We’re now seeing a new publicly available Amex transfer bonus, which is great news.
Transfer Amex points to LifeMiles with a 15% bonus
Through April 1, 2019, the US Amex Membership Rewards program is offering a 15% bonus when you convert points into Avianca LifeMiles. Points ordinarily convert at a 1:1 ratio, though during this promotion you can convert 1,000 Amex points into 1,150 LifeMiles.
Lately Amex has been offering some targeted transfer bonuses, though best I can tell this one should be available to all US Amex Membership Rewards members.
There’s no limit to how often you can take advantage of this promotion, and the bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, meaning that you can earn the bonus on multiple transactions.
While LifeMiles have long been accessible by outright buying them given all the promotions that the program offers, it’s great to see that within the past year they’ve been added as a transfer partner for Amex, Capital One, and Citi.
LifeMiles was added as an Amex transfer partner in November 2018, and to my knowledge this is the first time they’ve offered a transfer bonus. We did see a 25% transfer bonus from Citi to LifeMiles last fall.
The value of LifeMiles
LifeMiles is a great program for booking Star Alliance award tickets. To give a few examples of one way premium cabin redemption rates:
- 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
Redeeming LifeMiles for ANA first class is a great value
Furthermore, LifeMiles offers short-haul economy awards within the US starting at just 7,500 miles one-way, so they’re a useful program for that as well.
The great thing about the LifeMiles program is that they allow one-way award tickets, they don’t impose fuel surcharges, and partner airline awards can be booked directly through their website.
The one consideration is that LifeMiles recently launched a new website that’s supposed to be easier to use, though a lot of people have been having issues with it. So if you do transfer points with a specific use in mind, make sure what you’re looking for is actually bookable.
Redeem your LifeMiles for Thai first class
It’s great to see an Amex Membership Rewards transfer bonus to a program as useful as LifeMiles. Personally I use LifeMiles all the time for premium cabin Star Alliance redemptions, and find the program consistently offers great value, at least when they correctly show award space.
Just remember that LifeMiles also sells miles directly, often at a reasonable cost, so I know some prefer to save their Amex points for other uses, and just buy miles directly.
Do you plan on converting Amex points into LifeMiles with this bonus?