Avianca LifeMiles is currently offering a purchase miles promotion whereby members can buy miles and receive a bonus. These miles are a very useful currency for redeeming with the Star Alliance partners, especially in the premium cabins. They frequently sell miles at a discount and offer various promotions throughout the year, however this one may be the best yet due to a unique partnership with InsideFlyer.
The normal promotion for buying miles looks like this:
If you purchase between 2k – 40k miles, you will receive double miles, if you purchase between 41k – 100k miles, you will receive double miles PLUS an additional 15%, and if you purchase 101k – 150k miles, you will receive double miles PLUS an additional 25%.
So as a regular LifeMiles member, if you max out on this promotion, for $4,950 USD you will receive 337.5k miles. For this specific promotion, you can buy up to 375k miles for ~$12k USD.
150k miles for the regular purchase and 187.5k as a bonus (25% of 150k is 37.5k), therefore:
150k (regular purchase) + 150k (2×1 bonus) + 37.5k (25% of 150k) = 337.5k LifeMiles
If you are a member of InsideFlyer (free basic membership) and you register for the special promotion through InsideFlyer, you will receive an additional 10% on top of the regular promotion as described above when buying miles.
Meaning that instead of the additional 15% or 25% (regular promotion), you would receive 25% or 35% (as an InsideFlyer member).
You can sign up for a free InsideFlyer membership on InsideFlyer.com, you must link your InsideFlyer account and LifeMiles to be eligible. Once you register for InsideFlyer, visit the Award Store, click on the LifeMiles promotion and enter your LifeMiles account number.
If you “link” your accounts properly, you will receive a message in your InsideFlyer mailbox:
IMPORTANT: You should attempt to buy miles 24 hours after you link your accounts through InsideFlyer.
Also, LifeMiles did not build a custom page for the InsideFlyer promotion and therefore you should simply buy the miles through the regular buy miles page and you will receive the additional 10% bonus even if the LifeMiles purchase page isn’t showing the additional 10%.
To summarise, as an InsideFlyer member, you can max out on this promotion:
For $4,950 USD you will receive 352.5k LifeMiles, only if you are an InsideFlyer member and sign up for the promotion through InsideFlyer (by “linking” your LifeMiles account to your InsideFlyer account).
150k (regular purchase) + 150k (2×1 bonus) + 52.5k (35% of 150k) = 352.5k miles
This is a nice overall promotion which is quite cool considering LifeMiles can be used on Star Alliance partners, and especially in the premium cabins. LifeMiles purchases count as airfare on credit cards and therefore you could also max out your points there (I would use the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card which earns 3 MR points per dollar spent with airlines). The InsideFlyer/LifeMiles promotion is available until 29 November 2015.