Cheapest Avianca LifeMiles I’ve Ever Seen (145% Bonus)

Update: Registration for the extra 10% bonus has ended, so all that remains is the normal sale until September 30, which I detail below.

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Avianca LifeMiles is offering a bonus of up to 135% on purchased miles through September 30, 2015. You can buy up to 150,000 LifeMiles during the sale and get up to 202,500 bonus miles.

LifeMiles cost 3.3 cents each, so with a 135% bonus, you get the miles for 1.40 cents each. For instance, 237,350 total miles would be $3,333 or 1.40 cents each.

Anatomy of an Award: Bogota to Buenos Aires in Business Class for 20,000 Singapore Miles

Last week I redeemed 20,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles and $27 for a one way trip in Business Class from Bogota to Buenos Aires with an overnight in Lima. I will fly the award in a few months.

That’s over seven hours of flying up front for only 20,000 miles. United would have charged 40,000 miles for me to book the exact same award space.

Anatomy of An Award: Asiana Miles to Fly Honolulu to Bogota and an Automatic Alert

Last week I used 27,500 Asiana miles + $38.30 to book myself a Business Class award from Honolulu to Bogota that I'll fly next month.

This is a steal of a deal because United would have charged 45,000 miles for the same ticket.

While I am ticketed, one of my two legs is in economy, so I have set an automatic alert to let me know if Business Class space opens on the leg on which I'm currently ticketed in economy.

Why use Asiana miles?
How to get Asiana miles and transfer time
Route planning
Award Search
Award

Anatomy of An Award: Asiana Miles to Fly Honolulu to Bogota and an Automatic Alert

Last week I used 27,500 Asiana miles + $38.30 to book myself a Business Class award from Honolulu to Bogota that I'll fly next month.

This is a steal of a deal because United would have charged 45,000 miles for the same ticket.

While I am ticketed, one of my two legs is in economy, so I have set an automatic alert to let me know if Business Class space opens on the leg on which I'm currently ticketed in economy.

Why use Asiana miles?
How to get Asiana miles and transfer time
Route planning
Award Search
Award

Avianca Brazil Joins Star Alliance, Searchable on Aeroplan.com

Avianca Brazil (formerly Ocean Air) has joined Star Alliance, and its award space is already searchable on aeroplan.com and bookable with Star Alliance miles.

This is great news for people with United miles, LifeMiles, Singapore miles, Air Canada miles, and Lufthansa miles who want to fly to Brazil because Avianca Brazil has a huge route network.
Where Avianca Brazil Flies
Avianca Brazil has hubs in Sao Paulo (GRU) and Brasilia (BSB) and flies to a few dozen destinations in Brazil.

Buy Up to 150,000 LifeMiles for 1.5 or 1.65 Cents Each. Good Deal?

Avianca LifeMiles is running a 2 x 1 sale on the purchase of their miles through May 29, 2015. You can buy up to 75,000 LifeMiles during the sale and get up to 75,000 bonus miles.

LifeMiles cost 3.3 cents each, so with a 100% bonus, you get the miles for 1.65 cents each.

Anatomy of an Award: Flights to Cuba with Miles

I just booked myself a trip to Cuba with miles. One direction I am flying on a single award from the United States to Cuba. On the return, I am flying two awards: Cuba to Colombia and Colombia to the United States.

I used American Airlines, Asiana, and Lufthansa miles, all of which are easily available to Americans.
Can Americans Travel to Cuba?
Here is the State Department's page on visiting Cuba.

I am going to travel to Cuba on a general license as a journalist.

Best Ways to Get from South America to Europe

I'm intrigued by flights and awards that don't involve America. If there's a cool award to get from Australia to SE Asia, that can be integral to a longer, better, and cheaper trip.

My two favorite continents to explore are South America and Europe.

Flat Bed Award Space on Avianca Dreamliner in North and South America

Avianca recently began flying the 787 Dreamliner from Colombia to destinations in South America and North America. Soon it will also fly the Dreamliner to Europe!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqdYxH8Y1WA&t=0m17s

This is exciting because Avianca's fully flat Business Class looks very nice, award prices on the long intra-South American flights are super cheap, and this is be the most comfortable way to fly between the United States and Colombia.
The Product
I just flew Avianca's angled flat bed on its A330 from Bogota to Buenos Aires.