Buy Lifemiles 100% Bonus Purchase Promotion!!!

Buy Lifemiles Promotion:

This month has some great promotions to buy miles including the upcoming 100% US Airways Share Miles Promotion. It seems that lifemiles will also be launching a 100% bonus starting December 3, which came up on their facebook page today. (like me on facebook!). This promotion is now live!

Buy Lifemiles 100% Bonus

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The promotion runs December 3th to December 30th. The maximium number of miles you can purchase during the calendar year is 150,000.

Key Considerations with the Buy Lifemiles Promo:

Miles are sold for 3 cents apiece. This means a 100% bonus would make each mile around 1.5 cents to purchase. 10,000 miles would cost 150 USD, with no additional taxes.

Buy Lifemiles 100% Promotion


If you have never purchased lifemiles, there are several things to keep in mind. First of all, the call center is atrocious, so in essence you can only book redemptions which are shown online on Of course, their online search engine is also awful, and will not show mixed class itineraries nor itineraries with long layovers, so keep that in mind if you want to buy lifemiles.

Stopovers are not permitted on awards without raising the cost of the redemption, so you’re best off doing one-way redemptions. Finally, you can also use cash and points when making a redemption, with the best value being using 50% of miles and 50% of cash. As always, I do not recommend hoarding, but if you do purchase lifemiles for future use you’ll only need 50% of the miles required, and you can top up when actually redeeming.

The lifemiles award chart is here. You can multiply the cost of the award by 1.5 cents to get a sense of how much each award will cost.If you’re purchasing with a 100% promo, a 25,000 mile award costs $375 to purchase miles.

Buy Lifemiles Award Chart

Portion of Award Chart

Previously, I’ve been hesitant about whether to buy lifemiles, because they’ve had a history of devaluing the chart without notice which I’ve written about here and here. This time though, I definitely will be taking advantage of the promotion, because there are incredible redemptions to be had and new amazing awards that I find everyday. Outright buying miles means Lufthansa First Class for under $800, and TPAC and TATL business class flights for under $400, which is pretty incredible. I’ve burned well over 230k Lifemiles and it’s been a fanstastic value for me.

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  1. […]…lifemiles-dec/ He says "Outright buying miles means Lufthansa First Class for under $800, and TPAC and TATL business class flights for under $400, which is pretty incredible." But from the chart round trip from NA to Europe requires 145,000 miles. If you have to pay $150 for 10,000 miles then how could he get that many miles for $800? Or did I read it wrong? […]


  1. Please note that Lifemiles has increased the price of the cash part in cash+miles redemptions. Now the cash rate is never cheaper than 1.5 cents/mile, in most cases higher (it’s no longer a fixed rate, either).

    • The “flex” miles still come to cost $15.76 per 1000 so much better than the usual price of $30/1000 but now with the promotion is may be actually cheaper just to use miles as with 2×1 you’re really buying them for $15/1000.

  2. @Jeff, actually when using miles + cash you need only 40% of the miles and rest can be the flexible miles for cash option at about $15.76/1000 miles (i.e. is it not 50/50)

      • I see what you mean, usually 40%/60% gives you the best price in total because you’d be buying those 60% at $15.76/1000 which is much better than $30/1000 but right now $15/1000 is better 😀 – gotcha

  3. I need to fly to Chile in April from NYC and am seeing availability in saver economy on for an Air Canada flight (60k miles round trip), however when I search on it comes up as sold out (I selected Air Canada as the search option, otherwise it only brings up an Avianca flight for 108k miles round trip). Am I doing something wrong?

    • Lifemiles will only show up what’s on the search engine, is a very bad one and won’t allow long layovers or mixed class itineraries. That’s why it’s not showing up on

    • Yes, that is a bit annoying, but basically, for routes served by Avianca/TACA the search automatically jumps into Avianca/TACA award space. To avoid that, you need to either select a specific airline or “Star Alliance” as the “prefered carrier” <– that's actually misspelled on the site.

      To be honest, UA may give you better options here, because (1) with a US-Chile round-trip you can add a free stopover (e.g. free 3rd segment anywhere in the US like so IAH-SCL SCL-IAH IAH-LAX), you get mixed classes options AND options with layovers over 8 hours (which I believe is the limit for the LM search engine)

  4. @david not sure why it is difficult to check bags. Can you relay the issue.

    Also is there any better availability on Lufthansa with life miles (vs UA)or is it the same short notice travel for first/biz?

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