OK, Avianca TACA may takeover the title of offering ‘Double’ for purchasing miles within a program from US Airways! In the last year we saw it in September and December 2011, May 2012, July 2012 and now September 2012 sees the 2×1 buy LifeMiles offer return! This offer brings the cost buying LifeMiles down to 1.5 cents/mile from the normal 3 cents per mile.
The biggest difference this time (and part of July’s) is that Avianca TACA is now a member of the Star Alliance. So while before I used to tout this offer as a way to get Lufthansa business class from North America to Europe for $1800, you can now use the miles on any Star Alliance airline. The program also offers one way rewards at exactly half the round trip cost and does not charge fuel surcharges on award tickets.
With business class tickets to Europe going for 100,000 miles and Asia for 120,000 miles you can travel ‘luxuriously’ for a lot less with this deal. Another great feature of LifeMiles (in fact even better than buying all the miles) is their Cash + Part Points option. This option only requires that you have 40% of the points for a reward (so buy 40% during this 100% bonus period) and then you can buy the rest of the miles (the other 60%) at $12.75 per 1,000 miles or 1.275 cents per mile!
What’s the catch? You had the have been a LifeMiles member as of September 3 to take advantage of it. If you are not, I would recommend joining anyways and wait for the next 100% bonus to appear.
For complete details on the Avianca TACA LifeMiles 100% Bonus or to buy the miles please see here