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LifeMiles is Avianca’s frequent flier program, and it’s really useful because LifeMiles lets you book Star Alliance award flights at reasonable prices, with no fuel surcharges.
Until earlier this year, it had a pretty unexciting credit card from U.S. Bank with sign on bonuses that generally hovered in the 20,000 point range, and sometimes got up to 35,000 miles.
But U.S. Bank no longer handles the LifeMiles credit cards, and all existing LifeMiles cards are being discontinued this month, with standard FlexPerks cards replacing them.
LifeMiles is now allowing you to register to get news and a special offer for the card up to 60,000 miles – and it should arrive in November or December:
We are excited to announce that we expect to launch new and improved Avianca LifeMiles credit cards in the coming months in the United States. These cards will provide qualifying members the chance to earn miles faster and to receive other benefits, which we currently expect will include:
Within a few days, your current Avianca LifeMiles U.S. BANK credit card will no longer be active. Please note that any miles you earn through your June statement closing date will be moved to your LifeMiles account and will be available to redeem. You will not lose the miles you’ve earned.
Expect to receive another email from us in the next few months as we finalize the terms and conditions of the new Avianca LifeMiles credit cards with the new participating bank, with more information and an invitation to apply for one of the new cards.”
*The exact Welcome Bonus amount will be determined by your historical level of use of the credit card.
So, if you had a LifeMiles Visa from U.S. Bank, and were a good spender on the card, you will be getting an offer for 60,000 miles for signing up for a new LifeMiles card from the new issuing bank (who isn’t yet disclosed).
60,000 LifeMiles is a fantastic bonus if you’re lucky enough to get it (remember – not everyone will get a 60,000 mile deal).
With LifeMiles, you can get awards like the U.S. to Europe in Business Class on United, Lufthansa, and more for 126,000 miles (or, an even better deal – 51,000 miles + $1,160 since LifeMiles lets you buy miles at a reasonable price to top up awards).
They’re also just about the cheapest way to score Lufthansa First Class from the U.S.
You can book it for 87,000 miles one way with no surcharge, or 35,000 miles plus $811, versus 110,000 miles if you used United MileagePlus, or 70,000 miles plus about $400 – $500 in surcharges with Aeroplan. Just beware that Lufthansa generally doesn’t release First Class award space until about 2 weeks before departure.
There’s no word on what the bonus will be for people who’ve never had a LifeMiles card before, but it sounds like the new bank is willing to be more aggressive with introductory offers than U.S. Bank was.
As for the new card itself, it’s a faster earner.
The prior U.S. Bank card just offered 2x miles on Avianca purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. The new one offers 3x on Avianca purchases and 2x on gas and groceries.
The annual fee isn’t clear though – it was $75 for the old LifeMiles card and could be higher for this one. The old LifeMiles card also offered a 6,000 mile anniversary bonus and it doesn’t look like this card will offer that.
But if you’re really into LifeMiles the intro bonus and an annual 15% discount on purchases of miles are nice hooks.
LifeMiles often sells miles for less than 1.5 cents each, and you can buy up to 150,000 miles per year, often with 2x bonuses on what you buy, so the cap is really over 300,000 miles a year, enough to get a couple of Business Class tickets to Europe on the cheap.
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