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How to earn LifeMiles? Is it possible to buy LifeMiles?

Answered on | Updated on October 24th, 2017
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LifeMiles, the frequent flyer program of Avianca Airlines, is popular among frequent flyers as it doesn’t impose fuel surcharges on award tickets, have competitive redemption rates, and allows to combine cash and miles when purchasing a flight.

There are several ways to earn LifeMiles:

  1. Fly Avianca and its Star Alliance partners. You may find the full list of airline partners on the Avianca’s website.
  2. Another way to earn miles is to use Avianca credit cards. The airline offers two co-branded cards with great earning potential and big sign-up bonuses. For example, you can earn 40,000 bonus miles with Avianca Vuela Visa® Card and receive 3x points on Avianca purchases. The one drawback is a high annual fee – $149. The Avianca Vida Visa® Card comes with 40,000 bonus miles and with $59 annual fee.
  3. Lastly, you can shop at a variety of partners to earn additional LifeMiles. For example, you can earn additional miles with car rental companies like Avis or Budget, or with world famous hotel chains like IHG, Marriott and SPG.

If you do not have the amount of miles needed, you can buy LifeMiles. On the airline’s website the blocks of LM1,000 for $33.00 + taxes are available. If you are on a Spanish version of the website, just click on the Compra Millas section, if you visit English version – choose Buy LifeMiles. What is more, LifeMiles Buy Miles bonuses can sometimes give you from 50% to 200% bonus miles. LifeMiles often have miles sales where you can buy miles for 1.5 cents or even cheaper. The number of miles you can purchase per year is 200,000 miles. Don’t forget that miles expire in 24 months.

You may expect that a LifeMiles credit card is the best option to travel with Avianca as it offers good rewards. Travel rewards credit cards are also a great option. Such cards allow you to earn points on all purchases and to redeem them with any airline you want, including Avianca. For example, the Discover it® Miles credit card offers unlimited 1.5 miles on all purchases. All the miles you’ve earned at the end of your first year will be matched (providing you are a new card member). For example, if you earn 35,000 Miles, you get 70,000 Miles. Miles never expire, and you can redeem them anytime, on any travel expense – airline tickets, including Avianca, hotels, cruises and more. The card has no annual fee and has no foreign transaction fee, which is a great advantage.

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