Star Alliance frequent flyer program Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 125% bonus on transferred miles. For every 1000 miles you transfer from one account to the other, the recipient receives a bonus 1250 miles.
This is available until April 3rd, 2019 (11:59pm Mountain time because that corresponds with El Salvador). Transfers cost $15 per thousand, plus taxes in some countries. (There is no additional tax for US residents.)
You can transfer up to 75,000 miles per year, and each member can receive up to 75,000 per year (not including bonuses). Transfers should happen instantly.
- Transferring 75,000 miles costs $1125
- The recipient would get 168,750 miles.
- The ‘extra’ or bonus 93,750 miles, therefore, come at a cost of 1.2 cents apiece.
Buying miles via this transfer bonus at 1.2 cents apiece is, in my view, a great deal.
Lifemiles has no fuel surcharges and a reasonable award chart. However not all connections are bookable, you’re pretty much limited to the options you see on their redemption website (which is serviceable) and telephone customer service is challenging (e-mail is better).
You can fly business class to Europe for 63,000 miles each way or Southeast Asia for 78,000. First class (Lufthansa) is 87,000 miles each way between the US and Europe.
If you need additional Avianca LifeMiles of course you can transfer them from American Express Membership Rewards or Citi ThankYou Rewards.