Your targeted bonus will only get you 125%, so use the link below.
Avianca’s LifeMiles is running a buy-miles-get-free-miles promotion right now, offering up to 140% bonus on miles bought.
If you are an existing LifeMiles member, you probably got the emailer offering 125% bonus, but Avianca is also running a similar promotion for readers of One Mile At A Time with a bigger bonus.
LifeMiles will give anything between 105% to a whopping 140% bonus on the miles you buy. To achieve the 140% bonus, you will need to buy at least 101,000 miles, which is currently valued at USD3,333. At 140%, it will work out to USD 1.375 cent per mile.
You might have been targeted with an email offer giving up to 125%, but using this OMAAT link you can boost that bonus up to 140%.
Note that there is a maximum of 200,000 miles you can buy from LifeMiles each year, so the theoretical maximum of miles you can get is 480,000 miles for a cool USD6,600.
These are the bonuses depending on the number of miles you buy:
1,000 to 10,000 miles: 105% bonus
11,000 to 50,000 miles: 115% bonus
51,000 to 100,000 mile: 130% bonus
101,000 to 200,000 miles: 140% bonus
What is LifeMiles?
For the uninitiated, Avianca belongs to Star Alliance, so the miles are good for redemptions on the likes of Singapore Airlines, ANA, Lufthansa (why bother) and Air New Zealand.
While not as exciting as Alaska Air’s Mileage Plan, LifeMiles has also been offering pretty aggressive miles-buying promotions, lowering its usual 3.3 US cents per mile rate to below 2 US cents most times.
What is LifeMiles good for?
As mentioned above, LifeMiles can be used for Star Alliance redemptions. One good thing about LifeMiles is that they don’t charge fuel surcharge, so you pay a nominal cash fee for redemptions.
Some examples of redemptions out of Singapore:
|Route||Miles required for one-way redemption|
|Singapore – Tokyo||20,000||36,000||50,000|
|Singapore – Hong Kong||20,000||36,000||50,000|
|Singapore – Sydney||22,500||40,000||60,000|
|Singapore – London||55,000||78,000||102,000|
According to some sources, this is definitely not the lowest price LifeMiles have ever gone – last year’s Black Friday sale saw LifeMiles selling for 1.32 cents apiece.
The usual recommendations apply, including buying miles only if you have a firm plan to fly. The LifeMiles search engine can be pretty challenging to use, so be very sure to find the inventory before buying the miles to use them.
If you have made your award booking through LifeMiles’ website, note that all changes and cancellations can only be done through their call centre, and the changes/cancellations will come with a fee. Also another thing to note is that LifeMiles will expire after 12 months of inactivity.