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Two weeks ago, we reported that Avianca was making a comeback to the US co-branded credit card market. While Avianca had announced many of the benefits of the new card, several key details, such as annual fees, and more importantly which bank would be issuing the card, where not disclosed. If you were interested in the card you had to signup with your email address to be kept updated about when it would be available.

Avianca Aircraft Landing

Avianca has finally emailed people who have registered an interest with a few more snippets of information about the new card.

The Details

The new card will have an annual fee of $149, the company has not said whether—like a lot of other cards—the fee will be waived for the first year or not.

There is another piece of information that only the eagle-eyed reader would have spotted in the email. That is the bank that will be issuing the card. It is not clear whether Avianca planned to release this information at this time or if it was just an accident.

Reading through the email—including the legal information at the bottom, it seems the card will be offered by Popular Credit Services, the credit card arm of Banco Popular, based in Puerto Rico.

Following the links in the email, it appears the application page for the card is currently live, and the email provides users with the bonus code AVSPWE, that they should use during their application to benefit from the 40,000 miles signup bonus. Card Application Landing Page.

Another advantage of the card is that card members who spend $12,000 on the card in a year, will be eligible for a 50% discount on a round-trip award ticket; hence, a ticket to Central America would cost 18,000 LifeMiles, or one to Colombia would come in at 20,000 miles. The only drawback is that the awards are restricted to economy-class tickets only.

Avianca Vuela Visa® Card

  • 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

As a member of Star Alliance with a great award chart, 40,000 LifeMiles is an awesome bonus in a program that doesn't charge any fuel/carrier-imposed surcharges on its award tickets.

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  • Any idea if Non Americans can apply for it .

  • Nice incentive to have a carrier that doesn’t charge the fuel / tax surcharges on award fares. Sweet deal!!

  • Even thought the bank issuing this card is from Puerto Rico, personal credit information used in the application process is one’s US credit info, correct?

  • i applied and was approved. we’ll see if we get the full 60,000 using the code.

    one other cool feature i noticed in the fine print: balance transfers within the first 90 days are no interest for 12 months. AND, more importantly, they cap the balance transfer fee at $10!! I’ve never seen that before. So I’ve already transferred about $10K from two other cards and will transfer another $12k from one other card–meaning I’m essentially taking a 1 year loan for $22k for $30 total, equivalent to a 0.1% interest rate–which I can beat even in this crappy interest rate environment!

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