November 13, 2017
Citi ThankYou Adds Avianca as 15th Points Transfer Partner
This morning we wrote about how Chase Ultimate Rewards added two new transfer partners, which offers great additional flexibility and ease of use for Chase’s rewards program. Perhaps an even more important announcement came from Citi ThankYou Rewards. Citi now lets members transfer ThankYou points to Star Alliance member Avianca LIfemiles. Starwood Preferred Guest was Avianca’s only U.S based transfer partner until now.
This is notable as Avianca is South America’s third largest airline and offers some great redemption opportunities. For example, one-way Business Class awards between the U.S. and Europe cost 63,000 miles, Business awards between the U.S. and North Asia cost 75,000 miles, and First Class flights between the U.S. and Europe cost just 87,000 miles. Avianca is also fantastic because it doesn’t impose expensive fuel charges like some frequent flyer programs and because you can book award flights online without having to deal with a call center.
With this change, Citi now has 15 transfer partners. This doesn’t include Hilton Honors, which will no longer be a transfer partner effective December 13, 2017. You can transfer points from Citi to Avianca at a 1:1 ratio in 1,000 point increments. Overall this is great news for Citi as it greatly strengthens the bank’s reward program.