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Best ThankYou Transfer Partners
I just read Ben’s article on How to Redeem Citi ThankYou Points and the only transfer partner he mentions as being worthwhile is Singapore Airlines for United flights.
I’m curious about the “niche” redemptions he mentions.
There’s a big list of transfer partners, and let’s say my goals are to travel mostly within the US, but maybe to Europe and I don’t want to pay fuel surcharges.
Are there any options to fly on Delta, AA and United?
Any other thoughts? Thanks!
Rick, check this old post from Frequent Miler. [URL]http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2014/06/24/transfer-partner-master-list/[/URL]
The post is old but the Google Docs spreadsheet is kept up-to-date.
It shows you where you can transfer your TY points. The problem is, except for Singapore, the partner award charts aren’t necessarily great. Some airlines (like Qantas) charge far more miles than is required when flying their partner (like AA). In the case of Singapore, you can use Singapore miles on other Star Alliance airlines (like United) and sometimes even come out ahead! [URL=’http://www.milevalue.com/guide-book-united-flights-hawaii-singapore-krisflyer-miles/’]See this Mile Value post[/URL] on how it’s cheaper to use Singapore’s Krisflyer miles to get to Hawaii than it is to use United’s own miles – even though the flights are on the exact same planes!
I think the niche redemptions would be if you had almost enough miles in one of the transfer partners’ programs (say Virgin America) and you transferred over enough miles to top off that account to get an award you’d like.
Does that make sense? Let us know if we need to explain further.