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Citi and Avianca Lifemiles have launched a new transfer bonus until December 11th, 2019

As a reminder Avianca Lifemiles is a Star Alliance partner, meaning you can book (some) United awards via Lifemiles as well as other Star Alliance carriers like Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Air Canada, ANA and many more.

There are some major pros and major cons to Lifemiles.

The pros are that they don’t tack on fuel surcharges, meaning that you can book a First Class Lufthansa flight without any of Lufthansa’s own surcharges which can top $500 one way and for just 87,000 Lifemiles (versus, for example, 113,000 United miles for the same flight).  63,000 miles for Business.

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Cons include how hard it is to make any changes at all once ticketed and that the site sometimes shows phantom award availability.

I would keep this in mind should you have a Star Alliance flight to book, but I wouldn’t advise transferring speculatively.

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You can also get up to 60,000 LifeMiles with boosted signup bonuses from Avianca’s Vuela and Vida LifeMiles Credit Cards.

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