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How to earn Avianca LifeMiles

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Operating primarily out of Colombia as its national carrier, Avianca was once a relatively secluded airline as far as rewards programs go. However, Avianca recently added American Express and Capital One to its card partners.

These new transfer partners make earning LifeMiles for travel easier and faster.

10 ways to earn Avianca LifeMiles

Earn miles with credit cards

Like many airline rewards programs, you can earn Avianca LifeMiles making everyday purchases with eligible credit cards and taking advantage of signup bonuses.

Avianca offers two cobranded credit cards with signup bonuses that can help you earn LifeMiles directly to your account.

If Avianca’s cobranded cards are too limited for your tastes, you can take advantage of one of their credit card transfer partners to build your LifeMiles cache.

Name Product Welcome offer Rewards Annual fee Filter values
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Avianca Vuela Visa® Card
40,000 miles after first purchase
3x miles on Avianca, 2x miles on gas and groceries, 1x miles on all other purchases and 15% Multiply Your Miles discount
$149
Earn 40,000 bonus LifeMiles after first purchase.
Avianca Vida Visa® Card
20,000 miles after first purchase
2x miles on Avianca, 1x miles on all other purchases and 15% Multiply Your Miles discount
$59
Earn 20,000 bonus LifeMiles after first purchase.
Citi Rewards+℠ Card
Earn 15,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
Earn 2x points at supermarkets and gas stations on up to $6,000 annually, then 1x points after that and on all other purchases
$0
Transfer your points to Avianca LifeMiles at a 1:1 conversion rate, or redeem your rewards for other travel including flights, hotels, cruises and more.
American Express® Gold Card
35,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
3x points on directly-booked flights; 4x at restaurants; 4x at US supermarkets on up to $25,000 annually (then 1x points)
$250
Earn up to 4x points on select purchases, a bevy of travel perks, and a welcome offer worth up to $350 with this upper-mid tier travel card. Rates & fees
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Transfer rates

American Express Membership Rewards points and Citi ThankYou Rewards points transfer to LifeMiles at a 1:1 ratio. Capital One Reward points transfer at a rate of 1 Capital One Reward point to 0.75 LifeMiles.

Flying with Avianca

Flights you book with Avianca will also earn you miles based on your flight distance, cabin and class fare. Paying for your flight with Avianca’s cobranded cards can earn you even more miles for your flight.

Flight accrual rates

CABINAPPLICABLE CLASSES% TOTAL LIFEMILESMINIMUM MILES% QUALIFYING MILESQUALIFYING SEGMENTS
BusinessC,D,J150%500100%1
EconomyY,B,M,H125%500100%1
Q,V,A100%500100%1
E,K,L,O75%50075%1
P,Z,W,S,T50%50050%1

Data obtained March 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

LifeMiles Elite

Avianca’s LifeMiles Elite status grants up to 100% additional LifeMiles points when you book a flight with Avianca, depending on your status level. Check out our LifeMiles article for more information on how to earn Elite status.

Fly with Star Alliance partners

Fly with Avianca partners

Flights you book through eligible Star Alliance members can also earn you LifeMiles so long as you provide your LifeMiles number when you make your reservation or during check-in at the airport.

The number of LifeMiles you can earn on Star Alliance flights greatly depends on each member. Avianca currently offers a list of eligible partners and earning tables at their website.

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Buy miles

You can buy LifeMiles directly through Avianca’s website. While this is rarely a good deal for reward programs, Avianca has a history of running great limited-time offers to make direct LifeMiles purchases more valuable.

For example, a recent deal allowed the purchase of two LifeMiles for the price of one. Normally this would cost $165 for 5000 miles, meaning you’d be purchasing each mile for about 3.3 cents.

With a promo like that in the example, you’d instead get 10,000 miles for the same price, with each mile costing about 1.6 cents. That comes in just under the average value of each mile and can be a great deal with the right redemption.

Subscribe to miles

Avianca’s Club LifeMiles allows you to subscribe to a monthly allotment of LifeMiles. Depending on your subscription level, you’ll also receive an annual bonus of LifeMiles.

The largest plan is currently for 7,000 miles per month at $125.99 and offers a 28,000 mile bonus. All told, you can earn 112,000 LifeMiles for just 1.3 cents per mile if you make the commitment.

Multiply your miles

This unique feature allows you to double or even triple miles earned from flights, credit cards or travel partners within the last 12 months for a fee. Avianca credit card holders receive a discount on this fee.

Transfer your miles to friends

For every 1,000 miles you pay to transfer to a friend or family member’s account, Avianca will grant 2,000 miles to their account. You can transfer up to 75,000 LifeMiles each calendar year.

Make purchases with Avianca partners

LifeMiles members can earn up to 5 LifeMiles per dollar spent at eligible partners. To earn your LifeMiles, you’ll need to provide your LifeMiles ID number when checking out.

Book a partnered hotel

Booking an Avianca partnered hotel can earn you LifeMiles depending on your nights stayed or dollars spent.

HotelEarnings
Booking.comUp to 2 LifeMiles per dollar
Hotels.com2 LifeMiles per dollar spent on eligible stays
RocketmilesUp to 10,000 LifeMiles per night
IHGUp to 2 LifeMiles per dollar spent on eligible stays
Marriott Rewards/BonvoyUp to 2 LifeMiles per dollar spent
KaligoUp to 20 LifeMiles per stay
Hilton HonorsConvert 10,000 Honor points to 1000 LifeMiles
WyndhamUp to 2 LifeMiles per dollar spent
La Quinta InnUp to 250 LifeMiles per stay
Barcelo1 LifeMile per dollar on eligible stays
Accor Le ClubConvert 2 Le Club Accorhotels points to 1 LifeMile after each qualifying stay
Best WesternUp to 250 LifeMiles per stay

Data obtained March 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Car rentals

Renting a car from eligible Avianca partners will earn you bonus LifeMiles depending on your rental company of choice.
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Dine with Avianca partners

Like many airline programs, you can earn bonus LifeMiles for dining out at eligible Avianca restaurant partners.

Bottom line

Avianca’s transfer partners make earning miles through the LifeMiles rewards program simple, so consider picking up a few eligible cards. Plus, Avianca’s status as a Star Alliance member means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to earn on partnered flights no matter where you’re located. Once you’ve built up your mile collection, review your redemption options to find out where to place your miles for best value.

Compare your credit card options to find an eligible airline rewards card that fits your spending needs or review other airline rewards programs if you’re looking for a particular set of travel bonuses.

How to redeem Avianca LifeMiles

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