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Book El Al, Emirates or Qantas with this 25% Transfer Bonus

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25% Transfer Bonus to Qantas From Citi ThankYou

This one won’t be for everyone, but until April 13th, you can get 1,250 Qantas miles for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou points transferred.

Why It’s Not For Everyone

Qantas isn’t a great place to store points because their rates for awards aren’t very competitive and on top of that they levy high surcharges.  Additionally, there’s a long expected transfer time to Qantas which also won’t hold awards. So that’s not a great combo.

So Then, What’s Worth Considering?

  1. You can book flights on El Al. Spencer Howard did a deep dive on this for one of his award alerts which you should sign up for. You can fly from NYC (or Toronto) to Israel in Business Class for 78,000 Qantas each and minimal fees. That’s a GREAT deal.
  2. If you are set on a Qantas First Class flight US <–> Australia, Qantas members get access 24 days before American’s AAdvantage members do, at 355 days before departure.
  3. You can use Qantas points to book Emirates First Class. You’ll pay 126,0000 points plus a massive surcharge to Dubai, but it’s another option, given that using Emirates Skywards you can only transfer Amex or Marriott, JAL added big surcharges and it is hard to earn miles in their program and and Alaska miles are also hard to earn.  Alaska remains the only way to avoid massive fuel surcharges on EK, though they now charge a lot more than before. So it’s an option.

How can you earn ThankYou points?

Citi’s best cards for earning ThankYou Points are the Citi Premier and Citi Prestige.

Will you book anything with this transfer bonus?

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