Transfer Citi Points To LifeMiles With 25% Bonus

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Citi ThankYou has just announced their latest transfer bonus.

Transfer Citi Points To LifeMiles With 25% Bonus

Through December 11, 2019, the US Citi ThankYou program is offering a 25% bonus when you transfer points to Avianca LifeMiles.

The transfer ratio is usually 1,000:1,000, so during the promotion period you can transfer points at a 1,000:1,250 ratio.

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 couple of years they’ve been added as a transfer partner for AmexCapital One, and Citi.

LifeMiles was added as an Amex transfer partner in late 2017, and since then we’ve seen a couple of transfer bonuses.

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 reasonably priced short-haul redemptions within the US, so they’re not just useful for aspirational redemptions.

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 launched a new website earlier this year 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

Bottom Line

It’s great to see Citi offer a bonus on transfers to 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 Citi points for other uses, and just buy miles directly.

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

Comments
  1. 2 comments/questions:

    1.) i recently got an email (in Spanish) that says *i think* that my miles expire in January. This is odd since I use them all the time. What’s the expiration policy for LM?

    2.) they always add some fee at the end, which makes it a worse deal than it originally appears. In other words, I’ll click on a ticket that says 17,000 miles + $25. When I check out, it’s always +$75 or something. There is some kind of $30-50 “ticketing fee” that is only added at the end.

  2. I just tried to navigate the life miles website and gave up. I can’t figure out how to a miles search and the website is telling me to join the life miles program even though I have an account and am logged in.

  3. You know, every time you pimp some program like this, you could do your readers a great service by summarizing the expiration policies – including how to keep points from expiring.

  4. … thanks Lucky for the time and effort extended to keep us informed via this FREE site – One Mile at a Time!

  5. Has anyone else had difficulty with the award search functionality on Avianca’s website? It just keeps clocking each time I perform a search and I haven’t been able to figure out a fix.

  6. Here is a tip I learned. Dont use the smart search feature on the Life Miles website when trying to look for flights. If you are looking for United flights, click on Star Alliance and United flights will show up. United flights didn’t show up for me when I clicked smart search.

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