How to Book Cheap Domestic Awards – SkyTeam Alliance

In this three-part series, we are looking at the basics of the cheapest domestic awards. This encompasses frequent flyer programs spanning all three alliances:

Oneworld – British Airways, Iberia, and American AirlinesStar Alliance – Avianca, Turkish Airlines, and UnitedSkyTeam – Air France/KLM and Delta (this post)

SkyTeam is one of the smaller airline alliances but that doesn't mean there aren't good options to book domestic awards.

In this article, we'll look at how we can use Air France/KLM Flying Blue and Korean Air SKYPASS programs to book domestic award flights on SkyTeam's U.S. based partner Delta Airlines.

ThankYou Premier Bonus Categories Changing, Expanding, Gas at 3x Added

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is changing its category bonuses and adding gas and more as a 3 points per dollar category, effective April 19, 2015.

I got this card last year for its 40,000 point sign up bonus and have used it frequently since then for the category bonuses.

Commenter OakCliffTX let me know that upon signing into his Citi account, he saw the news.

Citi ThankYou Premier Offering Biggest Sign Up Bonus in Its Class

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card now offers 40,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

Not to be confused with the Citi Prestige® Card, which has the same sign up bonus but totally different benefits.
Quick Facts

Sign Up Bonus: 40,000 ThankYou Points after $3,000 in spending in the first three months
Category Bonuses: 3x on travel and gas, 2x on restaurants and entertainment
Value of ThankYou Points: Worth 1.25 cents toward the purchase of any cash ticket (or up to 1.6 cents if you also have a