Like McDonalds says, “have it your way”. The more ways to use points, the more chance for customers to get great value. The Citi Thank You and Chase Ultimate Rewards programs each just announced new ways to use points, giving exciting new options for cashing in. Here’s everything you need to know.

Chase Adds…

Chase has added both Iberia and AerLingus to it’s table of transfer partners. Chase cardholders utilizing the Ultimate Rewards program can now directly transfer their points to either airline, opening up new possibilities. The bank already allows British Airways transfers- who partners with both airlines, but there are some advantages to booking with Iberia. Iberia offers round trip business class between the US and Europe starting at just 49,000 points.

Citi Adds…

Citi Thank You points earning cardmembers just got a welcome jolt to the program. Avianca LifeMiles is the new transfer partner for Citi, and the airline is a favorite amongst “travel hackers” who enjoy Avianca’s frequently cheap points sales. Members can now compliment the cheap points they earn with the free points they earn, unlocking great rates on top airlines.

Bottom Line

All new opportunities to use credit card points are fantastic. Great credit card points, such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi Thank You points are best left sitting in the “bank”, until an immediate use for them is available. This gives members more flexibility as to that use. This is great news for all involved. Woohoo!