New 60,000 Mile Credit Card Signup Bonus from Star Alliance Program LifeMiles Now Live

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Over the summer word went out about a new Avianca LifeMiles credit card that would be coming, with a 60,000 mile signup bonus.

There are two cards, one with smaller bonus and lower earning and a lower annual fee. And then one that seems more worthwhile.

Here’s the value proposition of the premium card:

  • Welcome Bonus of up to 60,000 LifeMiles for purchases made within the first 90 days after activation of your credit card
  • 3 LifeMiles for every dollar spent on Avianca purchases
  • 2 LifeMiles for every dollar spent at gas stations and grocery stores
  • Two 50% discounts on award tickets redeemed, applicable for travel to Central America or Colombia from the United States
  • Free additional piece of baggage for travel between the United States and Central America
  • No foreign transaction fees

The cards are issued by Banco Popular. That’s good because it doesn’t trade off with getting a card from Citibank or from American Express. Although a new card would count if you’re subject to 5/24 limits from Chase.

I have no experience with Banco Popular, however, in terms of approvals or service.

In order to get 60,000 bonus miles for the premium card you need to use promo code AVSPWE otherwise the offer is just 40,000.

These cards are not good for everyday spend. You don’t want to earn just 1 LifeMile per dollar. That’s because they regularly sell miles for 1.35 – 1.5 cents apiece. So get the Citi Double Cash Card, and use your rebate to buy 30% – 40% more miles than you would earn with the LifeMiles credit card during one of these sale periods.

Nonetheless, LifeMiles is a fantastic Star Alliance program and a 60,000 mile signup bonus will absolutely be worthwhile.

Not all connections are bookable, you’re pretty much limited to the options you see on their redemption website (which is quite good) and telephone customer service is challenging (e-mail is better). I’m a fan of the program and have a few hundred thousand miles there myself.

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Comments

  1. Genuinely curious, why is it they issue cards in 49 states, but not in Maryland?

    And judging by the list of states, they forgot that Washington DC even exists….

  2. You have conveniently clipped off the last line of the graphic for the premium card, which says “$149 annual fee”. I assume your commission on this card must be higher. Clicking the link that you’ve provided at the top shows the complete graphic with the annual fee included.

  3. I’m getting an error “Please enter a valid Membership Number or keep it blank.”

    I have a LifeMiles number but it won’t take on the application page. Any experience in having two accounts? My current one has no activity, so I don’t mind losing it, I’m more concerned that I’ll have trouble with two accounts on the same email address.

  4. When you put in the code to get the 60K for the premium card, before you submit the application it still says 40K points. There is no confirmation of the 60K anywhere in the process? Where is the confirmation of 60K?

  5. @Robert
    No, when I applied there was no confirmation of 60k in big text, though I didn’t read the final terms to see if they changed.

    Also, to say Lifemiles can book Lufthansa first class is a bit of a stretch. They go back and forth every few weeks on blocking LH F more than 5 days out and often now don’t give access to all LH F seats within 5 days.

  6. Heavy churners please posts approval/denial info. I’m at apps in past 2 months so will likely wait a bit.

  7. I signed up for this a couple of days ago. I couldn’t finish the process with my LM # so I xxx’ed it out and left it blank to complete the app. While it was processing, I was asked 2 or 3 personal questions such as “what street number did you used to live at?” with multiple choices. Also asked what state I got my SSN in. Luckily I guessed the right one. How am I supposed to remember if I got it when I was born 60 years ago? (I didn’t!) I have gotten several cards in the last few months, and was 8/24 even before that. I saw nothing that mentioned 60K.

  8. I applied and was instantly approved for 25K.
    Its a double hit with the bureaus, Equifax and Transunion.

  9. I applied for this card twice and each time the application page got and stuck in a page stating “we are unable to authenticate you” and each time my application was denied. I even called the helpline but apparently they do not have a reconsideration line and the customer support agent tried submitting but got same error.After 2 pulls against credit history I am still not able to get approved. The agent said the answers to the security questions should match but I never had the questions show up to me or the agent.
    Please suggest any way

    Note: I had credit score of over 750 before applying

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