Cheapest LifeMiles Ever + LifeMiles Award Sale = $699 Business Class to Europe, $567 to Brazil

Avianca LifeMiles and InsideFlyer are offering a 150% bonus on purchased miles through October 12, 2015. You must buy 100,000 to 150,000 LifeMiles (pre-bonus) during the sale at a minimum cost of $3,300.

LifeMiles cost 3.3 cents each, so with a 150% bonus, you get the miles for 1.32 cents each. For instance, if you purchase 100,000 LifeMiles with a 150,000 mile bonus for 250,000 total miles, it would cost $3,300 or 1.32 cents each. That’s the cheapest I’ve seen LifeMiles sold.

LifeMiles Sale: $740 Business Class to Europe, $600 Business Class to Brazil

Through October 15, 2015, Avianca LifeMiles has discounted certain awards including intra-United States, United States to Europe, and United States to Brazil.

Combined with the sale on LifeMiles through October 8, there are some great opportunities to purchase discounted Business Class flights.

We can combine these promotions to book one way Business Class tickets to Europe for $740 and to Brazil for $600. Read this post carefully and completely to understand that process and the caveats.

The discounted awards are all listed here.

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.

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.

How to Consistently Buy Business Class Tickets to Europe for about $1,000

Update: I Followed the Exact Steps in This Post to Buy My Friend a Business Class Ticket for $1,040
Update 2: LifeMiles are now on sale for as little as 1.4 cents each through September 30, 2015, which allows you to follow the steps in this post.

The Citi Prestige offer mentioned in this post is expired. See the new offer and analysis here.

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You can consistently buy one way Business Class tickets between the United States and Europe for around $1,000, even at the last minute.

Using LifeMiles to Book Transcontinental Flat Beds for $400

You can use Avianca LifeMiles to book domestic First Class or Business Class on United for about $400 one way, including United's fully flat beds on its routes from Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York. (Currently these flights go to JFK.

Ends Tomorrow: Buy LifeMiles for 1.5 Cents Each During 100% Transfer Bonus

Update: I transferred 26,000 LifeMiles to my friend for $390. He received 52,000 after the 100% bonus. I did this because he likes to book one way Business Class tickets between the United States and Europe for about $1,000 by using LifeMiles and 52,000 miles gives him the base to do that twice.

The transfer is instant, and I got 3x points on my Citi ThankYou® Premier Card because the $390 coded as an airline purchase.

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Avianca LifeMiles is running a 100% bonus on transferred miles from July 8 to July 22, 2015.

Anatomy of an Award: Using Avianca LifeMiles to Buy Business Class Ticket Between US and Europe for $1,040

Update: LifeMiles are now on sale for as little as 1.4 cents each through September 30, 2015, which allows you to follow the steps in this post.

Last week I published How to Consistently Buy Business Class Tickets to Europe for about $1,000, which explained how to purchase Avianca miles and use them to book award tickets, so that the total cash outlay is far less than just purchasing a ticket.

Yesterday, I had the chance to book my friend into Lufthansa Business Class from Tallinn, Estonia to Chicago for $1,050 for a flight this weekend.

Booking one

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.