The Avianca LifeMiles program makes it easy to both earn and purchase its airline miles to use for an award flight.
Avianca not only offers 2 co-branded credits for the U.S. market but the airline also partners with 4 of the 5 transferable point programs.
Avianca Credit Cards
Banco Popular is Avianca’s co-branded partner that offers 2 credit cards for those who live in the U.S.
The Avianca Vida Visa® Card and Avianca Vuela Visa® Card cater to the low and medium annual fee market and also come with respectable welcome bonus offers.
We recommend looking into both cards if you’re looking to earn Avianca miles directly with your spending.
American Express Credit Cards
Amex continues to be one of the heavyweights in the transferable point credit card game and shows no signs of slowing down.
What’s great about Amex are the valuable airline partners customers have access to along with the regular transfer bonuses Amex offers.
If you’re interested in the Amex program, here are the credit cards we recommend checking out:
Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)
Recommended Amex Cards (Business)
Citi Credit Cards
Citi is one of the 5 transferable point programs, however, it’s much more challenging to earn Citi ThankYou Points.
The reason that earning ThankYou Points is difficult is that the bank simply doesn’t offer the number of credit cards that you’ll see from the likes of Amex and Chase.
While earning ThankYou Points can be a pain, it’s not all bad news with Citi. Mirroring Amex, Citi offers airline transfer bonuses throughout the year to some of its airline partners, which helps to increase the value of its points.
More information on the Citi cards we recommend can be found here:
Marriott Credit Cards
It’s no secret that since the merger with SPG, the newly revamped Marriott Bonvoy program has come with a string of challenges for those looking to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points.
Challenges with the new program are well-documented, however, the program can be good for a couple of reasons.
The first deals with the transfer bonus. For every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points that are transferred to an airline partner, you’ll receive a 5,000-point bonus in the form of airline miles.
Marriott Bonvoy to Avianca transfers are 3:1, so 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points become 25,000 Avianca LifeMiles with the 5,000-point bonus (60,000/3 = 20,000 + 5,000 bonus = 25,000).
The second positive with Marriott Bonvoy is that members have access to airlines unique to its program, like Alaska Airlines.
Capital One Credit Cards
The main point to address with Capital One is that its business credit cards count against your 5/24 count. If you’re not familiar with the 5/24 rule, we have a post covering it in detail here.
Putting together the right strategy of Capital One business and personal credit cards will open up a ton of opportunities to earn more Capital One miles.
Everything you need to know about Capital One credit cards can be found in the recommended links below:
Recommended Miles-Earning Capital One Cards (Personal)
Other Hotel Partner Credit Cards
Hilton Honors is a hotel partner but you won’t want to transfer points from it to an airline.
The reason is that the transfer ratio is terrible, and yields a subpar value.
If you’re topping off an account or are in a bind, those are the only reasons to transfer points from Hilton Honors to Avianca.