Citi Adds JetBlue as a Transfer Partner, No Fee ThankYou Cards Now Transfer to JetBlue
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Premium Citibank ThankYou Rewards cards — like the Citi Prestige Card and Citi ThankYou Premier — let you transfer their points to airline miles and hotel programs.
- Star Alliance: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, EVA Air Infinity MileageLands, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Skyteam: Air France-KLM, Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- oneworld: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Malaysia Airlines Enrich, Qatar Airways Privilege Club, Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Non-alliance: Etihad Airways Guest, Virgin America Elevate, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Hotel: Hilton HHonors
They’ve just added a new partner: JetBlue.
I like JetBlue’s ‘Mint’ — a fantastic product at a fair price. JetBlue points don’t expire and they offer family pooling of points. They have reasonable change fees. They just don’t have real leveragable redemption values.
You don’t get 1:1 transfers from Citi, but what’s unique about JetBlue is that even their no annual fee ThankYou cards offer JetBlue transfers (albeit at a reduced rate). Here are the transfer ratios for different cards.
For Citi ThankYou® Premier, Citi Prestige® and Citi Chairman® cardmember point transfers to TrueBlue, 1,000 Points = 800 TrueBlue points. For Citi ThankYou Preferred or Citi Forward cardmember point transfers to TrueBlue, 1,000 Points = 500 TrueBlue points.
It’s interesting that Barclaycard didn’t get exclusivity when they launched the new JetBlue credit cards earlier this year. The JetBlue Plus Card is excellent especially if you live in a major JetBlue city — especially for the:
- 30,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days
- 6 points per $1 on JetBlue purchases
- 5,000 account anniversary bonus points
- TrueBlue Mosaic benefits for one year after $50,000 in purchases annually on the card
- 10% rebate on redemptions
Considering that the JetBlue cards are earning at least 1 point per dollar, and Citi transfers are less than 1:1 (you lose 20% to half their value) I don’t generally recommend taking advantage of this new transfer. But more options are indeed better.
And it’s a poke in the eye at American Express who lost JetBlue’s co-brand and didn’t manage to keep them as a transfer partner.
I tend to favor Singapore Airlines and Etihad transfers myself. Etihad doesn’t just let you redeem for their own flights, but myriad partners — including American Airlines at American’s old mileage chart prices and Brussels Airlines at under 37,000 miles roundtrip New York – Brussels in business class.
Citi Prestige Card