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Cardholders who earn Citi ThankYou points just got a new way to redeem their points for travel. Citi announced it has added the Mexican airline AeroMexico as a new transfer partner, bringing its total to 15 airline transfer partners now available.
The transfer rate to Club Premier AeroMexico is the standard 1:1 ratio similar to many of Citi ThankYou’s other airline partners. AeroMexico is part of the SkyTeam alliance, so transferring points could be useful for booking award flights on other airlines (but don’t expect phenomenal redemption rates).
You must have a card that earns Citi ThankYou points in order to transfer to AeroMexico. Here are some popular options:
If you don’t have one of these cards, you might still be able to transfer points to AeroMexico if you participate in AmEx Membership Rewards or earn Capital One rewards. AmEx points transfer at an even better rate than Citi ThankYou points since their transfer ratio is 1 Membership Rewards point to 1.6 Club Premier AeroMexico points.
» Learn more: How to earn and use Citi ThankYou points
Club Premier AeroMexico award chart
U.S.-based travelers won’t find many deals hiding in the Club Premier AeroMexico award chart. The cheapest routes originating in the U.S. will eat up 40,000 points each way — and that’s during low season.
High season occurs at three different times of the year, but it leaves plenty of flexibility to travel during shoulder seasons in the spring and fall. Here are the high season periods that’ll cost you a bit more in points:
Holy Week: From the Monday before Holy Week through the Sunday following it.
Summer: June 1 through Aug. 18.
Christmastime: Dec. 8 through Jan. 16.
Flights originating from Mexico aren’t much better in terms of redemption rates, unless perhaps you plan on flying to different destinations in Mexico; these routes will only cost you 28,000 points each way during low season.
If you’re looking for some higher-value redemptions, check out our list of Citi ThankYou award sweet spots.
The bottom line
New airline partners give Citi cardholders more travel options, but this new addition isn’t a huge game changer overall. Citi ThankYou points already transfer to other SkyTeam members, like AirFrance and KLM’s Flying Blue program — and the AeroMexico award chart offers generally poor redemption values.
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