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If you regularly venture to South America and focus your travel with airlines within Star Alliance, there’s been a buzz around the new Avianca co-branded credit card. Earlier this year, Avianca announced that they would launch a new US based co-branded credit card. Recently, the company released further details outlining the benefits of the new Avianca Vida Visa® Card and the Avianca Vuela Visa® Card, and they are quite impressive.
- A 40,000 Bonus LifeMiles after first use
- 3 LifeMiles for every dollar spent on Avianca products and services
- 2 LifeMiles for every dollar spent at grocery stores and gas stations
- 1 LifeMiles for every dollar spent
- Traveling to Central America or Colombia, there are two 50% discounts on award tickets after $12K and $24K respectively
- No foreign transaction fees, which is very useful for regular travelers
- Extra piece of luggage for travelers between Central America and the United States
For the less frequent traveler, there are many perks to the card on top of Avianca’s LifeMiles program; the most obvious is that the company does not charge any fuel surcharges and that their award pricing runs can be considered quite decent, if not downright cheap in some cases. A one-way first-class trip on Lufthansa from the U.S to Europe costs 87,000 LifeMiles, which is great if you want to sample Lufthansa’s first class service, or their spectacular first class terminal in Frankfurt — this flight could easily cost $10,000 or more.
A big improvement made to Avianca's LifeMiles program earlier this year is you can now book mixed-cabin award tickets. Previously, if you booked a business-class or first-class award, your entire itinerary needed to be in that cabin, which meant that if your destination was not served by that cabin of service, you would not be able to redeem your miles.
Can You Actually Get A Card?
One thing that remains unclear about the new credit card is whether anyone will be able to sign up for it initially, or if you’ll need a targeted link sent by email. To that end, travelers interested in the new card should sign up on the LifeMiles credit card website, to guarantee they receive any offers to sign up for the new card.Even if you're
Even if you never fly Avianca, their mileage program, LifeMiles, can take you anywhere that their Star Alliance partners (including United) go.
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