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Avianca’s LifeMiles is a Star Alliance frequent flyer program that:
- Has a reasonable award chart
- Sells miles cheap
- Doesn’t add fuel surcharges
- Let’s you book partner tickets online
- Partners with several banks to let you transfer miles
LifeMiles is one of the best frequent flyer programs for advanced miles and points collectors because they have hidden deals and there are tricks to reduce the price of awards.
I once heard the head of the program give a presentation where he called miles earned by flying “bad miles” and miles sold to partners (like banks) and to customers “good miles.” This frequent flyer program is basically the consolidator for Star Alliance airline excess premium cabin inventory. Lots of ways to get their miles cheap, and use them for seats that their partners aren’t going to sell for cash (saver award inventory).
[Snarkier comment than I had intended removed] There’s a 145% bonus buying LifeMiles if you first register for the bigger promotion via One Mile at a Time.
Buying miles for as little as 1.35 cents apiece is as low as LifeMiles goes. That’s an incredible deal on miles, and a reason why I usually prefer to save my transferable bank points to move to other airlines. Although although notably Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card and Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business cardholders have a 25% transfer bonus through the end of the month.
Avianca is an Airline — and Not Just a Frequent Flyer Program That Sells Partner Seats Cheap
Whether you’re snatching up miles from their credit card offer, transferring them in with a bonus, or buying them on the cheap there are great ways to use these miles — domestic awards start at just 3500 miles one way on United, transatlantic awards start at 16,500 miles one way (again, no fuel surcharges), and one of the things I covered last week is Star Alliance award sales.
- Frequent flyer programs often discount awards on their own airline but rarely partners
- And when discounts run it’s generally for coach
- However in this case LifeMiles is currently running a promotion on certain premium cabin routes on Star Alliance airlines
- Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, or San Francisco to Taipei business class for 64,000 miles
- Los Angeles or San Francisco to Hong Kong business class for 64,000 miles
- Los Angeles – Seoul or Shanghai business class for 64,000 miles
- New York JFK or Washington Dulles to Beijing business class for 67,500 miles (Dulles only) or first class for 81,000 miles (both).
Now is a great time to have LifeMiles, however you’re accumulating them.