Most folks wouldn’t naturally be interested in a Central American frequent flyer program. But they are partners with United, US Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss, Singapore, and the rest of the Star Alliance. So their miles can be used on those airlines.
And they offer one-way awards for half the price of roundtrip, there are no fuel surcharges, and most lucratively they have “cash and points” awards where you only need 40% of the miles required for the ticket you want to book and then ‘buy up’ the rest of the miles necessary for the award at under 1.3 cents apiece.
Commenter M. on that thread asked me to flag the next time that AviancaTaca was offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles. (They last offered it in July.)
Well via Lucky, the offer is back and running through September 28.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago,
Brand new accounts can’t usually participate in these bonus offers, so it makes sense to join their LifeMiles program to be prepared for when one of these offers comes back.
And indeed, this 100% bonus on purchased miles is only available to accounts that were open prior to today.
If you have an open account, this is a great way to get started with the program. You can buy up to 75,000 miles at 3 cents apiece and receive 150,000 miles (for a cost per mile of 1.5 cents). And then you can leverage those miles with the cash and points award chart for up to 375,000 miles’ worth of awards.
If you don’t have one, it’s worth opening one to be prepared for the next time this offer comes back, and it’s worth checking out my previous post about the program to understand some of the unique, valuable features that it offers.