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LifeMiles is offering one of their best bonuses on purchased miles ever. For Cyber Week (through November 27, 2017) you can receive a 145% bonus when you buy LifeMiles. The best part is that you get that bonus no matter how many miles you buy, even if you just buy a small quantity of miles.
In the past LifeMiles ran a special promotion for OMAAT readers where you could get a 140% bonus, so this is better by 5%. However, the best part is that the bonus applies even if you buy just a small quantity of miles, while in the past you’d have to buy 100,000+ miles (pre-bonus) to unlock the lowest cost per mile.
Here’s an example they give of how many bonus miles you can earn through this promotion:
LifeMiles ordinarily sells miles for ~3.3 cents each, so with a 145% bonus you end up paying just under 1.35 cents per mile, which is great.
LifeMiles members can purchase as many as 200,000 miles per year pre-bonus, meaning that you can purchase up to 490,000 miles through this promotion.
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 ~$1,200 one-way is a pretty darn good value, if you ask me.
Or business class between the US and Europe will just run you ~$850, which is an excellent value 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.
If you do end up paying to buy miles, keep in mind that LifeMiles processes mileage transactions directly, meaning that this would qualify as airfare spend. 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:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express — 5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express — 3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card — 2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
- Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card — 3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
This is a heck of a deal, if you’re in the market for some miles.