(EXPIRED) Avianca LifeMiles on sale with 145% Bonus (1.35 cents each)

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Avianca has another bonus available on LifeMiles purchases, this time it’s 145%.  That brings the cost per mile down to 1.35 cents, just above our reasonable redemption value of 1.3 cents.  This is lower than the offers we’ve seen over the last couple of years and is probably only worth considering if you have a specific high-value redemption planned.  That said, LifeMiles has some tremendous sweet spots and availability is good over the next few months, so this could be a good time to top up. The 145% bonus is valid from 5/10-5/17.

Past LifeMiles Bonuses

  • 145% bonus on Lifemiles purchases. Valid January 19-27, 2022
  • 175% bonus on LifeMiles purchases. Valid through December 6-13, 2021.
  • 170% bonus on LifeMiles purchases. Valid through November 22-30, 2021.
  • 155% bonus on LifeMiles purchases. Valid through November 9-16, 2021.
  • 150% bonus on LifeMiles purchases. Valid through March 29 – April 11, 2021.
Avianca’s 787-9 Business Class Seats

The Deal

Key Terms

  • The offer is available from Tuesday 10 May 2022 to Tuesday 17 May 2022.
  • This offer is exclusively for LifeMiles members.
  • Minimum purchase amount is 1,000 miles, maximum is 200,000 miles.
  • Each package of 1,000 LifeMiles is US$33.00
  • Once the payment is made, the miles will be accrued within 24 hours to members account.
  • Miles purchased may be accrued in separate transactions.
Best uses For Avianca LifeMiles
  • Business class to Europe from 63K with no fuel surcharges.   While 63,000 miles to Europe isn't Earth-shattering, what makes this particuarly exciting is the lack of fuel surcharges. Surcharges for Lufthansa are often $700-1000, so this can be a huge savings.  There are many examples of routes inexplicably pricing far below the official award chart like Newark to Lisbon for 35K miles and mixed-cabin business class itineraries that price from as low as 49K (Check out The secret LifeMiles award chart and Avianca LifeMiles’ awesome mixed-cabin award pricing: First class for less).
  • Business class South America from 35K. Avianca LifeMiles offers competitive Star Alliance pricing to both Northern and Southern South America with no fuel surcharges. Again, you can mix cabins on partner awards to save miles, which can be useful if you need a positioning flight. Flights on Avianca metal usually price out slightly higher than partners
  • North America in Business for 10K.  Avianca LifeMiles offers one-ways on United within a single "zone" at excellent prices (the US is split into 3 zones). Within a single zone, pricing is officially 10K one-way in business class. Pricing between Zone 1 (most of the East Coast) and Zone 2 (most of the states apart from the far west) is officially 15K. Many routes will price well below the chart for no obvious reason.

Things to know

  • LifeMiles Purchases are processed directly by Avianca and DO qualify as airfare.
  • LifeMiles expire after 12 months of inactivity.  Redeeming Miles does NOT count as activity, but buying miles does.
  • LifeMiles generally does not pass on the fuel surcharges we see in other Star Alliance programs, making redemptions even more valuable.
  • Availability at LifeMiles.com often doesn't match what you’ll find at United.com or Aeroplan. Phone agents usually do not see better availability than what is shown at LifeMiles.com.  While it can be possible to book via E-mail, it is very slow and frustrating. ALWAYS check the LifeMiles site before transferring points.
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Maestra K

I have flown lots of folks from Denver to Helena on United using Life Miles — not only is it fewer miles than United, but I don’t fly much on United anymore so I don’t even HAVE those miles to use. I had an Avianca credit card till they dropped the Banco Popular alliance a couple of months ago. Right now United doesn’t seem to be releasing any flights to partners — Lufthansa, Avianca coming up blank all summer.

Rjb

Have not been able to book a flight with LifeMikes for a very long time. Total scam. The only thing worse than their terrible web site is their awful customer service.

Paul

I purchased 130,000 Life Miles 5 years ago and tried to use them for business class multiple times for trips out of San Francisco to Hawaii and Argentina/Chile. I have never found any decent itineraries. I wish I could get my money back. I feel like a sucker purchasing a thousand miles every 18 months to keep the miles alive.

Last edited 4 months ago by Paul
Drew

I think your experience is very common. Lifemiles is not a good program for most folks.