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LifeMiles' Star Alliance Award Chart

Cash & Miles redemptions: the price per mile purchased during award booking varies significantly depending on how many miles are purchased. The "sweet spots" are between 38% and 58% of the total mileage required, where miles are purchased for 1.5 cents. See here for some examples.

Beware of Cabotage: LifeMiles has been known to issue tickets that constitute Cabotage, and at least one instance of denied boarding has been reported, stranding the passenger. An example is travel on Avianca from LAX to SJU (via SAL/BOG). For additional information see the WIKI of this thread.

https://www.lifemiles.com/eng/abo/wnb/wnbtercond.aspx
Miles Expiration Policy valid from April 15th , 2018.
  1. Any miles accrual transaction in a memberīs account in the Program extends the validity of the miles in the account of such member for a term of twelve (12) months from the date of such accrual of miles. Other transactions that may affect the balance of miles in a member’s account, including redemption transactions, will have no effect on them and will not extend the validity of the miles in such account. This general rule will have the following exceptions that extend the validity of such miles in the account of such member for twenty-four (24) months from the date of such accrual: (i) any accrual of miles in a memberīs account with an Elite Status at the time of the accrual; (ii) any accrual of miles derived from a cobranded credit or debit cards under the LifeMiles brand.
  2. ......the following accrual activities do not extend the validity of the miles in the memberīs account: 1) the birthday bonus or any other miles bonus that may be given by the LifeMiles Program and LifeMiles LTD so establishes.; 2) the migration of points or miles from other loyalty programs to the LifeMiles Program made as a consequence of the union of both loyalty programs or the migration of one member from another loyalty program to the LifeMiles Program; and 3) the merger of accounts of the LifeMiles Program, including those derived from a memberīs duplicate accounts.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 11:15 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: KSFO/KSQL
Programs: UA Plat, 0.8MM; PPL
Posts: 588
I just booked a LAX-SAL-PTY trip, in business, using UA award miles. LAX-SAL is on Avianca and SAL-PTY is on Copa.

Two quick questions:

1. Is 1 hour 21 minutes enough connecting time in SAL? I've read elsewhere that there's no immigration or transit security, and I just go from one gate to the next? And I assume Avianca and Copa gates will be close to each other?
2. Is the SAL airport safe for transiting passengers?
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Old Dec 9, 18, 9:39 am
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Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Tokyo
Programs: SPG Plat, HH G,Hyatt E, IHG G, *A G, OW E
Posts: 1,865
Originally Posted by erik19283 View Post
Hello!

I am looking at taking a first class one way trip from either ICN or NRT towards YUL. Of course, there isn't any direct flight for that in first class, but isn't it supposed to still be 90,000 LM points anyway? When I checked, it would seem that it is 90,000 from either ICN or NRT to JFK or ORD, for example, but then they add the flight to YUL as extra. I'm used to Aeroplan, and it wouldn't cost me extra with Aeroplan. Am I misunderstanding Lifemiles
or is there a problem with they website?
click on all three of your flights to get the final number.
in this case, it would be 108K + miles for the F/C/C cabin combination, or 103K for the F/C/Y combination.
Better use of miles is to either find a one hop route (F then C) , or terminate your ticket somewhere else near YUL, either YYZ NYC or wherebouts.
see sample below.


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Old Dec 10, 18, 3:44 am
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Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 632
Thank you Tokyoite for your post. I am still wondering if there isn't a problem with LifeMiles when redeeming for first class or if the problem isn't me miunderstanding the program because if I look at redeeming in business class, then I can go all the way to YUL for the proper number of miles; only when I look at flying F is there an increased number of miles over the stated 90K in the award chart.
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Old Dec 11, 18, 6:20 pm
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Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 57
Extending Miles

Hello,

I guess this matter has been discussed before. But my quick search has found no answer and I need someone's help. Thank you, in advance!

I ended up having extra miles in my account due to a cancellation of award ticket. I read terms & conditions of Avianca Miles program and am not sure if I understand them right.

Can I keep extending the remaining miles forever (unless current terms & conditions remain as is) if
1. I keep adding miles by transferring points from related credit card reward programs such as Citi Thank You Points at least once every 12 months?
2. I keep purchasing Avianca miles (by any credit card or must be by Avianca brand card?) at least every 12 months?

Thankyou.
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Old Dec 12, 18, 2:28 am
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Join Date: Aug 2012
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Originally Posted by michaelmorio View Post
Hello,

I guess this matter has been discussed before. But my quick search has found no answer and I need someone's help. Thank you, in advance!

I ended up having extra miles in my account due to a cancellation of award ticket. I read terms & conditions of Avianca Miles program and am not sure if I understand them right.

Can I keep extending the remaining miles forever (unless current terms & conditions remain as is) if
1. I keep adding miles by transferring points from related credit card reward programs such as Citi Thank You Points at least once every 12 months?
2. I keep purchasing Avianca miles (by any credit card or must be by Avianca brand card?) at least every 12 months?

Thankyou.
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I have done #2 for a few years now.
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Old Dec 12, 18, 11:10 am
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Join Date: Nov 2014
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Hello erik19283 (and others),

Thank you for your response. Can I ask you what card you have been using, AV related card or other card?

Thanks.
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Old Dec 12, 18, 8:27 pm
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Originally Posted by michaelmorio View Post
Hello erik19283 (and others),

Thank you for your response. Can I ask you what card you have been using, AV related card or other card?

Thanks.
michaelmorio
Other.
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Old Dec 12, 18, 9:36 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2017
Programs: United MileagePlus Platinum
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Quick question: I booked an award ticket in a few months with a friend (both on the same reservation using my LM). They can no longer go. Am I able to cancel their ticket (don't mind cancellation fees) while still keeping my original seat and itinerary?

Thanks!

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