New Avianca Card 40,000 Mile Bonus: Good for Round-Trip to Hawaii, Caribbean, & More!

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Via Mighty Travels, US Bank has doubled the bonus on the Avianca LifeMiles Card to 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the 1st 3 months.

Avianca is part of the Star Alliance, which means you can use their miles to book flights on airlines like United, Lufthansa, Singapore, and Air Canada.

New Avianca Card 40,000 Mile Bonus Good For Round Trip To Hawaii, Caribbean And More

Avianca Miles Can Be Used for Tickets on Avianca or *Any* Star Alliance Airline

US Bank LifeMiles Visa Card

Link:   US Bank LifeMiles Visa Signature Card

The regular sign-up bonus on the US Bank LifeMiles Visa card is 20,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the 1st 3 months.  We get a commission for that offer, but it isn’t as good as the new offer.

The new offer is for 40,000 miles with the same minimum spending, if you sign-up before April 30, 2014.

New Avianca Card 40,000 Mile Bonus Good For Round Trip To Hawaii, Caribbean And More

Get 40,000 Miles Before April 30, 2014

You get:

  • 20,000 miles when you make your 1st purchase, and another 20,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months
  • 1 mile per $1 you spend on regular purchases
  • 2 miles per $1 you spend on Avianca
  • 6,000 miles on your card anniversary each year
  • 50% discount on excess baggage charges on Avianca
  • Annual fee waived for the 1st year, then $75

Note:  The fine print on this offer says that if you’re not eligible for the Visa Signature card, US Bank may issue you a regular Visa card or a secured Visa card.  The sign-up bonuses on those cards are only 15,000 or 5,000 miles.

And there’s no way to tell which card you’ll get until they process your application!  That’s very sketchy.

If you are not eligible for the LifeMiles Visa Signature card, you will be considered for the LifeMiles Visa card.  LifeMiles Visa Cardholders will receive 15,000 First Use bonus miles when the first purchase is made.  If you are not eligible for the LifeMiles Visa card, you will be considered for the LifeMiles Visa Secured card.  LifeMiles Visa Secured Cardholders will receive 5,000 First Use bonus miles when the first purchase is made.

New Avianca Card 40,000 Mile Bonus Good For Round Trip To Hawaii, Caribbean And More

40,000 Miles Will Get You to South America, but 15,000 Miles Won’t!

My link to the LifeMiles Card is only for 20,000 miles.  Emily and I don’t earn a commission on the 40,000 mile card, but we always let you know of the best possible offer for a card whether or not it pays a commission.

Mixed Feelings About Avianca’s Frequent Flyer Program

The Avianca frequent flyer program has a few advantages and limitations.

I like that you can use Avianca miles to book 1-way trips, and that they don’t add fuel surcharges to award tickets.  And you can book flights on-line.

New Avianca Card 40,000 Mile Bonus Good For Round Trip To Hawaii, Caribbean And More

You Can Book Your Award Tickets on the LifeMiles Website

But their telephone customer service isn’t very good, so don’t try booking an award on the phone.  This means that if you can’t find an award online, you’re unlikely to be able to book it with Avianca miles – even if you know that the award seats are available!

And they don’t allow mixed cabin awards, which means you can’t book a Business Class ticket on 1 segment and Coach on another.  This means that I can’t book a business class award to Europe and fly in Coach on a regional jet to get back to Austin!

Where Can I Go for 40,000 Avianca Miles?

You can see how many Avianca miles you need by looking at their Star Alliance award chart.  It shows the number of miles needed for a round-trip ticket, so just divide by 2 to figure out the miles needed for a 1-way ticket.

New Avianca Card 40,000 Mile Bonus Good For Round Trip To Hawaii, Caribbean And More

You Can Go to Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, and More With 40,000 Miles

For example, you could fly round-trip in Coach from North America to:

  • USA and Canada (but not Hawaii) for 25,000 miles
  • Mexico for 35,000 miles
  • The Caribbean for 35,000 miles
  • The North of South America for 40,000 miles (includes Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru)
  • Hawaii for 40,000 miles

Or you could fly 1-way in Economy Class from North America to:

  • Europe or the South of South America for 30,000 miles (includes Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Brazil)
  • North or South Asia for 32,500 miles (for example Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, The Philippines and more)
  • The Middle East, Africa, or Central Asia (for example India, Maldives, Nepal, and more) for 40,000 miles

Or you could use your miles to fly 1-way in Business Class from North America to:

  • US and Canada (but not Hawaii) for 25,000 miles
  • Mexico for 30,000 miles
  • The Caribbean for 30,000 miles
  • The North of South America for 35,000 miles (includes Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru)
  • Hawaii for 40,000 miles

Or you could use your miles to fly 1-way in First Class from North America to:

  • US and Canada (but not Hawaii) for 35,000 miles
  • Mexico and the Caribbean for 40,000 miles
New Avianca Card 40,000 Mile Bonus Good For Round Trip To Hawaii, Caribbean And More

40,000 Miles Get You to Hawaii Round-Trip in Economy Class, or 1-Way in Business!

When you book award tickets with Avianca miles you’ll sometimes get a better deal than if you use miles from other Star Alliance airlines like United!

For example, a 1-way ticket from North America to Hawaii in Economy Class costs 22,500 miles if you use United miles.  But if you use Avianca miles, it will only cost you 20,000 miles.

And a 1-way ticket from North America to Europe in Business Class using United miles costs 70,000 miles.  But Avianca only charges 52,500 miles!

That said, you’re out of luck if the Avianca website doesn’t let you book the flights online, even if you can find the same flights on the United website!

Bottom Line

The sign-up bonus on the Avianca LifeMiles Card has increased to 40,000 miles up to April 30, 2014.  You can use Avianca miles to book award tickets on Star Alliance airlines.

However, you might not get approved for the 40,000 miles version of the card and get a lesser card with a bonus of 15,000 or 5,000 miles.

I’d skip this card if you’re new to miles and points and focus on the better cards in the Hot Deals tab.  But this could be worth considering for folks with lots of cards.

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21 Responses to New Avianca Card 40,000 Mile Bonus: Good for Round-Trip to Hawaii, Caribbean, & More!

  1. Thank you! Approved on the spot for the signature card

  2. There’s a *secret* use of lifemiles nobody wants to discuss…

  3. They usually have ridiculously cheap buy/share miles offers as well. They seem to also be the best value for SA awards. That website though is painful sometimes.

  4. One problem of US bank cards: The easiest MS strategies don’t work. No go with Amazon Payments/VisaBuxx.

  5. @ D You have an error, you say you can fly from NA to Hawaii 1-way in business for 40k then say Avianca is better than United redemption because it only costs 20k life miles in business from NA to Hawaii.
    I don’t know which but one of those is incorrect :)

  6. FYI: If you are approved for a “lesser” card (not the Visa Signature), you can decline the offer. (Even if you are approved for the Visa Signature, you still have to accept the offer after approval.) Not sure if this still results in a hard pull, though.

  7. LTL: It would certainly still generate a hard pull if you decline the card.

  8. @asar

    Never had a problem using CC cards with AP. As for VisaBuxx, that’s a US Bank program. Why would you even?

  9. Signed up for lifemiles and applied for the card. Said I will be notified via email or mail in 7-10 business days? Should I call reconsideration or wait till the decision arrives?

  10. If I apply and get approved can I simply transfer the 40k Liefemiles to my United account? Or would I need to redeem through Avianca site for my united flight? I hope this makes sense lol

  11. @Joe – Thanks. It is fixed.

    @LTL – You get the hard pull.

    @MJ – You can wait for the letter.

    @Paul – You can’t transfer the miles to United. But have to go to the Lifemiles website and redeem online.

  12. Are there cash or gift card redemption options, and at what value?

  13. @MMS. Thanks, I got an email this evening stating I was approved! Glad I waited and didn’t bother with calling a recon line. A data point – my first US Bank card, but 10th new credit card since November.

  14. @M – Glad it worked out.

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  16. Offer seems to be dead. After clicking on the link to Apply for Card, it takes you to a page that says the offer is no longer valid… Are you aware of any other link?

  17. @Gabe – The best offer is for only 20K miles now (on the airline or Hot Deals tab)

  18. The link is alive again! My wife just applied this morning.

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