LifeMiles is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs out there, in my opinion, given that they frequently sell miles at a discount, and have great award redemption rates. So they’re often my go-to program for booking premium cabin Star Alliance awards.
At the moment LifeMiles is offering a discount on award redemptions, and you can even fly first class between the US and Asia for as little as 72,000 miles one-way, which is incredible.
LifeMiles award sale
At the moment LifeMiles is running a sale on award redemptions. This promotion is valid for redemptions through December 12, 2018, though it’s fine if you actually travel on subsequent dates (all that matters is that you book by then).
The discount is valid for travel between specific city pairs, and you can find all the eligible city pairs at this link. In many cases the discounts are valid for travel in first and business class, including for some routes to/from the US.
Just to give a few examples of US routes with discounts:
- You can fly from Incheon to New York in first class for just 72,000 miles (rather than 90,000 miles)
- You can fly from Los Angeles to Beijing in first class for just 72,000 miles (rather than 90,000 miles)
- You can fly from New York to Taipei in business class for just 64,000 miles (rather than 75,000 miles)
Score a deal on an Air China first class redemption
Those are just a few examples, though there are many other city pairs available as well. Note that the sale is in some cases only valid for travel in one direction, so there’s a discount from Incheon to New York, but not one from New York to Incheon, for example.
LifeMiles is also selling miles at the best price of the year
Not only can you get a discount when redeeming LifeMiles, but you can also get a great discount when buying LifeMiles.
As I just wrote about, at the moment LifeMiles is offering a special increased bonus on purchased LifeMiles for readers of OMAAT. Specifically, you can buy LifeMiles with a 145% bonus no matter how many you buy (you can buy between 1,000 and 200,000 pre-bonus). This means you can buy miles for under 1.35 cents each.
Here’s what the bonus chart looks like for OMAAT readers who register:
LifeMiles ordinarily sells miles for ~3.3 cents each, so if you max out the promotion and buy miles with a 145% bonus, you’re paying just under 1.35 cents per purchased mile, which is a fantastic value.
To take advantage of this offer you have to register on this page between November 20 and November 25, and then have to buy miles between November 21 and November 26, 2018.
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 better bonus reflected on the purchase page once you’re eligible (only buy miles once you see the price you want).
LifeMiles processes mileage purchases directly, meaning that buying miles with them qualifies as airfare spend, which I almost view as a further discount on purchased LifeMiles. 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:
|Card||Points earned on airfare spend|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||5x Membership Rewards 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|
So if you pay with The Platinum Card® from American Express then you earn 5x points. I value those points at 1.7 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of a further 8.5% return. That means that the real cost of each mile goes down from 1.35 cents to 1.23 cents, which is an even better value (this isn’t cash in your pocket, but rather points in your “pocket” based on my valuation).
There has never been a better time to buy or redeem LifeMiles. Not only does LifeMiles have their best offer of the year on purchased LifeMiles, but they’re also offering an award sale that can score you a discount on a Star Alliance first or business class ticket.
For example, paying 72,000 miles for one-way first class when you acquired those points at a cost of ~1.23 cents each (factoring in the value of the 5x points you earn by paying with the right card) is a spectacular value.
Hopefully lots of you can take advantage of both the award sale and the sale on purchased points, since you can combine the two for some great values!