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Avianca LifeMiles has announced two promotions that combine to offer some fantastic value. Through November 26, 2018, you can purchase LifeMiles with a crazy 145% bonus. At the same time, you can redeem LifeMiles on Star Alliance partner awards through December 12, 2018, with a discount of up to 48%.
145% Purchase Bonus Key Terms
The promotion is a special offer for readers of One Mile At A Time, and purchases must be made through the promotion page.
- You need to register for the promotion by November 25, 2018
- Purchases must be completed by November 26, 2018
- To receive the bonus, 24 hours must elapse between registering and purchasing LifeMiles
- Receive a bonus of 145% on the purchase of LifeMiles
- Minimum purchase of 1,000 LifeMiles
- You can purchase a maximum of 200,000 LifeMiles per calendar year
- LifeMiles cost $33 per 1,000
Taking full advantage of the promotion and purchasing the maximum 200,000 miles would give you a total of 490,000 miles for a cost of $6,600, which works out at 1.35 cents apiece.
Discounted Awards Key Terms
- Awards must be booked by December 12, 2018, and travel dates can be after that date
- Receive a discount of up to 48% on Star Alliance awards
- Promotion only valid on Star Alliance Partner awards
- Promotion is only valid on select routes
While the promotion indicates that you can receive discounts of up to 48%, there is only one route subject to that deep discount, Tokyo to Shanghai one-way in Economy. Most routes are discounted by 5% to 30%, with most First class redemptions discounted by 20%.
Is It Worth It?
If you regularly travel with Star Alliance, there is some great value to be had with this promotion. Purchasing miles for 1,35 cents apiece and redeeming them for discounted Star Alliance awards can be good value, as in the examples below:
- Los Angeles to Beijing: 72,000 miles in First class one-way works out as $972
- Seoul to JFK: 72,000 miles in First class one-way works out as $972
- New York to Taipei Taiwan: 64,000 miles in Business class one-way works out as $864
- Singapore to Los Angeles, 67,000 miles in Business class one-way works out as $904.5
- San Francisco to Hong Kong, 64,000 miles in Business class one-way works out as $864
Even if you don’t take advantage of the discounted redemptions, purchasing miles with a 145% bonus and using the Avianca LifeMiles standard award chart can yield some great value. Some of the sweet spots in the Avianca program include:
- 63,000 miles for Business class flights to Europe
- 87,000 miles for First class flights to Europe
- 75,000 miles for Business class flights to North Asia (includes China and Hong Kong)
- 90,000 miles for First class flights to North Asia (includes China and Hong Kong)
Maximizing the promotion and purchasing a total of 200,000 points (for a total of 490,000 miles including the bonus) is enough for 7 one-way Business class awards to Europe, or 5 one-way First class awards to Europe. This works out as $850.5 and $1174.5 per trip respectively.
Maximizing Your Earnings
Fortunately, Avianca processes the purchase of LifeMiles directly, so you have the opportunity to earn a bonus from category spending with your credit card. If you decide to go ahead and purchase LifeMiles, your best option is to use a credit card with a high return on travel spending.
When it comes to purchasing miles, it does not get much better than this. Maximizing the promotion and picking up miles for 1.35 cents apiece can produce some tremendous value. While most of the time speculatively buying miles with no specific redemption in mind is not recommended, this time around it is worth a deeper look.
Source: One Mile At A Time
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