Amex adds Avianca as a transfer partner

American Express Membership Rewards has just added an awesome new transfer partner: Avianca LifeMiles. I’m particularly enthusiastic about this addition as I’ve redeemed Avianca LifeMiles several times in recent months, though some folks with surely find this to be a yawner since Avianca offers points for sale so cheaply that they may not see enough value in them for transfers from a currency like Membership Rewards. Overall, I’d say that more partners is always good.

The Deal

  • Now transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Avianca LifeMiles at a ratio of 1:1 (in increments of 1,000 miles)

Quick Thoughts

Dan’s Deals reports that transfers are instant, as is the case with Citi ThankYou Rewards.

LifeMiles are a currency that has really been growing in popularity in recent years thanks to the fact that Avianca is a Star Alliance carrier, so you can use these miles for Star Alliance redemptions around the world with no fuel surcharges. That’s awesome if you’re looking to do something like fly Lufthansa First Class, which usually comes with high fuel surcharges.

Here’s a look at the LifeMiles award chart for flights within North America and to/from Europe:

Furthermore, the LifeMiles chart has some other awesome values and hack-ability. Here are some posts we’ve written about Avianca LifeMiles:

Avianca often sells LifeMiles quite cheaply, sometimes charging as low as around 1.3 cents per mile. That might make LifeMiles seem to be a relatively poor value for transfer since you often have the ability to buy them for less than the Reasonable Redemption Value of Membership Rewards points. However, I think the Joy of Free can negate that and make them a good choice – especially if you’re earning most of your Membership Rewards points from category bonuses, etc.

As a reminder, here are all of the currently available cards that earn Membership Rewards points:

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express
75K points
Up to 75K: 50K after $10K spend + 25K after additional $10K spend in 3 months.

$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 150K after $20K Spend (Targeted)

The Platinum Card® from American Express
60K points
60K after $5K spend in 3 months

$550 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 100K after $3K spend direct link (last reported 5/10/16)

American Express® Business Gold Card
50K points
50K points after $5K spend in 3 months

$295 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 75K after $10K spend, targeted -- call to ask for offer. (last reported 11/7/18)

American Express® Gold Card
40K points
40K after $2K spend in 3 months

$250 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the content, nor is it responsible for its accuracy.

Recent better offer: 50K after $2K spend in 3 months + 20% back as a statement credit at US Restaurants within the first 3 months (up to $100 back). [Expired 1/9/19]

American Express® Green Card
15K points
15K points after 3K spend in 3 months

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $95

The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card
10K points
10K points after $3K in purchases in the first 3 months

$0 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not supply the details nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 20K after $3K spend in 3 months (Expired 6/21/17)
10K points after $3K in purchases in the first 3 months (Expired 9/26/18)

Platinum Card® from American Express for Ameriprise Financial
Free First Year
No first year annual fee for you and up to 3 authorized cardholders

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $550

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express
5K points
5K points after first purchase

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $95

We have added Avianca LifeMiles to our Amex transfer partners page, where you can find a full list of partners. For more on Membership Rewards, see: Amex Membership Rewards. Deep dive.

H/T: Dan’s Deals

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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