[Ends Today!] Lifemiles Award Sale: Save Up To 40% On Star Alliance Domestic And International Coach And Business Class Awards From Just 4.5K Miles!

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Related: Travel Tips: Getting United Card And Elite Benefits When Booking A Ticket With Avianca Lifemiles


Avianca is a Star Alliance member and their Lifemiles program is an interesting one. Lifemiles can be used to book travel with partner airlines like United and Air Canada within North America.

Lifemiles is one of the rare mileage programs that doesn’t collect any fuel surcharges. Note that Avianca Lifemiles require earning activity every 12 months in order to stop your miles from expiring. Transferring points to Lifemiles will extend the points validity for 12 more months.

They have a hidden award chart, which I cracked in this post for the domestic portion.

They are having an award sale for select routes booked by 10/28 for travel anytime. Mileage rates below are each way.

Sample routes on sale in coach:

  • Chicago to/from Newark, was 7,500, now 4,500
  • Chicago to/from LaGuardia, was 7,500, now 4,500
  • Cleveland to/from Newark, was 6,500, now 5,600
  • Washington/IAD to/from Newark, was 6,500, now 5,600
  • Detroit to/from Newark, was 6,500, now 5,900
  • Chicago to/from Houston, was 10,000, now 6,000
  • London to/from Newark, was 20,000, now 18,000
  • Los Angeles to/from Tokyo, was 47,000, now 32,900
  • JFK to/from Tokyo, was 47,000, now 44,700
  • JFK to/from Bangkok, was 47,000, now 44,700

Sample routes on sale in business:

  • San Francisco to/from Chicago, was 12,500, now 10,700
  • JFK to/from Singapore, was 78,000, now 66,300
  • Los Angeles to/from Bangkok, was 78,000, now 66,300
  • San Francisco to/from Singapore, was 78,000, now 66,300
  • Los Angeles to/from Seoul, was 85,000, now 72,300
  • Los Angeles to/from Tokyo, was 85,000, now 72,300
  • Los Angeles to/from Taipei, was 85,000, now 72,300
  • San Francisco to/from Seoul, was 85,000, now 72,300
  • San Francisco to/from Tokyo, was 85,000, now 72,300
  • San Francisco to/from Taipei, was 85,000, now 72,300
  • JFK to/from Bangkok, was 90,000, now 76,500
  • JFK to/from Seoul, was 90,000, now 76,500
  • JFK to/from Taipei, was 90,000, now 76,500
  • JFK to/from Tokyo, was 90,000, now 76,500

For example if I needed a last minute ticket to NYC on Thursday, I’d need to spend $305 for a cash ticket:

 

 

 

 

Using United miles, I’d need to spend 14.9K miles for the close-in saver award ticket.

 

But using Lifemiles, it’s normally just 6.5K miles or 5.6K miles with this sale. I book last-minute flights to NYC fairly often, and being able to use miles is a lifesaver!

 

If someone wants to fly United one-way from NYC to London on Thursday, it would cost $794 in coach or $5,227 in business class.

 

Using United miles, it would cost 32.3K miles in coach or 62.8K miles in business class for the close-in saver award ticket.

 

But using Lifemiles, it’s just 20K miles in coach, or 18K miles with this sale. Business is 60K miles.

Want to earn Lifemiles?

  • You can transfer AMEX, Capital One, Or Citi points to Lifemiles at a 1:1 ratio, or Marriott points to Lifemiles at a 60K:25K ratio.

If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:

  • Citi Premier has a 80,000 point bonus for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, and dining. $95 annual fee. Read more here.

Citi no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • The Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back or 2 points per dollar spent everywhere that can be transferred into ThankYou points. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Custom Cash Card offers 5 points per dollar on up to $500 in purchases in your top eligible spending category each billing cycle. This is marketed as 5% cash back, but will actually come in the form of 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent! Eligible categories include Restaurants, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Select Travel, Select Transit, Select Streaming Services, Drugstores, Home Improvement Stores, Fitness Clubs, and Live Entertainment. You will also get 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 20,000 points for spending $1,500 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee. Read more here.

Capital One cards with transferable points to miles include:

AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to miles include:

Marriott cards with transferable points to miles include:

Will you take advantage of this promo?

HT: yelped, via DDF

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12 Comments On "[Ends Today!] Lifemiles Award Sale: Save Up To 40% On Star Alliance Domestic And International Coach And Business Class Awards From Just 4.5K Miles!"

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4yourinfo

how long do first time transfers from capital one take? hearing it could take days.. think it make sense to transfer just a few?

Yachi

Usually transfers immediately

Alex

My experience a few months ago in connecting my account to Capital One for the first time was that the points transferred immediately, but my LifeMiles balance didn’t update to reflect the transferred miles amount until the next business day, so I couldn’t make any redemptions until then.

4yourinfo

how does this work if I book a nonstop flight from ewr to yyz its $48 but if I book a flight from phl to yyz with a stop over in ewr its only $12?

Mergs

I am seeing the same thing with a flight Montreal to ewr is $76 to Philly with stop in ewr is $12.
Can I just ditch in ewr?

Allen

I am looking at a mileage ticket through Avianca miles on Swiss air from TLV to JFK (business) and it is charging surcharges/taxes (about 108 each ticket). I thought you were saying no surcharges?

Moshe

pls mention how lifemiles charges a fee when booking flights.

i transferred miles and was about to book until i realized that. they’re charging me $15.60 + 4500 miles when booking a LGA-ORD ticket vs $85.60 when booking united using cash. thereby giving lifemiles an approx valuation of 1.5 cents pp — ok, but hardly great.

Alex

Got 2 seats BRU-JFK in May 2023, 25.5k miles each! We’ll need to do some slight repositioning based on our travel plans, but the date worked out and the price was right.

OD

you usually mention the booking fees with LifeMiles?
people want to know as it make a difference somewhat for the cheaper short haul flights as people

Dan G

Just booked a ticket from ORD -> LGA for 4500 miles + $15. Fantastic deal if you ask me.

Kivs

How come I always have difficulty using website always gives me a white page Dan did you ever encounter issues over the years using lifemiles website?

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