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. A new bonus has just been introduced for transferring a partner points currency to the LifeMiles program.
Amex to LifeMiles transfer bonus
Between May 1 and May 31, 2022, you can receive a 15% bonus when you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Avianca LifeMiles. This transfer bonus is being offered on Amex’s end, so the bonus should be hard-coded into the transfer ratio.
There are several great credit card for earning Amex Membership Rewards points. Points typically transfer at a 1:1 ratio, and transfer instantly.
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. 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.
For the month of May you can receive a 15% bonus when you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Avianca LifeMiles. This has the potential to be a great deal for Star Alliance redemptions, given all of the 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 Membership Rewards points into LifeMiles with this bonus?