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 in select markets when traveling on Star Alliance partners. It’s rare for a frequent flyer program to offer discounted redemptions on partner airlines, so this is worth being aware of, in my opinion.
LifeMiles Award Sale
At the moment LifeMiles is running a sale on award redemptions, where they’re offering up to 43% off select redemptions. This promotion is valid for redemptions between November 26 and December 9, 2019, 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 markets at this link. There are all kinds of city pairs, in economy, business class, and first class, and on both domestic US and international flights.
Just to give some examples, below are some routes from the US that are on sale in first & business class:
- Chicago to Taipei in business class for 64,000 miles
- Houston to Taipei in business class for 64,000 miles
- Los Angeles to Hong Kong in business class for 64,000 miles
- Los Angeles to Seoul Incheon in business class for 60,000 miles
- Los Angeles to Shanghai in business class for 64,000 miles
- Los Angeles to Taipei in business class for 67,500 miles
- New York to Beijing in first class for 81,000 miles
- Newark to London in business class for 48,000 miles
- San Francisco to Hong Kong in business class for 64,000 miles
- San Francisco to Taipei in business class for 64,000 miles
- Washington to Beijing for 67,500 miles in business class or 81,000 miles in first class
Redeem for Air China first class at a discount
Then there are also some domestic routes that could be a great deal. For example, you can fly from:
- Chicago to Houston in economy for 9,000 miles
- Los Angeles to San Francisco in economy for 5,500 miles
- Newark to Boston in economy for 4,500 miles
- Newark to Chicago in economy class for 5,000 miles
- Philadelphia to Chicago in economy for 5,000 miles
Redeem for domestic United flights at a discount
Those are just some of the city pairs that are available, though there are plenty of others.
Buy LifeMiles With 150% Bonus
Not only can you get a discount when redeeming LifeMiles, but you can also get a great discount when buying LifeMiles.
At the moment LifeMiles is offering a 150% bonus on purchased miles, which is their lowest price of the year on purchased miles. You can buy anywhere from 1,000 to 200,000 miles (pre-bonus) with a 150% bonus. You’ll end up paying just 1.32 cents per mile with this promo (and potentially even less, factoring in credit card rewards).
To take advantage of it you need to register for the 150% bonus promotion, and then you should immediately see the increase when you try to buy LifeMiles. Make sure you see the correct bonus when you go to buy miles.
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|
|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|
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 1.32 cents to 1.21 cents, which is an even better value (this isn’t cash in your pocket, but rather points in your “pocket” based on my valuation).
Keep in mind there are numerous ways to earn LifeMiles through credit cards as well, both by transferring points from flexible rewards programs, or via the Avianca LifeMiles credit cards.
Star Alliance Award Sale Summary
Not only is LifeMiles offering a 150% bonus on purchased miles, but you can also receive discounts on select redemptions. Domestic economy redemptions start at 4,500 miles, business class redemptions between the US and Europe start at 48,000 miles, and business class redemptions between the US and Asia start at 64,000 miles, just to give a few examples.
Hopefully some of you can take advantage of both the award sale and the sale on purchased miles, since you can combine the two for some great values!