It’s always hard to find points hotels in Israel, so it’s worth noting that the country has 3 eligible hotels. In Jerusalem there is the fabled King David Hotel and in Tel Aviv there is the Setai Tel Aviv and the Dan Tel Aviv.
I joined the Leaders Club program and was offered 500 points in a welcome email for entering all of my profile details. That’s equal to $40 or a transfer of 2,500 Citi points!
Points don’t expire if you earn or redeem points every 24 months.
When logged in, you can search for award rates here.
Leaders Club points appear to be worth about 8 cents each. That imputes a value of 1.6 cents per Citi Thank You point. However that value can be 10 cents each after taxes, which would be a value of 2 cents per Citi point.
- Member benefits include:
- Upgrade priority at checkin.
- Daily breakfast for 2.
- Early check-in and late check-out considerations.
- Free WiFi.
- Exclusive pricing.
Hotels in Israel include the King David:
There are lots of other excellent hotels.
In 2021 I stayed at The Victoria Falls Hotel on a bargain rate during COVID with the AMEX Platinum $200 credit and a $300 spa credit. Rates there have recovered there since COVID, but you can get a good value from your points at an incredible hotel, where you’ll pass giraffes walking to your room and are just a short walk from Victoria Falls:
- In the Miami Beach area there are 5 hotels to choose from:
In Europe there are hotels like the Ritz Paris, Ritz London, the Palazzo Roma, just a 15 minute talk to the Jewish ghetto in Rome, and the Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel, just a 10 minute walk from Chabad in the Jewish ghetto in Venice.
Best of all, you can use points for upgraded rooms and suites as well.
If you have a Citi Double Cash Card, you earn 2 points per dollar everywhere.
If you also have a Citi Premier Card, you can transfer points to programs like Leaders Club at a value that’s at least 1.6 cents per point. That means your spending is worth 3.2% back everywhere on Citi Double Cash or 4.8% back on gas, airfare, hotel, travel agents, restaurants, and supermarket spending on Citi Premier towards hotels on Leaders Club.
And if you also have a Citi Rewards+ Card, you get a 10% rebate on up to 100,000 of points redeemed or transferred annually. That means you’ll get back 3.56% back everywhere on Citi Double Cash or 5.33% back on gas, airfare, hotel, travel agents, restaurants, and supermarket spending on Citi Premier towards hotels on Leaders Club.
Is that better than bargains, such as transferring Citi points to Turkish Airlines to book Star Alliance partner awards?
With coach tickets within the US, including Hawaii for 7.5K points:
Business class tickets within the US for 12.5K points:
Or business class tickets to Europe for 45K points or Israel for 47K points:
But then again, it can be hard to find dates with partner saver award space and even when you do, Turkish often can’t book it online. You can try calling Turkish to book, but that’s also not a simple process.
On the other hand, a consistent value of 1.6 cents or more per point for a hotel is great, especially because hotel deals are harder to come by than flight deals. The more great booking options that exist, the better!
Will you transfer Citi points to the Leaders Club? Which hotels do you have your eye on?