Last Chance For Two Great LifeMiles Offers

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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:

CardPoints earned on airfare spend
The Platinum Card® from American Express5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
American Express® Gold Card3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Reserve®3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card3x ThankYou points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card2x 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.

Bottom line

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.

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Comments

  1. @Ben- Which airlines can you book that offer First Class from US to India? or where in Asia would you need to fly and then onto Mumbai?

    Thanks

  2. I registered for this promo when you originally posted. I’m still only seeing a value of 1.5 cents per LifeMile.

  3. @ben – do you think Lifemiles will have a higher bonus at thanksgiving this year? I remember last year they had one for like 145% and was quite bummed out I bought Lifemiles for 140% earlier in the year. The Lifemiles program only allows you to buy up to 500,000 Lifemiles per year so that’s why I ask.

  4. Adam – he’s written this post in a very confusing manner but no, he means 15%.

    For some reason he’s not even mentioned the underlying 100% bonus

  5. I’ve been trying to take advantage of the Star Alliance sale. Transferred Citi ThankYou points on 9/12 and miles still haven’t posted to LifeMiles. Anyone have recent data points on time it takes to transfer TY to LifeMiles? I’m biting my nails hoping they post today or tomorrow so I can take advantage of the sale.

  6. Hi Carey,
    I transferred from Citi to Lifemiles in early August. It took little under 2 days. I hope your points post in time.

  7. Thanks for the post Lucky. Bought the points and redeemed for 2 Asiana A380 F from ICN-LAX in June next year for 72K per passenger. 140% bonus for OMAAT readers is awesome. Great value for $2,079 and only $132 for fuel surcharges. Looking forward to our flight. Looks like each ticket is selling for about $3900 per Google flights. Thanks again and keep blogging.

  8. To close the loop on my issue. I spent a couple of hours making calls to LifeMiles support and Citi ThankYou support. The friendliness and help from LifeMiles was surprising and unexpected based on stories of heard about their call center. Although the overall experience was frustrating, they were great. I called them five times and never experienced a wait time, english speakers were clear and polite and eventually they told me “Citi has not sent the miles to your account.” With that, I called Citi back up for the fourth time and spoke to a very competent agent who essentially redeposited my Citi points, tried the transaction again and they posted IMMEDIATELY.

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