LifeMiles is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs out there, in my opinion, given that the program frequently sells miles at a discount, and has great award redemption rates. That’s why LifeMiles is 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. This is noteworthy because LifeMiles is one of the few programs to offer discounted award redemptions on partner airlines, as that’s otherwise quite rare. Many of the most lucrative routes on sale will likely be of limited use given the current travel restrictions, this the offer is still worth being aware of.
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LifeMiles Star Alliance award sale
At the moment LifeMiles is running a sale on award redemptions, where members can receive up to 30% off select redemptions.
This promotion is only valid for redemptions through October 11, 2021, though you can plan travel for any dates in the future (all that matters is that you book during the promotion period).
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 and business class.
I think it’s important to note that many of these discounts are for travel to & from Asia. Obviously travel between many countries isn’t particularly practical right now, but this could be a good opportunity if you have an optimistic outlook for the future.
Here are all the business class Star Alliance award discounts we’re seeing with this deal (in all cases, discounts are available for both directions of travel):
- Miami to Houston for 11,500 LifeMiles (23% discount)
- San Francisco to Toronto for 20,000 LifeMiles (20% discount)
- Tokyo Haneda to Los Angeles for 60,000 LifeMiles (20% discount)
- Tokyo Haneda to San Francisco for 60,000 LifeMiles (20% discount)
- Tokyo Narita to San Francisco for 60,000 LifeMiles (20% discount)
- Tokyo Haneda to New York for 64,000 LifeMiles (15% discount)
- Tokyo Narita to New York for 64,000 LifeMiles (15% discount)
- Tokyo Narita to Los Angeles for 64,000 LifeMiles (15% discount
- Seoul Incheon to Los Angeles for 64,000 LifeMiles (15% discount)
- Taipei to Vancouver for 64,000 LifeMiles (15% discount)
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 a great deal. With this you could purchase miles for as little as 1.32 cents each (and potentially even less, factoring in credit card rewards).
To take advantage of the best version of this offer you need to register, and then you should immediately see the improved version 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 the program qualifies as airfare spending, 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 spending:
Keep in mind there are numerous ways to earn LifeMiles through credit cards as well, including converting points from major transferable points currencies. While LifeMiles is a spun off frequent flyer program, see this post for a bit more on Avianca’s overall financial situation, so you can decide whether this deal makes sense for you.
Not only is LifeMiles offering a 150% bonus on purchased miles, but you can also receive discounts on select redemptions.
LifeMiles offers these discounted redemptions several times per year, and it’s always worth taking a look at the list to see if one of the routes works for your travel plans. The heavy focus on Asia makes it difficult for some, given that many countries in Asia continue to be closed. However, you can always plan future travel and hope for the best.
Anyone plan to take advantage of this LifeMiles award sale?