Citi Adds Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles As 1:1 Transfer Partner & What You Should Know

Citi has added Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles loyalty program as a transfer partner from Citi ThankYou points, the transfer rate is 1:1 (minimum of 1,000 miles at a time).

Citi has been continually adding new transfer partners with the most recent before this Jet Airways JetPrivilege. A full list of Citi’s transfer partners is below and you can view a full list of the previous transfer bonuses they have offered here.

EmiratesEVA Air Infinity MileageLandsMalaysia Airlines Enrich
AirFrance-KLM Flying BlueEtihad GuestQatar Airways Privilege Club
Asia MilesSingapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Thai Airways Royal Orchid PlusVirgin Atlantic Flying ClubQantas
JetBlue (1:0.8 rate, 0.5 with Preferred)Sears SYWRP (1:12)Jet Airways JetPrivilege
Turkish Airlines Miles & SmilesAvianca LifeMilesClub Premier Aeromexico

What You Need To Know About Turkish Airlines

Hat tip to VFTW & /r/churning

 

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jeremy
jeremy

Anyone know if they allow Open Jaw??? Would like to fly from NyC to Moscow and then St Petersburg to NYC

italdesign
italdesign

just book 2 one-ways if needed.

Lin
Lin

Can I get TK elite status by transferring points?

Elmer
Elmer

TIL I can transfer all of my Thank You points into Sears SYR points! Woohoo! 240,000 SYW points, here I come! Just think of all the Kmart goodies I can get with those!

Chris
Chris

What fuel charges to expect on Business class seat on Partners and TA?

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

Should be similar to whatever shows up on ITA Matrix (http://extrapackofpeanuts.com/finding-the-fuel-surcharge/).

TK displays their fuel surcharges as “YR” instead of “YQ”, so watch out for that.

I just entered a sample date for business class IAH-IST and the fees come to about $450 RT.

Chris
Chris

Thank you!

YRK
YRK

Is the list of airlines having fuel surcharges up-to-date?

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

I literally just picked the first Google result for a site that described the ITA Matrix technique for estimating award ticket fees- I have never browsed that site before.

But a good rule of thumb is that if any list of airlines includes US Airways it’s not up to date.

YRK
YRK

Does turkish airline charge fuel surcharge on awards?

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

Yes, fuel surcharges will be passed on for all carriers that assess them.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

>Best value/sweet spot seems to be business class flights from North America to Turkey for 90,000 points round trip.

I’d say the biggest sweet spots are business class to Europe (including Turkey, 90k), the Middle East (94k) and “Middle Asia” (including India, 105k). Fuel surcharges/fees will be similar to what SQ and ANA would charge.

You also have US domestic Y/J for 20k/30k, but the main issue with that will be actually getting ticketed for such a flight.

Regardless, for someone who likes flying TK J and has some TYP to burn this is a very welcome addition.