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Year ago, when Citi and Hilton partnered on a credit card, you could also transfer Citi ThankYou points to Hilton Honors. That ended several years ago, however, and since then Citi ThankYou has not had any hotel transfer partners at all.

Today, Citi announced the addition of Choice Hotels (Choice Privileges) as a ThankYou transfer partner.

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citi choice hotels transfer partner

For annual fee cards, including the Citi Premier and Citi Prestige, points transfer at a 1:2 ratio. (1,000 ThankYou = 2,000 Choice)

citi choice hotels transfer partner

With the no-annual-fee-cards, including Citi ThankYou Preferred, Citi Rewards+, Citi Custom Cash, and Citi Double Cash (for cardmembers who transfer their cash back into ThankYou Points), points will transfer at a 1:1.5 ratio.  (1,000 ThankYou = 1,500 Choice).

Transfers are instant.

While Choice Hotels may lack the prestige of Hyatt, Hilton or Marriott Bonvoy, it does present some solid value in the right situations. Note that award pricing isn’t fixed overall, but rather by date, so you will always want to search before transferring.

At the higher end, their Ascend Collection includes some luxury properties, and they also have All Inclusive resorts (Dreams, Zoetry, Secrets, and Sunscape are the brands).

The Dominican Republic provides a slew of options under these brands.

For example:

Beyond those mentioned above, other Choice brands include:

  • Comfort Inn
  • Comfort Suites
  • Cambria
  • EconoLodge
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Quality Inn
  • Sleep Inn
  • Suburban Extended Stay
  • MainStay Suites

I would say that in a lot of cases, you’re going to find around 0.5 – 0.7 cents each, meaning you’d be getting just a 1 – 1.4cpp return assuming you have a Citi Premier or Citi Prestige with the 1:2 transfer rate.

But in other cases, like with any program, you can find outsized value.

Overall, this isn’t the most amazing news ever, but it certainly adds an additional utility for Citi ThankYou points and it’s certainly nice for ThankYou to have a hotel partner option again.

The Citi ThankYou transfer partner list now looks like this:

Citi ThankYou Transfer Partners Last updated: November 2021
Transfer RatioApproximate Transfer Time *
AeroMexico1:1Generally instant
Air France Flying Blue1:1Instant
Avianca LifeMiles1:1Instant.
Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles1:1Instant
Etihad Guest1:1Instant
Emirates1:!Instant
Eva Air1:1~1-3 days
Jet Airways InterMiles1:1Instant
JetBlue TrueBlue1:1Instant
Malaysia Airlines Enrich1:1~1-7 days
Qantas1:1Instant to 1 day
Qatar Privilege Club1:1~2 days
Singapore Airlines1:1~1-2 days
Thai Orchid Plus1:1~3-7 days
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles1:11-2 days
Virgin Atlantic1:1Instant to 2 days
Hotels
Choice Hotels1:2 (Citi Prestige / Premier / Chairman cards)

1:1.5 (No fee Citi ThankYou cards)
Instant
Wyndham Rewards1:1 (Citi Prestige / Premier / Chairman cards)

1:0.8 (No fee Citi ThankYou cards)
TBD
Citi Premier
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