Get 30% More Avianca LifeMiles When You Transfer Citi Points Today!
Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 30% bonus when you transfer points from Citi ThankYou – but only through the end of Friday, June 28.
While Avianca is a Colombian airline that flies mostly within South America, their frequent flyer program is one of the cheapest ways to fly from the U.S. to Asia. Or first class to Europe. Or on short hops within the U.S.
There is no registration required, and this transfer bonus will not be reflected on the Citi ThankYou website. The bonus is being offered through LifeMiles and you will see the miles reflected once the transfer is completed. You can transfer anywhere from 1,000 and 500,000 Citi points to be eligible for the 30% bonus.
All About LifeMiles
LifeMiles can be a fantastic program to book premium cabin flights on Star Alliance airlines. LifeMiles also often sells miles with massive bonuses, so there are lots of opportunities to acquire their miles.
Because of Avianca’s membership in the Star Alliance, you can use LifeMiles to book flights on Taipei-based EVA Air, Germany’s Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Air Canada, United Airlines, and more.
LifeMiles is an unheralded gem in the frequent flyer mile world, combining low rates when using miles, few cash fees, and a decent booking platform.
Good Award Chart and No Fees
Some frequent flyer mile programs have great award rates but pass on hundreds of dollars in fees. Others protect flyers from big cash surcharges but want more miles than the competition for a given flight.
LifeMiles offers the best of both worlds. That’s a rarity, and that’s what makes it so valuable.
Every airline is different when it comes to passing on fees on award tickets. There are airport fees, fuel surcharges, local taxes, and more, and each airline decides which of those to pass on to flyers using miles and which to swallow.
LifeMiles does not pass on fuel surcharges no matter which airline you’re flying on with your miles. Instead, LifeMiles tacks on a standard $25 award fee as well as some modest taxes. And when it comes time to fork over miles, LifeMiles is also reasonable.
There are some great deals to be had with LifeMiles and the transfer bonus from Citi ThankYou only makes them better. We will highlight a few of our favorites below.
United Shorthaul Economy Awards
In 2017, LifeMiles introduced the ability to book short haul award tickets for travel within the United States on United Airlines.
This means that travel within any of the three regions will cost 7,500 miles one-way (would cost 12,500 booking with United). Traveling from group 1 to group 2 costs 10,000 miles one-way (would cost 12,500 booking with United). The states included in each region are listed as follows.
Factor in the 30% Citi ThankYou transfer bonus and you can book domestic flights on United starting at 12,000 ThankYou points roundtrip.
One Way Business & First Class Awards to Europe
One of the best things about the LifeMiles program is the ability to book one-way award tickets (unlike other Star Alliance partners like ANA). As mentioned above, they also don’t tack on any fuel surcharges so it is a great option for getting around the world in premium cabins.
With LifeMiles, it is possible to fly to Europe for just 63,000 miles in business class and only 87,000 miles in first class, one-way, making it is our favorite way to book the coveted Lufthansa first class cabin.
Per the screenshot below, you can use Avianca LifeMiles to book a one-way first class ticket on Lufthansa for 87,000 miles and only $30 in taxes and fees.
Factor in the 30% transfer bonus from Citi ThankYou and you are only out 67,000 points.
One Way Business & First Class Awards to Asia
Much like Europe, LifeMiles is a great way to get to Asia in a premium Star Alliance cabin. With LifeMiles, it is possible to fly to Asia from the US for just 78,000 miles in business class and only 90,000 miles in first class, one-way.
For his honeymoon, Thrifty Traveler Editor Kyle booked a one-way business class award ticket from Chicago (ORD) to Taipei (TPE) on EVA Air for 78,000 LifeMiles and $31.10 in taxes and fees. You can read his full review of the experience here.
Factor in the transfer bonus from Citi ThankYou and you would only need to transfer 60,000 miles to have the required 78,000 LifeMiles for booking.
These transfer bonuses are one of the main reasons we place such a high value on transferable points like Citi, Amex, and Chase. If you want to take advantage of this, don’t wait as the offer expires at the end of the day, Friday, June 28.
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.