Last Chance: Register To Buy LifeMiles With A 140% Bonus

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As I first wrote about a week ago, Avianca’s LifeMiles program is offering a special bonus on purchased miles for readers of OMAAT. This bonus offers up to 15% more bonus miles than what LifeMiles is offering publicly. If you max out this promotion, this is potentially an opportunity to buy LifeMiles for ~1.375 cents each, which is an exceptional value.


Depending on which credit card you use to buy miles, it gets even better than that. The Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare, and anecdotally buying LifeMiles qualifies as airfare for the purposes of the card. I value those points at ~1.7 cents each, meaning you’re getting a return on spend of ~8.5%. If you’re going to instead view that value as a discount, that means you’re really paying ~1.25 cents per mile.

If you’re even considering taking advantage of this offer, today (Monday, February 27, 2017) is the last day to register. To register for the promotion, visit this page and enter your LifeMiles number.


After registering you’ll have to wait 24 hours before you’ll be able to buy miles with the increased bonus. After 24 hours you should see the additional bonus reflected when you go to the purchase miles page (make sure you don’t buy the miles until the bonus is reflected on the purchase page).


As a reminder, here are some examples of LifeMiles one-way premium cabin redemption rates:

  • U.S. to Europe in business class costs 63,000 miles
  • U.S. to Europe in first class costs 87,000 miles
  • U.S. to Southeast Asia in business class costs 78,000 miles
  • U.S. to North Asia in first class costs 90,000 miles

Redeem LifeMiles for Asiana first class

At 1.375 cents per mile (or closer to 1.25 cents per mile, depending on how you look at it), it’s tough to go wrong, in my opinion. Personally I’ve burned through almost all of my LifeMiles (I only have 11,000 left), so I’m thinking of taking advantage of this offer to replenish my account. It’s always good to have a reserve of Star Alliance miles, and I find that I burn LifeMiles more quickly than just about any other currency.

So if you’ve been waiting on this offer but want to take advantage of it, make sure you register today, and then wait 24 hours before you buy miles.

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  1. Would you answer Ryan question from February 21.

    “LifeMiles card from Banco Popular gets an additional 15% discount on purchased miles right?

    15% discount on purchases of miles with Multiply Your Miles2


    It does seem like this fits within the terms and conditions for the 15% Banco Popular discount. Does anyone have any experience with this discount? If it works, it brings the cost per mile down to “OMG!” range.

  2. Lucky,

    I noticed that Lifemiles seem to be blocking sq business class award availability to Australia. It was available all last week and you still can book the space with other star alliance programs but not Lifemiles for some reason.
    They seem to do this every time there is a mileage sale.

  3. Lucky and crew, you guys are awesome. But I must say Lifemiles, sucks ace. From the call center to the credit card experience, the experience blows. You have hinted at that but jesus christ please put up warnings signs up in the future for your readers etc. They pay you a ransom royal to promote but it’s a crap operation.

    Took me 1 hr on phone to re deposit 63k miles, 50 bucks, even thought it should be 200, took me 2months and 12 calls to activate my aviaca card. its bad. BancoSuckYoular!

  4. Lucky… please correct the post. The extra 15% for OMAAT doesn’t seem to stack on top of the 2:1 plus 25%. The maximum miles given for a 200,000 mile purchase seems to be 450,000. Still a good deal…

  5. Does lifemiles allow routing from North America to Australia via Asia, or does that price as two separate awards?

  6. Seems to be about 1700 usd rt business vie-ewr. That’s about what the cash price is for the dates I want. In the olden days before cheap business fares this made a lot more sense to do. Nowadays less so

  7. Thanks a lot Lucky! Was able to score roundtrip EVA Air Biz class tickets for my mom on what might be her last trip ever to Asia….now she won’t have to endure Economy for the 14 hour flights

    My experience today with the Avianca call center since for some reason I couldn’t buy the miles through their website. Yes, the workers there are obviously “English Second language” but I found them to be smart and precise. I was able to get the nice lady on the other end to purchase the miles for me and the OMAAT promo amount also showed up on her system. Miles deposited instantaneously and I was able to book online without any issues. You just need to be patient with them and be very clear when you speak with them.

  8. @Nicholas Bedworth

    I was able to get the OMAAT promotion on top of the 2:1 deal. 200,000 = 480,000LM for USD$6,500.


  9. uhoh… just missed out on this one. Oh well, hopefully you will be kind and give us another offer like this soon 🙂

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