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[Expired] Buy Avianca LifeMiles and Get Up to a 135% Bonus [Ends September 27]

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Though many are unfamiliar with it, Avianca LifeMiles is a useful program to leverage when booking award tickets with Star Alliance carriers such as United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and more.

And while you wouldn’t ordinarily want to purchase Avianca LifeMiles at the standard rate, the latest promotion gives you up to a 135% bonus and represents an excellent value.

Here’s a look at how you can take advantage!

Purchase Avianca LifeMiles and Get Up to a 135% Bonus

Through September 27, 2023, you’ll earn a bonus when purchasing Avianca LifeMiles at the following tiers:

  • Purchase 1,000 to 20,000 miles and get a 125% bonus (1.43 cents per mile)
  • Purchase 21,000 to 200,000 miles and get a 135% bonus (1.4 cents per mile)

We value Avianca LifeMiles at 1.4 cents apiece. Therefore, this promotion offers a solid opportunity for those looking to stock up on LifeMiles for a specific redemption.

Head over to Avianca’s buy miles page to complete your purchase. Keep in mind that you’re limited to purchasing up to 200,000 miles per calendar year before any bonuses you may receive.

Since Avianca purchases are processed by the airline, you’ll want to use a credit card that rewards you for airfare. For example, The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 5x points spent directly with airlines or through Amex Travel (up to $500,000 per year; then 1x points).

How To Redeem LifeMiles

SWISS business class cabin. Image Credit: SWISS

Being able to purchase LifeMiles at a reduced rate effectively allows you to get a deeply discounted cash fare. Then, you can redeem your Avianca LifeMiles across a wide variety of Star Alliance carriers. Here are a couple of compelling options:

  • Fly Business Class to Europe: You can book a one-way business class ticket to Europe with multiple Star Alliance airlines like SWISS, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and more for 63,000 miles. Thanks to this promotion, you could purchase just 27,000 miles and receive a total of 63,450 miles for $891 thanks to the 135% bonus.
  • Fly Transcontinental in the U.S. on United Polaris: You can book a one-way United business class award from Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) for 25,000 LifeMiles. With the 125% bonus, you could purchase just 12,000 miles for $396 and receive 27,000 miles to book the ticket. This is a pretty stellar price given typical cash prices of around $600 to $800.
Hot Tip:

For more redemption options, read our dedicated guide on our favorite ways to redeem Avianca LifeMiles!

Avianca is also a transfer partner of 5 major rewards currencies. If you’ve got points or miles with Amex Membership Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, Citi ThankYou Rewards, or Marriott Bonvoy, you’ll want to consider transferring points from one of these programs first to lower your out-of-pocket cost.

Final Thoughts

While there are plenty of ways to earn Avianca LifeMiles easily, you may find yourself short for a specific redemption. If this is the case, this promotion is an opportunity to score some great value for those planning to travel soon, but are short on the miles needed to do so.

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About Jarrod West

Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.


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