This will likely be of limited use at the moment given all the restrictions on international travel, but it’s still worth being aware of…
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.
LifeMiles Star Alliance award sale
At the moment LifeMiles is running a sale on award redemptions, where members can receive up to 20% off select redemptions.
This promotion is only valid for redemptions September 8 through September 25, 2020, 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, business class, and first class.
I think it’s important to note that many of these discounts are for travel to & from Asia. Obviously travel between countries isn’t particularly practical right now for many, but this could be a good opportunity if you have an optimistic outlook for the future.
Many of the discounts seem to be for travel to & from Japan. Japan isn’t open to tourists right now, but if you’re hopeful that the country will be anytime within the next year, there could be value in this.
For example, with this award sale you could fly ANA business class from New York to Tokyo for 64,000 miles, compared to the usual cost of 75,000 miles.
You could fly ANA first class from New York to Tokyo for 76,500 miles, compared to the usual cost of 90,000 miles.
Those are just a couple of examples, but there are plenty more options.
Buy LifeMiles with 200% 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 200% bonus on purchased miles, which is a great deal. With this you could purchase miles for as little as 1.1 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:
|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|
|American Express® Green 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|
That means that the real cost of each mile goes down from 1.1 cents to 1.0 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, including converting points from major transferable points currencies. Through September 18, you can even receive a 25% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to LifeMiles.
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.
Star Alliance award sale summary
Not only is LifeMiles offering a 200% bonus on purchased miles, but you can also receive discounts on select redemptions.
LifeMiles offers these discounted redemptions every couple of months, and there is a heavy focus on Asia flights. Given borders being closed this isn’t as useful as in the past, though for some people it could make sense to speculatively book a flight for the future with this deal.