Wow: LifeMiles Is Offering A 145% Bonus On Purchased Miles

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LifeMiles is offering one of their best bonuses on purchased miles ever. For Cyber Week (through November 27, 2017) you can receive a 145% bonus when you buy LifeMiles. The best part is that you get that bonus no matter how many miles you buy, even if you just buy a small quantity of miles.

In the past LifeMiles ran a special promotion for OMAAT readers where you could get a 140% bonus, so this is better by 5%. However, the best part is that the bonus applies even if you buy just a small quantity of miles, while in the past you’d have to buy 100,000+ miles (pre-bonus) to unlock the lowest cost per mile.

Here’s an example they give of how many bonus miles you can earn through this promotion:

LifeMiles ordinarily sells miles for ~3.3 cents each, so with a 145% bonus you end up paying just under 1.35 cents per mile, which is great.

LifeMiles members can purchase as many as 200,000 miles per year pre-bonus, meaning that you can purchase up to 490,000 miles through this promotion.

As far as redeeming LifeMiles go, Avianca is in the Star Alliance, so check out the Star Alliance award chart for redemption rates. To give a few examples of one way premium cabin redemption rates (there are no fuel surcharges on any awards):

  • US to Europe in business class costs 63,000 miles
  • US to Europe in first class costs 87,000 miles
  • US to Southeast Asia in business class costs 78,000 miles
  • US to North Asia in first class costs 90,000 miles

With a specific use in mind, this promotion can be a great value, especially for first class travel on ANA or Asiana. ANA first class between the US and Japan for ~$1,200 one-way is a pretty darn good value, if you ask me.

Or business class between the US and Europe will just run you ~$850, which is an excellent value as well.

Of course everyone has to crunch the numbers for themselves and decide whether this makes sense or not.

The one catch is that LifeMiles doesn’t always have access to all the same space that other Star Alliance programs do. So you’ll want to do an online search to make sure the type of redemption you’re looking at is eligible. For example, they often block awards in Lufthansa first class, Austrian business class, all Air China flights, etc.

If you do end up paying to buy miles, keep in mind that LifeMiles processes mileage transactions directly, meaning that this would qualify as airfare spend. 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:

CardPoints earned on airfare spend
The Platinum Card® from American Express5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
American Express® Gold Card3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Reserve®3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
Citi Premier℠ Card3x ThankYou points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

This is a heck of a deal, if you’re in the market for some miles.

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  1. @ Ben — I was hoping for an extraa OMAAT bonus on this offer. LifeMiles sold miles with a 150% bonus at least once, so I was hoping they would top that at 155%!

  2. @Ben I agree. You should add 20% for your readers.

    You pay the extra when readers buy the miles. A little out of your pocket it will Avianca just how popular you are, how rich your readers are.

    Do it lucky. Give till it hurts

  3. I wonder if this would count for the Ritz Carlton card “airline incidental” fee. It definitely coded as airline spend on my Prestige last time.

  4. If you use the Avianca credit card you also get a bonus on top for the spend.

    Just took a trip to SE Asia booked with Avianca miles. 99K each way plus a couple of bucks in taxes and fees in F. And when I complained to TG about the 2.5 hour delay on the flight from NRT to BKK they gave me back 2500 Avianca miles

  5. Has anyone been successful in purchasing the miles with Amex Plat? In the past the transacation would error out when using Amex Plat, but would work just fine when using a Visa.

  6. Sounds great but considering how bad business class availability has been lately looking through United I’m thinking I would be able to use any of the miles.

  7. Ben,
    I have the same question like some of the others above: could you clarify if there will be a 10% bonus for OMAAT readers when purchasing miles during this promotional period?


  9. Any data points on using the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card to make this purchase and be coded as travel purchase for the $300 annual credit for travel expenses.

    @Tiffany, cool thanks! 🙂

  10. @Dominik
    I ran into same issue last few times. I found out that it only works by calling their 1-800 number and do it manually over the phone. I know it’s a pain but that’s how I was able to do it last couple of time using Amex.

  11. I’m relatively new to the partner airline redemption angle (usually transfer cc points to needed FF program). I’ve heard mixed feedback on LM and their access to partner award seats. But the price point on this promo is attractive. What is everyone’s opinion on speculative buying at this price…?

  12. Indeed can be a good value *if* there’s seats available, but so far I’ve found ZERO business/first availability for Tokyo-US West Coast during Spring 2018. Is this typical for the LM program?

  13. I was able to use their site for searching availability earlier right now the site keeps giving an error when searching award availability. I need to be able to verify they have what I need before purchasing the miles. Anyone else having difficulty with searching their site?

  14. I am a bit troubled by this clause

    “The maximum amount of miles to receive by a member per calendar year outside of this promotion is 200,000 LifeMiles (including miles purchased and bonuses received). If the member surpasses the limit, through purchases made during this promotion and other purchases in 2017, taking into account the bonuses received for those purchases, he or she will not be able to purchase any more miles until the next calendar year.”

    I have purchased earlier this year some 100,000 miles, receiving incl bonus approx 240,000 miles in total.
    Does this mean I cannot buy anymore with bonus this year???

  15. The offer is great, BUT nowadays Lifemiles has almost NONE availability, and when they do they send you thru some very long and confusing routes, it seems as they want you to NOT use Lifemiles to get to your destination.

  16. Waiting for OMAAT bump! Is it just me though, or do they purposely try to get you to pay business points but fly mostly economy? Like available flights will divert you to a nearby city in business then fly you long haul in economy, charging the whole trip for business.

  17. @Clam Shack
    is calendar basis, so in one month it would come back to zero. I use two accounts to avoid that restriction.

  18. Running into some issues, did two separate transactions (from wife’s account and from mine) using AMEX and VISA cards each, looks like the transaction is not instant, contrary to message above. Anyone have an idea on how long it takes to process a transaction?

  19. Since they have changed the search interface, I haven’t found any availability…most of the time it errors out anyway…

  20. Awesome! I had to mull this over the entire night. Finally resisted no more and bought. LifeMiles are hard to accrue here in Asia. So with this LifeMiles purchase offer, I can get that sweet spot redemption for travel within Asia in business class. Sweet! Require less miles than KF, that’s for sure. Bought for the price of Econ! What’s not to like. Thanks Lucky & Lifemiles.

  21. @Trevor,
    then go to Air Tickets and smart search for your origin, destination and dates, the system will show you how many miles you need for an award ticket. I strongly suggest check it before buying miles.

    Also check lifemiles discounts in selected star alliance flights, up to 65% off in some citis :


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