Stack The LifeMiles Award & Points Sales For Amazing Redemptions


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I’m not about to start enthusing about the wonders of LifeMiles so soon after I wrote a post about how I probably wouldn’t ever transfer Amex Membership Points to LifeMiles and after yesterday’s LifeMiles sale post contained the phrase “I consider LifeMiles to be one of the riskier loyalty currencies because Avianca prints miles like there’s no tomorrow“….but I have to admit that there are some AMAZING deals to be had when you stack two current promotions together.

As I pointed out yesterday, you can currently buy LifeMiles for as little as 1.35 cents each and that in itself opens up some very nice deals for anyone prepared to be a little flexible with dates and who is prepared to book their trips sooner rather than later (don’t hoard miles!)

You can, however, get an even better deal thanks to the fact that Avianca is also offering discounts on awards between certain cities (.pdf)…and some deals are almost too good to be true. [HT: One Mile At A Time]

The pdf file I’ve linked to will give all the routes that are on offer together with what cabins you can book, but here are the US routes you can book together with the cost of the award if you buy LifeMiles at 1.35 cents each in the current sale:

Business Class Star Alliance Awards (One-Way)

The following routes cost 60,000 miles/$810

  • Beijing – JFK
  • Beijing – Los Angeles
  • JFK – Beijing
  • JFK – Shanghai
  • Los Angeles – Beijing
  • Los Angeles – Seoul
  • Los Angeles – Shanghai
  • Los Angeles – Taipei
  • San Francisco – Taipei
  • Seattle – Taipei
  • Seoul – Los Angeles
  • Shanghai – JFK
  • Shanghai – Los Angeles
  • Taipei – Los Angeles
  • Taipei – Seattle
  • Taipei – San Francisco

The following routes cost 64,000 miles/$864

  • Hong Kong – Los Angeles
  • Hong Kong – San Francisco
  • JFK – Taipei
  • Los Angeles – Hong Kong
  • San Francisco – Hong Kong
  • Taipei – JFK

The following routes cost 67,000 miles/$905

  • Los Angeles – Singapore
  • Singapore – Los Angeles 67,000 miles

The following routes cost 74,000 miles/$999

  • Chicago – Singapore
  • Singapore – Chicago

First Class Star Alliance Awards (One-Way)

The following routes cost 72,000 miles/$972

  • Beijing – JFK
  • Beijing – Los Angeles
  • JFK – Seoul
  • JFK – Beijing
  • Los Angeles – Seoul
  • Los Angeles – Beijing
  • Seoul – JFK
  • Seoul – Los Angeles

Thoughts

OK, let’s a get a few important things out of the way here:

  • The Chicago Business Class fare may not look all that great when compared to the other deals but it’s still a lot cheaper than buying the equivalent cash fare.
  • Just because the awards are listed above doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily find them available on the dates that work for you – don’t buy miles until you’ve found awards on dates that you can fly.
  • There’s a good chance you may have to deal with the LifeMiles call center when attempting to ticket some of these awards and that can be a life-sapping experience. Be prepared!

Right, that’s the negative stuff out of the way so now on to the good bits….

Let’s start with the fact that you can fly roundtrip First Class between JFK and Beijing for under $2,000! Most people would go nuts if they saw a Business Class fare that low!

LA to Seoul or Beijing in First Class for under $2,000 is also fantastic and the list of Business Class deals is great too – JFK to Shanghai for a little over $1,600 roundtrip is enough to make anyone down tools and book time off work 🙂

There’s absolutely no doubt that if you can find some of these awards on dates that work for you that you could book a truly amazing experience for relatively little outlay…relative to the cash price of course.

LifeMiles can be used on Star Alliance airlines so, in the case of most of these awards, that would mean booking with the like of ANA, Asiana, Eva Air and Air China….and that’s a pretty good lineup.

I’ve said time and time again that I’m not a huge fan of LifeMiles but even I have to admit that some of these deals are just too good to pass up – I’ll be booking LA to Hong Kong in Business Class or LA to Seoul in First Class if I can make the dates work…how about you?

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