Avianca LifeMiles is having a “Cyber Week” sale, touting it as the “best of the year”. This may match, or close to match, their previous best sales, and we’ve actually seen a bonus this high earlier this year. It is still an excellent sale if you are looking to purchase miles for specific uses. There is no minimum. You can buy as few as 1,000 LifeMiles and get the 140% bonus.
Direct link to offer. You’ll need to create a LifeMiles account and log in to access it.
My thoughts on LifeMiles sales
While I rarely advocate buying miles, LifeMiles is one of the programs that can make some sense, as long as you have some very specific uses in mind. I would never buy speculatively. LifeMiles sales are not rare. They happen multiple times per year and are generally decent to very good offers. For the typical traveler, I don’t see them being all that useful. But if you’re interested in flying long-haul business or first class and are willing to shell out a decent chunk of change for that experience, LifeMiles can be an excellent way to save some money (SEE: 3 reasons to buy LifeMiles with a phenomenal 145% bonus).
The example I gave in the title is if you bought 27,000 LifeMiles for $891. With the bonus, you would receive 64,800 LifeMiles, enough for a business-class award to Europe from the U.S., which price at 63,000 miles one-way. You could also potentially buy a couple thousand fewer, as LifeMiles prices tickets as a weighted average of the award prices based on the miles flown in each cabin. You can find award for less than 60,000 miles one-way if you have a domestic leg in coach.
I also penned a post about using LifeMiles to fly domestic short-haul if you’re captive to a remote regional airport like I am. With cash prices that are often very high, it can actually be cheaper to buy miles and fly coach. Seriously. The math pencils. If I bought 10,000 miles during this sale and received 24,000 for $330 (shown in image above), I could buy three short-haul tickets with them at 7,500 miles each. Adding in the $25 award fee and $5.60 TSA fee, that is equal to $140.60 per person one-way. Not sounding good? Sounds good to me when tickets often hover around $500 round-trip to many destinations from our local airport!
The sale runs through November 26th, so you only have a couple more days if you’re interested in this offer!
Featured image courtesy of J Babinski under CC 2.0 license.