LifeMiles Is Offering A 100% Bonus When You Transfer Miles

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The LifeMiles program has just announced that they’re offering a 100% bonus on transferred miles between February 5 and 12, 2018. This is only useful if you have an existing LifeMiles mileage balance, since you can’t transfer miles you don’t have.

LifeMiles charges 1.5 cents per transferred mile, and you can transfer up to 75,000 miles per year (before the 100% bonus). In other words, transferring 75,000 miles would cost $1,125, and you’d receive a total of 150,000 miles in the account you transfer to. So that’s like being able to generate miles for 1.5 cents each while being able to consolidate miles into a single account.


This is a solid deal, though for what it’s worth we have seen LifeMiles outright sell miles for a bit less, with prices as low as 1.32 cents each. So I’d recommend taking advantage of this promotion only if you have an immediate use for the miles in mind, or if you’d benefit from getting miles into a single account by getting enough miles for an award, and not necessarily as a method of just generating miles.

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 ~$1,350 one-way is a pretty darn good value, if you ask me.

Or business class between the US and Europe will just run you ~$950, which is great 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 transfer 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

Bottom line

LifeMiles’ 100% bonus on transferred miles is a good opportunity if you’re looking to consolidate the balances of mileage accounts. If you’re just looking to outright acquire miles, you’ll sometimes see opportunities to buy miles for less (often with a large minimum purchase amount), so this isn’t necessarily the promotion I’d take advantage of.

However, there’s an annual limit on how many miles you can buy, and transferring miles doesn’t count towards that limit, which is another reason this could be useful.

Do you plan on transferring LifeMiles with a 100% bonus?

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  1. Does this promotion apply to transfers of spg points to your Avianca account? Just wondering do you know when this promotion runs to?

  2. @ Lesley — Nope, this just works for transfers between LifeMiles accounts, and not for transfers from other programs. The promo is valid through February 12.

  3. Why does LM block certain routings? For example, LAX-ICN (F or C) and ICN-BKK (C) available on numerous dates and we available for single LAX-BKK F or C award on LM a few weeks ago and no not available on ANY date even where individual segments still available. Feel like LM is just dirty, incompetent or both.

  4. Would a transfer between accounts taking advantage of this promotion count to extend the mileage expiration date by 1 year for both accounts?

  5. I was going to transfer my son’s miles to my account to concentrate but according to their policies the process isn’t allowed from a customer under 15 years of age even if it’s father is paying for the transfer. So I quit. Sadly.

  6. It’s great for consolidating miles between accounts, but I’d wait for a proper bonus purchase offer instead.

    As a side note, this *might* be the last chance to boost your miles before the new LifeMiles expiration policy kicks in.

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