Since September 6, LifeMiles has been offering OMAAT readers an additional 15% bonus on purchased miles, though registration is required. The deadline to register for the bonus is tomorrow (Monday, September 17, 2018), and then the deadline to buy miles is Tuesday (you need to wait 24 hours between the time you register and when you buy the miles).
If you’re still interested in taking advantage of this promotion, you’ll want to register on this page using your LifeMiles number by tomorrow.
You have to wait 24 hours from the time you register until you buy miles through the offer to get the better bonus. You should see the extra 15% reflected on the purchase page once you’re eligible. The sooner that you register, the sooner you can buy miles.
This is an opportunity to buy LifeMiles for as little as 1.375 cents each, which I consider to be a fantastic value.
Which credit card to buy LifeMiles with
If you buy LifeMiles it should qualify as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spend, so consider using one of the following cards:
|Card||Points earned on airfare spend|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent|
|Citi Prestige Card||5x ThankYou points per dollar spent|
|American Express® Gold Card||3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent|
|Citi Premier℠ Card||3x ThankYou points per dollar spent|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent|
For example, if using The Platinum Card® from American Express you’d earn 5x points per dollar spent. I value those points at 1.7 cents each, so to me that’s like a further 8.5% return. If you want to look at it differently, that lowers the cost to 1.26 cents per mile if you subtract the value of the Membership Rewards points you earn.
Do note that some credit cards sometimes have issues with buying LifeMiles (there’s sometimes an error message when trying to complete the purchase), so you may have to try a couple of different credit cards.
LifeMiles is also offering an award sale
The 140% bonus on purchased miles is a phenomenal opportunity to acquire miles towards a Star Alliance premium cabin redemption. However, if you book soon, you can potentially do even better than that.
As I’ve also written about, LifeMiles has an award sale through September 18, 2018, where you can save on the cost of many Star Alliance premium cabin awards. For example, you can redeem just 72,000 miles one-way for some first class tickets between the US and Asia, which is an incredible value when you consider how inexpensively you can acquire the miles.
Buying LifeMiles is a great way to get a discount on premium cabin Star Alliance tickets. Remember that in some cases LifeMiles won’t have access to some Star Alliance saver premium cabin award space, but all things considered I’ve had less issues with the currency than in the past, and I have consistently gotten a ton of value out of buying miles from them.
I plan to buy miles through this promotion myself, since I’m running low on LifeMiles.
If you’re interested, register at this link by tomorrow, and buy miles by Tuesday.