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This sale allowed me to do a really fun Trivia Tuesday over in the MilesTalk Facebook group. The winner got a prize and dozens of people flexed their miles muscles to figure out how they could get a trip from NYC to Budapest for just 40,400 points. (Citi ThankYou points, that is, during the current 25% Transfer Bonus from Citi to Lifemiles.

Now, Avianca LifeMiles are great – and Avianca LifeMiles can be awful

They don’t pass on fuel surcharges, so they are particularly good on airlines that have major award surcharges.  But they are very hard to change or cancel awards. So read these two articles if you are uninitiated:

If you are in a cash crunch, you should avoid travel rewards credit cards until you are caught up. Here are our favorite credit cards for Intro 0% APR offers and for balance transfer offers

Check this sale award chart to see the Star Alliance discounts that Avianca LifeMiles are offering for bookings from November 26th to December 9th, 2019.

TIP: download their PDF from that page for easier viewing.

These sales are good for any Star Alliance partner with availability. That means you can fly United domestically (or internationally if there is saver award space!) and you can fly partners like LOT, Swiss, ANA, EVA Air, etc internationally.

How to Get Avianca LifeMiles

You can transfer to LifeMiles from Citi, Capital One, and Amex (and Citi has that 25% bonus on now).

You can also buy miles with a 145% bonus right now, though I really never like to see you buy miles when you can get them for free on cards.

You could earn 60,000 LifeMiles with the Avianca Vuela Visa Card. Or you can earn points with:

As for my trivia question? Yes, you could definitely pay even less than 40,000 points from NYC – Budapest, but until someone in the MilesTalk Facebook group wins their mug, i’m not saying 😉


Are you booking an Avianca Lifemiles award in this sale?

Tell me here, on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.

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New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.

I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.


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