Last Day To Share Avianca LifeMiles With 100% Bonus

Earlier in July, Avianca’s LifeMiles program announced a 100% bonus on shared miles through July 17, 2014. It’s worth noting that the promotion was extended by four days, through July 21, 2014. That means today is the last day to share LifeMiles and receive a 100% bonus.

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LifeMiles regularly offers a 100% bonus on shared or purchased miles, though there are a couple of reasons this is more noteworthy than in the past:

Between those two changes, the value of the LifeMiles program will decrease considerably over the coming months. And I suppose it already has decreased somewhat, as LifeMiles doesn’t have access to Lufthansa first class award space.

As a refresher, the terms of the promotion state that the cost to share miles is $17.70 per thousand miles (1.77 cents each), and that you can transfer up to 75,000 miles per year.

In practice, however, they seem to still be charging 1.5 cents per share mile, at least for accounts registered in the US. Beyond that, the limit seems to be 50,000 miles per account.

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Should you share LifeMiles?

Keep in mind that if you don’t actually have LifeMiles there’s any real way to take advantage of this efficiently, since you need an existing balance in order to be able to transfer points.

If you do have LifeMiles and can redeem them soon, I definitely think it’s worth considering taking advantage of this to lock in a top first class award product, like ANA, Asiana, etc. These products are now disproportionately expensive to book through MileagePlus and Aeroplan imposes fuel surcharges on them, so LifeMiles is by far the most economical program through which to book.

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Redeem LifeMiles for ANA first class

Comments

  1. Lantean says

    Ben, would you rather fly JFK-FRA-BKK in Lufthansa F/Thai A380 F or JFK-NRT-BKK in ANA F/Thai A380 F? I guess the overnight in NRT would not bother me much…not sure what to do.
    Thanks.

  2. lucky says

    @ Lantean — Guess it depends what you’ve done before. In general I would probably choose ANA and Thai first class.

  3. Denis says

    For someone that doesn’t have any miles, buying 1000 or 2000 miles and start sharing back and forth between two accounts is not feasible?

  4. Jay says

    My friend taught me about all of this before I came across your site and I have recently done my first ticket… it costs slightly more the way I did it but it worked just the same, I started off with no miles, bought a small amount, transferred between accounts I had made for my mum, my friend and myself, and ended up with the 40% needed for a SQ flight from Asia to Europe and back. My flight to Europe is all booked business class on SQ, booked the chef and all that, looking forward to it next month. Yet to book the return, because I have not planned the last few days of my trip, is making me a bit antsy, not much availability out of Europe the time I want to fly other than from CDG. Love reading your blog :) If you are gonna be in Cologne,Amsterdam,Hague, prob berlin/hamburg from 20th to 31st you should come party with me and my buddies ;)

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