Act now: book business class tickets at affordable premium prices with this Avianca LifeMiles sale

Through November 15, you can purchase Avianca LifeMiles, one of our favorite airline currencies, for just 1.29 cents each.

Avianca is a member of Star Alliance, so you can use LifeMiles to book Star Alliance itineraries even if you never step foot on an Avianca plane. Better yet, LifeMiles often requires fewer miles to reserve Star Alliance award seats than United MileagePlus and other popular programs.

The current Avianca LifeMiles promotion allows you to acquire LifeMiles with a bonus of up to 155% until November 15 using this One Mile at a Time promotion.

Once you sign up for the promotion, go to the LifeMiles site to purchase LifeMiles for as little as 1.29 cents per mile. In some cases, this can reduce the effective cost of a business class ticket to what you would pay for premium economy if you book direct.

Here’s everything you need to know about the current LifeMiles sale and some of the best ways to use it.

Do I have to buy LifeMiles?


Before we dive into some Star Alliance itineraries, I want to lay out a few disclaimers.

Beyond the limited Star Alliance award space, LifeMiles may increase the miles required to book a given flight at any time without notice. In other words, while 63,000 miles may cross the Atlantic right now, there’s no guarantee award fares will stay the same for flights booked later. In fact, LifeMiles recently increased award rates to Asia without notice. Because of this, I don’t recommend buying miles unless you have a specific redemption in mind that you plan to book right away.

For the examples below, I assume you are purchasing at least 51,000 LifeMiles, the minimum to unlock the 155% bonus. You also need to register on this landing page to get the full 155% bonus. Again, this agreement is valid until November 15.

Keep in mind that you can purchase up to 200,000 base miles (before the bonus) each year, and LifeMiles expire after 12 months of inactivity in your account. You can keep your miles from expiring by earning miles, even if you only transfer 1,000 points from a credit card. Remember that your miles expire if you have more than 12 months without accumulating LifeMiles.

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Is this a good offer?

On paper, buying LifeMiles at 1.29 cents each is a solid deal.

This price is significantly lower than TPG’s valuation of 1.7 cents per LifeMile. However, the value you’ll get from your LifeMiles depends on how you redeem them. The best value is often found when you book last minute domestic flights and international business class itineraries.

Related: When does it make sense to buy points and miles?

Examples of LifeMiles redemptions

Now, let’s look at some examples using a mileage purchase fee of 1.29 cents.

Vienna for under $850 in Austrian Business Class

Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER business class. JT GENTER/THE BOY WITH THE POINTS

Although it operates a fleet of only nine long-haul aircraft, Austrian Airlines has an excellent business class product. When I flew with Austrian Airlines in 2017, a designated “chef” was on board and he prepared a real variety of Viennese delicacies. Business class passengers could select what they wanted from the food cart as it passed through the aisle.

Dessert consisted of Sacher cake (Austrian chocolate cake), apple strudel and fresh Viennese latte. Hmm!

Austrian Airlines flies to O’Hare International Airport (ORD), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and seasonally to Los Angeles International Airport ( LAX).

This ticket costs 63,000 LifeMiles, so you’ll pay around $850 after taxes and fees.

Related: Flight Review: Austrian Airlines Business Class (767-300) from Vienna to JFK

Geneva, Switzerland for under $850 in United Polaris Business Class

United Business Class on the Boeing 767-300ER. ZACH HONIG/THE BOY WITH THE POINTS

United flies its “high-J 767” between Washington and Geneva. The 1-1-1 configuration is ideal for individual travelers, but it is not the best option for families or those traveling with companions.

Still, with 46 seats in business class, it’s not too hard to find room for prizes. Additionally, the highlight of the Polaris experience is access to the Polaris Lounge at IAD, which recently joined the Polaris line of lounges. This ticket requires 63,000 LifeMiles, so you’ll pay just under $850 for the ticket after taxes and fees are taken into account.

Related: 16 Rows of Business: Polaris review on United’s ‘high-J’ 767-300ER

Taipei, Taiwan, for about $1,050 in EVA Royal Laurel business class

Lobster dinner in EVA business class. ETHAN STEINBERG/THE GUY WITH THE POINTS

If poached lobster and butternut squash with butternut squash ravioli, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006 Champagne, and Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kits pique your interest, EVA Business Class is a good option.

Unsurprisingly, prize space is tight. But as of this writing, there are some EVA Royal Laurel business class award slots on US routes this coming fall. If you find seats, the LifeMiles promotion is your ticket to $1,050 on a flight to Singapore.

Related: Flight Review: EVA Air Boeing 777 in Business Class from Houston to Taipei

Do you need more LifeMiles?

When you buy LifeMiles, I suggest you pay for them with a card like the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card either Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card. That way, you’ll earn 2 Capital One miles for every dollar you spend.

As you may have guessed, those Capital One miles are transferable to LifeMiles at a 1:1 ratio, along with American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Related: How (and Why) You Should Earn Transferable Points

Bottom line

It’s great to see another LifeMiles sale, particularly since this one has one of the lowest LifeMiles purchase rates we’ve ever seen.

You will have to act fast. This promotion offers up to a 155% bonus when you buy LifeMiles so you can travel on long-distance Star Alliance premium tickets at prices close to economy class. Just make sure you first sign in with your LifeMiles number on this page before going to the LifeMiles purchase page.

You can always check our guide to current points and miles promotions so you don’t miss out on any offers.

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