TACA/Avianca is a Star Alliance carrier with a loyalty program called LifeMiles. LifeMiles are sold for 3 cents per mile, but frequent 2 x 1 sales–like the current sale through December 30, 2013–bring the cost down to 1.5 cents per mile.
LifeMiles has four incredibly flyer-friendly award policies that combine for some attractive deals like
- a $190 one way flight from the US to Japan
- a $190 one way flight from the mainland US to Hawaii
- or a $340 one way in business class from Europe to Asia
The four awesome policies that combine to allow those prices are:
- Cheap Miles. US Airways is currently “selling” miles for 1.13 cents, but other than that sale, you never see miles for as cheap as LifeMiles routinely sells them (1.5 cents per mile.)
- One way awards for half the roundtrip price.
- Not charging the award price for the most expensive region transited. You can route from North America to Japan to North America in one direction and pay only the “within North America” price instead of the more expensive price some airlines would charge for transiting a more expensive region.
- Treating Guam as North America. Guam is part of the US, which is a big part of North America, so I understand LifeMiles’ thinking. Other airlines’ award charts treat Guam as part of Oceania, which is often a more expensive region.
How can you put it all together to get incredibly cheap economy and business class tickets to and within many regions worldwide?