LifeMiles Offering A 140% Bonus On Purchased Miles (Again)

You know an airline is desperate to sell miles when they offer a 130% bonus on purchased miles, and then twice during that promotion increase the bonus even further. 😉

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, Avianca’s LifeMiles program is offering a sale on the purchase of miles through December 18, 2015. Through that month-long bonus you can earn up to a 125% bonus on purchased miles. Through InsideFlyer you can get an even better version of the offer, as you get a further 10% bonus on purchased miles.


Then over Thanksgiving weekend, LifeMiles offered an even further increased bonus on the purchase of miles. Through the bonus you could earn up to a 140% bonus on purchased miles, allowing you to purchase miles for as little as 1.375 cents each.

While that bonus is over, LifeMiles seems to once again be offering a 140% bonus on purchased LifeMiles. While this promotion isn’t even officially published, when you log into your LifeMiles account and go to buy miles you should see the 140% bonus reflected. LoyaltyLobby claims this 140% bonus offer is only good through Friday, December 11, 2015, though I don’t otherwise see that published anywhere.


The main advantage of this higher bonus isn’t even that it’s a few percent higher, but rather that it’s valid even on smaller purchases. To get the 125% bonus you have to purchase at least 101,000 miles. Meanwhile you can get the 140% bonus through this unpublished promotion even when purchasing smaller increments of miles. So you could purchase just 10,000 miles and still get the 140% bonus.


I’d say that’s a fantastic deal, especially now that LifeMiles can once again be redeemed for Lufthansa first class, after LifeMiles blocked virtually all Lufthansa first class award space for well over a year.

See my previous two posts for details on when it makes sense to buy LifeMiles. Overall I think this represents a great value, and I’d certainly consider picking up LifeMiles at this cost, even without a specific use in mind.

Also keep in mind that LifeMiles processes the purchase of miles directly, meaning it’ll count as airfare for the purposes of credit card spend.

Redeem LifeMiles for Lufthansa first class once again

Bottom line

Buying LifeMiles for 1.375 cents each represents a great value, especially since you can purchase them in small increments through this offer. While it’s nice to have the other bonus through December 18, 2015 as a backup, this represents a better cent per mile cost, and also allows you to purchase smaller increments of miles with a big bonus.

If you have a use for premium cabin awards on Star Alliance, this is seriously worth considering, in my opinion.

Do you plan on picking up LifeMiles with a 140% bonus?


  1. I received an email from Lifemiles yesterday where it states this is available 12/9 – 12/11 (to support the source in your post). Thank you.

  2. I’ve lost track of the number of times you have said ‘it’s not a rate at which I’d speculatively buy miles’ so for you to say ‘I’d but them without a specific trip in mind’ must mean it’s a good deal!!!

  3. I have a specific use in mind and would, if my budget wasn’t currently in lockdown. Hopefully they will continue to offer this level of sale.

  4. If I purchase Lifemiles and redeem them on ANA for a trip to NRT. Do I have to pay YQ? I was thinking about transferring miles to ANA but noticed the high YQ. Sorry! New to hobby!

  5. I am very new to this hobbie…so please bare with me. My main destination is central and south america. So looking at this for me to Get from RDU to SJO it would be 36k miles…for a cost of $495. The flight are long 11 hour and 15 hour using LifeMiles website and would be route to United and Copa. But I can buy on AA like $336 R/T and flight is 7 or 8 hours…so can some help me in understanding why this is a good deal? Also is there a decoder ring for code you guys are using like ticket Y and YQ?

  6. @EY,

    UA website was showing award seats available for our flights on TK and OZ. But LifeMiles’ search engine showed only OZ and we booked these seats.

  7. I’m trying to get the 140% deal on this, but it seems to just give me the usual 115-125%. Anyone know what’s going on?

  8. @Ray it isn’t a good deal for everyone. Depends on what your travel goals are. As the author mentioned, you’ll probably get the best value out of these by redeeming for premium cabin Lufthansa flights. They may not give the best value for the specific trip you’re planning (which is why it’s good to diversify the points you collect — I’d recommend programs like Ultimate Rewards (chase) and Membership Rewards (Amex) and ThankYou Points (citi) since they can be transferred to numerous different airlines.

  9. I’m just getting the 125% bonus as we speak. Can someone give me any idea if this is poof gone?

  10. Works for me at 140% but I think you had to use the link from their email. You can’t get it by just logging into the website.

  11. I just checked out the 150% promotion on the link provided (Thank you!) . It’s good from Dec. 11-15, but you have to register for the promotion and buy the miles the next day.

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