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Place Award Flights on Hold With LifeMiles’ New Feature

Place Award Flights on Hold With LifeMiles’ New Feature
Anya Kartashova

Avianca LifeMiles frequent flyer program has introduced Lock and Fly, a feature that allows placing award flights on hold until you’re ready to redeem your miles.

What Is Lock and Fly?

Whether you’re short on miles, waiting for a credit-card welcome bonus to post or a mileage transfer to complete, you can lock in an award rate now and redeem miles later. Lock and Fly allows holding seats on select Avianca-operated flights only, which means partner flights in the Star Alliance network aren’t eligible.

It’s possible to lock in the rate for a short period of three days to a long period of up to 15 days before departure for domestic flights, up to 30 days before international flights and up to 60 days before European flights. The cost starts at $8 and varies for each itinerary and class of service.

All prices are listed per passenger, not per booking, and remember that the charges are nonrefundable.

  • Domestic economy three-day hold: $8
  • Domestic economy 90-day hold: $20
  • Domestic business three-day hold: $10
  • Domestic business 90-day hold: $25
  • International economy three-day hold: $10
  • International economy 90-day hold: $45
  • International business three-day hold: $12
  • International business 90-day hold: $55
  • European economy three-day hold: $15
  • European economy 90-day hold: $80
  • European business three-day hold: $18
  • European business 90-day hold: $95

To lock your mileage rates, find an eligible flight with a Lock and Fly icon next to it, select how long you want to hold your reservation for and complete the booking when you’re ready. Make sure the hold is active when you reserve the ticket.

Is Lock and Fly a Useful Feature?

It’s nice to have the ability to guarantee a seat and a rate for a number of days while you obtain the miles needed for an award ticket. If you’ve ever booked an award ticket, you understand how nail-biting the process of a mileage transfer can be. One glitch can take days and poof— your award ticket is gone into thin air.

It’s unknown whether Lock and Fly would spread to Star Alliance bookings or not. On one hand, it would be nice to lock down some of those elusive Lufthansa awards without having all the miles in your account. On the other, the feature would generate a lot of speculative bookings, which would result in even less space than what’s already available via LifeMiles.

 

What do you think of Lock and Fly available in the LifeMiles program?

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  1. Scott Kiwi

    January 8, 2020 at 11:10 am

    If I could actually find a R/T Business Class fare with Lifemiles, I could consider using this new feature. Until then, it’s not helpful to me.

  2. EmilyGuo

    January 14, 2020 at 12:51 am

    It seems great!

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