[Ends Tonight!] Transfer Citi Points To Avianca Lifemiles And Get A 25% Bonus, Redeem United Award Flights From 5.2K Points!

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Update, 11/4/23: The Citi transfer offer ends tonight!

Update, 10/16/23: The Citi transfer offer is alive with a 25% bonus through 11/4!

Update, 6/29/23: The Citi transfer offer ends tomorrow.

Update, 6/5/23: The Citi transfer offer is alive with a 25% bonus through 6/30!

Fly short-haul for 5.2K Citi points (4,680 points after a 10% Citi Rewards+ rebate) versus 15K United miles or $414 for a paid ticket, a value of 8 cents per mile!

 

Fly to Australia for 32K Citi points in coach or 64K Citi points in business class, versus 55K United miles in coach or 100K in business class:

HT: Moremomo

Update, 3/1/23: This Citi transfer offer is alive with a 20% bonus through 3/31!

HT: Lakewood34, via DDF

Update, 4/30/22: This transfer offer ends today!

Last week I transferred over 11,000 Citi points (9,900 points after the 10% Citi Rewards+ rebate) into 13,750 Lifemiles and booked a flight for 13K Lifemiles that was selling for 49,600 United miles!


Originally posted on 4/1/22:

Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Avianca Lifemiles And Get A 25% Bonus, Redeem United Award Flights From 5.2K Points!

You can transfer points from Citi to Lifemiles with a 25% transfer bonus through 4/30.

With this promotion you’ll be able to redeem United award flights from 5.2K points each way.

Here is how to get United benefits when booking with 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.

Back when I used to give regular seminars I talked about many of the glitch cities that existed that allowed you to fly to Europe or Asia for just 12.5K Lifemiles, but a blogger managed to have them killed by complaining to the DoT about a flight that involved a trip from North America to Guam via Asia that Lifemiles used to count as a domestic US award.

They got rid of their award charts in 2019, so I set about figuring out what they charge for awards.

On their old award chart, Lifemiles split up the US into 3 zones:

US Zone 1: Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC.

US Zone 2: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin

US Zone 3: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

This used to be the one-way mileage requirements for travel within the US:

From/ToUS Zone 1US Zone 2US Zone 3
US Zone 1 7.5K Coach
15K Business
10K Coach
15K Business
12.5K Coach
25K Business
US Zone 210K Coach
15K Business
7.5K Coach
15K Business
12.5K Coach
25K Business
US Zone 312.5K Coach
25K Business
12.5K Coach
25K Business
7.5K Coach
15K Business

The new formula isn’t published, but first I tried to figure out if it could be based off of the previous zones.

It soon became clear that the old zones are dead and things were working based on the distance of the flight.

I used GCMap.com to calculate the distance between airports and try to figure out what their new award chart is.

I included the distance flown in parenthesis in the sample routes below. Based on those I believe that Lifemiles typically charges:

  • 6.5K miles in coach and 15K-16K miles in business for flights under 500 miles in distance.
  • 7.5K miles in coach and 15K-16K miles in business for flights 500-799 miles in distance.
  • 10K miles in coach and 15K-25K miles in business for flights 800-1,199 miles in distance.
  • 12.5K+ miles in coach and 15K+ miles in business for flights 1,200+ miles in distance.

There are some exceptions. The short haul pricing only seems to apply within the US, as flights between NYC and Toronto or Montreal are 10K in coach or 15K in business. Chicago to Great Falls is 1,210 miles in distance and should cost 12.5K miles in coach, but only costs 7.5K miles. But for the most part, domestic routes in coach seemed to follow this formula.

Business class pricing though is all over the place.

Lifemiles used to always charge a $25 booking fee on top of tax, but now the booking fee is variable and starts at $10.

Note that Lifemiles also allows cash plus points. For example you can use 3.5K miles+$45 instead of 6.5K miles.

  • All of these routes are under 500 miles in distance, cost 6.5K miles each way in coach, and had a $10 booking fee:
    • Chicago-Kansas City (403): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Cleveland-Chicago (315): 6.5K coach, 16K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Houston-New Orleans (305): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Newark-Cleveland (404): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Newark-Boston (200): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Newark-Columbus (463): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Newark-Detroit (488): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Newark-Pittsburgh (319): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Newark-Washington/IAD (212): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Los Angeles-Las Vegas (236): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Los Angeles-Phoenix (370): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Los Angeles-San Francisco (337): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Washington/IAD-Charlotte (322): 6.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
  • The following routes cost 7.5K miles in coach and vary between 500-799 miles in distance. The booking fee on these is $10 as well:
    • Newark-Atlanta (746): 7.5K coach, 16K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Newark-Charlotte (529): 7.5K coach, 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Newark-Cincinnati (569): 7.5K coach, 16K business. $10 booking fee.
    • LaGuardia/Newark-Chicago (719): 7.5K coach, 16K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Los Angeles-Jackson Hole (784): 7.5K coach. 15K business. $10 booking fee.
    • San Francisco-Seattle (679): 7.5K coach, 25K business. $10 booking fee.
    • Washington/IAD-Orlando (758): 7.5K coach, 16K business. $10 booking fee.

Exception route: Chicago-Great Falls (1,210): 7.5K coach, 15K business. $25 booking fee.

  • The following routes cost 10K miles each and vary between 800-1,199 miles in distance. The booking fee on these ranged from $15-$25:
    • Chicago-Bozeman (1,186): 10K coach, 15K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Chicago-Denver (888): 10K coach, 25K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Cleveland-Orlando (895): 10K coach, 15K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Chicago-Fort Lauderdale (1,182): 10K coach, 15K business. $15 booking fee.
    • LaGuardia/Newark-Toronto (357): 10K coach, 15K business. $25 booking fee.
    • LaGuardia/Newark-Montreal (324): 10K coach, 15K business. $25 booking fee.
    • Los Angeles-Colorado Springs (833): 10K coach. $15 booking fee.
    • Los Angeles-Denver (862): 10K coach, 25K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Los Angeles-Seattle (954): 10K coach, 25K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Newark-Fort Lauderdale (1,065): 10K coach, 15K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Newark-Kansas City (1,094): 10K coach, 15K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Newark-Orlando (937): 10K coach, 15K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Newark-New Orleans (1,167): 10K coach, 15K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Washington/IAD-Fort Lauderdale (901): 10K coach, 15K business. $15 booking fee.
  • The following awards over 1,200 miles in distance cost 12.5K or more miles:
    • Chicago-El Paso (1,236): 12.5K coach, 25K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Chicago-Salt Lake City (1,250): 12.5K coach, 25K business. $15 booking fee.
    • LaGuardia/Newark-Houston (1,400): 12.5K coach, 15K business. $15 booking fee.
    • Newark-Vancouver (2,429): 12.5K coach, 25K business. $25 booking fee.
    • Newark-Los Angeles (2,454): 13.5K coach, 25K business. $25 booking fee.
    • Los Angeles-Honolulu (2,256): 15K coach, 40K business. $25 booking fee.
    • Newark-Honolulu (4,962): 15K coach. Keep dreaming in business. $25 booking fee.
    • JFK-Zurich (3,931): 16.5K coach, 63K business. $25 booking fee.
    • Newark-Sao Paulo (4,758): 30K coach, 50K business. $25 booking fee.
    • Newark-Tel Aviv (5,692): 42.5K coach, 78K business. $25 booking fee.

While I typically book all of my travel as one-way as that allows the most flexibility, with Lifemiles you’ll pay the booking fee twice if you book 2 one-way awards instead of a round-trip award.

It’s worth noting that Lifemiles has non-existent customer service and their website does not see all of the awards that it should, so you should always check for availability before transferring miles.

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

AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points include:

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

  • Citi Premier offers 60,000 points 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 a Citi Premier card for points transfers include:

  • The Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back or 2 ThankYou points per dollar spent everywhere. 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 include:

Marriott cards with transferable points include:

Will you transfer points to Lifemiles?

HT: Freecountry, via DDF

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56 Comments On "[Ends Tonight!] Transfer Citi Points To Avianca Lifemiles And Get A 25% Bonus, Redeem United Award Flights From 5.2K Points!"

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Ely

United flight from LAX-EWR on May 14th showing up as this – M16,299 + USD 193. So if I transfer the points it will just be 16299 points with no cash required?

Thanks DAN

Baruch

Dan, no April fools post this year?

Shmuff

There’s no fuel surcharge but there’s an enormous amount of fees on a one way flight to Canada.
Estimated taxes, Fees, and LifeMiles/Airline Charges: US$ 99.07

leo

Not live on my account

my08701

what am i missing, I tried running scenarios in local airports and it in the tri state area and it only has to out of the country, how do you book domestic from EWR to Florida or from JFK…

Shmoe joe

How much will be nyc to den?

Mac

Tryin to get to sjd from bwi on 5/18 – 5/22.
What’s the best way to do it with united?

my08701

“That doesn’t sound like a pure award ticket.” so how do you select a pure award ticket?

aaron

How do a cancel a life miles award ticket ?

ads

it is not showing i am goign to get 25% bonus on ty website it just shows 1;1 ratio

David R

Same here, but I took Dan’s word for it and went through with the transfer. I transferred 1000 points and received 1250. I did this to prevent my existing miles from expiring the end of this month, but so far, they have not updated the expiration date. Is that normal?

David R

They updated the expiration date to 8/31/2023.

Tia

Do they transfer instantly?

Stephen

Transfers to Avianca LifeMiles are often completed within 24 hours, however the process may occasionally take up to 5 business days. I just transferred from citi and it showed up in my lifemiles account right away.

Tia

Does the bonus apply instantly?

Stephen

Yes.

Leah

Why are my 53,000 thank you points only allowed to transfer to Sears and KMart :(.
Is there any way to get them out of my Thank you account? I wanted to transfer to LifeMiles.

Yitz

Dan, as a strategy, would you recommend transferring Citi points just to have them there for future travel? I’m wondering if the bonus makes it worthwhile to do that.

cb

its a tradeoff as u can get great value thru TK and VS too (see recent post)

Ari

Wondering this too @dan

Zack

I recently booked a coach flight from DCA to YYZ for LM6.5k on AC so maybe only NYC gets charged more. Not really sure why that would be tho

#yitzchok

Can’t find award availability
Any tips
Thank for the great advice as usual
Hatzlacha!

MO

Any good way to get to Israel with lifemiles

MoMark

life miles has a 115% bonus till march 14 when you transfer miles to another account
1000 = 2150
15$ for every 1k = 1.3 cent per mile

ryan

I need 100m AMEX MR

JOEY

does anyone know if once you booked an award with lifemiles on a united flight if you need to change can you work directly with united?

Chana

Can you book this out of north America?

Od

dont see any pure awrds for ewr to det for May what am I doing wrong?

Od

do you need miles in you account to see award flights?

reienr

paying 40% in miles and the rest cash now gives a rate of $33 per every 1000 miles, I don’t see the $15 price anymore

Danfan

Perfect alternative for united, after awful (and yes… Massive) devaluation

Deborah

Hi. I’m trying to transfer my points from Citibank to lifemiles but I’m not seeing the 25% bonus when I get to the Citibank transfer page. I signed into my life miles and I’m still not seeing it. What am I doing wrong?

P

With no future plans at the moment, but wanna downgrade my citi card is it worth transferring?

MosheG

What’s the cancellation policy after booking with lifemiles? Is it like/through untied awards and no fee easy cancel?

Danfan

Nah, 150 dollar fee

Cb

Just transferred a few pts, aside for the 25% bonus from LM got a msg from citi I get 10% back on next statement!

techaliance

is this supposed to show on the citi side? or will it just show up in the lifemiles account? I don’t see it when I try to transfer citi points

Z

Newark to Toronto is 6.5k now
Maybe they changed it after @dan called attention to it!

shua

I’m having a hard time accessing the lifemiles website . any advice ?

Valentin

I’m terribly unlucky: most of the time United miles are half or less than Avianca’s. Unlucky because I am low on United but I can transfer lots of Avianca miles.

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