Star Alliance Miles That Just Got More Valuable: LifeMiles Now Allows Mixed Cabin Awards

As covered by Travel Codex, Live and Let’s Fly, and One Mile at a Time, Avianca LifeMiles just became a whole lot more valuable and useful.

Star Alliance member Avianca has really useful miles through the LifeMiles program:

  • No fuel surcharges
  • Reasonable award chart
  • They sell miles cheap

There were three major drawbacks to LifeMiles, however:

  1. You couldn’t book Lufthansa first class (they fixed that two months ago)
  2. Their call centers are tough to work with (though I find email works better if you can wait a day for a response)
  3. They didn’t allow ‘mixed cabin’ awards — if you flew business class transatlantic, that couldn’t be combined with an economy seat within the US or Europe for instance.

Even so the price at which they sometimes sell miles at is really tempting.

And they’ve now solved the mixed-cabin issue, too.

In fact they even have a popup warning where you acknowledged the mixed cabin booking.


Many have speculated that their inability to book Lufthansa first class, or mixed cabin awards, was a cost saving measure. I’ve long assumed it was technological. Remember that this program started with an outdated list of airports many of which were in the wrong region of the world. They’ve mostly solved these issues, one by one, over time.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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