LifeMiles Is Discounting Star Alliance First & Business Class Awards!

Yesterday I wrote about how the LifeMiles program is offering a special bonus on purchased miles for readers of OMAAT. Specifically, readers can get an extra 15% bonus on purchased miles above what they’d usually earn, which is an opportunity to purchase miles for as little as ~1.375 cents each. That’s a fantastic deal.

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To take advantage of this offer you have to register on this page between December 12 and December 19, and then have to buy miles between December 13 and December 20, 2016.

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You have to wait 24 hours from the time you register until you buy miles through the offer to get the better bonus. You should see the better bonus reflected on the purchase page once you’re eligible.

But wait… there’s more!

LifeMiles is offering discounted Star Alliance award redemptions

On top of a discount on purchased miles, LifeMiles is also offering discounted Star Alliance award redemptions in select markets. You can access the special promo page for this offer here.

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This promotion is valid for bookings made by January 3, 2017, and for travel through the end of 2017. The discounted redemption charts have more specific regions than LifeMiles’ normal award chart, so I’ll share the basic details first.

Here’s the promo award chart, valid for travel within the U.S., to the Caribbean, Brazil, Europe, and Asia:

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Here’s how each of these regions is defined:

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To hopefully make things a bit easier, below are some charts showing how much of a discount the above costs represent compared to the normal costs, on a one-way basis.

Here’s a comparison of award costs originating in USA 1:

United States 1 To:EconomyBusinessFirst
United States 1
Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
12,500

Promo: 7,500
25,000

Promo: 15,000
35,000

Promo: 21,000
United States 2
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin
12,500

Promo: 10,000
25,000

Promo: 20,000
35,000

Promo: 28,000
Brazil30,000

Promo: 26,500
50,000

Promo: 45,000
67,500

Promo: 60,000
Europe 1
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain (UK), Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland
30,000

Promo: 25,000
63,000

Promo: 52,500
87,000

Promo: 75,000
Europe 2
Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain
30,000

Promo: 27,500
63,000

Promo: 57,500
87,000

Promo: 80,000
Asia 1
Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
42,500

Promo: 39,000
78,000

Promo: 73,500
111,000

Promo: 107,500
Asia 2
India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
42,500

Promo: 40,500
78,000

Promo: 75,000
111,000

Promo: 109,000

Here’s a comparison of award costs originating in USA 2:

United States 2 To:EconomyBusinessFirst
United States 1
Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
12,500

Promo: 10,000
25,000

Promo: 20,000
35,000

Promo: 28,000
United States 2
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin
12,500

Promo: 7,500
25,000

Promo: 15,000
35,000

Promo: 21,000
United States 3
Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
12,500

Promo: 10,000
25,000

Promo: 20,000
35,000

Promo: 28,000
Caribbean
Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Marteen, Cayman Islands
17,500

Promo: 15,000
35,000

Promo: 30,000
45,000

Promo: 40,000
Brazil30,000

Promo: 26,500
50,000

Promo: 45,000
67,500

Promo: 60,000

Here’s a comparison of award costs originating in USA 3:

United States 3 To:EconomyBusinessFirst
United States 2
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin
12,500

Promo: 10,000
25,000

Promo: 20,000
35,000

Promo: 28,000
United States 3
Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
12,500

Promo: 7,500
25,000

Promo: 15,000
35,000

Promo: 21,000
Brazil30,000

Promo: 27,500
50,000

Promo: 47,500
67,500

Promo: 62,500

And here’s a look once again at the zones:

LifeMiles Promo ZoneCountries
United States 1 Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
United States 2Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin
CaribbeanAnguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Marteen, Cayman Islands
BrazilBrazil
Europe 1Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain (UK), Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland
Europe 2Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain
Asia 1Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Asia 2India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

I don’t remember ever seeing discounted LifeMiles Star Alliance awards originating in the U.S. When you consider the acquisition cost of miles here (as low as 1.375 cents each, and if you pay for the miles using a card like the Amex Platinum you’d earn 5x points on your spend, making the real acquisition cost closer to 1.25 cents per mile), there are some great deals.

While the regions may be limiting for some, keep in mind that the promotion is valid for travel all of next year, so there’s a huge period of time over which you can book tickets, whether you want to book business or first class to Europe or Asia.

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Redeem LifeMiles for travel in ANA first class

I’ll have more thoughts on this promotion over the coming days, though for now just wanted to share the basic details, as it goes very nicely with the 140% bonus on purchased miles.

Comments

  1. Too bad LH F is blocked on all Transatlantic routes… When you account for that and for the cheap business class fares across the Atlantic, using miles to get to Europe isn’t that appealing anymore.

  2. As a USA 2 resident, I’m rather puzzled at the lack of same awards as USA 1 (normally, of course, it’s the same price).

    Limited countries in each zone are also a bummer.

  3. Disappointed with the selection, basically nothing for Californians. I might still buy the miles instead of using up my CC miles. I did see the 40% if I purchase now. Does anyone know if the miles and bonus are good for immediately use?

  4. not sure what those asterisks mean.
    but why is the list of redemption regions for USA 3 way more truncated than USA 1 or 2?

    does it mean that if you want to redeem an international flight from USA 3 to non-Brazil destinations, then you have to pay for 2 separate redemptions?

  5. The only place I really see any worthwhile value is in the domestic tickets in USA 1 and 2 as there are many non-major markets there where ticket prices would often be higher than the cost of buying these miles. That said, I can’t imaging too may folks could justify buying several grand in miles to hopefully use them flying from, say, Greensboro to Binghamton. Paid tickets to Europe are just too cheap to make it worth buying this many miles. The only other place that seems it *might* be worth it is if you’re looking for travel to a place like Kazakstan or Nepal…….kind of hard to find something compelling enough to buy for.

    Still, thanks for making a promo happen! I’m sure it will help someone — I’ll thank you for those random folks.

  6. So if it works out if you want to travel US domestic or you live on the east coast. Otherwise, internationally, you get the Caribbean or Brazil. This is less exciting than I was made to believe. Even from ORD, there’s limited value.

  7. Also. The European list is fine. The Asian lists are a bit intriguing, other than India and Maldives. I want to go to all the ‘stans because I go off the beaten path all the time, but I can’t imagine there’s mass appeal in Afghanistan or Kyrgyzstan.

  8. This is really weird. The Asia destinations are quite limited. My trip to SE Asia was way cheaper at the regular rates anyway.

  9. Russia in J for 52.5k miles, huh?

    Good ol’ Avianca… I’m pretty sure they hired former US Airways employees to make their maps for award charts.

    Might find some interesting ways to get to 伯力.

    😉

  10. How are you supposed to book ANA first class when Japan isn’t even a defined region per the region chart? Seems like an oversight on this blog’s part. You should remove the photo as it’s misleading

  11. Lucky, I have to say that you have triggered a peeve of mine. Why not state which airline you’re talking about? It took me looking up the website to know that Lifemiles = Avianca.

    On the Star Alliance search/benefits site they do this a lot — refer to a frequent flier program by the proprietary name of it, rather than the airline — as if everyone knows the names of these programs other than their own. Nobody does. Try their lounge finder tool for an example of this foolishness.

    I challenge others to name the airlines behind these FF program names:
    — Amigo
    — Airpoints
    — Connectmiles
    — Flying Returns
    — Infinity Mileagelands
    — Miles+Bonus
    — PhoenixMiles
    — Shebamiles
    — Victoria
    — Voyager

    Next time, just name the airline, please!

  12. @ erick allen — Partly because in many cases the frequent flyer programs are run separately from the associated airlines. Miles&More is the loyalty program for like 10 airlines, for example, and Air Canada sold Aeroplan to a third party entirely. So referring to the programs instead of the airline is more accurate, though admittedly confusing at times.

  13. pretty huge security issue with LifeMiles – they use your passport number as most of your LifeMiles membership number. I’m not that precious with my FF numbers, but just waving around my passport number? hmm.

  14. Hi Lucky,

    Thank you for organising this special purchase bonus with Lifemiles.

    As many know Lifemiles is often problematic with routes being blocked. Is your relationship with Lifemiles established enough to point this out to them and do you have any contacts who could assist in resolving some of these issues. For example, I am trying to book AC YVR-SYD which shows availability on certain dates but then always results in an error after selecting the flight and pressing continue, ie cannot get to the pricing screen. My emails to support@lifemiles.com are not passed to the concerned team as I have no miles in my account and when I point out I don’t want to buy miles I can’t use then they just say this is their process. Grrrr!

    I would suggest it is in their interest to be more transparent and reliable as this will give members more confidence to buy more miles which I presume from their promotions is their objective.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

  15. Hi Lucky
    Very glad to see you have developed a relationship with Lifemiles. Unfortunately this promo is of no use to anyone looking for Australia or most of SE Asia flights. As an aside, if you have the opportunity to do so, try and get them to accept mixed class bookings via screenshots. A lot of the SE Asia connections require the screenshot method and it makes it very difficult for those of us living in that region.

  16. Hi Lucky,
    your summary charts with “From/To” are so;mewhat misleading –
    For example, the miles discount is only working from US1 to Europe1 – On a one way award from Europe1 to US1, no discount – you are still being offered the usual miles…
    Eddy

  17. Im also having issues with this promotion. I am trying to search for a one way from us 1 to a euro 1 CMH-ARN and it keeps coming back as 63,000 and not 52500 as the chart indicates. I used the link provided and my dates are in 2017. I have tried it multiple times and im still not sure if its user error or just not working properly.

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