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1.   Avianca LifeMiles 100% Purchase Bonus

Via View from the Wing, Avianca is selling LifeMiles at a 100% bonus up to April 30, 2013.  This works out to ~1.5 cents per mile.  Avianca is a Colombian airline, but is a Star Alliance member, so you can use Avianca miles to fly on other Star Alliance airlines such as United, Lufthansa etc.

News You Can Use - Buy Avianca LifeMiles 100% Bonus
100% Bonus on Purchases of Avianca LifeMiles

The most miles that can be purchased in one transaction is 75,000 and their Terms & Conditions explicitly state that you must have been a LifeMiles member by April 8, 2013.  So sign-up now for a LifeMiles account so that you can take part in the next promotion (likely in a few months).

This may be a good choice if you want a Star Alliance award because you can book (some) flights on-line and are not blocked from Lufthansa First Class like you would be with US Airways (the other airline which frequently sells miles).

And as One Mile at a Time reports, if you have 40% of the miles required for an award, you can essentially use a cash and miles option, with the miles being purchased at a rate of 1.37 cents each.

But the Avianca frequent flyer program has its shortcomings.

The biggest drawback to me is that Avianca does not allow mixed cabin awards.  So, if you find award availability in Business Class on one segment, it cannot be combined with Economy on other segments (even though you don’t mind flying in economy).  So you’d have to book another flight back home!

This means that if your home airport is served by a regional jet with only economy seats, you won’t be able to book a seat on it if you’ve used Avianca miles to book a business class award!

In addition, they do not allow a connection of more than 12 hours (most airlines allow you up to 24 hours for connections), and have less-than-ideal customer service when it comes to making reservation changes.

2.   Earn Double Points on Hertz Rentals for $13.49/Day!

Deals We Like reports that Hertz is offering a double take – rates from $13.49 per day and Double Hertz Rewards points.  To be eligible, first register here, then follow her tips for getting a great deal on a Hertz rental.

Through this offer, you will receive double points on rentals through June 22, 2013, starting with your second rental booking.

News You Can Use - Double Points on $13.49 Hertz Rentals
Double Points on $13.49 Hertz Rentals

3.  Save 50% on Flying Blue Award Redemptions

The Points Guy writes that Flying Blue (the Frequent Flier program for Air France, KLM, and Air Europa) has new Promo Awards.  These feature up to 50% discount for award travel on select routes.

Flying Blue Promo Awards
Flying Blue Promo Awards

Eligible North American departure cities include:

  • Air France – Detroit, New York (JFK) and Toronto through April 30, 2013.  And Montreal through June 30, 2013.
  • KLM – Washington DC through April 30, 2013.
    Also Chicago, Dallas, and New York (JFK) through June 30, 2013.
  • Air Europa – New York (JFK) through June 15, 2013.

Economy Class, Premium Economy, and Business Class availability may vary.  See the Flying Blue Promo Awards page for more details.

Remember that fuel surcharges and ticketing fees on Flying Blue award redemptions can easily add up to $400 to $500.  Still, half price award tickets in business class could be a good value.  Paying half the regular mileage price and taxes and fees is usually not a good value, but do the math for your specific situation.

You can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue instantly in a 1:1 ratio.

4.   Air Canada Offering Bonus for Converting Points to  Aeroplan Miles

Loyalty Lobby reports that now through May 13, 2013, Air Canada is offering bonus miles for converting other loyalty program points into Air Canada’s Aeroplan miles.

Convert Points to Aeroplan Miles
Convert Points to Aeroplan Miles

Eligible loyalty programs for this bonus are listed below.

Convert Points to Aeroplan
Eligible Aeroplan Transfer Partners

The bonus through this offer is between 20% and ~27%, dependent on the number of points transferred, as follows:

  • Converting 5,000 Points –    1,000 Miles (20% Bonus)
  • Converting 10,000 Points –   2,000 Miles (20% Bonus)
  • Converting 20,000 Points –  4,000 Miles (20% Bonus)
  • Converting 50,000 Points –  10,000 Miles (20% Bonus)
  • Converting 100,000 Points – 25,000 Miles (25% Bonus)
  • Converting 150,000 Points – 40,000 Miles (26.7% Bonus)
Convert Points to Aeroplan Miles
Aeroplan Transfer Bonus

You get a higher bonus from transferring over 100,000 points.

Aeroplan charges fuel surcharges for many routes, so I wouldn’t transfer points unless you needed to top off for an award.

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Hi-I upgraded a AMEX gold after 9 mhntos to Platinum through an offer that came to my email a few mhntos back for 25,000 points & they charged me 3 mhntos until my annual fee came due for the full 12 mhntos.When the fee came due I downgraded to Green.Now an offer again showed up in my email for 25,000 points to upgrade to Platinum & I have alot of Delta flights coming up so I want to do it for the $200 airline credit.The T&C;s say ‘1) 25,000 Membership Rewards points applies to your first purchase on the Business Platinum Card by 07/31/13 and is available for first-time upgrades to Business Platinum Card only. You are eligible to earn points for only one Card account. Additional Card members are not eligible. Points will be credited to your Membership Rewardsae account 6 to 8 weeks after your first purchase.Do you think I will get the points going through the link which was in fact sent to me?Or they will say only first time upgrades as the T&C’s say?

I wouldn’t be jumping on that Air Canada deal right now as this is 2013 and if you read Air Canada’s Aeroplan terms and conditions all Aeroplan miles are set to expire this year (if you have had them 7 years or from 2004). I used all my Aeroplan miles on a domestic flight last you and I won’t be accumulating Aeroplan miles again until they change that mileage expiration rule (all miles expire in 7 years). I’d rather collect Skypesos than Aeroplan miles.

Unless I’m missing something, I don’t really see “the deal” in buying LifeMiles at a 1.5 cents each. Looking at their coach award chart, redeeming for LifeMiles MIGHT be a better deal than paying cash for your tickets, but given the hassles — finding award seats, dealing with customer service in a foreign country, etc. — I don’t think the savings (very modest in most cases) would be worth it. And I know there are a lot of folks addicted to premium cabin awards, but since LifeMiles typically doubles the number of points required for these awards, “the deal” is probably only useful for folks willing to pay a couple thousand dollars for sitting up front. And, I presume, these people already know all the other deals (like the myriad credit card bonuses) that would get them these seats for less.

So am I missing something, or is this really just a marginal deal useful to a very small number of people? In other words, an exercise for frequent flyer geeks. 🙂

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@DaveS – I don’t like fuel surcharges either, but most non-US programs do have fuel surcharges and they aren’t likely to change. But I agree that paying fuel surcharges isn’t worth it for most coach redemptions.

– You’re right that this is a deal only for folks who don’t mind paying to sit in business or first class. So, yes, an exerciser for the geeks!

I would definitely avoid those “fuel surcharge” airlines as a place to accumulate points, which are hugely deflated in value. Basically they don’t give you an “award seat”, they give you a “somewhat discounted” seat at best (and I’ve seen a few cases where their “fuel surcharge” is actually higher than a competitor’s cash fare), unless there are redemptions available where the surcharges aren’t made, and you plan to use those, or in some instances for premium travel, although often there are good alternatives on other airlines. Frequent flyer programs are in important part of airlines’ business models. If we despise “fuel surcharges” and don’t want to see them spreading, we need to patronize those programs that really have reward seats, not those with ridiculous surcharges.