Transfer Credit Card Points To LifeMiles With 25% Bonus

Transfer Credit Card Points To LifeMiles With 25% Bonus

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LifeMiles is one of my favorite Star Alliance frequent flyer programs, thanks to the great redemption rates on Star Alliance partners, plus all the ways there are to earn miles with the program. Not only does LifeMiles often have promotions on purchased miles, but the program also partners with major transferable points currencies. At the moment there’s a bonus when converting points to LifeMiles.

Transfer points to LifeMiles with 25% bonus

Between November 15 and December 17, 2021, you can receive a 25% bonus when transferring select partner rewards to the LifeMiles program. Specifically, this applies when transferring points from:

  • Citi ThankYou
  • Capital One
  • Brex
  • The only major credit card transfer partner that’s excluded is Amex Membership Rewards

As you’d expect, there are some terms to be aware of:

  • 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
  • This bonus won’t be reflected with credit card partners, as this offer is on LifeMiles’ end
  • Bonus LifeMiles will post within 24 hours, though will generally post the same time as the standard miles, but as a separate transaction
  • There’s no limit to how many points you can transfer and get the bonus for
  • There’s no registration required

Is earning LifeMiles worth it?

Avianca is in the Star Alliance, which means you can redeem LifeMiles on all Star Alliance airlines (which is what makes the program 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

Sometimes there are promotions on redemptions, which can offer even more value.

Personally I wouldn’t speculatively transfer points, but with a specific use in mind this could be a great value, whether you’re looking at traveling in first class on All Nippon Airways or Lufthansa, or are looking at traveling in business class on a countless number of airlines.

I’ve redeemed LifeMiles for ANA first class

LifeMiles doesn’t always have access to the same award availability as Star Alliance partners, for better or worse. In some cases the program doesn’t have access to partner awards that other airlines do have access to, and in other cases the inverse is true.

That’s why I always recommend doing some “dummy” award searches before acquiring miles in a program, so you can get a sense of how award availability lines up with your needs.

I’ve redeemed LifeMiles for Lufthansa business class

While Avianca is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the airline has received further funding, and the LifeMiles program is also separately managed and owned. While I don’t think it’s going to happen here (especially with global travel recovering), see this post to learn more about what happens to airline miles if an airline goes bankrupt.

Bottom line

Right now you can receive a 25% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points, Capital One miles, and Brex points, to the LifeMiles program. This bonus is being offered on LifeMiles’ end, so this won’t be reflected on the websites of partners.

Personally I use LifeMiles all the time for premium cabin Star Alliance redemptions, and find the program consistently offers great value. Just remember that LifeMiles also sells miles directly, often at a reasonable cost, so I know some prefer to save their points for other uses, and just buy miles directly.

Do you plan on converting credit card rewards points into LifeMiles with this bonus?

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  1. Bull Guest

    How often do they do this type of transfer bonus?

    I got lucky (and surprised) and caught this apparently at the beginning 11/15/21. Pretty cool but I sent too many over with the bonus.

    The site shows expiration 11/30/2022 to answer the other question

  2. Dick Bupkiss Guest

    Suggestion: Always mention the expiration policy of any target program when discussing transfers.

    As long as you have your transferable points safely stashed in their transferrable home, your points generally don't expire. Once you shoot them over to some specific program, the clock starts ticking on them. You never know when a global pandemic or some other impediment may come along, so one should carefully consider how long you can leave them sitting in Avianca's...

    Suggestion: Always mention the expiration policy of any target program when discussing transfers.

    As long as you have your transferable points safely stashed in their transferrable home, your points generally don't expire. Once you shoot them over to some specific program, the clock starts ticking on them. You never know when a global pandemic or some other impediment may come along, so one should carefully consider how long you can leave them sitting in Avianca's program or someone else's.

    So, what's the expiration policy for LifeMiles?

  3. Kevin Guest

    @Lucky Interesting tip that I don't know if I've seen before. Regarding award availability discrepancies between LifeMiles and other Star Alliance partners. I was recently looking for nonstop Turkish Airlines awards from IST-IAD and when searching using the "Smart Search" and "Star Alliance" options, no results were returned, but when I specifically selected "Turkish Airlines", I got back all the expected results I was seeing on United and Air Canada.

    BTW, do you have any...

    @Lucky Interesting tip that I don't know if I've seen before. Regarding award availability discrepancies between LifeMiles and other Star Alliance partners. I was recently looking for nonstop Turkish Airlines awards from IST-IAD and when searching using the "Smart Search" and "Star Alliance" options, no results were returned, but when I specifically selected "Turkish Airlines", I got back all the expected results I was seeing on United and Air Canada.

    BTW, do you have any idea what happened to the new Turkish 787 that was flying between IAD and IST (or the BA A350-1000 for that matter between IAD-LHR)?

  4. DenB Platinum

    Used to buy lots. Was great for EVA YYZ-BKK/TPE/HKT/HKG. Super sweet spot for domestic flights on TH. But with Asia offline and AC out of LifeMiles' partner availability, my hundreds of thousands of LM are stranded or orphaned or something.

    Follow Ben's advice. Do the dummy searches first, then transfer your hard-earned transferable points. LifeMiles is great value when you can actually use them. When you can't, not so much.

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Bull Guest

How often do they do this type of transfer bonus? I got lucky (and surprised) and caught this apparently at the beginning 11/15/21. Pretty cool but I sent too many over with the bonus. The site shows expiration 11/30/2022 to answer the other question

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Dick Bupkiss Guest

Suggestion: <b>Always mention the expiration policy of any target program when discussing transfers.</b> As long as you have your transferable points safely stashed in their transferrable home, your points generally don't expire. Once you shoot them over to some specific program, the clock starts ticking on them. You never know when a global pandemic or some other impediment may come along, so one should carefully consider how long you can leave them sitting in Avianca's program or someone else's. So, what's the expiration policy for LifeMiles?

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Kevin Guest

@Lucky Interesting tip that I don't know if I've seen before. Regarding award availability discrepancies between LifeMiles and other Star Alliance partners. I was recently looking for nonstop Turkish Airlines awards from IST-IAD and when searching using the "Smart Search" and "Star Alliance" options, no results were returned, but when I specifically selected "Turkish Airlines", I got back all the expected results I was seeing on United and Air Canada. BTW, do you have any idea what happened to the new Turkish 787 that was flying between IAD and IST (or the BA A350-1000 for that matter between IAD-LHR)?

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