Well, this isn’t a post I was expecting to write on a random Sunday morning in July. Citi has added American Airlines as a transfer partner on cards that earn ThankYou points – including cards that don’t normally offer transfers.
There are a couple of catches (including the fact that this is a limited-time transfer opportunity), but it hopefully bodes well for the future.
- Transfer Citi ThankYou points to American Airlines.
- Direct link to offer.
- Offer valid July 18 to November 13, 2021.
For many years people have been hoping that American Airlines would become a partner of a transferable currency seeing as they’re the only major domestic airline that doesn’t currently offer that opportunity. Citi had always seemed like the most likely partner considering they issue some of the different American Airlines credit cards, but those hopes had gone unfulfilled – until now.
As you might have noticed above though, the ability to transfer Citi ThankYou points to American Airlines is only a temporary opportunity. The partnership started today and is currently due to end on November 13. It’s a little strange that this is only being offered for just under four months, but perhaps there’s some kind of larger Citi ThankYou revamp going on considering they’ve pulled the Citi Prestige card for new applications.
Particularly interestingly, you can transfer ThankYou points to American Airlines from a number of different cards, even ones that don’t normally offer the ability to transfer to travel partners.
If you have a Citi Prestige or Citi Premier card, you can transfer on a 1:1 basis in increments of 1,000 points.
If you only have a Citi ThankYou Preferred or Citi Rewards+ card, the transfer ratio is 2:1 in increments of 1,000 points, so 1,000 points will become 500 AAdvantage miles. That’s not an amazing ratio, but it could be useful nonetheless if you don’t have a Prestige or Premier card and want to top up your American Airlines AAdvantage balance if you have a specific redemption in mind.
Hopefully this limited-time transfer opportunity is American Airlines testing the waters to see if this new feature of their partnership with Citi is beneficial to them. If it is, that could mean that they’ll become a permanent transfer partner in the future, although that’s just speculation right now.