January 16, 2018
Avianca LifeMiles Changes Mileage Expiration Policy
Colombia based Avianca Air has a large presence in South America and is a member of Star Alliance. They often have great sales on purchased miles-we’ve seen prices as low as 1.35 cents per mile. This is useful since you can redeem miles for a lot more value when you book Star Alliance partner awards.
Avianca LifeMiles have traditionally expired after 24 months of no account activity. Any activity with your account (purchasing miles, crediting flights to Avianca, redeeming miles, etc), has reset that expiration timer. Avianca is changing its expiration rules beginning April 15, 2018.
The new policy states that Lifemiles will expire after 12 months of no account activity. The only way to reset the expiration timer will be to earn more miles. Twelve months is a fairly restrictive expiration policy.
If you accrue LifeMiles be sure to keep appropriate tabs on this so they don’t expire. The easiest way to extend the timer will be to credit an Avianca or partner flight to LifeMiles, or to purchase miles. You can buy as little as 1,000 miles at a time.