This is your last week to take advantage of a 15% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles. This is a great opportunity to book a trip even for the upcoming busy summer season.
Avianca LifeMiles transfer bonus via American Express Membership Rewards
Airfares have skyrocketed this year, with exorbitant prices in many markets for domestic and international airfares compared to 2019. Jet fuel prices have doubled, demand has exceeded 2019 levels, but capacity n still has not increased. This creates the perfect formula for raising airfares.
Enter Avianca LifeMiles, which is offering a 15% bonus on transfers from American Express Membership Rewards until May 31, 2022. LifeMiles already offers one of the most reasonable Star Alliance redemption tables and this transfer bonus makes reservations even more lucrative LifeMiles rewards.
LifeMiles also offers a frequently purchased miles promotion, with bonuses bringing the price down to just 1.32 cents each. A recent purchased miles promotion just ended, but the 15% AMEX transfer bonus remains (you can also transfer from other flexible currencies like CapitalOne and Citi).
My philosophy on miles is that points only buy what you intend to burn in the short term. But with the ability to book up to 330 days in advance, now is the perfect time to think about next year’s trip.
Last year, those who booked early for this year had amazing deals. There is less uncertainty in the air this year, even though the travel disruptions caused by the pandemic persist more than two years after they began. Still, there are great deals to be had if you can plan ahead.
For example, let’s say you want to go to Turkey next year, a great place to vacation (and reasonable as always right now due to the depreciating Turkish Lira). Turkish Airlines are excellent at freeing up space in advance and regularly offer up to four business class award seats on each flight (63K each between USA and Istanbul). Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other airline and you can connect anywhere in Europe without extra miles.
LifeMiles is strange in the sense that sometimes the bookable partner space shows that it is not available on other airlines. Other times space will be displayed on other partner airlines but cannot be booked with LifeMiles. To avoid disappointment, I recommend checking the space online before transferring points. Phone agents won’t be able to see space you can’t see online, and custom routings are generally not allowed.
Other reward table highlights include:
- USA to Europe First Class – 87,000 miles
- US to Southeast Asia Business Class – 78,000 miles
- USA to North Asia First Class – 90,000 miles
- US domestic flights – from 6,500 miles
Lufthansa First Class for 87,000 miles and no fuel surcharge is a bargain, as is a flight to Singapore or Bangkok via Tokyo or Taipei for 78,000 business class miles.
Again, do your research first, then transfer the points, then book immediately. Transfers are instant. I don’t recommend storing points with a 15% transfer bonus, but I definitely recommend booking a confirmed trip if you see it available. LifeMiles does not pass on fuel surcharges and other fees are low.
Until May 31, 2022, Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 15% bonus on transfers from American Express Membership Rewards. Consider taking advantage of this if you haven’t yet booked a summer trip and found space or are able to plan ahead and book a trip for 2023.
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