Avianca, a Star Alliance airline based in Colombia, has launched another sale to buy LifeMiles with up to a 150% bonus through December 27, 2022.
LifeMiles members can buy up to 200,000 miles yearly (before any possible bonus), and the maximum bonus under this sale is 150%. Potential buyers should be aware of recent tricks Avianca has used to discourage award redemptions (blocking them).
You can access this offer on the LifeMiles website here.
The bonus depends on the number of miles purchased:
- 1,000-20,000 – 130% Bonus
- 21,000-50,000 – 140% Bonus
- 51,000-200,000 – 150% Bonus
This price of purchasing 250,000 miles (including bonus):
The cost of a LifeMiles under this sale, when purchased at a 150% bonus, is 1.32 US cents each. The lowest price Avianca sold LifeMiles in 2021 was 1.2 cents.
Word Of Warning
There have been consistent issues finding award space and issuing tickets using LifeMiles. Clearly, this has been intentional on LifeMiles’ part (less money going out). However, I would be very hesitant to purchase LifeMiles unless you have instantaneous use for them, and award space can be booked using Avianca’s miles.
These miles can come in handy for premium cabin redemptions and are usually the cheapest Star Alliance miles that one can buy.
Avianca is transforming into an LCC and has removed business class from all the routes in the Americas except Los Angeles. However, the airline continues to offer a business class product to Europe. It is also merging with a similar Brazilian low-cost airline GOL.
I would NOT buy LifeMiles to bank them for future use, as the situation surrounding Avianca is fluid, and their recent blocking of partner awards. However, I could entertain purchasing a small amount for immediate use for awards that can be currently booked on their platform.
These are the terms and conditions of this offer:
This promotion is exclusive for LifeMiles members who have received this email directly from LifeMiles. The promotion applies from December 15 to 27, 2022 (00.00-23:59 GMT -6, El Salvador). The bonus to be granted is applied as follows: for purchases between 1,000 – 20,000 LifeMiles you receive an additional 130%, for purchases between 21,000 – 50,000 LifeMiles an additional 140%, for purchases between 51,000 – 200,000 LifeMiles you receive an additional 150%. The bonus is calculated on the miles to be purchased per individual transaction, not including the 2×1 bonus. Miles must be purchased in multiples of 1,000. The minimum number of miles to purchase per transaction is 1,000 LifeMiles. The maximum number of miles to be purchased per transaction during the promotion is 200,000 miles. Additionally, the limit of miles that a member can receive during the promotion, including the bonuses that apply, is 500,000 miles minus the miles purchased in 2022 and their respective bonuses. The purchase transaction cannot be carried out if the number of miles to be purchased and the corresponding bonus, taking into account all the miles purchased in 2022 and their respective bonuses, exceed 500,000 miles, unless, without applying the bonus of this promotion, are less than or equal to 500,000 miles, in which case, the transaction will be processed, and no bonus will be awarded, giving the member such warning. The limit of miles per calendar year that a member can receive by purchasing miles outside of the promotion is 200,000 LifeMiles, including miles received as bonuses. If the member, through the purchases he makes during this promotion and other purchases made during 2022, taking into account the bonuses he receives in said purchases, exceeds this limit, he will not be able to buy miles outside of promotional periods until the following year. next calendar. The block of 1,000 LifeMiles has a cost of US$33.00 excluding applicable taxes and US$40.26* including all applicable taxes depending on the correspondence country registered in the LifeMiles database. The purchase of miles is not reversible or refundable, except in countries where this right is granted by local law, such as the right of withdrawal in Colombia, where applicable. The purchase and sale of miles is an instant execution contract. Once the member makes the payment of the miles, they will be credited to the member’s account immediately. As soon as the miles are credited, they can be used immediately in accordance with the terms and conditions of the LifeMiles program. Miles are not endorsable. The purchase of miles is available at LifeMiles.com, Avianca Points of Sale or Avianca Call Center. For residents of Venezuela, it is only available through LifeMiles.com. Only form of payment at LifeMiles.com and the Avianca Call Center: credit card or international debit card. Cash payments only at Avianca Points of Sale. The purchase transaction receipt will reflect the total miles credited to the member’s account, including the bonus miles and the total charge for the transaction. The miles from this purchase do not apply to maintain or reach LifeMiles Elite status. The promotion does not apply to the Flexible Payment option (LifeMiles + Money) during the air ticket redemption payment flow. The purchased miles, once credited, may be redeemed in accordance with the conditions specified in the Terms and Conditions of the LifeMiles program and the portfolio of products and services available for redemption. LifeMiles Terms and Conditions apply. Check them out at LifeMiles.com. LifeMiles is a registered trademark of LifeMiles LTD. *Values are settled at the exchange rate in effect on the date of the transaction. The price may be lower depending on the country of correspondence of the member entered in the profile of his LifeMiles account.