Great Deal: LifeMiles Cyber Weekend Sale

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As I wrote about last week, Avianca’s LifeMiles program is offering a sale on the purchase of miles through December 18, 2015. Through InsideFlyer you can get an even better version of the offer, as you get a further 10% bonus on purchased miles.

However, LifeMiles is offering a cyber weekend sale on the purchase of miles, which is even better.

Through November 30, 2015, LifeMiles is offering a 140% bonus on purchased miles. This is an opportunity to purchase LifeMiles for 1.375 cents each.


While that cent per mile ratio is only marginally better than what’s being offered through the promotion which runs until December 18, what makes this promotion so great is that you earn the 140% bonus no matter how many miles you buy, whether you buy 1,000 or 150,000.

Under the other offer you had to purchase at least 101,000 miles (pre-bonus) in order to get the 125-135% bonus, which is a lot of cash outlay ($3,300+, actually).

In other words, you could purchase just 10,000 miles for $330, and you’d get a 140% bonus, for a total of 24,000 miles. That makes this a great promotion for “right-sizing” LifeMiles accounts.


See my previous post for more details on whether or not I think it makes sense to buy miles at this rate.

Also keep in mind that LifeMiles processes mileage purchases directly, meaning those purchases count as airfare for the purposes of your credit card.

Therefore you’ll want to consider using one of the following cards for your purchase, since they offer the following bonus miles for airfare spend:

CardPoints earned on airfare spend
The Platinum Card® from American Express5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Reserve®3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card3x ThankYou points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Bottom line

Not only is 1.375 cents per mile a very good rate at which to buy LifeMiles, but more importantly this promotion is unique since it allows you to buy miles in smaller increments and still get the highest possible bonus, which isn’t usually the case.

Do you plan on buying LifeMiles under this offer?

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  1. Has anyone mentioned (lately) how much fun their website is when you are looking for award space on SQ?

  2. @Dan Diversky:
    Yes, it’s fun. Not as wide open as before but it’s there. You just need to know where to look, and that’s the the whole fun part of it. It’s probably the only currency outside of Krisflyer that allow you to book SQ suite on A380.

  3. How long does it take for LM to ticket an award ? Can they do it with 48 hours since their call center seems to be a problem and everything has be done through their on line booking engine ?

  4. If I buy LifeMiles can I redeem them on other Star Alliance airlines (like South African Airways) for example? Sorry if it’s a dumb question but I’m a newbie.

  5. Been trying see if LifeMiles are useful for getting Business and First award flights on SQ out from Singapore to London and JFQ in Jun/Nov 2016 and Apr 2016 respectively – searches are coming up empty at the moment. The bonus miles are super attractive, but only if i can find the seats which i need…

    Any advice on better ways to search pls?

  6. No, that’s completely normal. The days of decent SQ availability on LM are gone. On that particular sector, SIN-LHR, you have no chance at all.

  7. @ alexis8719 — For the most part LifeMiles doesn’t have access to premium Singapore Airlines award space. Sorry.

  8. You have some chance to get premium cabins, not first class that is only available through krisflyer… BUT SIN -DME, SIN – FRA seems ok.. rest I am not sure I have not looked.

  9. @ eric — I’d say that, and then business class between the US and Europe, and then first/business class between the US and Asia, at least from the perspective of a US based member.

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