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Amex to Avianca Lifemiles 15% transfer bonus

Lufthansa First Class Frankfurt to Dallas

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Amex 15% transfer bonus to Avianca LifeMiles

American Express not only has a great list of transfer partners, it also frequently incentivizes transfers to those partners with bonuses. Until 06/30/24, you can enjoy a 15% transfer bonus to Avianca Lifemiles.  I have used Lifemiles many times in the past and the transfers have always been instantaneous and this is on Avianca’s end not Amex.

Unfamiliar with Avianca’s Lifemiles program…you’re probably not alone

Avianca became an Amex transfer parter in 2018 and provides excellent access points to Star Alliance award inventory. You can also use them on AeroMexico and Iberia.

Should you transfer?

Personally, I would take advantage of this if you know that there is a trip that you want to take. If not…I wouldn’t transfer your very valuable Amex points to Avianca simply to get a 15% bonus.

Here’s a look at Avianca’s award chart

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Sweet Spots include:

  • US to Europe in Business Class for 63k
  • US to Europe in First Class for 87k
  • US to North Asia in Biz for 75k
  • US to North Asia in First for 90k

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Stack with Avianca LifeMiles+ Subscription

  • 10% back on all Star Alliance award bookings
  • No fees when you change or cancel

The cheapest plan starts at $20 per month and nets your 6k miles over the course of a year; however, if you use LifeMiles very often, this could be quite attractive since you won’t be stuck paying $150 fees when you want to change/cancel a booking and you’d net 10% back on flights.

  • US to Europe in Business Class for 63k
    • 10% off = 57k
  • US to Europe in First Class for 87k
    • 10% off = 79k
  • US to North Asia in Biz for 75k
    • 10% off = 67.5k
  • US to North Asia in First for 90k
    • 10% off = 81k

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Mixed Cabin trips are where its at!

As I noted above, one of the sweet spots is booking First Class between Europe and the US for 87k miles. However, Avianca gives its loyalists a break when their entire itinerary isn’t in the same cabin. Here’s a look at an itinerary from Paris via Munich to Los Angeles in Lufthansa First Class. Since the first leg is in economy the price is knocked down to just 83,200. a screenshot of a computer

 

I put the taxes and fees on my American Express Platinum card to earn 5x points

It’s a great benefit of the charge card and can quickly accumulate points when booking direct with the airline.

Learn more about the American Express Platinum card

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Avianca updated and improved their booking website in 2020

Up until recently, Avianca had a clunk booking engine that would crash when used in Chrome. Now…they’ve created a fantastic new search facility that I almost always use in Smart Search.

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Analysis

If you’re looking to make an award redemption in the near future…this could be a great time to make use of the program and achieve your travel aspirations at lower prices! If not..I wouldn’t pull the trigger.

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Welcome Offer

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

Annual Fee

$95

Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travel℠
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  • 3x on online grocery purchases
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  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travel℠
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
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We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex®  and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

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11 Comments

  • Greg June 5, 2024

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  • Jennifer Smith August 2, 2023

    Planning a trip to London in June. Would you take advantage of this transfer bonus and book flights now or wait for another offer and/or redemption rates to decrease? I need 4 tickets so the cost of travel won’t be cheap – looking to maximize my point value.

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  • Elizabeth Ahmes May 3, 2022

    I’m a newbie and can’t seem to get a fkifht from Boston to Lisbon. when I’m on the site it won’t let fly from us ro eyrope only carribean and poinrs south. Can u help me?

  • GBSanDiego May 5, 2021

    When you recently booked ANA with LifeMiles, did you select your seats soon afterwards? How did you get the ANA PRN?

    I’ve been following your ANA flight booking since the time you cancelled with them last year.

    • Miles May 5, 2021

      That’s awesome! Thanks for the follow – when you get your confirmation email it has the PNR within it, you input that over at ANA manage my reservation and select seats. Super easy!

      • GBSanDiego May 5, 2021

        Thank you Miles, to say the least!! This is critical information that I was not able to find anywhere. I sure didn’t want to call to get the ANA PRN.

        I constantly follow your travel blog and I consider it as a major player. I myself, have been in the miles/points collecting for 5 years now.

  • JRG May 5, 2021

    Believe your title is wrong – “April 1.”

    • Miles May 5, 2021

      DOH! You’re absolutely right, fixed!

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