November 20, 2017
Buy Avianca Miles for 1.35 Cents to Book Cheap First Class Flights

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Avianca is currently offering a 145% bonus on purchased LifeMiles until November 27, 2017. Normally when airlines offer a bonus on purchased miles, they offer staggered tiers of bonuses depending on how many miles you buy. This time around, you get the 145% bonus no matter how many miles you purchase (you must purchase a minimum of 1,000 miles). When factoring in the bonus and taxes, your cost per mile comes to just 1.35 cents each. That’s an amazing price since you can redeem them for far more value.

Avianca is a member of Star Alliance. This allows you to redeem LifeMiles for partner airline award bookings. This Star Alliance redemption chart shows exactly how many miles you need for various routes. Here’s some highlights:

  • Business Class U.S.A.-Europe: 63,000 miles
  • Business Class U.S.A. –North Asia: 75,000 miles
  • First Class U.S.A.-Europe: 87,000 miles
  • First Class U.S.A.-North Asia: 90,000 miles

The main purpose of purchasing frequent flyer miles is to book premium award travel at a discount. For example, you can book a flight between the U.S. and Japan in ANA First Class (which can sell for $13,000 one-way) for 90,000 miles. Purchasing those miles would cost you $1,215. Sure that’s a lot of money, but it’s a steal for ANA First Class.

Sashimi in ANA First Class

There’s many similar sweet spots available to maximize value with LifeMiles, just delve into the redemption chart. Avianca is also great because you can book awards online and there are no carrier imposed fuel charges. Customers can purchase a maximum of 200,000 LifeMiles per year pre-bonus.

Finally, this purchase should process as a direct charge from Avianca. That means the Platinum Card from American Express should earn 5X points per $1 and the Chase Sapphire Reserve should earn 3X points per $1.