Since early May, Avianca’s LifeMiles program has been offering up to a 125% bonus on purchased miles. While the promotion was set to expire on May 31, 2016, it has been extended until June 3, 2016, as I wrote about last night.
A 125% bonus on purchased miles is a great deal, and presents an opportunity to purchase LifeMiles for as little as ~1.47 cents each. Well, as it turns out, there’s an opportunity to purchase them with an even better bonus, of up to 135%.
Per commenter George, you can receive a 135% bonus on purchased LifeMiles through Brazilian blog Passageiro de Primeira. This brings the cost per purchased mile down to ~1.4 cents.
To take advantage of this offer, register your LifeMiles number on this page.
You should then be brought to a page confirming that you registered.
However, you can’t immediately buy miles under this offer. Instead you have to wait at least 24 hours, at which point your account should reflect the increased bonus when you go to the mileage purchase page. I just registered for the promotion for my account, so expect I’ll see my account eligible for the bonus by tomorrow morning.
While I was going back and forth about whether to buy LifeMiles with a 125% bonus, with a 135% bonus I’m a buyer. That’s because LifeMiles are just about the best value currency for premium redemptions on Star Alliance.
For example, in the past several months I’ve used LifeMiles for Avianca business class and Air India first class. My stash of LifeMiles is slowly shrinking, so I do want to replenish them at some point.
I’m eying some redemptions in ANA first class and Lufthansa first class, and also want to sample a few Star Alliance business class products. Buying LifeMiles seems like the best way to accomplish that, especially now that LifeMiles is no longer blocking Lufthansa first class awards, and also given that they now allow mixed cabin awards.
If you do buy miles, keep in mind that LifeMiles processes mileage purchases directly, meaning the purchase would count as airfare. Therefore you’ll ideally want to pay for the purchase using a card which offers triple miles on airfare, like the Citi Prestige® Card or American Express® Gold Card.
I was happy to see LifeMiles extend the 125% bonus on purchased miles, though the 135% bonus being offered for the next few days is even better, as it’s an opportunity to purchase miles for ~1.4 cents each. To be eligible for the 135% bonus be sure to register at this link, and then after 24 hours you’ll be eligible for the offer.
If you’re eying premium cabin Star Alliance redemptions, this is a great opportunity to purchase miles for that purpose.
I was on the fence about taking advantage of the promotion with a 125% bonus, though with a 135% bonus I’m thinking I’ll pull the trigger.
Does the 135% bonus impact whether or not you’ll purchase miles through this promotion?