Today Only: Register For Up To A 145% Bonus On LifeMiles

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Earlier I wrote about how Avianca’s LifeMiles program is selling miles with up to a 135% bonus, which means you can buy miles for as little as ~1.4 cents each. That’s the lowest publicly available cost I recall seeing on the purchase of LifeMiles.


The catch is that in order to receive the 135% bonus you have to purchase at least 101,000 miles before the bonus, which is a minimum of 237,350 miles with the bonus. That’s no small sum of miles to purchase.



Anyway, as pointed out by Ricardo Ferreira in the comments section of the post, there’s an even better version of the offer. Passageiro de Primeira is a Brazilian miles & points blog, and they have an offer for a further 10% bonus on mileage purchases between September 9 and 15, 2015. That means you’d be earning up to a 145% bonus rather than up to a 135% bonus.

Just for today, for being a member of Passageiro de Primeira and by entering your LifeMiles number in the space below, receive a 10% additional bonus on the miles purchased between September 9th and 15th during the Buy Miles promotion, in which you also receive up to 135% bonus.

Subscribe now with your LifeMiles number and buy your LifeMiles tomorrow!

The catch is that to be eligible for the further 10% bonus you have to enter your LifeMiles number on that specific landing page today.


Previously the cost to purchase miles was ~1.4 cents each, so using that same scenario you could purchase 101,000 miles, and with the 145% bonus you’d receive a 146,450 mile bonus. That’s a total of 247,450 miles at a cost of $3,333, which is a rate of under 1.35 cents per mile.


For what it’s worth, the additional 10% bonus will post no later than a week after you purchase the miles.

That extra 10% bonus on purchased miles almost makes me a buyer, I think.

It’s worth noting that LifeMiles processes mileage purchases directly, meaning that buying miles with them qualifies as airfare spend. Therefore you’ll want to consider using one of the following cards for your purchase, since they offer the following bonus miles for airfare spend:

CardPoints earned on airfare spend
The Platinum Card® from American Express5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Citi Prestige Card5x ThankYou 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 Premier℠ Card3x ThankYou points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Tempting, tempting, tempting!

While you have a week to decide if you want to buy miles at this rate, be sure you register today for the extra 10% bonus.

Does the extra 10% bonus on purchased miles change whether or not you plan on buying miles?

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  1. Could you use the Citi Prestige card for this purchase to go towards your $250 airfare credit? Good idea/Bad idea?

  2. I regret buying miles during the last sale as redeeming them have been a nightmare! Simple routings don’t show up, you still can’t mix award classes, no LH First Class even within 14 days like AP or UA programs. One just has to read their forum on FlyerTalk to get a better idea of the trouble in redeeming.

  3. Lucky, is this significantly cheaper than the option to use miles+cash (the option they have of topping up your mileage balance as you redeem awards which does not go toward your annual limit?)
    I have a couple of flights coming up that I am going to use LifeMiles for that’s why I am interested.

  4. Based on the official chart for business class, from/to Brazil to/from Europe there is a 40% discount, from/to Brazil to/from USA there is a 30% discount, from/to USA to/from Europe there is a 15% discount.
    There are also discounts for intra-US / Asia / Europe flights and on different classes. It´s worth simulating the prices on Lifemiles site.
    I posted a link on the previous post about the promotion where there are charts of the discounts (in portuguese).

  5. So, simply entering my LifeMiles number in that registration page enough or do I need to be a member of Passageiro de Primeira? If so, I do I sign up for that one?

  6. The Brazilian blog soft product is exceptionally high quality and timely. Everyone can use a 10% mile bonus. That is cold, hard tangible benefit put to direct use. In comparisons luckys soft product has been lacking. Bunch of whiny reviews. Though the reviews can be hit and miss and generally inconsistent. Some great and some ‘meh’. The hard product is distinctly plebian. Common amongst all blogs on boarding area. Nothing to stand out. Thankfully the product is all free or there would have been very few takers. Hope the bloggers improve their soft product soon.

  7. Can’t use AV miles for LH F though. Also can’t book mixed-class awards, which means if you need to use UA for a positioning flight to a *A longhaul redemption, you’re stuck with J, not F.

    Given that OZ and TG are dropping a lot of F from their fleet, and UA’s going to follow in the years to come… maybe that’s not so bad, I guess. 😉

  8. While this may seem a good offer, I would advise anyone who is thinking of parting with hard-earned cash to think very carefully before doing so. Long gone are the days of relatively smooth redemptions (as documented on trip reports on here) and it is now an absolute nightmare to try and redeem this for decent *A sectors. You risk buying a ton of these, being forced to sit on them (due to lack of redemption availability) and then walking head first into a devaluation.

  9. I considered buying for a moment, however after playing around with the lifemiles site for a while, checking redemption options, I am quite disappointed.

    The suggested routes are sometimes ridiculous and there is hardly a routing without 3 layovers with some shitty airline like TAP (e.g ZRH – MDE).

    Yes, sometimes something nice can be found. For some random date I found ZRH – BKK in business class as a direct flight.

    However, this is not really predictable.

    I already miss the good times with US Airways and the ANA Search Tool. Yes, it took me hours to find my perfect flight, however at the end I was able to find a nice routing and I was able to fly First Class.

    It doesn’t look like that this is possible with Life Miles at all.

    Check your redemption options before you buy, if you see a good routing, fine go ahead and buy the miles, but beware that this is not a deal like US Airways was.


  10. I have a specific use for these in mind, and I can see the flights available on the LM site. So, given some of the complaints here about the difficulty of redeeming flights, is it safe to go ahead and buy points as long as you can see that the redemption you want is available? Or is the booking site not reliable?

  11. First attempt at reviewing redemption options for Lifemiles I was able to find roundtrip business available JFK-BKK on ANA, and returning on Thai/ Asiana. Not so bad!

  12. I did submit my Lifemiles member number there but then nothing. What happens next? How would they know when I bought my miles? I’m not clear how I would get that extra 10% if I decide to purchase my miles. Any one care to share if they actually got 145% more miles?

  13. There is no guarantee that you will get the extra 10%. Just sign up, buy and hope. Nobody can tell you if they got the 10% because they take about a week to post.

  14. They sent that out up to 24 hours after the event. Question is, will they honour the 10% for people who signed up on the 8th and purchased on the 9th but then received the email confirming the 10% enrolement after their purchase. There was nothing on the post-signup page indicating that a confirmation email would be sent or that customers would have to wait until after receiving it to purchase.

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