Transfer Citi Points To LifeMiles With A 25% Bonus

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Through December 12, 2018, the US Citi ThankYou program is offering a 25% 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 Citi points into 1,250 LifeMiles.

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 so great to see that within the past year they’ve been added as a transfer partner of both Citi ThankYou and Amex Membership Rewards, and they’ll also soon be a Capital One transfer partner.

The best card for earning Citi ThankYou points

The best card for earning ThankYou points is the Citi Premier℠ Card. This card offers a welcome bonus of 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 within three months.

The card has a $95 annual fee that’s waived for the first 12 months, and offers triple points on travel and gas, and double points on dining and entertainment.

The value of LifeMiles

LifeMiles is a great program for booking Star Alliance award tickets. You can find LifeMiles’ Star Alliance award chart here. 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 shorthaul economy awards within the US starting at just 7,500 miles one-way, so they’re a great 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 doesn’t always have access to all the same award 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 eligible.

Redeem your LifeMiles for Thai first class

Bottom line

Citi ThankYou continues to impress me so much as a points currency, given the partners they’ve added and the transfer bonuses they offered. LifeMiles is a great frequent flyer program for booking premium cabin tickets on Star Alliance airlines, so this deal is seriously worth considering.

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

(Tip of the hat to @IadisGr8)

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  1. That does sound like a good deal. I know a lot of people crap on LM, but I’ve managed to get very useful value out of the program and one of the reasons I got the Citi TY Premier was because they had become a transfer partner.

  2. This is perfect timing, I’ve been looking for a good way to use Citi points for a trip to Japan next year 🙂

  3. Just a word of warning-the LifeMiles web site currently has been error-ing out constantly when trying to book award tickets with Star Alliance carriers. I have been trying to book Turkish Airlines out of the Seychelles to Europe for 55,000 LM and the web site has been giving me an error message for the last week. I also tried booking a flight on Ethiopian Airlines and also was unable to instantly confirm an award ticket. I was told that they are working on a fix for the constant issues.

    When you contact their call center, they tell you to send an e-mail. When sending an e-mail, you need to provide screenshots of the award you want to book. In addition, you need the following information:

    1. Your phone number (including area code), specify your country of residence.
    2. Color scanned image of the passengers’ passports.
    3. Screenshot of the error message.
    4. Screenshot of the selected flights.
    5. Screenshot of the quoted mileage (if a flexible payment is desired, such image must show the preferred combination).

    Unfortunately, it takes about a day for the representatives to respond to the e-mail and then another 2-3 days for them to send you a booking confirmation. After receiving the e-mail, you have to either call into their call center or wait for them to call you.

    All in all, the web representatives have been fairly responsive. However, if you’re trying to secure an award booking, not being able to instantly confirm a flight reservation can be a little unnerving.

  4. Lucky, do you actually find available award tix on lifemile?
    away from MIA to various South American destinations on their own metal (avianca), I never had any luck finding transatlantic availability. Like I can’t even find simple itineraries like MIA IST, MIA FRA, MIA ZRH, etc. even if plenty of seats show up on ANA or United’s search engine, and when I call lifemile, they say not all start alliance tix are released to lifemile

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