Last Chance: Buy LifeMiles With A 145% Bonus

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Update: This is a reminder that today is the last day to buy LifeMiles with a 145% bonus. This assumes you registered by yesterday, and waited 24 hours until you try to buy miles. Also keep in mind you can combine this with LifeMiles’ excellent Star Alliance award sale available right now.


LifeMiles has just launched a “Cyber Week” sale on purchased miles, and for OMAAT readers it also happens to be their best offer of the year.

With this new offer, LifeMiles members can receive a 145% bonus on purchased miles between November 21 and November 26, 2018.

How much is LifeMiles charging per mile?

Typically when LifeMiles offers a bonus on purchased miles it’s in the range of 125-140%, so a 145% bonus is even better than that.

Furthermore, typically you have to buy at least 101,000 miles pre-bonus to unlock the 140% bonus, while right now buying any quantity of miles will trigger a 145% bonus, which is awesome.

LifeMiles ordinarily charges 3.3 cents per mile, so during this promotion you’ll be able to buy miles for just ~1.347 cents each, which is an incredible value. You can purchase up to 200,000 LifeMiles pre-bonus, meaning that in total you could purchase up to 490,000 LifeMiles, if you wanted to.

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
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 ~1.347 cents each, if you used The Platinum Card® from American Express you’d earn 5x Membership Rewards points. I value those points at 1.7 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of an additional 8.5% return, bringing down the “real” cost to ~1.23 cents per mile.

How to take advantage of this promotion

To take advantage of this offer you have to register on this page between November 20 and November 25, and then have to buy miles between November 21 and November 26, 2018.

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 better bonus reflected on the purchase page once you’re eligible (only buy miles once you see the price you want).

I’d highly recommend registering now, and then you can always still decide if you want to take advantage of the promotion later.

Should you buy LifeMiles?

When it comes to redeeming LifeMiles, 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 ~$1,100 one-way (assuming a real cost of 1.23 cents per mile, based on credit card rewards) is a pretty darn good value, if you ask me.

Or business class between the US and Europe will just run you ~$775, which is an excellent value as well.

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 available. However, they have access to more space than in the past, so I don’t find this to be as big of an issue as it used to be.

Bottom line

A 145% bonus on purchased LifeMiles with no minimums to how many miles you have to buy is the best offer we’ve seen from them all year.

It’s tough to go wrong buying LifeMiles for under 1.35 cents each (and potentially even less when you consider the value of the points you earn for credit card spend).

I book LifeMiles award tickets all the time, and love that they allow one-ways and don’t have carrier imposed surcharges. Just remember that the availability they have doesn’t always match what other programs see.

But if you’ve been holding off on buying LifeMiles, now is the time to buy.

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Comments

  1. This is awesome and thank you. I wonder whether they will have an even greater deal on Black Friday or Cyber Monday….

  2. nice. I haven’t bought any of their miles yet this year so I will have to think about how many to stockpile. I got the email this morning about their basic 140% bonus promo

  3. I haven’t been able to use Amex for LifeMIles purchases for at least a couple of years now. I just get an error message every time I try. Would be nice to get the 5X points by using my Amex Plat…..but it just doesn’t seem possible. And I’m not going to call them to purchase. I’ve heard nothing but horror stories about their call center.

  4. You need to be aware that under their new ‘enhanced?’ rules your miles will expire 12 months from date of purchase. That’s a big disincentive to buy 200,000 (pre-bonus) unless you are certain you will be able to burn 490,000 miles before the expiry date. I’m buying a smaller amount this time since the bonus is not tiered as normal, and some more in later sales in 2019 after I’ve used a chunk of my current stash.

  5. I am trying to use lifemiles website to book DFW to MUM/BOM (Mumbai/Bombay) – 03/09 departure and 03/23 return but can’t find any availability. Wonder how useful buying these life miles are? Any experts with suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

  6. Here is the official policy regarding expiration date.

    “Any miles accrual transaction in a member´s account in the Program extends the validity of the miles in the account of such member for a term of twelve (12) months from the date of such accrual of miles.”

  7. For the non-US creditcard holders:
    Buying through Topcashback gives you an extra 3% discount, your credit card may give you some points as well on top of that. Eg Citibank non-US cards give between 1-2%.

  8. I have 150,000 citi thank you points and 80,000 SPG points.

    I have never experienced business class and would like to fly for the first time with points. I see lot of promotions coming up for Iberia Aviois, Lifemiles etc. I am also looking into premium fare deals but I am totally confused as I don’t see any availability even months in advance using points for various airlines from DFW to BOM/MUM (Bombay/Mumbai) Depart 03/09/19 and Return 03/24/19.

    So whats the use of these miles and promotions if we can’t plan in advance as we have jobs and can’t fly at the spur of the moment when award tickets open up. Am I missing something?

    Thanks in advance

  9. @Ben,

    I have 150,000 citi thank you points and 80,000 SPG points.

    I have never experienced business class and would like to fly for the first time with points. I see lot of promotions coming up for Iberia Aviois, Lifemiles etc. I am also looking into premium fare deals but I am totally confused as I don’t see any availability even months in advance using points for various airlines from DFW to BOM/MUM (Bombay/Mumbai) Depart 03/09/19 and Return 03/24/19.

    So whats the use of these miles and promotions if we can’t plan in advance as we have jobs and can’t fly at the spur of the moment when award tickets open up. Am I missing something?

    Thanks in advance

  10. SamyT:

    Yes you are missing something. Depending on the airline, awards open up 355-330 days in advance. Once you’ve fixed your itinerary, just make sure to be online when the award space opens and you have an excellent chance of getting the seats you need.

    This does mean that you need to plan almost a year ahead, but you are almost guaranteed to get the seats you need.

  11. @SamyT: there is no such thing as MUM airport. The city may have voted to change its name, but they didn’t change any airport code. You can just use BOM.

  12. @SamyT: Not sure where you checked for award space. AAdvantage is showing wide open availability on your dates from DFW – BOM. As a matter of fact I’m finding one stopper both ways (including Q suites on your way out) and not some exotic 3-4 stopper routing. Might want to brush up on your search inventory before complaining about how award space is non-existent and miles might only be for the road warrior.

    80,000 SPG should get you there mostly with AAdvantage. I’m assuming you’ll know that you can make use of american mile promos to buy any remaining needed miles.

  13. Thanks for the replies @Franklin and @JH Neoh

    Its November and I am looking for flights in March – March 9 DFW – EWR – BOM to leave and March 24 to return even if different airlines. Cant find business saver awards in any airlines. Thought of buying Lifemiles, but can’t find any availability even there.

    Am I too late to search for business saver awards?

  14. @Samy T Good luck finding award space from DFW-BOM. The only airline that opens any space on that sector would be LH. However on that sector LH is very stingy and for some reason LM does not allow passangers on UA from DFW to say ORD or Houtson for a connection. I had a field day last year booking on the same route. However, I suggest keep checking the UA site to see if the space opens. LM opens the same space few days after UA. It can be frustrating.

    @ EC it takes about 24 hrs for the 145% to kick in. Best ways to check is either login to the account and @ checkout see the bonus or purchase the miles after you have received the bonus email.

  15. I can travel whenever I want and have a free schedule. But I’m concerned about is how restrictive LifeMiles are. Do they use the same inventory as all star alliance or is it restrictive? Is it impossible to get first class on the airlines you’d want to like ANA? With absolute free reign on the dates I can travel, how can I go about snagging first?

  16. Looking at getting 3 RT tickets from US to EU in J. That means I need to buy 378,000 LM points, which comes down to 5,100 USD. Meh. I’ll pass.

  17. $6600 for five one way first class tickets to northern Asia seems like a good deal to me, especially since my schedule lets me travel any day of the year. What am I missing?

  18. Are there other airlines releasing first class space other than just China Airlines? I haven’t found one OZ flight in F out of JFK. ANA would also be nice but I don’t see them releasing any F space either.

  19. @Ben
    LifeMiles closes off waaaaaay too many dates that UA shows F and J available for this to be worth it. Just compare the award charts on united.com availability to Lifemiles availability and youll see how much more LifeMiles is restrictive.

    Finding OZ space is also almost impossible. And frankly its a little misleading that you want us to buy through your link and you show OZ space when availability is really very so limited in premium cabins except on Air China. I knew there had to be a catch to this…

  20. @Eli

    Thanks for the reply. I see MileSAAver rewards. Do I need to get AA credit card to use those awards as I don’t have that credit card?

    I don’t see Q suites for DFW to MUM on March 9.

    And I don’t know about American Airlines Miles promo.

    Appreciate your help.

  21. @Abe:

    Been finding space on NH and BR through Lifemiles pretty consistently. OZ is harder but I wouldn’t turn down NH J or BR J.

  22. For whatever reason, OZ F only seems to be available from JFK.

    Yeah there are some decent itineraries in here.

  23. Do I book on the lifemiles website or on a star alliance partner site or do I call in order to redeem my lifemiles?

  24. I was able to book LAX-ICN-PVG in F on Asiana. The segments were available individually, but not as an entire itinerary. I emailed LM with screen shots showing my desired flights along with all other pertinent information, and I was confirmed and ticketed in less then 24 hours. Asiana F does exist, but I might suggest searching for individual segments first..

  25. @Bear – regular expiration since April 2018 is 12 months but 24 if you have LM Credit card or elite status with Avianca and hopefully as before by transferring 1000 miles to someone else for $30, but not by purchasing or redeeming miles. Another way to extend miles is to fly them or their partners annually.

  26. I’m trying to enter my LifeTime account number where indicated and its not allowing me to ???? Anyone have a suggestion ??

  27. Hi, Ben. I registered and got an email showing 145% but when I am clicking on it and it goes to the website it shows the regular promo of 140%. Customer service and clueless and had no idea.
    Any ideas how to fix it?
    Thank you.

  28. @Takhliq Khan

    I bought miles just now, and it didn’t extend my miles expiry at all (though they would’ve expired in more than 12 months from now in the first place).

  29. You can’t purchase thesenon Amex premium charge cards anymore- seems super dodgy. Definitely wont be using them anymore, no point buying if I can’t get bonus points.

  30. Amex say you have to go through their travel dept or I get no 5 x points
    Can that be correct?
    Surely I just use the card right?

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