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Avianca’s LifeMiles is a Star Alliance frequent flyer program. You can use their miles to redeem on airlines like United, Lufthansa, Thai, Asiana, Scandinavian, and Swiss.
They’re a transfer partner of two major currencies so you can combine points into a LifeMiles account, and you can earn their points quickly with their credit card as well. Not enough miles? They’re selling points very inexpensively.
In fact they’ve largely taken over the old US Airways role as the ‘official consolidator of Star Alliance premium class seats’. If there are excess seats on a Star Alliance airline, those airlines are — in effect — selling distressed inventory to LifeMiles members at a discount.
Here are (4) great ways to generate LifeMiles quickly that are available right now. Two are limited-time offers, and one is brand new.
Avianca is an Airline — and Not Just a Frequent Flyer Program That Sells Partner Seats Cheap
Transferring American Express Points
This week American Express added LifeMiles as a points transfer partner. There are several ways to pool points and amass points to generate a large LifeMiles balance.
The new American Express® Gold Card offers 4 Membership Rewards points per dollar at restaurants worldwide and on up to $25,000 in annual purchases at U.S. supermarkets. It earns 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines and amextravel.com. Meanwhile the Platinum Card® from American Express earns 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar on airline purchases.
Transferring Citibank Points
This means you can combine points from American Express and from Citibank into the same account (as you can do with some other transfer partners) in order to amass points quickly and redeem for great awards.
Buy Them Cheap
Through Monday only LifeMiles are on sale with a 140% bonus. You’ll see the offer once you log in.
If you buy 101,000 – 200,000 miles you get a 140% bonus (lesser amounts of miles earn a lower bonus). At that level you’re buying LifeMiles at 1.375 cents apiece.
60,000 Miles for Credit Card Signup
LifeMiles has a US-issued credit card and in general I’m a fan of co-brand cards that aren’t issued by Chase, American Express, Citibank or even Bank of America. This one is from Banco Popular.
Via One Mile at a Time applying for either of these cards using promo code LM17WB by December 1 will yield an extra 20,000 bonus miles meaning that the premium card earns 60,000 after first purchase.
LifeMiles is a fantastic Star Alliance program. I have a few hundred thousand of their miles, and I’ve never used them to travel on Avianca. Instead I use them for premium cabin awards on airlines like Lufthansa, Asiana, and Thai Airways. And I use their cash and points awards to book United’s domestic first class.
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.
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).