If you hold a Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card, a Citi Premier℠ Card or a Citi Prestige® Card and fly JetBlue often, your points could be even more valuable. Starting Sept. 13, 2018, travelers will get more points when they transfer Citi ThankYou® Points to TrueBlue points.
Increased transfer ratio from Citi ThankYou Points to JetBlue TrueBlue points
The number of JetBlue TrueBlue points frequent flyers will receive by transferring Citi ThankYou Points will depend on the card they hold. After Sept. 13, points will transfer as:
- Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card: 1,000 ThankYou Points = 800 TrueBlue Points (an increase of 300 TrueBlue points)
- Citi Premier℠ Card: 1,000 ThankYou Points = 1,000 TrueBlue Points (an increase of 200 TrueBlue points)
- Citi Prestige® Card: 1,000 ThankYou Points = 1,000 TrueBlue Points (an increase of 200 TrueBlue points)
To take advantage of the increased ratios, Citi cardholders must transfer at least 1,000 points. Those planning to move their points must already be a TrueBlue member and register their membership number in advance.
The new bonuses only apply to these three ThankYou Points cards. Other cards earning Citi ThankYou Points, including the AT&T Access Card from Citi and AT&T Access More Card from Citi, do not qualify for the higher transfer points.
Is it a good deal?
For Citi cardholders who are looking for more value for their points, this is a great deal that increases their options. And because TrueBlue points can also be used on Hawaiian Airlines, visiting the Hawaiian islands is an option for frequent flyers.
For discounted domestic flights, ThankYou Points are also transferable to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, or 13 other international frequent flyer programs. The Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card also comes with no annual fee, which reduces the overall costs of earning and redeeming points for members.
But for those who primarily fly with JetBlue and are working toward Mosaic status, this may not be the best deal for them. The JetBlue Card also has no annual fee and earns 3 points per dollar spent on JetBlue purchases, along with 2 points per dollar spent at restaurants and grocery stores and 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Because of the bonus categories, this could be a better option than earning and converting ThankYou Points.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2018, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®).
- Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card (Earn unlimited 2 miles per dollar on every purchase).
- Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve® (Get 3 points per dollar on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases).
- No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card (Earn unlimited 1.5 points per dollar spent on all purchases, with no annual fee).
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express (Get 5 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or through American Express Travel, plus get access to the Global Lounge Collection). Terms Apply.
Planning a trip? Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice:
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NerdWallet’s Best Citi Credit Cards of 2018