Transfer Citi Points To LifeMiles With 25% Bonus

Transfer Citi Points To LifeMiles With 25% Bonus

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LifeMiles is one of my favorite frequent flyer programs, thanks to the great redemption rates on Star Alliance partners, plus all the ways there are to earn miles with the program. Not only does LifeMiles often have promotions on purchased miles, but the program also partners with major transferable points currencies. A new bonus has just been introduced for transferring a partner points currency to the LifeMiles program.

Citi ThankYou to LifeMiles transfer bonus

Between August 1 and August 31, 2022, you can receive a 25% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Avianca LifeMiles. This transfer bonus is being offered on LifeMiles’ end, so it won’t show on Citi’s website, but rather the bonus should be added by LifeMiles after making a transfer. Even the bonus should post within 24 hours of initiating a transfer.

You can find the Citi promotion page for this offer here. There are several great credit card for earning Citi ThankYou points. Points typically transfer at a 1:1 ratio, and transfer instantly.

Transfer Citi points to LifeMiles with a 25% bonus

Is earning LifeMiles worth it?

Avianca is in the Star Alliance, which means you can redeem LifeMiles on all Star Alliance airlines (which is what makes the program so great). To give a few examples of one-way premium cabin redemption rates (there are no fuel surcharges on any awards):

  • US to Europe in business class costs 63,000 miles
  • US to Europe in first class costs 87,000 miles
  • US to Southeast Asia in business class costs 78,000 miles
  • US to North Asia in first class costs 90,000 miles

Sometimes there are promotions on redemptions, which can offer even more value. There’s also plenty of value for redeeming on United Airlines for domestic flights, which might just be the most practical use of LifeMiles.

Personally I wouldn’t speculatively transfer points, but with a specific use in mind this could be a great value, whether you’re looking at traveling in first class on All Nippon Airways or Lufthansa, or are looking at traveling in business class on a countless number of airlines.

I’ve redeemed LifeMiles for ANA first class

LifeMiles doesn’t always have access to the same award availability as Star Alliance partners, for better or worse. In some cases the program doesn’t have access to partner awards that other airlines do have access to, and in other cases the inverse is true.

That’s why I always recommend doing some “dummy” award searches before acquiring miles in a program, so you can get a sense of how award availability lines up with your needs.

I’ve redeemed LifeMiles for Lufthansa business class

Bottom line

For the month of August you can receive a 25% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Avianca LifeMiles. This has the potential to be a great deal for Star Alliance redemptions, given all of the partners that LifeMiles has.

Personally I use LifeMiles all the time for premium cabin Star Alliance redemptions, and find the program consistently offers great value. Just remember that LifeMiles also sells miles directly, often at a reasonable cost, so I know some prefer to save their points for other uses, and just buy miles directly.

Do you plan on converting Citi ThankYou points into LifeMiles with this bonus?

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  1. Kenny Corrigan Guest

    My Transfer page on Citi ThankYou isn't showing the 25% bonus with LifeMiles. 1,000 --> 1,000.

    Is this expected? Or should it show the 25% bump?

  2. Mark S Guest

    @Omar, did another Citi transfer today and it WAS instant, including the 25% bonus. So I guess sometimes it is instant and sometimes it isn't.

  3. Mark S Guest

    @Omar, it was not an instant transfer as I explained. And if you search you will see that this is not rare, in fact more common. I've done Lifemiles transfers before and yes they were instant. Seems something has changed. But good luck if you try.

  4. Mark S Guest

    Gotta love when you do a transfer on Sat and then a bonus comes out on Monday. Oh well. But be aware, transfers ARE NOT immediate with Citi at least. After transfer Citi confirmed instantly, Lifemiles confirmed within an hour, both with emails, but the points didn't show up in my account until next day (probably midnight). Fortunately my flight was still available, but transferring for something like LH first class can be VERY risky.

    1. Omar Guest

      @Mark S Citi is an instant transfer except in rare cases

  5. Daniel B. Guest

    One more question: is this promo the best, or they did they used to have better % promos for transfer? Thanks.

  6. Daniel B. Guest

    @Lucky: How easy it is to get approved for the Citi Double cash card? I have the Citi premier for a year, spending a lot on it, has a FICO score of 810. Thanks.

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Kenny Corrigan Guest

My Transfer page on Citi ThankYou isn't showing the 25% bonus with LifeMiles. 1,000 --> 1,000. Is this expected? Or should it show the 25% bump?

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Mark S Guest

@Omar, did another Citi transfer today and it WAS instant, including the 25% bonus. So I guess sometimes it is instant and sometimes it isn't.

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Mark S Guest

@Omar, it was not an instant transfer as I explained. And if you search you will see that this is not rare, in fact more common. I've done Lifemiles transfers before and yes they were instant. Seems something has changed. But good luck if you try.

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