LifeMiles is one of my favorite 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.
The program is currently offering a transfer bonus from Amex, which is worth being aware of, and could prove valuable.
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LifeMiles offering 15% bonus on transfers from Amex
Through Friday, March 15, 2024, you can receive a 15% bonus when you transfer points from the Amex Membership Rewards program to Avianca LifeMiles. Note that this promotion is being offered on LifeMiles’ end and not on Amex’s end, so you’ll see the bonus points post within 24 hours of your original transfer, in a separate transaction.
There are lots of great credit cards in the US that earn Amex Membership Rewards points. When it comes to transferring Amex points, you can expect that conversions to Avianca LifeMiles are typically instant.
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). Premium cabin redemptions are often quite reasonable, like being able to fly transatlantic business class for 63,000 miles one-way.
Sometimes there are promotions on redemptions, which can offer even more value. There’s also plenty of value for redeeming on United Airlines for domestic flights, which might just be the most practical use of LifeMiles.
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.
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.
Through March 15, 2024, you can receive a 15% bonus when you transfer points from Amex Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles. This offer is from LifeMiles, so you’ll only see the bonus after making the transfer.
This has the potential to be a good deal for Star Alliance redemptions, given all of the airline partners that LifeMiles has. 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 Amex points into LifeMiles with this bonus?