Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Hilton With a 33% Bonus

Jul 6, 2017

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Prestige Card, Citi ThankYou Preferred Card, Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American ExpressCiti ThankYou Preferred Card for College Students

Part of what makes transferable currencies so valuable is their flexibility — your points aren’t trapped in just one program. Even better, sometimes airlines and hotels partner with transferable point programs to offer a transfer bonus.

We just learned about a new transfer bonus that’s appealing for those looking to top off their Hilton Honors account. Now through September 20, get a 33% bonus when transferring Citi ThankYou Points to Hilton Honors. Instead of the standard 1 to 1.5 transfer rate, you’ll get 2,000 Honors points for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points you transfer.

Citi Hilton transfer bonus July-September 2017

Citi ThankYou Point earning cards include:

  • Citi Prestige Card (sign-up bonus: 40,000 points for $4,000 spend)
  • Citi Premier Card
  • Citi ThankYou Preferred Card (sign-up bonus: 15,000 points for $1,000 spend)
  • Citi ThankYou Preferred Card for College Students (sign-up bonus: 2,500 points for $500 spend)
  • AT&T Access Card From Citi (sign-up bonus: 10,000 points for $1,000 spend)

Is It Worth It?

In TPG’s latest valuations, Citi ThankYou points are pegged at 1.6 cents each — although you can get even more value by transferring to airline programs. Meanwhile, Hilton Honors points have around 0.6 cents of value per point. So, even at the improved 1:2 transfer ratio, you can expect to lose out on some value.

That said, this transfer bonus is ideal for those with orphaned Honors points. If you’re in this spot, you can utilize this transfer bonus to top off your Hilton account so you can redeem for an award. And, there are some great ways to get value from your Hilton points at both high and low levels. Category 1 Hilton hotels start at just 5,000 points per night — equivalent to 2,500 ThankYou Points per night with this transfer bonus.

Another way of stocking up on Hilton Honors points is by opening a new credit card. You can currently get 100,000 Hilton points via the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express after spending $3,000 in the first three months. Unfortunately, the Citi Hilton Honors card is no longer accepting applications.

The DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur, bookable with 10,000 HHonors points.
The DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur is a great low-level Hilton redemption option.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, there are some terms to keep in mind: The transfer from Citi ThankYou Points to Hilton isn’t immediate, but you can expect the have the points hit your Hilton account sometime within 24 hours. Keep in mind that Citi only promises that the points “will be posted to your Hilton Honors Member Account within 3 business days.”

Transfers must be made in increments of 1,000 ThankYou Points. In case you’re sitting on a stockpile of ThankYou Points, there’s no maximum to the number of points that you can transfer to earn the bonus, but there’s a cap of 500,000 points per transaction.

H/T: One Mile At A Time

Featured image courtesy of the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

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