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
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)