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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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Avianca LifeMiles Increases Their Bonus On Purchased Miles

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At the beginning of the month I wrote about how Avianca’s LifeMiles program launched their latest bonus on purchased miles. While the promotion is valid through September 30, 2016, LifeMiles offered an “early bird” bonus, where you could get additional bonus miles if you purchased miles by September 10, 2016.

With the early bird promotion you could purchase miles with up to a 130% bonus.

While that promotion ended a bit over a week ago, there’s now an opportunity to purchase miles with an even better bonus. You can purchase LifeMiles with up to a 140% bonus thanks to a promotion being offered in conjunction with Brazlian blog Passageiro de Primeira (LifeMiles has offered similar promotions in the past).

To take advantage of this offer you have to register on this page between September 19 and September 26, and then have to buy miles between September 20 and September 27, 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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Is LifeMiles Blocking Lufthansa First Class Award Space?

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Avianca’s LifeMiles program is one of the most aggressive out there in terms of selling miles at a discount. The program is clearly run in such a way that they’re encouraging people to buy miles at a discount for the purposes of premium cabin redemptions on partner airlines. It’s a great arbitrage opportunity for getting Star Alliance award tickets at a discount. At the moment LifeMiles is even offering up to a 130% bonus on purchased miles.

However, for a long time the LifeMiles program didn’t allow redemptions in Lufthansa first class. That was probably quite intentional, given that Lufthansa has higher award ticket reimbursement rates in first class than many other carriers.

Fortunately that finally changed last November, when LifeMiles once again had access to Lufthansa first class award space.

As an update to this, I think it’s worth pointing out that LifeMiles doesn’t seem to have access to all Lufthansa first class award space anymore. At least they don’t show all the same space as Air Canada Aeroplan and United MileagePlus do, for example.

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Great Deal: Buy Avianca LifeMiles With A 130% Bonus

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LifeMiles just launched their latest promotion on purchased miles, valid through September 30, 2016. However, they’re offering an “early bird bonus,” valid through September 10, 2016, which is the one you should take advantage of if you’re considering buying miles. This allows you to earn up to a 130% bonus on purchased miles, rather than just a 100% bonus.

For the “early bird bonus,” LifeMiles is offering:

— 2.05x miles if you purchase 2,000-50,000 miles (additional 5% bonus)
— 2.15x miles if you purchase 51,000-100,000 miles (additional 15% bonus)
— 2.3x miles if you purchase 101,000-150,000 miles (additional 30% bonus)

LifeMiles ordinarily cost 3.3 cents each to purchase, so if you purchase at least 101,000 miles during this promotion (pre-bonus) you can buy LifeMiles ~1.43 cents each, when factoring in the 130% bonus. For example, you can buy a total of 345,000 miles for $4,950:

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LifeMiles Is Launching A New US Credit Card

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Avianca’s LifeMiles program is popular for those looking to redeem miles for Star Alliance first & business class tickets. The program has reasonable redemption rates, no fuel surcharges, and frequently sells miles at a discount. It’s how I book most of my Star Alliance award tickets nowadays.

LifeMiles had a US credit card for a while, issued by US Bank, though it was recently announced that it was being discontinued. Existing cards would be converted into the US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Card.

I’m not exactly sure what caused it to be discontinued. My guess is that the card didn’t gain much traction in the US market. There needs to be a unique vale proposition for a credit card co-branded with a non-US airline to be successful, and I think that was lacking with this card.

Interestingly it looks like LifeMiles will soon have a new US credit card, though the details are still sparse.

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100% Bonus On Transferred LifeMiles

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Avianca’s LifeMiles program has just announced that they’re offering a 100% bonus on transferred miles between July 12 and July 26, 2016. 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.

This used to be the best method to generate LifeMiles, given that with a 100% bonus the cost to transfer miles is 1.5 cents each, while the cost to purchase miles is 1.65 cents each (the costs used to be the same, but in 2014 LifeMiles raised the cost to purchase miles by 10%). However, lately we’ve seen LifeMiles offer several bonuses of more than 100% on purchased miles, including the following:

— This June LifeMiles offered up to a 135% bonus on purchased LifeMiles, which was an opportunity to generate miles for ~1.4 cents each
— Last December LifeMiles offered up to a 150% bonus on purchased miles, which was an opportunity to generate miles for ~1.32 cents each
— Last November LifeMiles offered up to a 140% bonus on purchased miles, which was an opportunity to generate miles for ~1.375 cents each

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