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Avianca LifeMiles has a Thanksgiving week sale that’s offering a 140% bonus when buying miles, reducing the cost of buying their miles to 1.375cpp. There are no bonus tiers with this promotion – you’ll get a 140% bonus regardless of whether you buy 1,000 or 200,000 miles.
Edit: Based on a comment below, it looks like the bonus is variable and so the offer is targeted. Check your emails to see if you’ve received a different bonus.
- Buy LifeMiles and get a 140% bonus.
- Direct link to offer.
- Expires November 26, 2018.
- Minimum 1,000 miles, maximum 200,000 miles.
Avianca frequently sells LifeMiles with a bonus and 140% is one of the best rates that gets offered. This means you can pick up LifeMiles at a cost of 1.375cpp which might make more sense than transferring from American Express now that they’re a transfer partner of Membership Rewards.
As mentioned above, you can buy anything from 1,000 to 200,000 LifeMiles, but be aware that they have an annual limit on purchased miles. That means if you’ve purchased LifeMiles already this year, there might be restrictions on how many more you can buy (you’ll receive a warning when checking out if that’s the case).
I’m not an expert when it comes to redeeming LifeMiles, but Nick and Greg have both written about some of the value you can get by using them. See Avianca LifeMiles award chart changes and Avianca LifeMiles’ awesome mixed-cabin award pricing. First Class for less.
In that latter post, Greg shared how adding an economy flight to a business or first class flight can reduce the overall award cost due to the way LifeMiles calculates their awards. He gave the example of flying Chicago to Tokyo in First Class, then Tokyo to Johannesburg in Economy which he calculated would cost less than 64,000 LifeMiles.
With this 140% bonus, you could purchase 54,000 LifeMiles for $1,782 which would mean you’d end up with 129,600 miles.
That would mean two people could effectively fly that route for $891 per person one way. That’s great value given the distance covered and the fact that the first leg would be in First Class, although it does need to be weighed against the long leg from Japan to South Africa in Economy.