(EXPIRED) 15% transfer bonus Amex to Avianca LifeMiles

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Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 15% bonus on miles transferred from American Express Membership Rewards.

The Deal

Get 15% bonus miles when transferring points from Amex Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles.

  • Valid May 3 to May 31, 2021.
  • When transferring from American Express, you won’t see the bonus since this one is provided by LifeMiles after the fact.
  • You can find the LifeMiles promo page here.

Quick Thoughts

Avianca LifeMiles is a very good program for booking Star Alliance flights.  Award prices are usually cheaper than with United miles and, like United, LifeMiles doesn’t impose fuel surcharges.  On the other hand, their prices are usually higher than ANA, their online award search tool is limited, they have high change fees, and dealing with customer service can be challenging.

For ideas for great uses of LifeMiles miles, see: Avianca LifeMiles sweet spots for award flights.

As always, I wouldn’t recommend moving miles to this program for this deal unless you have a specific award redemption in mind.

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FIPhile

I took advantage of this bonus for a redemption to London on United. The correct number of points, including the 15% bonus, show up when I log in to my LifeMiles account and look under “Account Statement”. The issue is no points are showing as available for booking. It shows “You Have LM 0” when I try to book an award ticket. Is this typical? If so, about how long will I need to wait for these points to be available for booking? Thanks!

FIPhile

Yes, I tried logging off and back in several times throughout the day with no luck. I learned a few things that might be useful for your readers. 1) The points posted the following morning, at which time I tried to book the itinerary I found the day before. 2) Near the end of the booking process I took a screen shot of the processing page, including the provided reservation code number. At the very end of the booking process I got an error message, so I emailed my reservation code along with my LifeMiles account number to support@lifemiles.com to request confirmation that the booking went through. An hour and a half later I got a confirmation email back from LifeMiles, along with a series of emails containing pdf e-tickets for me and my family. 3) When searching for award space, LifeMiles provides an estimate of taxes and fees along with the required number of miles. The initial estimate provided for total taxes and fees for four economy nonstop r/t DEN-LHR was $464.64, which I knew did not include the $25 per ticket booking fee. However, when it came time to finalize the booking, the taxes and fees jumped to over $1k. I’m not sure why there was such a big difference. 4) I don’t think the number of miles I was charged strictly follows the LifeMiles award chart. The per ticket DEN-LHR leg was 21k LifeMiles for economy, and the return LHR-DEN priced out at 30k each for economy.

FIPhile

I did not, but I will now. Good suggestion. Thanks for the reply!

FIPhile

After some back and forth with LifeMiles support, I’m basically stuck with the fees. They recited chapter and verse of the terms and conditions back to me, which I could not ague with. However, what I experienced felt very much like a bait and switch, with the price shown during the flight selection process different than what was shown at the final payment screen. This was my first experience with LifeMiles. I can say if I attempt to redeem with them again I will document the process much more carefully with screen shots. Many thanks to the Frequent Miler team for all of the great content!

Jake

Thanks for posting your experience. I just transferred points from Citi and AMEX and in my Lifemiles account activity, it shows the points were transferred and added, but in the header it shows that I have a 0 balance. Will wait until the morning to check and see if it’s updated!

GBSanDiego

When booking ANA First Class using LifeMiles, do you instantly get the ANA PRN? Do I have to call to get the ANA PRN? How soon I can select my seats after booking?

GBSanDiego

Thank u Greg! I appreciate your quick response and input.

MICHAEL CAREY

If you do this transfer, will you satisfy their insane miles expiration requirement and have another year to use you miles?