One of the ways to use your air miles is to burn them for premium cabin award redemptions. However, where your miles can get you to differ from frequent flyer programme to programme. From the Star Alliance pack, Avianca’s LifeMiles can offer amazing value on bookings, largely because of their policy not to charge fuel surcharge and booking tickets almost all of them online. You can either earn miles by flying or buy miles outright. Now, read on to discover an exclusive new LifeMiles buy miles promo.
LifeMiles members, under a new sale launched yesterday, can receive up to 125% bonus on purchased miles between July 16 and July 31, 2019.
Now, through July 31, 2019, LifeMiles is offering BoardingArea and LiveFromALounge readers a special 20% bonus on top of their usual sale, which means you can receive up to 145% bonus on purchased miles up to July 31, 2019. This is their best deal so far, given they have usually given out up to 120% bonus on purchased miles.
Here is how the buying bonus will look like for people who register for the promotion above.
- Buy 1,000-10,000 LifeMiles, get 105% bonus LifeMiles (total 2.05)
- Buy 11,000-50,000 LifeMiles, get 115% bonus LifeMiles (total 2.15)
- Buy 51,000-100,000 LifeMiles, get 135% bonus LifeMiles (total 2.35)
- Buy 101,000-200,000 LifeMiles, get 145% bonus LifeMiles (total 2.45)
This brings the cost to INR 0.93 (1.35 US cents) per mile, which is one of the lowest prices I’ve ever seen, when you buy at the top end of the promotion (over 101,000 LifeMiles). The price quoted is ex-taxes since taxes vary per country. No taxes in India, for instance.
The minimum purchase for this promotion is 1,000 miles, while you need to buy at least 101K miles to get the 145% bonus. So you can buy the miles for a future redemption, or you can use them to top up your account if you are a few thousand miles shy.
Registration for the promotion is open from now through the end of the promotion. You will be able to make a purchase immediately after registration. So head to this page and enter your LifeMiles number. Make sure to into your account and see the increased bonus on your account when you buy miles.
I’d highly recommend registering now, and then you can decide if you want to take advantage of the promotion.
Why you should look at buying LifeMiles?
And with all those miles will get you some fantastic award flights.
Mumbai – Tokyo return in ANA Business Class for 96,000 LifeMiles
If you max out the bonus, you are effectively paying close to INR 0.93/Mile. For 96,000 LifeMiles (INR 89,000), you can fly to Tokyo from Mumbai on All Nippon Airways roundtrip. If you were paying cash, the same flight would’ve cost you close to INR 2,00,000 (USD 2,759). That’s more than 50% saving right there.
United’s Polaris is one of the better business class products out there if you want to fly direct to the US from India. A round trip in peak season would set you back by INR 5,00,000 or USD 7,059. But you could do the same trip for less than 1/3rd the price if you go the LifeMiles way after the flight is relaunched in a couple of months.
Some of the best value that you can unlock using LifeMiles is when you fly First Class. One of the vital caveat with LifeMiles that your Star Alliance partner redemptions have to be on direct flights. And not a lot of members fly their First Class equipped metal to India. But that doesn’t stop you from redeeming miles on other flights around the globe.
- India to United States Business Class for 78,000 LifeMiles oneway
- India to Europe Business Class for 45,000 LifeMiles oneway
- India to Japan/S. Korea Business Class for 48,000 LifeMiles oneway
- United States to Europe Business Class for 63,000 LifeMiles oneway
- United States to Japan/North Asia First Class for 90,000 miles
You can find the full LifeMiles Star Alliance award chart here, updated as of May 2019. And the best part about Avianca LifeMiles redemptions is that there is no extra fuel surcharge or taxes.
Remember, you can purchase a maximum of 200,000 LifeMiles before bonuses every calendar year. Which means if you haven’t bought at all this year, you get to stockpile on 490,000 LifeMiles when you buy 200K. The full T&C of the promotion is here.
You could use the Citi Prestige or the American Express Platinum Charge Card which now offers 3X Membership Rewards on spends abroad. LifeMiles purchases are coded as an airline purchase, so you can also use your Citi PremierMiles to get 10X rewards.
Remember, when using LifeMiles, you won’t be able to access Singapore Airlines premium award space. Also, LifeMiles expire within 12 months unless you keep any activity in your account. In my case, I credit all my Air India flights to LifeMiles.
So, what are you waiting for, Sign up and Buy if you please!
PS: LifeMiles has kindly extended this promotion for LiveFromALounge readers, and there is no other commercial relationship between the two entities.