(EXPIRED) LifeMiles transfer bonus: 115% bonus miles when you transfer to another member

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Avianca LifeMiles is offering a new transfer bonus when you transfer your LifeMiles to another member. You’ll get a 115% bonus when transferring to friends or family, which means that when you transfer 1,000 LifeMiles to someone else, they will receive 2,150 miles. This could stack nicely with the current Citi transfer bonus to make for a chance to generate LifeMiles at a cost of about 1.1c per mile.

The Deal

  • Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 115% bonus when you transfer your miles to another member through August 20, 2021

Key Terms

  • This promotion is valid from August 10th to August 20th, 2021 (between 00.00-23.59 GMT -6, El Salvador), as the last date of transfer.
  • Transfer fee for each block of 1,000 LifeMiles: USD $15.00 not including applicable taxes
  • The 115% bonus is calculated over the amount of miles to be transferred.
  • Miles transfer is available through Avianca´s Call Centers, LifeMiles.com and Avianca Information Centers.
  • At LifeMiles.com, the purchase can only be done through BUY MILES/ Transfer your miles.
  • Only form of payment through Avianca’s Call Center and LifeMiles.com: international credit or debit card.
  • The miles must be transferred in multiples of LM 1,000.
  • Minimum transfer miles: LM 1,000.
  • Maximum transfer miles per member per calendar year: LM 75,000 (excluding additional bonuses).
  • Maximum LifeMiles to receive per member per calendar year: LM 75,000 (excluding additional bonuses).
  • The miles transferred and earned with this promotion do not apply to achieve or maintain Elite status.
  • The transfer of miles is not reversible or refundable, except in countries where this right is granted by applicable law, such as the right to retraction in Colombia, in the cases where it applies.
  • The transfer of miles is an immediate execution transaction. Once the miles are transferred, they will be accrued immediately on the receiving member´s account. As of that moment, the miles can be used according to the terms and conditions of the LifeMiles Program.

Quick Thoughts

Key to understanding this promotion is the fact that this bonus is not directly related to transferring from a partner. If you have 1,000 LifeMiles in your Avianca LifeMiles account today, whether earned from a partner or previously transferred or left over from cancelled bookings, you can transfer them to a friend or family member and they will receive 2,150 miles.

Avianca LifeMiles charges $15 per 1,000 miles transferred to another member (no additional charge for the bonus miles), so you’ll generate 1,150 bonus miles for fifteen bucks. That’s a cost of 1.3c per mile (remember that your friend or family member will receive 2,150 miles, but a thousand of those were miles you already had, so you’re really paying fifteen bucks for the 1,150 bonus miles). That’s not a bad price to pay for LifeMiles, particularly if you have miles trapped in Player 2’s account that would be more useful in Player 1’s account or vice versa.

However, this deal gets better if you’re stacking with the current Citi transfer bonus. Through August 20th, you can get a 25% bonus when transferring from Citi Thank You rewards to Avianca LifeMiles. You have to transfer in increments of 1,000. For the sake of easy math, let’s imagine you transferred 4,000 ThankYou points to LifeMiles. Here’s what that would look like:

  • Transfer 4,000 Citi ThankYou points to Avianca LifeMiles (receive 5,000 LifeMiles)
  • Transfer 5,000 LifeMiles to a friend or family member for a cost of $75 ($15 per 1,000)
  • Your friend or family member receives 10,750 miles
  • Total bonus = 6,750 miles (you turned 4,000 ThankYou points into 10,750 miles) for $75
  • Net cost = 1.11c per mile

Note that the math on that is debatable since these transactions are wholly independent. If you find yourself saying, “Wait a minute. After the transfer you have 5,000 LifeMiles and you’re paying $75 to get 5,750 more so it’s the same 1.3c per mile”, I won’t argue. That’s true. In this case, I’m looking at your average cost to turn that 4,000 ThankYou points into more miles under the presumption that you’re only going to make the transfer in order to take advantage of this promotion to transfer to someone else. For example, if you want to make a redemption that costs 60,000 LifeMiles, it’ll cost you 23,000 ThankYou points plus $420 (and you’ll end up with some LifeMiles left over). Again, it’s a bit of a stretch to say that you’re generating LifeMiles at a cost of 1.1c per mile, but on the other hand that’s pretty reasonable for a one-way business class ticket to Europe as an example.

I think this bonus makes the most sense for someone who either has points trapped in Player 2’s account that would like to get the points moved into Player 1’s account (or vice versa) since the $15 fee per 1,000 miles wouldn’t make sense without the bonus. This promo could also make sense if you don’t have enough ThankYou points to cover a valuable redemption. As noted in the previous paragraph, 23,000 ThankYou points and $420 in transfer fees is almost enough for a one-way business class ticket to Europe (or might be more than enough with a mixed-cabin redemption or if you’re able to fly the Lisbon sweet spot, etc). That certainly could be appealing in the right situation. I wouldn’t go after this bonus speculatively since LifeMiles sometimes sells miles almost as cheaply.

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