Amex adds Avianca as a transfer partner

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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 Platinum Card® from American Express
60K points + up to $300 in statement credits
60K after $5K spend in 3 months plus 20% back as a statement credit for restaurant purchases worldwide for the first 12 months up to $300 back. Terms apply.

$550 Annual Fee

American Express® Gold Card
60K Points
60K after $4K spend in first 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$250 Annual Fee

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

Alternate offer: Via certain browsers you may see an offer for 35K points after $4K spend and 10% back on purchases (up to $250 back) for the first six months.

Recent better offer: This is the best we've seen

American Express® Green Card
50K Points
50K points after $2K spend in 3 months. Terms apply. See

$150 Annual Fee

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

Alternate offer: Via certain browsers you may see an offer for 30K points plus up to $200 back for US grocery spend.

Recent better offer: This is the best we've seen

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
75K points
75K points after $15K spend in the first 3 months Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$595 Annual Fee

Via some browsers you may find a targeted 95K offer with a refer-a-friend link. You can find our refer-a-friend link here (Note: this refer-a-friend link is not an affiliate link. Information about this link was collected independently by Frequent Miler)

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

American Express® Business Gold Card
35K points
35K points after $5K spend in 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$295 Annual Fee

Via some browsers you may find a targeted 60K offer with a refer-a-friend link. You can find our refer-a-friend link here (Note: this refer-a-friend link is not an affiliate link. Information about this link was collected independently by Frequent Miler)

The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
10K points
10K after $1K spend in 3 months. Terms apply.

No Annual Fee

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

Alternate offer: Some find they are targeted for an offer of 20K after $2K spend in the first 3 months.

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

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