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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.
- No fuel surcharges
- Reasonable award chart
- Recent improvements include allowing mixed cabin redemptions and Lufthansa first class redemptions
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.