Wow: Citibank Points Now Transferable to American AAdvantage

This blog contains links and content that I have received compensation. This site is sponsored by Citibank, American Express, Chase Barclays, Capital One, and Barclays. All opinions in this post are mine and have not been approved or endorsed by my advertising partner. I don't write about all credit card options. Instead, I focus on cash back, miles and points (and currencies that can convert into them). These offers and benefits are subject to terms. Citibank ThankYou Rewards points can be converted 1:1 into American AAdvantage through November 23. This is a huge benefit for both the program and these cards. The option to transfer to American AAdvantage at this time is not available. (HT: MilesTalk, who cites Business Insider). Citi Premier Card offers its largest-ever initial bonus. You will earn 80,000 bonus point after spending $4,000 within the first three months. This temporary addition to AAAdvantage transfers will push me to apply for the card. This is, in my opinion, the best offer for an initial bonus. The normal Citi ThankYou transfer partners of the Premier (and Prestige and Chairmans) cards are: SkyTeam: Aeromexico Club Prime, Air France KLM Flying Blue Aeromexico Club Premier and Air France KLM Flying Blue Oneworld: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. Malaysia Airlines Enrich. Qantas Frequent Flyer. Qatar Airways Privilege Club. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. Malaysia Airlines Enrich. Qantas Frequent Flyer. Qatar Airways Privilege Club Star Alliance. Avianca LifeMiles. EVA Air Infinity MileageLands. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus. Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles. Avianca LifeMiles and EVA Air Infinity MileageLands are available to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus and Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles. Non-alliance: Emirates Skywards. Etihad Guest. JetBlue TrueBlue. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Transfers to American seem more like a temporary test. American had a last co-brand agreement with Citibank and Barclays. Mileage transfers for Citi ThankYou Rewards were available, along with the possibility of taking the entire cobrand relationship. Citi would not pay the premium American requested. These deals are being renegotiated so there may be a change of opinion on all sides. Bilt Rewards is a loyalty program that allows you to earn points for paying rent and has its own credit card. It also offers points transfer to American, so it's even more obvious that Citis doesnt consider them the largest American brand partner. Citi has a lot of great transfer partners, including Qatars Privilege Club. This is a unique program that is especially appealing for QSuites redemptions. Turkish Airlines offers 48-hour award holds. You can then lock in an award before you transfer points. First class to the Caribbean and Hawaii are just 12,500 miles each way on United. Europe has 45,000 miles for business class and India 52,500 (plus fuel surcharges). EVA Airways is a great program that's often overlooked. Citi is seen as less of a transfer partner than Chase Ultimate Rewards, which has United and Southwest, and American Express (which includes Delta), due to the fact that it does not have one of the major US airlines. American AAdvantage is the program that I have used the most miles in over the years to redeem premium cabin awards on Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Japan Airlines, British Airways, Etihad and Qatar.