Citi adds a new transfer partner “Virgin America Elevate” to its ThankYou Rewards program. With this addition, the number of ThankYou points affiliated reward programs increases to 13 (12 Airline and 1 Hotel reward program)
- Asia Miles
- Etihad Airways Guest
- EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
- Flying Blue Air France KLM
- Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Qantas Frequent flyer
- Virgin America Elevate.
- Hilton HHonors
You will get 1 Virgin America Elevate point for every 2 ThankYou points transferred. Through Oct 21, 2015, you can also get a 25% transfer bonus when you transfer ThankYou points to Virgin America Elevate.
What can you do with Virgin America Elevate?
With Virgin America Elevate program, points needed for an award ticket depend on the revenue price of the ticket. you get a fixed value for each point (2.2-2.5 cents/point) when you redeem for Virgin America awards.
You can also redeem Virgin America Elevate points for travelling on partner airlines – Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic. Partner awards are based on award chart, you can use this calculator to find the number of miles needed for the partner awards.
However, you will have to pay high fuel surcharges for most of the partner awards except Virgin Australia and Hawaiian Airlines.
Is the transfer bonus worth it?
While it is good to have option, it is not generally recommended to transfer to Virgin America Elevate even with the promotion. It may make sense if you are short of a few miles or redeeming for Hawaiian Airlines awards.
It is not recommended to transfer ThankYou points to Virgin America Elevate, even with the transfer bonus. You can always get 1.25 cents/points for airfare, as you would have had Citi ThankYou Premier card or better to be able to transfer.
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