Avianca, a Star Alliance airline based in Colombia, has launched a new sale to buy LifeMiles with a bonus.
LifeMiles members can buy up to 200,000 miles yearly (before any possible bonus), and the extra under this sale is 200%. You must purchase by September 25, 2020.
You can access this offer on the LifeMiles website here.
The price of a LifeMiles under this sale when purchased at a 200% bonus is 1.1 US cents each.
This is the lowest price that Avianca LifeMiles has sold its miles throughout the years. These miles can come handy for premium cabin redemptions and are the cheapest Star Alliance miles that one can buy.
I would not, however, buy any LifeMiles right now, as the entire aviation sector is in turmoil. It is unclear when and how Avianca will come through the reorganization that was funded by the Colombian government.
If you have use for Star Alliance awards right now, they are available for redemptions using LifeMiles (not all are), and you are sure that you can use the ticket, there is no downside of buying miles from Avianca.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
Miles must be purchased in multiples of LM 1,000
The minimum miles to purchase per transaction is LM 1,000
The maximum amount of miles to receive by a member per calendar year is LM 200,000 (including miles purchased and bonuses received). If you exceed the limit, through purchases made during any promotion and other purchases in 2019, taking into account the bonuses received for those purchases, you will not be able to purchase any more miles until the next calendar year
Each multiple of LM 1,000 costs US$ 33*
Payments can only be made through Avianca´s Call Center and LifeMiles.com: credit card or international debit card. Cash payments are only allowed at Avianca´s Sales Offices. Other conditions: the receipt of the transaction will reflect the total number of miles accrued to your account and the total charge for the transaction
Miles purchased and earned with this option do not apply to achieve or mantain the Elite status
The purchase of miles is non reversable and non refundable. The purchase of miles is an immediate execution contract. Once the payment is made, the miles will be accrued immediately on your account. As of that moment the miles can be used according to the terms and conditions of the LifeMiles program. For these reasons the purchase of miles is a contract that cannot be resolved and retraction or similar rights according to applicable law are not applicable
Miles are not endorsable
Mile purchase is available through Avianca´s Call Center, LifeMiles.com and Avianca´s Sale Offices. For residents of Venezuela, it is only available through LifeMiles.com
Miles purchased, once accrued, can be redeemed in accordance with the conditions specified in the LifeMiles program terms and conditions and the portfolio of products and services available for redemption
LifeMiles terms and conditions apply. LifeMiles is a trademark of LifeMiles LTD
*For residents in Colombia: the values are settled based on Colombia´s exchange rate on the date of the trasaction. For residents in Peru each multiple of LM 1,000 has a cost of US$ 38.94 or S/.132.23 including taxes. Prices in Nuevos Soles reflect the reference exchange rate to January 2nd, 2019: S/.3.370 per US$ 1. Final prices in Nuevos Soles will be determined based on the exchange rate issued by IATA. For the rest of the countries the values are settled based on the exchange rate of the date of the transaction. The price can be lower depending of the correspondence country entered on your profile in your LifeMiles account