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LifeMiles Quadruples Award Ticket Cancelation Fees In Some Markets

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I’m a big fan of the LifeMiles program for the great premium cabin Star Alliance award opportunities they open up. However, there’s no denying that the program has some quirks. Fortunately with a bit of planning, it’s possible to avoid some of the downsides of the program.

One of LifeMiles’ unusual policies is that historically they’ve charge $50 to cancel an itinerary, but $150 to change an itinerary. That’s the opposite of most airlines — most programs charge at least as much to cancel an award itinerary as they do to change one. But LifeMiles has historically charged three times as much to change an itinerary as to refund it.

Well, that’s no longer the case, and it looks like LifeMiles has recently changed the costs to redeposit award tickets in some regions.

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Special LifeMiles Promo For OMAAT Readers: Buy Miles With A 140% Bonus

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As I first wrote about last week, Avianca’s LifeMiles program is offering a 125-135% bonus on purchased miles. This is a fantastic opportunity to pick up miles that can be redeemed for first & business class tickets on Star Alliance airlines.

I’m happy to share that LifeMiles is offering a special increased bonus on purchased LifeMiles for readers of OMAAT. Readers can receive an additional bonus when buying LifeMiles over the next week, meaning you can earn up to a 140% bonus on purchased miles.

Here’s what the bonus chart looks like for OMAAT readers who register:

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MORE Great Business Class Fares: LAX To Buenos Aires For $2,200

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It has been something of a big news day for relatively affordable roundtrip business class airfares to typically expensive destinations. Earlier today I posted about a fairly amazing ~$2,100 airfare from Los Angeles to Nairobi on SkyTeam carriers, and now I’m highlighting another good value fare that’s probably not going to be around too long.

I’m seeing business class roundtrips between Los Angeles and Buenos Aires starting at around $2,192, on both Aeromexico (with one stop in Mexico City, and the possibility of lie-flat equipped aircraft on both the LAX-MEX and MEX-EZE legs) and Avianca, with two stops in Bogota and Lima (and a lie-flat bed only on the LAX-BOG portion of the journey).

This in and of itself isn’t jaw-dropping — I’ve seen similar fares come and go — but what is great about this fare is that it’s valid through the end of schedule, meaning you can book trips to Argentina over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, when airfare is typically outrageous (and capacity typically limited).

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LifeMiles Is Offering A 125-135% Bonus On Purchased Miles

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LifeMiles has just launched their latest promotion on purchased miles, valid through February 28, 2017.

Through this promotion, LifeMiles is offering up to a 125% bonus on purchased miles. This is a tiered offer, where you get a bigger bonus the more miles you buy, as follows:

— Buy 1,000-50,000 LifeMiles, get a 100% bonus (~1.65 cents per mile)
— Buy 51,000-100,000 LifeMiles, get a 115% bonus (~1.53 cents per mile)
— Buy 101,000-200,000 LifeMiles, get a 125% bonus (~1.47 cents per mile)

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LifeMiles Is Offering A 100% Bonus On Transferred Miles

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Avianca’s LifeMiles program has just announced that they’re offering a 100% bonus on transferred miles between February 1 and February 8, 2017. Obviously this is only useful if you have an existing LifeMiles mileage balance, since you can’t transfer miles you don’t have.

LifeMiles charges 1.5 cents per transferred mile, and you can transfer up to 75,000 miles per year (before the 100% bonus). In other words, transferring 75,000 miles would cost $1,125, and you’d receive a total of 150,000 miles in the account you transfer to. At a cost of 1.5 cents per generated mile, that’s not a half bad deal.

On the surface transferring miles with a 100% bonus is a good deal compared to the 100% bonus that LifeMiles often offers on purchased miles. That’s because with transfers you can generate LifeMiles for 1.5 cents each, while with buying miles you can generate them for 1.65 cents each.

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Last Chance To Buy LifeMiles For 1.375 Cents Each!

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As I first wrote about last week, LifeMiles is offering a special bonus on purchased miles for readers of OMAAT, and the last day to register for the promotion is today. To take advantage of this offer you have to register your LifeMiles number on this page today, and then have to buy miles by tomorrow, December 20, 2016.

This is an opportunity to purchase miles for as little as 1.375 cents each, which is a fantastic deal.

On top of that, LifeMiles is offering discounted Star Alliance first & business class award redemptions, which can help you save on the cost of their already very attractive redemption options.

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LifeMiles Is Discounting Star Alliance First & Business Class Awards!

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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.

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.

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.

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LifeMiles Offering Special Promotion For OMAAT Readers!

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As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, LifeMiles is offering a bonus on purchased miles through December 20, 2016. Through this promotion you can purchase miles with up to a 125% bonus, which can in many cases represent a great deal.

LifeMiles is one of my favorite programs for buying miles, given how useful their miles are for premium cabin redemptions on Star Alliance airlines.

I’m happy to share that LifeMiles is offering a special increased bonus on purchased LifeMiles for readers of OMAAT. Readers can receive an extra 15% bonus when buying between 2,000 and 150,000 miles, meaning you can earn up to a 140% bonus on purchased miles.

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LifeMiles Is Offering Yet Another Bonus On Purchased Miles

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For the past week, Avianca’s LifeMiles program has been offering a “Cyber Week” promotion on the purchase of miles, which expired this Monday, November 28, 2016. Well, it seems that they’re not taking a break at all and have a mileage sale quota to reach, as LifeMiles has just announced their latest bonus on purchased miles.

Through December 20, 2016, LifeMiles is offering up to a 125% bonus on purchased miles. This is a tiered offer, where you get a bigger bonus the more miles you buy, as follows:

— Buy 2,000-50,000 LifeMiles, get a 100% bonus (~1.65 cents per mile)
— Buy 51,000-100,000 LifeMiles, get a 115% bonus (~1.53 cents per mile)
— Buy 101,000-150,000 LifeMiles, get a 125% bonus (~1.47 cents per mile)

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Apply Now: LifeMiles Credit Card With 60,000 Bonus Miles

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LifeMiles is the frequent flyer program of Avianca, and has generally been a pretty good program for Star Alliance premium cabin award redemptions. In July, LifeMiles announced that they’d introduce a new US credit card.

For a while LifeMiles had a credit card issued by US Bank, though it was discontinued. I assumed they’d be switching to an issuer like Bank of America or Barclaycard. Earlier this month LifeMiles sent out an email to members saying that the new card is just weeks away, and prompting them to register to receive a special sign-up bonus on the card.

Well, the new LifeMiles credit card is now “live,” so you can submit your application.

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LifeMiles Cyber Week Sale: Buy Miles For 1.375 Cents Each

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LifeMiles just launched their latest promotion on purchased miles, valid through November 28, 2016. They’re marketing this as a Cyber Week bonus, and it is indeed one of the better offers they’ve had in a while.

Through this bonus you can receive a 140% bonus on purchased miles when you buy at least 5,000 miles. While we’ve seen some 140% bonuses in the past, what makes this one special is that you only need to buy 5,000 miles to take advantage of it. In the past there have been 100,000+ mile minimums to get miles at that rate, which translates to several thousand dollars out of pocket. This is the best LifeMiles promotion we’ve seen for those looking to purchase miles in smaller increments.

LifeMiles ordinarily cost 3.3 cents each to purchase, so if you take part in this promotion it’s an opportunity to buy LifeMiles ~1.375 cents each, when factoring in the 140% bonus. For example, you can buy a total of 240,000 miles for $3,300:

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Register For Special LifeMiles Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus

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In July LifeMiles announced that they’d introduce a new US credit card. LifeMiles is the frequent flyer program of Avianca, and has generally been a pretty good program for Star Alliance premium cabin award redemptions.

For a while LifeMiles had a credit card issued by US Bank, though it was discontinued. We don’t yet know which bank will issue LifeMiles’ new card, though it’s safe to assume that it won’t be US Bank.

Anyway, while they built a good bit of buzz around the card in July, we haven’t heard much about it since then. Well, it looks like there’s finally a further update. I just received an updated email from LifeMiles about the new card, suggesting that it will be launched within the next few weeks.

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SPG Adds Avianca LifeMiles As A Points Transfer Partner

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Starwood Preferred Guest and Avianca LifeMiles have just announced a new partnership. That’s pretty interesting, given that Marriott’s takeover of Starwood is scheduled to be finalized in just over 24 hours (of course SPG won’t disappear overnight, but still, it’s great to see the folks at SPG innovating until the very end).

Through this new partnership, Avianca LifeMiles will be added as one of SPG’s mileage transfer partners, meaning Starpoints can be converted into LifeMiles at a 1:1 ratio, with a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred.

LifeMiles is a useful frequent flyer program for Star Alliance redemptions, and they often sell miles at a discount. For example, at the moment you can buy LifeMiles for as little as ~1.375 cents each. So while they’re a great program for redemptions, I probably wouldn’t transfer points from SPG to LifeMiles when I can otherwise buy them at a reasonable cost.

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The Trick To Redeeming LifeMiles For Lufthansa First Class

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As I wrote about earlier today, LifeMiles is offering an increased bonus on purchased miles. While they’ve been running a promotion all month, there’s now a way to get a 140% bonus on purchased LifeMiles, which is an opportunity to pick up miles for ~1.375 cents each.

The issue is that LifeMiles doesn’t seem to have access to all Star Alliance award availability. For over a year LifeMiles didn’t have access to any Lufthansa first class award space, though that finally changed late last year, which was a big boost to the value of LifeMiles.

However, over time it seems like LifeMiles doesn’t have access to all Lufthansa first class award availability, which is rather frustrating. However, there’s a workaround to accessing Lufthansa first class award space, as pointed out by Hiro in the comments section of a recent post.

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