Buy LifeMiles With Up To A 125% Bonus

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LifeMiles has just launched their latest major promotion on purchased miles

With this new offer, LifeMiles members can receive up to a 125% bonus on purchased miles between May 7 and June 5, 2019.

Specifically, they’re offering a tiered bonus, as follows:

  • Buy 1,000-50,000 miles, get a 100% bonus
  • Buy 51,000-100,000 miles, get a 115% bonus
  • Buy 101,000-200,000 miles, get a 125% bonus

How much is LifeMiles charging per mile?

LifeMiles ordinarily charges 3.3 cents per mile, which doesn’t factor in any sort of discounts.

In order to unlock the best cost per mile, you need to buy at least 101,000 miles pre-bonus in one transaction. The maximum number of miles you can buy is 200,000 pre-bonus, so if you do that you’d pay a total of $6,600 for 450,000 miles, which is a cost of 1.47 cents per mile.

I should note that a 125% bonus is typical as far as LifeMiles promotions on purchased miles go. In the past they’ve sometimes offered extra discounts to OMAAT readers towards the end of the promotion, so we’ll have to wait and see if they do that this time around.

How to achieve an even lower cost on purchased miles

LifeMiles processes mileage purchases directly, meaning that buying miles with them qualifies 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:

CardPoints earned on airfare spend
The Platinum Card® from American Express5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Citi Prestige Card5x ThankYou points per dollar spent
American Express® Gold Card3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Reserve®3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
Citi Premier℠ Card3x ThankYou points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

So while the cost to purchase LifeMiles is as low as ~1.47 cents each, if you used The Platinum Card® from American Express you’d earn 5x Membership Rewards. I value Membership Rewards at 1.7 cents each, so to me, that’s the equivalent of an additional 8.5% return, bringing down the “real” cost to ~1.34 cents per mile.

Should you buy LifeMiles?

Avianca is a member of Star Alliance, which means you can redeem LifeMiles on all Star Alliance airlines (which is what makes them 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

With a specific use in mind, this promotion can be a great value, especially for first-class travel on ANA or Lufthansa.

Business class between the US and Europe can be a great option as well.

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

Historically, LifeMiles doesn’t always have access to all the same space that other Star Alliance programs do. Avianca recently introduced a new website, which seems to have solved part of their problem with booking partner award tickets, but in the process may have created a whole new problem.

Some have reported issues using the LifeMiles site, and specifically with pulling up partner award availability that is available through other airlines. So if you are going to buy miles, I’d recommend first doing a few availability searches to make sure you can find the space you want.

Bottom line

It’s nice to see LifeMiles offer another bonus on purchased miles. A bonus of up to 125% is typically what they offer when they have a bonus. In the past, they’ve sometimes had further promotions for OMAAT members, and we’ll see if they offer one of those this time around, if you want to hold off.

I buy LifeMiles every year and consistently receive excellent value with them, so I think there are plenty of circumstances under which buying them could make a lot of sense.

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Comments
  1. I got offered 130% in my email today:
    1-50k = 110%
    51-100k = 120%
    101k+ = 130%

    Not sure if it’s targetted or they have just changed their minds and increased the bonus.

  2. I received the same email with the offer of 130% bonus when purchasing 101k+ miles.

    I purchased 101k miles (pre bonus) during the last sale with the special add on for OMAAT readers. I also frequently transfer Amex MR points to LifeMiles. In my experience so far with LifeMiles (just since February) I have found outstanding value and tons of availability for numerous business class redemptions on Avianca metal.

  3. I transferred 1000 miles to my wife’s account for about $30 in April, 2019 and now we both got extension of the expiration for 1 full year…great value, use it!

  4. I did the monthly offering where you get staggered bonuses and then one when you complete a full year of purchases. Seemed the best route to go to keep the miles active and I think get the same type of bonus as the one that is being offered now.

  5. Only good for first class redemptions! At least from south america!

    And lifemiles is bad now! Is not what it was before.

    Bette to pay the ticket or get an offer from secretflying.com

  6. @Ubaldo , if this is the biggest mistake of your life, then you are truly a lucky man.

    Will Lucky get a special this time again? Should I wait for it?

  7. I have up to 30%. Looks like its targeted for frequent buyers.

    Lucky, When OMAAT extra bonus starts?

  8. @Ubaldo: can you please elaborate more? Curious why you had a bad experience.

    I’m on the fence buying with my Arrival+. If it codes as travel, I think I could potentially use my $800 statement credit for it!

  9. As ubaldo says… For me is exactly the same.

    I usted to buy a lot of lifemiles… But not any more.

    Try to contact by Phone.. Any problem you Have is imposible to solve. Imposible.

    And award availability is bad now…

    And the New siete is what i considera bad too.

    Melgar… Secretflying is the Best!!

  10. Not going to chance it. Tried buying the last offer. They would not take any of my credit cards, and eventually they blocked me. Plus all the horror stories.

  11. Lifemiles is a disaster now…And avianca brazil in in bankruptcy ( avh holdings owns avianca..and avianca brazil is of his brother). Same with avianca argentina.

    Before was something to trust..now..no way! And i work with avianca!

  12. Why don’t they change to the old plataform?
    At least it was easier and had more options before!
    I will use all my lifemiles ans i won’t buy again.

    I bought for 0.12 cents the last time you offer here when transfering from one account to the other! Was a good deal… but very horrible miles to use… availability very low!

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