Avianca LifeMiles offering a 100% bonus on buy miles promotion

Avianca, one of the latest airlines to join the Star Alliance, is offering a 100% bonus on buying miles for miles bought through August 30, 2013. They last offered a similar promotion in April.

If you choose to buy miles through this promotion, you basically get to buy miles at 3 cents per mile, for up to 75,000 miles. What you get eventually is 2x of the miles @ 1.5 cents per mile.

Why is this program turning out to be important, and mentioned on a India-focused frequent flyer blog? Hey, they have a reasonable award chart for flights in the premium cabins. An India to USA roundtrip in business class on Star Alliance costs 130,000 miles plus some taxes. One way awards are available for 1/2 the price of the round-trip. So, you’re looking at a business-class ticket to the USA from India for about $1950, while economy tickets retail at about $1400 – $1500 most days.

They have their quirks as well, and that is a part of being a new program trying to establish itself. The call center sucks, and you’re suspect to the award chart being revised upwards (albeit moderately) sometimes. So, do tread carefully and don’t buy a zillion miles if you don’t have plans for them.

A reminder, the T&C state the promotion is valid for accounts opened before August 1, 2013. So, if you’re sitting this one out, do still open an account, so that the next time a promotion comes, you’re ready for it.

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Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

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  1. Hi. I think they have changed the 40/60 pricing. In the past they allowed you to only use 40% of the miles needed to purchase a ticket and buy the remaining 60% @ 1.5 CPM. Well I just tried to book an award which was 70k and I had only 50k. I tried to purchase the remaining 20k but they were asking 2.5 CPM. Are you aware of these changes? Thx

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