Just like my US Airways Share Promotion strategy, I thought I’d write a post about lifemiles strategy and leveraging the purchase promo. By the way, I’ll be leaving some hints about amazing lifemiles tricks, so you want to read between the lines here. Or as always, you can send me an email about lifemiles tricks. I do not support publishing lifemiles tricks in the public available to all, so if you do see bloggers trying to do that and you’re curious, just send me an email about who’s doing it and I will try and tell you what they are writing about. Honestly for everyone who’s spent hours and hours searching for these lifemiles tricks, it’s only fair that their hard work doesn’t get destroyed. I’ve put quite a few hints in here, so continue reading.
Lifemiles Tricks and Purchasing Overview:
So to begin, just a few things that everyone should keep in mind with the purchase promotion:
- To buy Lifemiles (and thus use Lifemiles Tricks) your account must be open before December 3rd.
- You can purchase up to 150,000 miles in one calendar year.
- Purchases are not processed by points.com, so you are likely to earn category bonuses.
- Use a card with no forex fees to purchase (both in the USA and Canada).
One more thing that I want to note is that you can purchase Lifemiles at 1.5 cents with Cash and Points, but you will need to use 50% of cash rather than 60%. If you’re doing 60% of cash, you’ll end up purchasing points at 1.567 cents which is a poorer value.
As you can see here, I’m purchasing 12000 miles f0r 180 USD, which is 1.5 cents.
If you’re eligible to purchase miles, you also want to remember that Lifemiles is quirky. It will error out at random points in time, so expect to be frustrated when booking. As well, the only Lifemiles itineraries that are bookable are ones that shows up on Lifemiles.com. If you look at the image, then that means the only other
This means that First Class is only available on December 11th and while united.com, and ANA may show available on other days, lifemiles will not show it. The two most likely reasons for this is that lifemiles will not show mixed class itineraries, and lifemiles will not show 99% of itineraries with long layovers, so if you think if you have come up with a potential lifemiles trick, you want to make sure that it doesn’t break those two “rules.” Also, remember, especially with 2/3 segment itineraries shown by lifemiles, you’ll need all legs available on the alternate days you want the space to show up to make it bookable.
A big hint in helping you find a lifemiles trick and showing up certain itineraries is forcing the time. That is all I will say about that.
Finding Lifemiles Tricks:
Now, lets talk about what lifemiles tricks there are. If you’ve never heard of lifemiles tricks, basically what they are certain routings that will reduce the cost of your trip. So instead of paying 75000 miles of whatever it is to go with Lifemiles on a regular routing in first class to South Asia, you can pay less than 30,000 if you use a lifemiles trick. I’ve been able to do TPAC and TATL for less than $600 (30,000 miles) and first class segments for less than $800 (53,000 Miles).
There are two main types of lifemiles tricks. The first is a mispriced city, where a city is mispriced. The second is a routing one, where you throwaway the second leg to make it cheaper. If you want an example, I mentioned one here briefly here in my trip report. As always, if you need help feel free to comment or send me an email about lifemiles tricks and I’ll see what I can do to help. For Americans other than buying miles you can apply for the Lifemiles credit card, issued by US Bank, which you can find through my links if you wish. (I don’t have affiliate links in this post.)
As always, I prefer not to spell out lifemiles tricks in full, unless other bloggers do so and I will not know how I will react then. But if you do want ANY help about finding a lifemiles tricks, my email is always open. My email is canadiankilometers @ gmail.com.