On Monday I wrote about the promotion Avianca LifeMiles is running in conjunction with the relaunch of InsideFlyer. The promotion basically offers a 150% bonus on the purchase of LifeMiles, which is the best publicly available bonus we’ve ever seen from LifeMiles. That means you could purchase miles for as little as 1.32 cents each.
The downside is that you have to purchase at least 100,000 miles pre-bonus in order to take advantage of the deal. While $3,300 for 250,000 LifeMiles is a good deal, that’s not an insignificant amount of cash to spend.
Furthermore, the terms of the promotion have been quite confusing. Basically you had to register through InsideFlyer, then you were supposed to receive an email from LifeMiles with a link to buy the miles with the bonus, and you had only 24 hours to take advantage of it.
Apparently everyone else found that equally confusing, as InsideFlyer sent out the following update yesterday:
There was some confusing instructions for this program at its beginning and for those of you who clicked to the LifeMiles website, you know that the confusion started there … we were just the messengers! SO, InsideFlyer worked almost all day on Monday to negotiation some better terms for ours members. Effective immediately LifeMiles has agreed to rescind the 24-hour purchase rule. This means that you will have until October 12 to pay for the miles you are interested in. This is a bonus for members like me that are waiting for the loan papers at the bank to come through to pay for these miles. AND we have more good news. We were able to get an extension of the date for which you have to register with us for this promotion. Initially they wanted us to only make available registration for two days. We argued the point that with all that was going on with the relaunch that we thought it fair to have a total of four days which they finally agreed to and now we have been able to get them to six days. If you know a member (or a fellow traveler >> this is your time to be a best friend to someone) who was on the fence for purchasing these miles, please let them know that through Thursday they can register with us to purchase LifeMiles and still be eligible for the discounted Star Alliance partner awards.
For your patience, things got better for you.
As for payment, once LifeMiles has you in their system as registered by InsideFlyer (we send files twice a day to LifeMiles), they will contact you with confirmation and payment instructions. InsideFlyer does not get involved in that part of the promotion.
We hope this helps clarify and update a few things for you. As always, we stand by to assist you and feel free to contact us at any time about any thing.
In other words:
- You can register to buy LifeMiles with a 150% bonus through tomorrow, Thursday, October 8, 2015
- Within 24 hours of being registered, you should receive an email from LifeMiles with a link to buy miles at the discounted price
- You have until Monday, October 12, 2015, to buy miles with a 150% bonus, regardless of when you registered for the promotion
When you follow the link in the email you should see the 150% bonus reflected on the purchase page:
If you haven’t yet taken advantage of this offer, it’s not too late. With a specific use in mind, picking up LifeMiles for 1.32 cents each is a great deal. That being said, I suspect that the minimum purchase requirement of 100,000 miles pre-bonus will prevent a lot of people from taking advantage of this offer, since that’s quite a cash outlay.
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I’m still going back and forth on this promotion, though am leaning towards passing on it.
Do you plan on picking up LifeMiles for ~1.32 cents each?