Transfer Amex Points To LifeMiles With 15% Bonus

Transfer Amex Points To LifeMiles With 15% Bonus

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Update: LifeMiles has reached out to clarify that there’s just a 15% bonus, and not two 15% bonuses that stack. That being said, for a while the additional 15% bonus was automatically being added, but LifeMiles states that this was a mistake in the system that has now been corrected. You can find the original post below.

At the moment there’s an opportunity to stack two promotions to receive a 32%+ bonus when transferring points from the US Amex Membership Rewards program to the Avianca LifeMiles program. This can be useful for Star Alliance premium cabin redemptions.

Transfer Amex points to LifeMiles with huge bonus

At the moment the Amex Membership Rewards program is offering a dozen different transfer bonuses, which is something we’ve never seen before. Among these offers is that you can receive a 15% bonus when transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to Avianca LifeMiles.

The transfer ratio is usually 1,000:1,000, but through September 30, 2021, you can transfer points at a 1,000:1,150 ratio.

As it turns out, it gets much better than that. Separately from the above offer, through September 30, 2021, the LifeMiles program is offering a further 15% bonus on points transfers from Amex.

When I initially saw this email from LifeMiles, I assumed LifeMiles was just promoting Amex’s transfer bonus. However, that’s not the case — the terms make it clear that the 15% bonus is “over the Membership Rewards transfer rate.”

Sure enough, when I transferred points, I received a 15% bonus on top of the 15% bonus. In other words, 1,000 Amex points turned into 1,150 LifeMiles, and then LifeMiles added another 15% bonus, for a total of 1,323 LifeMiles.

That’s pretty awesome! Note that there’s no registration required for either offer, no limit on how many points you can transfer, and no limit on how many bonus points you can earn. While LifeMiles offers transfer bonuses with some frequency, this is the biggest I recall seeing.

This has the potential to be an awesome opportunity, though I’d mention that LifeMiles are fairly easy to come by. LifeMiles often sells miles at a discount, which can be a great deal, and on top of that LifeMiles is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, and Citi ThankYou.

Is earning LifeMiles worth it?

Avianca is in the Star Alliance, which means you can redeem LifeMiles on all Star Alliance airlines (which is what makes the program so great). 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

Sometimes there are even promotions on redemptions, which can offer even more value.

Personally I wouldn’t typically speculatively transfer points, but this is the best transfer bonus we’ve ever seen, so I’m tempted. This could be a great value, whether you’re looking at traveling in first class on All Nippon Airways or Lufthansa, or are looking at traveling in business class on a countless number of airlines.

Redeem LifeMiles for All Nippon Airways first class

In some cases LifeMiles doesn’t have access to the same award availability as Star Alliance partners, for better or worse. Occasionally the program doesn’t have access to partner awards that other airlines have access to, and in other cases the inverse is true.

That’s why I always recommend doing some “dummy” award searches before acquiring miles in a program, so you can get a sense of how award availability lines up with your needs.

Redeem LifeMiles for Lufthansa business class

While Avianca is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the airline has received further funding, and the LifeMiles program is also separately managed and owned. While I don’t think it’s going to happen here, see this post to learn more about what happens to airline miles if an airline goes bankrupt.

Bottom line

Right now you can receive a 32%+ bonus when you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to LifeMiles. This can be done by stacking the 15% Amex bonus to LifeMiles with the further 15% bonus being offered on LifeMiles’ end.

Personally I use LifeMiles all the time for premium cabin Star Alliance redemptions, and find the program consistently offers great value. While I wouldn’t usually speculatively transfer points, I’m very tempted at this rate. For a one-way transatlantic ticket, we’re talking about 48,000 Amex points in business class or 66,000 Amex points in first class.

Do you plan on converting Amex points into LifeMiles with this bonus?

(Tip of the hat to Dan’s Deals)

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  1. KG

    I transferred my miles tonight and they transferred immediately but no 15% bonus. Hmmm...

    1. KG

      Oh seriously? Checked the fine print and a *tiny* disclaimer added to the top of this page that it was all wrong? Better to bold that. Ugh. Long time reader but probably ditching you, this sucks.

  2. ps241

    I just received this email from LifeMiles customer service team:

    "In early September our system had a malfunction and by mistake we added another 15% bonus to your account. The stacking of the additional 15% was not part of the campaign, therefore we proceeded to correct the situation and have withdrawn the miles that were incorrectly accrued to your account, honoring the original 15% bonus that was the benefit of the campaign.

    We are very...

    I just received this email from LifeMiles customer service team:

    "In early September our system had a malfunction and by mistake we added another 15% bonus to your account. The stacking of the additional 15% was not part of the campaign, therefore we proceeded to correct the situation and have withdrawn the miles that were incorrectly accrued to your account, honoring the original 15% bonus that was the benefit of the campaign.

    We are very sorry about this issue. We will continue to learn from our mistakes and continue to provide the best service and products our members deserve."

  3. zeer0

    I have not received any of the transfer bonuses on the 2 transfers I made from Amex to Lifemiles a few days ago. I called Avianca and they were completely clueless as usual. @Ben appreciate if you could look into this for us, as I know you have a close relationship with Lifemiles.

    1. KeNgKrUpS

      Any luck yet?

      I was going to transfer some Amex points but decided not to do so after reading your post.

    2. zeer0

      Nope, and when I called Amex they claimed this is a known issue that will take 6-10 weeks to resolve. Kind of ridiculous...

  4. Jeff

    I wonder how many people transferred because of this post and now lifemile is not honoring it and can’t reverse the conversion

    1. Hao

      Jeff: i am having the same issue here. I transferred points for 54k MR on Sep 11th, and posted in my account immediately for about 71k. However, i checked my account again yesterday, all points were gone. I contacted them via live chat, both stupid agents told me that Amex cancelled transaction. I found it is very stupid answer even both were saying the same thing. I checked my account today, points showed up again but with reduced amount to 61k

  5. Jeff

    I transferred before lucky posted and got the double 15% right away. Now when I checked back the extra 15% was reversed. If it were only 15% I wouldn’t have did it. I double I can reversed it now. Bad taste in the mouth. Wonder if lucky have some clout on lifemiles

  6. Josh

    Has anyone also not had their bonus mies post? In past promotions, the bonus miles have showed up immediately. However, I transferred some miles from Amex yesterday and the initial amount posted, but the bonus amount still has not shown up in my account. Have others also seen a delay, or is there maybe an issue with my transaction?

    1. Ryan

      I am having this issue too. Transferred miles last night around 11PM ET. Still have not received the extra 15% bonus. Has yours posted yet?

    2. Josh

      No they haven't. This appears to be a recent development, as others in FT have reported also not receiving the instant bonus for more recent transfers. I have chatted with LifeMiles, who advised me to email their support team. I emailed them yesterday and was told that my information was passed along to their internal department for "evaluation." Not feeling too hopeful tbh, kinda feels like they changed the promotion midway through.

    3. Tyler

      I have the same issue. Transferred from Amex on 9/12 (which is already reflected in Lifemiles account) and still waiting for Lifemiles to post their 15% bonus.

    4. SJ

      Same here, no additional bonus from Life Miles. I made my transfer on 9/12.

  7. PCT

    Stumbled upon this deal accidentally when booking LH F 3 days ago! Now have about 14K points left which I will use to book the husband’s LH F later this month.

    Only issue I’ve had with Lifemiles was my PIN. I simply erased the **** and added a new one in my profile and it worked perfectly. Let’s hope this continues to be the case.

    Flew LH F back in July FRA MIA and had the entire cabin to myself! Doubt I’ll be so lucky next week!

  8. Gary

    @AZO_Tim
    I went through the EXACT same struggles today! The credit card month was greyed out and then it tied up the award space for a couple hours too when I tried to start over. I finally figured out the problem. If you a paying with a credit card that is not stored in your account, you now have to setup a Personal Identification Number (PIN). When you are checking out, you'll notice there...

    @AZO_Tim
    I went through the EXACT same struggles today! The credit card month was greyed out and then it tied up the award space for a couple hours too when I tried to start over. I finally figured out the problem. If you a paying with a credit card that is not stored in your account, you now have to setup a Personal Identification Number (PIN). When you are checking out, you'll notice there is a field to enter the PIN but I thought this was something for a debit or gift card. But no, this is now a required field. You need to go into your Lifemiles account and click on Manage Profile and towards the bottom of the page will be a spot to setup a PIN.

    The Lifemiles site is really a joke with all its bugs and honestly many times I prefer just to spend the extra miles and book with United instead.

    Hope this helps.

  9. harry hv

    "I always recommend doing some “dummy” award searches", hmm sorry that doesn't help.

    Until you try to actually pay for the ticket you won't see whether the buggy Lifemiles website is going to crash out and your newly-acquired Lifemiles are worthless. While calling Lifemiles will only lead you to discover that they are looking at the exact same broken web page as you.

  10. AZO_Tim

    Has anyone had issues using the LifeMiles website to purchase tickets? I have tried on multiple computers and multiple browsers and have found that the webpage will not recognize the month of my credit card expiration, the country or state for the credit card address even though I chose them from drop down lists. They would still show as grey instead of black on the web page. As such, the page acts as though I...

    Has anyone had issues using the LifeMiles website to purchase tickets? I have tried on multiple computers and multiple browsers and have found that the webpage will not recognize the month of my credit card expiration, the country or state for the credit card address even though I chose them from drop down lists. They would still show as grey instead of black on the web page. As such, the page acts as though I have not entered the data and won't let me continue. I called into the call center but that was useless as the availability is somehow tied up in the transaction that never worked so they claim it is not available.

    1. John G

      Try cross checking on United's page. If they aren't showing it available, then it certainly isn't

  11. Slappy

    This transfer bonus is excellent if you take advantage of it for travel in the next 1-2 months. It is simply not worth dealing with the terrible Avianca/LifeMiles customer service if you have an award that changes, or gets cancelled by the airline being flown.

    Otherwise, if the schedule is firm, this is a great offer to use, perhaps even for LH F flights.

  12. Flygo

    Booked 4 one-way ticket in business class from US to IST. All of them ended up been cancelled by Turkish Airlines w/o any notice (from AV Lifemiles). Contacted AV, there ain't nothing they can do. The only thing the service department could do is to reinstate my points, minus $25 non-refundable booking fee for each ticket. AV sucks!

    Had to book 4 new ones in economy class using UA points in the end.

  13. Sergio

    hi Ben,

    I left you a comment over two days ago when you posted about Amex transfers regarding this. I think perhaps you chose to ignore it or you aren’t giving the correct credit to.

  14. John G

    @Ben,

    I have close to a million lifemiles… but this is a solid deal and I earn close to 200k Amex a month. The sucker for a good deal is telling me to transfer more but the wiser part of me thinks I should hold back as they will likely have a fire sale around Black Friday/Cyber Monday…

    What would you do ?

  15. Other Andrew

    @Andrew

    There is ANA F availability next year in July and August out of JFK. It’s also in the new suites which I hear are pretty amazing. It’s only for 1 person though. I was able to snag two together in March out of JFK, but I had to call as soon as they were released and I leave on a Tuesday.

    1. Andrew

      Ah, I need 2, unfortunately. I have seen the releases 11 months out for only 1 ticket... perhaps that's just Summer 2022. Hopefully they address it.

  16. Andrew

    Yup. Just look at that ANA first class flight with no award availability and no horizon for actual usage. ;)

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John G

Try cross checking on United's page. If they aren't showing it available, then it certainly isn't

Other Andrew

@Andrew There is ANA F availability next year in July and August out of JFK. It’s also in the new suites which I hear are pretty amazing. It’s only for 1 person though. I was able to snag two together in March out of JFK, but I had to call as soon as they were released and I leave on a Tuesday.

KG

Oh seriously? Checked the fine print and a *tiny* disclaimer added to the top of this page that it was all wrong? Better to bold that. Ugh. Long time reader but probably ditching you, this sucks.

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