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Citi ThankYou Points, which transfer to nine airlines plus Hilton, can be freely shared among ThankYou accounts.

Right now the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card offers 40,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

If you and your travel partner have both offered this card or if you have opened the ThankYou Premier and the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card, you can freely combine balances before redeeming the points for airline miles or free flights.

  • What is the one big restriction on shared points?
  • What are the two best ways to redeem ThankYou Points?

Sharing Points & Combining Points

From ThankYou Rewards help:

“Points Sharing is a ThankYou® Rewards feature that allows you to give your qualifying ThankYou Points to another ThankYou Member by sharing Points from your ThankYou Member Account to the recipient’s ThankYou Member Account. Points Sharing provides a flexible way to use your Points. Shared Points received are valid 90 days from the date received.”

Points Sharing refers to giving one person’s ThankYou Points to another. You can freely combine your own ThankYou Points spread out among multiple accounts, say because you have two ThankYou Points earning cards, through a different process.

To combine your own ThankYou Points, click “Combine ThankYou Accounts” in the “My Account” dropdown on thankyou.com.

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When you transfer from one person’s ThankYou account to another person’s ThankYou account, the received ThankYou Points expire in 90 days. This is very easy to workaround. All it means is that you have to transfer the ThankYou Points to an airline within 90 days. Once there, they can sit as airline miles in accordance with the airline’s expiration policy.

There is no fee to make share points and no minimum number of points you can share. You do not need to share in increments of 1,000.

To share points between two people, click “Points Sharing” under “Do more” on thankyou.com.

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To share ThankYou Points, you need the recipient’s first and last name, his ThankYou account number, and the number of points you want to share. He can find his ThankYou account number at thankyou.com.Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 11.21.31 AM

The form looks like this to share miles.Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 11.21.45 AMHow to Use ThankYou Points

The two best ways to use ThankYou Points:

  • Each point is worth 1.25 cents toward any flight on any airline with no blackouts
  • Points can be transferred 1:1 to nine airlines’ miles

Generally transferring the points to airline miles will result in more value. My favorite two transfer partners are Flying Blue, which offers 12,500 mile awards to Europe and Israel, and Singapore Airlines, which offers great rates to Hawaii and the Americas with up to three stopovers on an award.

Using airline miles means searching for award space and having to deal with award bookings. If you want to use your ThankYou Points more easily, they can be used to purchase any flight on any airline at a rate of 1.25 cents per point.

How I Use Citi ThankYou Points

I have the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. I got it to earn the massive 40,000 point sign up bonus and 3x points on gas and travel. It is one of only three cards I carry in my wallet.

I plan to use my Citi ThankYou Points for Singapore miles or Air France Flying Blue miles.

With Singapore miles, I can fly between Hawaii and the continental United States for 30,000 miles each way in First Class, including flat bed First Class.

Or I can fly between Hawaii and South America for 40,000 Singapore miles each way in business/First Class.

With Flying Blue miles, I can fly one way awards on Delta planes, often for fewer miles than Delta charges for the same flights.

Or I can use Flying Blue miles to fly between the United States and Europe for as little as 12,500 miles one way.

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!


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