Buy Avianca LifeMiles with a 140% Bonus with Black Friday, Cyber Monday Promo
Avianca LifeMiles is running an incredible promotion for Black Friday and Cyber Monday when you buy miles. You get a 140% bonus on any miles you buy.
Buy 10,000 miles, you’ll get 24,000 total. Buying 27,000 miles will net you almost 65,000 miles – enough to fly to Europe in business class. You get the picture.
Avianca is one of our favorite ways to book award tickets on Star Alliance airlines like Lufthansa, ANA and EVA Air. It combines relatively low prices for routes on its award chart with very few cash fees. This promo runs from Tuesday, Nov. 20 through Monday, Nov. 26.
All About Buying Miles
Buying miles isn’t for everyone, and even with this promotion, it might not make sense for you. On its face, it’s far better to earn the miles through travel rewards credit cards rather than spend money to buy them.
But it can sometimes make sense to buy miles if you’re a few thousand (or more) short of making the award booking you want. At the right price, it’s also a way to score business or first class travel for pennies on the dollar – more on that later.
Thanks to these occasional promotions, few airline programs are better when it comes to buying miles than Avianca LifeMiles. This 140% bonus is among the largest we’ve ever seen – on Avianca or any airline. And most airlines have a tiered bonus structure when buying miles – doling out the biggest bonuses only when you buy a massive amount of miles – that’s not the case here. You’ll get an extra 140% whether you buy 1,000 miles or 100,000.
That reduces the cost per mile to under 1.4 cents each, which is a steal in the world of miles and points. Here’s a quick rundown of the return you’ll get when buying miles:
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Critically, buying LifeMiles counts as a travel purchase. So be sure to use cards like the American Express Platinum card or Chase Sapphire Reserve, which will get you 5x points or 3x points on your purchase, respectively.
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It’s easier than ever to earn LifeMiles after American Express added the South American airline as a transfer partner earlier this month. It’s also transfer partners with Citi, and as of next month you’ll be able to transfer Capital One points to LifeMiles as well.
So if you’ve got plenty of those points, this promotion might not be for you. But if you’re short of the balance necessary to make an upcoming redemption, it could be the cheapest way to get there in a hurry.
The Value of LifeMiles
So what can you do with LifeMiles? First, it’s among the best ways to book domestic flights on United within the U.S. These flights start at 12,500 one-way when using United MileagePlus miles. But you can book the same flights for as little as 7,500 LifeMiles.
But the real value of LifeMiles is in booking first and business class cabins. LifeMiles has great rates to get to both Europe and Asia and doesn’t pass on big airline surcharges or fees. That’s a rarity, and part of what makes it a great program.
You can fly business class to Europe on airlines like SWISS or Lufthansa for just 63,000 miles. That’d be under $900 if you bought the miles outright – a bargain on a flight that typically costs $7,000 or more.
Want to fly Lufthansa’s coveted first class? LifeMiles is among the best ways to book it, as it charges just 87,000 one way and only $30 in fees. With this promotion, you could buy the miles to book it for just $1,221 – or reduce that cost by transferring some points to your LifeMiles account.
Or take a 15-hour ride on EVA’s incredible business class (and the incredibly fun Hello Kitty jet) from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) to Taipei (TPE) for just 75,000 miles one way. Want to go to Bali (DPS), Bangkok (BKK) or elsewhere in Southeast Asia? It will be 78,000 miles each way.
LifeMiles is one of the few frequent flyer mile programs out there in which it could make sense to buy miles. This promo is outstanding if you need to top off your account to make an award booking. The same is true if you’re looking to book a premium cabin fare at a steep discount.
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