Citi Adds Emirates as Transfer Partner to Redeem ThankYou Points

Certain Citi cardholders can now transfer their ThankYou Points to new airline partner Emirates.
Erin HurdApr 22, 2020

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Ever wanted to sip champagne in a private suite and then enjoy a hot, refreshing shower … in the sky? If you hold a or a , you just got another option for taking that luxurious bucket list flight.

Citi has added a new airline transfer partner to its ThankYou Rewards program. Emirates, the flagship airline for the United Arab Emirates, has become the 16th ThankYou Points will transfer to the Emirates Skywards loyalty program at a 1:1 ratio.

It’s always great news in our book to have more transfer partner options. And while you certainly can use Emirates points to fly in Emirates First Class suites, you have even better options to get the most value out of your Emirates Skywards miles.

The Emirates Skywards loyalty program is one you may not be too familiar with. That’s because until recently, Emirates miles were harder to earn. In the past, you could transfer your American Express Membership Rewards to Emirates, but that was the only mainstream option. However, in the past two years, Emirates has become a transfer partner of both and .

With the addition of Citi as a partner, you can now earn Emirates Skywards miles from every major flexible bank points program, as well as from .

Even though Citi has several different credit cards that earn ThankYou Points, it’s important to note that the and the  are the two that will provide the option to transfer to all 16 airline partners. Some other cards allow transfers, but only to JetBlue.

While it’s now easy to acquire Emirates miles, it’s not as easy to know how many miles you’ll need to spend to take that dream first class flight. That’s because Emirates doesn’t publish an award chart for its own program. Instead, the Emirates website provides a miles calculator. It’s handy to see how many miles you’ll need to take a specific flight you have in mind, but it makes it difficult to know exactly how many you’ll need to plan future flights.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind about using Emirates miles:

While flying on an Emirates plane to an exotic location is a dream come true for many, there are also , some closer to home. You can use your miles to book on Emirates' partner airlines, including:

It’s good news for consumers whenever more transfer partners are added to While many travelers may not find significant usefulness in the Emirates loyalty program right away, there’s great value to be found if you’re willing to plan ahead and do a little research.

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