So why should you care about LifeMiles and what are LifeMiles? LifeMiles are the award mileage currency for Avianca, which is Colombia's flag carrier. As a relatively new Star Alliance member, they have a good award redemption chart that is valid for all Star Alliance partners. In light of United Airlines' huge devaluation earlier this month, LifeMiles now stands as one of the most valuable Star Alliance mileage currencies.
So what can 40k LifeMiles get you? Generally speaking, a roundtrip economy flight from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii or northern South America (eg. Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, etc.). But where the 40k can prove valuable is when LifeMiles offers double miles purchase specials, which has become a quarterly promo. Lifemiles are sold at 1.5 cents each under the promo, which values your 40k miles at $600. Buy another 25k LifeMiles for $375 for a total of 65k and you're looking at a free roundtrip economy flight to North Asia, or buy another 65k for $975 for a total of 105k and you'll get a free roundtrip business class flight to Europe. So the 40k can get you a good start for your next award redemption.
|The LifeMiles award chart has UA beat by a longshot now|
LifeMiles does not impose fuel surcharges on award bookings, which can be booked online for all Star Alliance partners. Avoid using their phone ticketing service as their agents are horrendous. One-way awards are permitted at half the cost, but mixed awards (ie. biz and economy class on different segments of an itinerary) are not permitted, which is perhaps the biggest downside of LifeMiles. Among the other benefits of the LifeMiles credit card: