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

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As I first wrote about a bit over a week ago, at the moment Avianca’s LifeMiles program is offering up to a 125% 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. At each of the levels, OMAAT readers will receive an additional 15% bonus, 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:


LifeMiles ordinarily sells miles for ~3.3 cents each, so if you max out the promotion and buy miles with a 140% bonus, you’re essentially paying just 1.375 cents per purchased mile, which is a fantastic value.

To take advantage of this offer you have to register on this page between May 17 and May 29, and then have to buy miles between May 18 and May 30, 2017.


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.


So I’d highly recommend registering now, and then you can always still decide if you want to take advantage of the promotion later.

Furthermore, keep in mind that if you buy at least 15,000 miles during this promotion you’ll also be eligible to purchase up to 5,000 miles with up to a 200% bonus. You’ll get an email about this about a day after you buy miles, and this is an opportunity to buy 15,000 miles (including the 200% bonus) for $165, which is a cost of 1.1 cents per mile. That’s a great deal.

I should also clarify that the 200,000 mile per year limit on purchased LifeMiles (pre-bonus) doesn’t apply to this, so you could buy 200,000 miles and then still take advantage of this 200% bonus.


As a reminder of some of the LifeMiles award costs for popular routings:

  • U.S. to Europe in business class costs 63,000 miles
  • U.S. to Europe in first class costs 87,000 miles
  • U.S. to Southeast Asia in business class costs 78,000 miles
  • U.S. to North Asia in first class costs 90,000 miles

ANA first class between the U.S. and Japan for ~$1,250 one-way is a pretty darn good value, if you ask me.


Or business class between the U.S. and Europe will just run you ~$870, which is great as well, especially when you consider the good award availability on airlines like Austrian and LOT out of LAX.


Thanks to LifeMiles for offering this special bonus for OMAAT readers, and I hope lots of you are able to take advantage of it!

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  1. Ben is now eager to collect the cash he dropped on the residence! Jk, love your blog and purchased lifemiles last time you had the OMAAT bonus. If you can do us a favor and ask lifemiles to bring back LH F we’d greatly appreciate it! 🙂

  2. LH in F would be fantastic but I would settle for Swiss in J on the 777. Lifemiles can’t be used for any flight operated by “Swiss Global Air Lines” and that’s the company their new jets are flying under!

  3. I wouldn’t even buy if it was 3 for 1! The search engine is pathetic, they block awards, the call centre is useless and for people thinking they are going to use the miles to book Lufthansa First Class … HA!

  4. I like that with most deals like this you also give warnings about devaluations, rules, difficult redeeming, etc., but the recent Lifemiles posts haven’t included any of that, even though it’s increasingly difficult to actually redeem with LM. I’m a huge fan of the program, but some people will get screwed thinking it’s as easy to redeem as other *A programs.

  5. Going to wait for 150% bonus. In other more neutral posts where you don’t earn a commission for mileage purchases, you usually remind readers of all the historical sales and how this one compares. That would be very useful info so each reader can decide for themselves if this is worth jumping on. 140% is pretty good, but not best ever.

  6. Folks, just to clarify, I have no financial relationship whatsoever with LifeMiles. So I’m sharing what I consider to be an excellent deal and I appreciate the exclusive they give me on this, but I’m not getting a commission.

  7. That’s fine if you are not getting any commissions from this.

    But considering how many posts are out there about bad AA redemptions, there should be some mention about the current issue with LH in F. Since most of us would like to use LM for LH in F, to spend so much ink on LM promotions without addressing this issue is a little sketchy.

  8. Thanks Lucky, appreciate you spreading the news about a good deal. I agree, at 1.37 it can be an excellent deal if you want to go on ANA to Japan and their is availability.

    My only caution to people who are new at this is that many of the available awards are not available with LifeMiles. For example, I was trying to book a simple Air Canada non-stop flight and every Star Alliance points I have can see the same availability as Air Canada shows its members …. except LifeMiles.

  9. I didn’t have any issues redeeming via their website a few months ago. US-SE Asia in F on ANA and TG. I believe it was 99K each way plus minimal taxes and fees. I agree their site isn’t the most user-friendly and I typically plan a long way out. But it worked for me without any trouble.

    And if you use their co-branded cc you get 3x miles per $. That’s an extra little bonus.

    Debating between pulling the trigger or waiting for a 150% bonus. Don’t really need the miles at this moment so I will likely just wait for now.

  10. Just missed it by a day.
    I took advantage of your recent bonus offer in March and booked 5 F seats SYD-SGN, (on two different days) and just booked our return on Monday, 5 J seats ICN-SYD. (Again flying consecutive days) 100k points return per person. Very happy even if I just missed out on the 40% bonus. All up around $1200pp return. Thankyou Ben I’m officially a fan!!
    I had no issues with the website at all either buying miles or redeeming miles.

  11. I need a smaller amount of miles than 101,000, so I’ll wait until they have a 150%-200% promo with no minimum. Then I will buy.

    LifeMiles blocks LH F and some LX. But, AC Aeroplan blocks ALL CA,AV,CM,LX on all dates in all classes, and some others like UA beyond 330 days. Ben, when will you cover that Aeroplan blocks non-scamchargeable award space?

  12. Life Miles is actually an Amazing deal for travelling to South East Asia – there are tons of availability on SQ, OZ and ANA ; BKK and SIN are my favorite hubs, $1371 in first class is a great deal (compare the same to $1460 in cathay using 70K purchased Alaska Miles at 40% bonus) ;

    Connecting to India from BKK or SIN using low cost Air Asia / Tiger Air or Redeem Chase UR points to SQ is easy as well. If you are planning for stopovers to southeast asia this is a great option.

    If you creatively combine this with United’s 40K in first for BKK to SYD, it would turn out to be an amazing trip overall.

    Lucky , you could show them some creative trips using this combinations I mentioned

  13. may I know what happens if you’re already originally targeted for 135% bonus? Will the addtional bonus still result to 140%? thanksjus

  14. Fantastic value for people like me who use AV metal as well

    You can redem local miles as low as BA short haul.

    Now to be fair you calculate the award price but not the taxes plus fuel surcharges plus availability factors.

  15. You obviously have an “in” at Lifemiles. Did you ask them about the LH First blocking?

  16. @iv…. this blog allows us to get the best deals. Thanks Ben. In the meantime the majority of you are whingers. A long way F class LH your parents reared you. First world problems.

  17. For those who say LH F is blocked… technically not 100%. I can still search for availability like FRA-ALA-FRA for some dates in the next two weeks.

  18. @Elijah… How old are you?

    Show me where I said this blog doesn’t allow us to get the best deals? Show me where I called anyone names?

    You, on the other hand, attacked people.

    Lifemiles has gotten worse over time on multiple levels – availability (blocking awards), search engine pricing (shows First Class but booking class is Business) among other issues.

    Listen, the last time I bought LM was 2 years ago and was a big fan but it’s gone downhill and clearly, I’m not the only one by reading the above posts.

    Don’t bother to respond because I won’t be clapping back.

  19. You don’t mention anything about which Credit card to pay with. Does amex plt still code as 5x? Chase rsv code as 3x? Thanks

  20. You can repeat the 3 for 1 promotion. I thought it was one time use only, but it turned out I could buy many times.

  21. I’m from Beijing, China. And I amazingly love Lifemiles! I just received an email from Lifemiles to inform me that I can enjoy the exclusive promotion of 135% buying 101000 miles. The next day after purchasing 101000 miles, I got another email saying that I can enjoy the 3 for 1 promotion buying up to 5,000 miles. Actually, I bought twice and I paid for $165X2 to get 30,000 in total! Cool!!! Because my annual purchase has been over 501000 miles, I couldn’t purchase the 3 for 1 promotion once more! But I sill think it’s a great deal!

  22. How soon will they send out the 200% promotion email after you purchased the 15000 miles? I purchased it on last Friday, but until now I still haven’t got the follow up 200% promotion email.

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