Last Chance To Register For A 140% Bonus On Purchased LifeMiles

This is a final reminder about the special LifeMiles promotion for OMAAT readers, which will be ending shortly. Due to some technical issues with the promotion it was extended a few days back, and I know some people have been confused about when it ends now, so I wanted to post one final reminder for anyone who is still considering buying LifeMiles.

LIfeMiles is offering OMAAT readers an additional 15% bonus on purchased miles, though registration is required. The deadline to register for the bonus is today (Thursday, September 21, 2017), and then the deadline to buy miles is tomorrow (you need to wait 24 hours between the time you register and when you buy the miles).

If you’re still interested in possibly taking advantage of this promotion, you’ll want to register on this page using your LifeMiles number today.

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 extra 15% reflected on the purchase page once you’re eligible. The sooner today that you register, the sooner tomorrow you can buy miles.

This is an opportunity to buy LifeMiles for as little as 1.375 cents each, which I consider to be a fantastic value.

As far as redeeming LifeMiles go, Avianca is in the Star Alliance, so check out the Star Alliance award chart for redemption rates. To give a few examples of one way premium cabin redemption rates (there are no fuel surcharges on any awards):

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

With a specific use in mind, this promotion can be a great value, especially for first class travel on ANA or Asiana. ANA first class between the US and Japan for ~$1,250 one-way is a pretty darn good value, if you ask me.

Or business class between the US and Europe will just run you ~$870, which is great as well.

Of course everyone has to crunch the numbers for themselves and decide whether this makes sense or not.

The one catch is that LifeMiles doesn’t always have access to all the same space that other Star Alliance programs do. So you’ll want to do an online search to make sure the type of redemption you’re looking at is eligible. For example, they often block awards in Lufthansa first class, Austrian business class, all Air China flights, etc. So at times it can be frustrating to find space, but given the great rate at which you can buy LifeMiles, I still love redeeming them.

So if you’re interested, register at this link in the next few hours, and buy miles tomorrow.

(In the interest of full disclosure, there’s nothing in this for me — I appreciate that LifeMiles makes this offer available to OMAAT readers, though I’m not getting a commission on mileage purchases, or anything)


  1. @ anon — Yes, some flights are blocked, so you’ll want to check the LifeMiles site for flights you’re interested in.

  2. Is anyone else having a problem with this still? I registered at the beginning, never got the e-mail and don’t see the bonus on the purchase page. After the last OMAAT post about issues, I went and did it again but it said I had already applied for this promotion. Still never received anything.

    Anyone know of a work around?

  3. In my experience, even if the LM website shows space available, about 50% of the time you get an error message when try to book. Buyer beware on these things. LifeMiles are exceptionally hard to redeem.

  4. Hey Ben.

    As you might know, Avianca (LifeMiles) is currently experiencing some disruption in both flights and ticket sales caused by a pilot strike that includes almost half of their crew. Their website for booking as well as redeeming flights with miles are temporary blocked. I have been trying all week to book a flight from MIA to FCO using LifeMiles but its not working. In order to work my way around this issue, is there any way to book my flight using my LifeMiles but doing it through other Star Alliance airlines?

  5. They also block most of LH flights, even short haul economy. For example, all DME-MUC 9am flights are blocked every day. I emailed support as suggested on some blogs, but received no reply. I wasted a lot of money buying those miles which are now useless for me.

  6. Afraid I’m with John. It’s almost always “sold out” or error messages for me when I try to use them. And I’m not talking aspirational awards – just a routine economy North American flight that is obviously available with United or Aeroplan miles.

  7. I purchased a decent amount of LifeMiles last year and have found them pretty useful, especially on STAR carriers back and forth to Europe. I didn’t even think about them for Asiana flights – but that would also be a great redemption. Thanks

  8. @Alex and @Lucky,

    I’m still having issues with this promo. Registered without issues, but when I click on the promo email, it tells me the promotion is over–ended 9/21 [not 9/22].

  9. Anyone else having trouble with LifeMiles accepting their credit card. The website does not like my Amex. I get a message saying the transaction doesn’t go through and to call LifeMiles customer service. I’m hesitant to call because I’ve heard horror stories about their ability to help. My card is fine and works everywhere else without issue.

  10. Be very careful, my credit rating has dropped from about 800 to 600 because of applying for the Banco Popular Avianca/LifeMiles Credit Card. I caution everyone on this site to be careful when applying for the Banco Popular Avianca/LifeMiles Credit Card to maximize Life Niles points.

    A year ago I applied for and received a Banco Popular, Avianca/LifeMiles card because I was traveling to South America and wanted to make the minimum spend when purchasing the tickets. The card was received. I activated it but it would not work. I called the Bank three times and they concurred that for some reason the card was not working and claimed they’d get it cleared up. They did not.

    The Banco Popular Avianca/LifeMiles customer service was ignorant of their own services, could barely speak english on their english language line and did not follow through with their promise to clear up the problem.

    I purchased the tickets on another card and called to cancel the Banco Popular Avianca/LifeMiles card. They had charged me an annual fee of $149.00 but agreed to cancel the card and the fee when I called them to cancel. Months later I was hit with a charge from United for $3.99 and late charges. I called and verified the card had been cancelled previous to the alleged purchase.

    However, that was not good enough they wanted me to dispute the charge by snail mail to Puerto Rico even though the customer service agent agreed the charge had been placed after the card was cancelled. With late fees they are now demanding approximately $25.00 and have claimed I’ve missed payments for over 120 days which is decimating my credit rating.

    Don’t trust the Banco Popular Avianca/LifeMiles credit card.

  11. OMG!!! I took a chance and bought a ton of Lifemiles AFTER looking at availability for ANA to Japan…. OK seats available RT 180000 pts.

    I bought the Lifemiles and oh no!!! Tried to book 5-6 times on the website and it kept crashing. (Sept 21st)

    I won’t bore you with the details but I spent 24 hours hating life, Lifemiles and even Lucky! BUT that next morning I got a call from Lifemiles asking me if it was OK to charge my CC $140 tax for the TWO first class tickets on ANA!!!! Sure. I was still kind of skeptical until I got my itinerary code, went to the ANA website and actually picked out my seats!!!! I was flabergasted when I compared what I would have paid cash versus that Llifemiles deal – for much LESS the cost of two business tix I got two first class ANA tix! Needless to say when I told my girlfriend she was going to Japan with me, she flipped out. Haven’t even told her she’s flying 1st.

    Here’s the caveat – just for grins I’m searching for flights 48 hours later…. availability across Star Alliance seemed to go very dark fast. But damn Lucky, I’m floored at the crazy deal I scored!

  12. I generally have problems while purchasing the miles…
    I can only purchase 40K miles if I want to purchase more than the promo will not be applied.

    Any idea why?

  13. It’s worth pointing out that LifeMiles has recently rolled out a new search interface. The new interface is returning virtually no results, if any. For a period the old interface was available from some country sites and doing the same search against both would give plenty of results in the old site and none in the new one. Now the new interface is rolled out to all countries.

    Effectively LM is now blocking everything either deliberately or through technical incompetence…just after a miles sale too, funny that! So absolute buyer beware here in future. I would hope that this blog will comment on this issue in future when running commercial promotions in conjunction with LM.

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