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LifeMiles just launched a new transfer bonus for bank points. Now through December 17, 2021, you can transfer points from Capital One, Citi ThankYou Points, and Brex to LifeMiles with a 25% bonus. This means you'll receive 1,250 LifeMiles in your account for every 1,000 bank points you send.
As a Star Alliance partner, Avianca's LifeMiles already has some of the best partner award redemptions out there. Plus, LifeMiles doesn't tack on fuel surcharges. Add in this bonus and some of the award flight options are downright insane.
LifeMiles Transfer Bonus Key Terms
- You must open a LifeMiles account to search for award availability and book awards.
- When you transfer Citi ThankYou Points, Brex points, and Capital One miles to LifeMiles, you will receive 25% bonus miles.
- There is no limit to the number of points you can convert to LifeMiles through this promotion.
- LifeMiles processes this transfer bonus. So, you'll see two transactions in your LifeMiles account. First, you'll get miles from the initial transfer. Next, you'll see another transaction issuing the 25% bonus miles.
- Transactions are not reversible
- The promotion runs through December 17, 2021 at 11:59pm GMT-6 (Bogota, Colombia time)
- No registration required
Brex / LifeMiles Transfer Bonus
Because Brex transfers are new a recent addition, here are the instructions on how to transfer your Brex points to airlines. It's important to note that you won't see the LifeMiles transfer bonus reflected on Brex's website when you transfer:
Instead, LifeMiles will add the 25% transfer bonus once it arrives in your LifeMiles account. LifeMiles explains in the terms and conditions: “The bonus miles and the transferred miles will be reflected in the account statement in two different transactions.”
Brex transfers work a bit differently from other transferable currencies in that you don't need to transfer in increments of 1,000 points. Instead, you need to transfer at least 500 points. But you can choose any specific transfer amount over 500.
Things You Need to Know About Avianca
The LifeMiles website is notoriously “quirky” — to put it nicely. For one, the LifeMiles award search engine frequently shows inconsistent award availability. The site can randomly log you out mid-search as well. But, if you can remain patient, you could end up with an incredible redemption. So, it's worth it to persevere.
Calling into customer service is no better and can be just as frustrating to deal with. So, take a deep breath, manage your expectations, and know that it will all be worth it in the end, most likely.
A note about speculatively converting points. Although this can be a fantastic deal, transferring your points to LifeMiles without a plan to use them in the near future is probably not the best idea.
Miles can devalue at any time or lose substantial value if the airline ceases to operate (and Avianca is working through reorganizational bankruptcy proceedings now). So, holding onto airline miles is a higher risk than holding onto bank points. Fortunately, transfer bonuses to LifeMiles are frequent. So, you don't have to worry about feeling the FOMO.
Redeeming LifeMiles for Avianca Flights
Using your Avianca LifeMiles when flying with partners is where most of its sweet spots lie, but there is still some great value to be found using LifeMiles on Avianca's own metal.
A roundtrip business class flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Bogota (BOG) runs 66,000 LifeMiles total. By taking advantage of this 25% LifeMiles transfer bonus, this flight would cost you 53k Capital One or Citi points — or just 52,800 Brex points.
Colombia is an amazing country full of art, history, and a rich culture with some of the most hospitable and friendly people. I highly recommend a visit and thanks to LifeMiles, it's cheap and easy.
You can hop a quick flight from Bogota to Medellin, Colombia (pictured in the photo) using just 2,250 LifeMiles — or just ~2,000 transferred points during this 25% LifeMiles bonus promotion.
Redeeming LifeMiles on Partner Airlines
Avianca is part of the Star Alliance airline partnership which means that LifeMiles can be used to book flights on any of their 26 partners. And Avianca doesn't tack on carrier-imposed fees for their partner award bookings. So, using LifeMiles is a great way to save a lot of cash on notoriously expensive flights–expensive due to the crazy fees airlines add on.
Domestic Short-Haul Flights on United
One of my favorite Avianca partner sweet spots is for short-haul domestic flights on United Airlines. Flights run just 7,500 LifeMiles one way but can sometimes price even lower.
I lived in Colorado for years and flights from my small town of Grand Junction cost a small fortune but using LifeMiles can save a lot of cash. The flight runs just 6,500 LifeMiles. That requires 5,200 points when transferring from Brex during this 25% LifeMiles transfer bonus. Capital One and Citi require transfers in increments of 1,000 points, so you'll need to transfer 6,000 points from either one of those.
This is already a great way to get serious value out of your LifeMiles. But, add in the LifeMiles 25% transfer bonus and this award gets even cheaper. You have to transfer your bank points to LifeMiles in increments of 1,000. But, an economy flight from Denver (DEN) to Grand Junction (GJT) is effectively only 5,200 bank points when factoring in the 25% bonus. Remember that this can work from Brex, Capital One, or Citi.
Mind you, the cash price for this same flight is $357. So, you're getting extraordinary value out of your points.
U.S. to Mexico for Large Families
Large families can also utilize this LifeMiles transfer bonus. Flights from the United States to Mexico City on United can consistently have 6 open seats. To book for a party of 6 one-way, you need to transfer just 56,000 points to LifeMiles. That's only around 9,333 transferrable points per person each way.
U.S. to Europe in United Business Class
A favorite LifeMiles sweet spot is for Star Alliance business class awards between the U.S. and Europe. Normally, these flights cost just 63,000 LifeMiles plus about $5.60 in taxes and fees.
With the 25% transfer bonus, you only need to transfer 48,000 points to have enough LifeMiles to book this award.
Other LifeMiles Sweet Spots
A few other amazing sweet spots for Avianca include:
- Economy class flights from the US to Australia or New Zealand for 35,000 LifeMiles (28k with the 25% bonus) one-way.
- 22,500 miles in business class within North Asia
- 25,000 LifeMiles (20k with 25% promotion) in business class transcontinental within the U.S.
- 78,000 miles in business class to the Middle East
- 87,000 miles (70k points with the 25% transfer promo) in first-class to Europe (Lufthansa with no fuel surcharges)
Now until December 27, 2021, Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 25% transfer bonus when converting Citi ThankYou Points, Brex Rewards, or Capital One miles to LifeMiles. This could be a great time to take advantage of Avianca's fantastic domestic flight partner redemption option. There are some excellent options for international redemptions making use of this bonus, as well.
Who’s going to take advantage of this fantastic offer?
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