Big Award Sale: Avianca LifeMiles
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:
- Best Uses for Avianca LifeMiles (Analysis Inside)
- LifeMiles Awards – Changes and Cancellations: What You Need to Know (And It’s Bad!)
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:
- Credit Cards That Earn American Express (Amex) Membership Rewards Points
- Credit Cards That Earn Capital One Miles
- Credit Cards That Earn Citi ThankYou Points
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?
You can find credit cards that best match your spending habits and bonus categories at Your Best Credit Cards.
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.