LifeMiles Extends 140% Bonus And (Temporarily) Lifts Limit On Purchased Miles

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Since September 6, LifeMiles has been offering OMAAT readers an additional 15% bonus on purchased miles, though registration is required. This promotion was supposed to expire yesterday, but has been extended by a couple of days, and there’s an added surprise (which I’ll discuss at the end of the post).

Now you need to register for the bonus by today (Wednesday, September 19, 2018), and then the deadline to buy miles is tomorrow (September 20, 2018). You need to wait 24 hours between the time you register and when you buy the miles.

You have to wait 24 hours from the time you register until you buy miles through the offer to get the better bonus. You should see the extra 15% reflected on the purchase page once you’re eligible.

This is an opportunity to buy LifeMiles for as little as 1.375 cents each, which I consider to be a fantastic value. Also keep in mind that purchases with LifeMiles qualify as airfare purchases, so you’ll want to use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare, like one of the following:

CardPoints earned on airfare spend
The Platinum Card® from American Express5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Citi Prestige Card5x ThankYou 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

For example, if using The Platinum Card® from American Express you’d earn 5x points per dollar spent. I value those points at 1.7 cents each, so to me that’s like a further 8.5% return. If you want to look at it differently, that lowers the cost to 1.26 cents per mile if you subtract the value of the Membership Rewards points you earn.

There’s another pleasant surprise when it comes to buying LifeMiles. Ordinarily LifeMiles has a limit of being able to purchase 200,000 miles per account per year pre-bonus.

For the remainder of the promotion they’ve lifted that limit, so you can purchase an unlimited number of LifeMiles through tomorrow. You’re still limited to 200,000 miles per account per transaction, but you can make as many transactions as you’d like. This isn’t a permanent change, but rather only temporary.

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  1. Limit lifted. Is there truly a significant number of people hoping to make multiple $6600 transactions on a program that’s hit or miss?

  2. Lucky, you never talk about any other credit card that you don’t have an affiliate relationship with but keep on talking about this deal even when you say you have no affiliate relationship.

    Sounds illogical.

  3. I registered the other, but don’t see the bonus when I login and go to buy. I tried re-registering, but it says I’m already registered. What step am I missing? Sorry!

  4. @ Ben — Still holding out for 145% or 150% bonus…maybe at Christmas? I’ve decided our miles & points balance is now SO HIGH (18 million+) that we won’t be buying any miles unless the deal is super-awesome. I am even tempted to switch to cash back credit cards, but we keep using AMEX DL Reserve, Barclay AA Aviator, and Chase WoH for the qualifying miles/points, plus Citi Prestige for the 4th night free and AMEX Platinum for 5x airfare. The returns on those card are still worth more to us than 2-3% cash back.

    What we need to let go of next is DL Diamond and stop chasing the DL MQDs. Otherwise, we will never use up our DL miles. IC RA may even be on the chopping block for the same reason.

  5. @Gene 18 million+!!?! How many are you burning yearly? I have about 6 million and I am constantly worrying about devaluation and trying to burn then as soon as possible while I can get a decent value out of them. Don’t sit on those… they don’t grow in value.

    By the way… I did take advantage of this and also the 20% off sale (expired?) on mile redemption on certain US to Asia routes. My parent wanted to go to Korea and by departing from LAX (we are at SEA), I was able to book them LAX-ICN on Asiana F for just 72k miles each way per person or about $4000 all in including positioning flight to LAX for two person.

  6. 18 million is a ton unless you have some gimmick or business getting them.

    I know a guy with over 30M American Express points. They were accumulated over several years while he had a business and was charging millions on it. Of course he has no clue how to use them over than pay for trips directly with them. But with that many, I don’t know if it really matters (getting 1 cent for them will pay for a lot of trips).

  7. I wouldn’t be especially worried about a deval. They have been running these promos several times a year for a while now.

    If you use the LifeMiles credit card you get bonus miles for the spend

  8. @ tjp74 @ rich — We’ve been doing this for about 15 years and have had every credit card ever, held top status with the Big 3 US airlines for many years, and used lots of loopholes back in the day. The big balances slowly creep up on you. We burn 2 million a year but probably earn 3 million a year. We need to reverse that equation…

  9. Lifemiles really is a shit program, and a pain in the ass to do anything with their call center. The straw that broke the camels back for me happened today. I signed in to check my Lufthansa F flight for next April and it was cancelled, at least the long haul portion from FRA to DFW. I call Lifemiles and he tells me to hang up and call reservations to fix it. I asked him to just cancel the booking and reinstate my miles, and he said no problem, but it will be $200 per passenger. WTF? The carrier cancelled my flight and I have to pay to get my miles reinstated? Their is no availability on my flight, so what is there to reschedule? Also, they took no action to inform me of the cancellation. So now I have a case open and am playing the waiting game to see if I can get my miles back. I was instructed to call back in 7 business days to see if it was corrected. Class act…… You should consult for them Lucky as they clearly need help.

  10. The terms and conditions of this offer when I pull it up state a maximum of 480,000 miles purchased plus bonus per year, not unlimited as the article states.

  11. @Michelle. You need to wait 24 hours and it will show up when you go to do it. I had the same issue and then figured it out after calling.

  12. I have to agree that the Lifemiles is really a crappy program. I just had a similar situation to Brodie where I had a First Class award which was downgraded by Asiana to business class due to a airplane change from an A380 to 777 without first class. I called Lifemiles at least 7x over the last few days and keep getting the run around. I literally must have been transferred over 30x to different departments (Lifemiles, Ticketing, Protection Dept., etc..). There agents are really incompetent. I finally ended up finding an agent who cancelled my ticket and opened up a case to have my miles re-instated which he said would take 7-10 business days. They couldn’t even do a simple change to the reservation to a flight the following day that had award availability. The Lifemiles search engine is also super buggy. I literally spent several weeks searching for a simple 1-stop connecting award flight (LAX-ICN-HKG) that was readily available on United and Aeroplan. The program is a complete pain in the ass and not worth the frustration…

  13. I searched availability and for my family of 5, there’s barely ANYTHING going ANYWHERE. Extremely limited options, and when I compare the cost of the flight (points + taxes/fees) to the raw cost of Point A to Point B using Skyscanner, I always come out with more and BETTER options by paying cash and picking the airline that best fits into my schedule. LifeMiles are not worth buying into – – maybe if you got them for free as a signup bonus, but I definitely would not spend any money on this program when you can get better bang for your buck spending your cash elsewhere.

  14. lifemiles was good 6 or 7 years ago, not anymore.
    still many things to be changed!

    any problem during your flight… and good luck! don`t even try…


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