LifeMiles is one of my favorite frequent flyer programs, given that they frequently sell miles at a discount. LifeMiles are useful for Star Alliance premium cabin redemptions, and the program doesn’t impose fuel surcharges on any redemptions. You can find their Star Alliance redemption rates here.
In 2016, LifeMiles even introduced their own co-branded credit card in the US, issued by Puerto Rico’s Banco Popular. There are two versions of the credit card, which come with different benefits.
The Avianca Vuela Visa Card:
- Has a $149 annual fee
- Ordinarily offers a welcome bonus of 40,000 bonus miles after first use
- Earns 3x miles per dollar spent on Avianca purchases, 2x miles per dollar spent at gas stations and grocery stores, and 1x miles on all other purchases
- Has no foreign transaction fees
Meanwhile the Avianca Vida Visa Card:
- Has a $59 annual fee
- Ordinarily has a welcome bonus of 20,000 bonus miles after first use
- Earns 2x miles per dollar spent on Avianca purchases, and 1x miles on all other purchases
Anyway, occasionally we’ve seen increased bonuses on these cards, though they usually require a promo code.
Per an email I’ve received from LifeMiles, through December 1, 2018, you can get a significantly better bonus on both of these cards by using promotion code LM17WB at the time you apply. You can enter this promotion code under the “membership number” section of the application.
If you use this promotion code, you’ll receive a welcome bonus of 60,000 miles after the first purchase with the Avianca Vuela Visa Card, and 40,000 miles after the first purchase with the Avianca Vida Visa Card.
There’s nothing in the email indicating that this offer is targeted, so I’d feel pretty comfortable applying for the offer with this promotion code even if you didn’t receive the email.
This is also a promotion code they’ve been sending out to members all year, though this is the first time I received it directly. In the past when LifeMiles had promotion codes for their credit cards, they worked for everyone.
Do keep in mind that Avianca LifeMiles is transfer partners with both Amex Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou, so generally speaking if you want to earn LifeMiles through credit card spend there are other cards I’d prioritize.
However, these are no doubt good welcome bonuses.