 

If you do your research, you should be able to get at least 1.7 cents per point by transferring, but the Travel Center is nice if you want an easy way to use your points. 


Your Citi ThankYou points will not expire as long as your account remains open and in good standing.

However, you should remember the 60-day expiration rule when combining ThankYou points accounts or transferring points to someone else’s ThankYou points account.

No. Once you transfer, you cannot reverse it.

Citi offers transfer bonuses about three to five times per year.

In 2020, Citi offered a 25% bonus to Qantas.

In 2019, Citi offered a 30% bonus to Virgin Atlantic, a 25% bonus to Qantas, and a 25% to Turkish Airlines.

In 2018, Citi offered a 25% bonus to Avianca LifeMiles, a 30% bonus to Virgin Atlantic, a 30% bonus to Air France, a 15% bonus to Asia Miles, and a 30% bonus to JetBlue.