Coming Soon: New Avianca Card With Possible 60,000 Mile Bonus (Enough for a Round-Trip Flight to Europe)

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Coming Soon: New Avianca Card With Possible 60,000 Mile Bonus (Enough for a Round-Trip Flight to Europe)

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Via The Value Traveler, Avianca is launching a new credit card soon.  And that means you’ll have a new way to earn Avianca miles to use for award flights to Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, and more!

Coming Soon New Avianca Card With Possible 60,000 Mile Bonus Enough For A Round Trip Flight To Europe
35,000 Avianca Miles Is Enough for a Round-Trip Flight to the Caribbean or Mexico!

I’ll share what we know about the new card and why you might consider earning and using Avianca miles.

The New Avianca Credit Card

US Bank used to issue the Avianca card, but they’re converting all existing Avianca cards to FlexPerks cards.  And Avianca will be launching a new credit card!

We don’t yet know all the details of the new Avianca card, like which bank will issue it or what the sign-up bonus will be.  But I’ll keep you posted!

Here’s what we know so far:

  • A sign-up bonus of up to 60,000 Avianca miles when you meet minimum spending requirements
  • 3X Avianca miles per $1 you spend on Avianca
  • 2X Avianca miles per $1 you spend at gas stations and grocery stores
  • 1X Avianca mile per $1 you spend on regular purchases
  • Two 50% discounts on award tickets redeemed for travel from the US to Central America or Colombia
  • Free checked bag for travel between the US and Central America
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 15% discount when you purchase Avianca miles

A 60,000 Avianca miles sign-up bonus would be great!  We’ll have to see the actual offer when it comes out!

What Can You Do With Avianca Miles?

Link:   Avianca Award Calculator

Link:   Avianca Airline Partners

Link:   Avianca Partner Award Chart

Avianca is a South American airline, but you can use Avianca miles on any Star Alliance airline, like Air Canada, Lufthansa, and United Airlines.

And I’ve written about booking United Airlines award flights with Avianca miles.

The other great thing about using Avianca miles for award flights on their partner airlines, is they do NOT add fuel surcharges!  That can add hundreds of dollars to an award ticket.

35,000 Avianca miles is enough for a round-trip coach award flight from the US (excluding Hawaii) and Canada to anywhere in the Caribbean, Mexico, US, Canada, and Alaska.

And with 40,000 Avianca miles, you can fly round-trip in coach to popular spots like Cuzco, Bogota, and Quito.

If the new card does indeed offer a bigger sign-up bonus, those miles could be pretty useful!

Have you used Avianca miles before?

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Hi Julie,

I don’t think there are any points or cards that currently transfer to Avianca, US Bank no longer issues a card for Avianca, there is a new one coming out soon from a TBN issuer supposedly with a 60k bonus.

If you have 40% of the required lifemiles for a redemption you can purchase the balance for 1.5 cents a mile when booking an award. Lifemiles frequently go on sale for as low 1.35 cents a mile so that’s another way of acquiring lifemiles. I think lifemiles are great, next month I’m flying from BKK-SFO in first on Thai and ANA on a lifemiles award

Hi Bart,

Unfortunately your United or Delta miles are non-transferable. If you plan on cancelling your Chase and Amex Korean would a good place to transfer your points, if you are keeping your cards you should just leave the points and decide when you have a redemption lined up. I wouldn’t recommend the Korean air credit card, the sign up bonus is pretty weak (15k), you could get the same number of miles from a Chase Freedom card with no AF. A Korean bank probably issues a Korean Air card so you can get one after you move.

The good news is you can book Asiana flights on United.com and I believe you can book Korean flights on Delta.com using your miles. A RT in coach from ICN to SIN or BKK would be 40k United miles in coach and 2X in biz. And even better is both Asiana and Korean have excellent award availability so you are in pretty good shape even if you can’t consolidate all your miles.

Ivan

Bart- You can’t move the United or Delta miles, only the Starwood (to either) and UR points (to United). Delta SkyPesos aren’t as good as United.

I’ve found Avianca to be one of the very best airlines, certainly the best for their routes through the Andes, Columbia and Central America. Their nonstop from IAD to BOG is great. There’s also an Avianca-Brazil airline though, which isn’t as good. Of course they’re Star Alliance so their miles are good for any *A route. Their website isn’t one of the best.

US Bank can be difficult sometimes and there’s plenty of blog posts on dealing with them for applications.

are there any programs where I can transfer points to Avianca?

Daraius/Emily,

This reminded me of a question I’ve been meaning to ask for months. I will soon move to South Korea, and would like to pool my points from various programs into one frequent flyer program, and then use those points to do a little travel around Asia. This is what I currently have, roughly: United Mileage Plus, 40K. Delta Skymiles, 40K. Starwood Preferred Guest, 42K. Ultimate Rewards, 22K. Do you have a recommendation what program I should use to dump everything into one basket? I’ve considered trying to get a Korean Airlines Skypass credit card for those points, and attempt to move the other points into the skypass program.

I enjoy reading your posts and read them everyday. Thanks!