Avianca LifeMiles has a co-branded Visa offered by U.S. Bank here in the States. Usually the signup bonus is just 20,000 miles.
But there’s a new offer with a 40,000 mile signup bonus. It’s also a $0 annual fee the first year.
Though LifeMiles has a history of tweaking their award chart pricing without notice, they remain one of the best programs in Star Alliance and thus most useful programs in the world given one-way awards at half the cost of roundtrip, a still reasonable award chart, and no fuel surcharges.
Their call center customer service can be a challenge, they don’t offer mixed-class awards (a business class award must be all in business, no other cabins) and no long or overnight connections.
They also frequently sell miles at 1.5 cents apiece via 100% purchased miles promotions.
I wouldn’t put substantial spend on this card on an ongoing basis. I’d rather take 2% cash back, and use the cash to buy miles at 1.5 cents apiece when they’re offering a bonus. But this is a good offer for a bunch of miles in a useful frequent flyer program.
(HT: Ronald A. who also gave me the heads up about the British Airways Visa 100,000 mile offer in November — he’s a rock star.)