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A Beginner’s Guide To Citi ThankYou Points

Written by Dave Perry on August 30, 2013.

Like most other banks, Citi offers its own proprietary rewards program called ThankYou points. These points are earned from several of their reward credit cards, as well as from retail banking accounts. These accounts are called sponsor accounts, and all the points earned from each of these accounts are pooled together.

Earning points

Most Citi credit cards earn one ThankYou point per dollar spent, while the Citi Forward cards earn five points per dollar spent on dining and entertainment. Some other card feature bonus categories as well.  For those with multiple sponsor accounts, such as multiple credit cards or bank accounts, all the points are pooled into one account.

Using points

Points can be used in several different ways.

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New Ways To Earn Frequent Flyer Points

Written by Oliver Laker on August 21, 2013.

When it comes to frequent flyer programs, almost everyone wants a shortcut to earn more points.

Some people even take extreme measures to get there, like the man who recently made headlines by earning 380,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points through an NAB credit card promotion, among many others in Australia and around the world.

While some extreme and questionable tactics for earning frequent flyer points have recently been in the media, there are also a number of new ways to boost frequent flyer point balances easily (and legitimately).

Velocity Offers Points For Your Pets

Virgin Australia has broken new ground in the loyalty space by offering frequent flyer points to pets on domestic flights from 1 July 2013 onwards.

Velocity members can now earn 300 points each time their dog or cat flies on Virgin Australia’s expansive domestic network, while Silver, Gold and Platinum members will also receive a special Points bonus.

Plus, to celebrate the launch of the program, Velocity members can earn double Points on purchases made at Online Pet Accessories, Pet Smart and The Vet Shed via the Velocity Global eStore until the end of July 2013.

Curiosity Pays For Qantas Frequent Flyers

Qantas Frequent Flyer members have had the opportunity to win thousands of extra points just by getting a photo taken with a life-size replica of NASA’s Mars rover “Curiosity”.

As part of Qantas Frequent Flyer campaign, based around encouraging members to explore all the ways to get the best out of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, the airline has toured Australia with Curiosity’s twin, running competitions at each location.

People who got a snap in Melbourne, for example, could go in the draw to win 100,000 Frequent Flyer points. Similar c

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FAQ: How many frequent flyer points do I get for my rewards points?

Written by Oliver Laker on March 16, 2013.

One of the questions we get asked fairly regularly here at is what the conversion rate is between a bank’s rewards points and either Qantas Frequent Flyer points or another frequent flyer program points. This is something that looks really easy to figure out, but you will usually have to trawl the rewards program website to get the full picture. For a start, you’ll need to be sure that you can convert points to the frequent flyer program that you’re a member of (not all rewards programs have deals with all airlines).

Apart from understanding which frequent flyer programs are available, you can’t tell whether you will get good value doing a conversion when you can’t see different options side by side. That’s why we’ve designed a quick reference frequent flyer conversion table. The table als

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Reward Points: Friend or Foe?

Written by Blake Teen on February 6, 2011.

The camera is empty. The photos are uploaded. And the souvenirs have been given away. What remains after a trip abroad? A roaring debate in my head about whether reward points are a waste of time and effort or if they’re a nifty way to save money. I have experience to support both views.

• Reward points are the enemy: A month after I returned, I’m still working on claiming my frequent flyer mile credit. The many segments of my trip were handed off to other operators so I face a complicated online form to get credited. The form requires a special 13-digit code that, alas, can be found only on the bigger section of boarding pass (the part that the flight staff keeps as you board). Plan B means I’m still scanning and e-mailing the little stubs of tickets a month later. Knowing that the cheapest round-trip flights on this airline cost 25,000 points, I’ve spent 4 hours to earn 1/4 of a trip. Yikes. Th

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