Since COVID-19 has disrupted travel in general various airlines have modified their mileage program's to either provide more value and flexibility while cutting down on alternative redemption values to preserve cash. Lifemiles though has added an alternative redemption option while Avianca Airlines re-structures its operation from reeling losses.
Lifemiles is famous for selling their points at great discount with recently ended sale of Lifemiles for just 1.1 cent/mile. Though Lifemiles has added an option to redeem the points for Amazon.com purchases although at not that great value of 0.555 cent/mile. But given the current situation if you are flush in Lifemile points with no mid term plans to use it, this might present a decent option to cash out.
Do note that as of now Lifemiles does not allow purchase of gift card sold on Amazon.com. Also any purchase where the $dollar amount exceeds equivalent available Lifemiles is not allowed.
One downside of using the extension is that the extension pop up messages are in Spanish and you would need a translator if you do not know Spanish. But other than that it is a smooth operation of purchase using Lifemiles points. So, do keep in mind this option if you want to get rid of your available Lifemiles balance at 0.555 cents/point value..
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All of mileage programs have various mileage expiration policies with few exception programs where your miles never expire. Some of the programs expire your miles after a certain period of time (usually 3 years) regardless of earning or redeeming miles activity while certain others have expiration from ranging from 1 to 3 years with extension of miles possible with earning or redeeming miles.
What if you have miles in programs which allow for extensions with either earn or redeem option and you have no plans of flying them or redeeming their miles? Few of popular ways of saving your big chunk of miles balance is either by transferring from either American Express membership rewards or Citi ThankYou rewards or Chase Ultimate rewards. You will need a Membership Points earning American Express card or the premium version of Citi and Chase cards to allow for mileage transfer. Other options include hotel points to miles transfer or for the least cost you can use shopping portals for various airlines to make a small purchase at any popular merchants through them.
MILESLIFE as a free miles earning option?
MILESLIFE is an Android / Apple Iphone app which is primarily targeted for folks staying in Singapore and Mainland China. It allows for earning miles by spending money on the linked card at dining and other partners. It also has a unique feature for earning "up to 100 miles" for checking in consecutively for 7 days in their app. You can link your airline mileage account number in the app and select the airline with which you want to earn the miles. Below are the listed airline partners at the time of publishing this post:
As you can see from the list their are few of the mileage programs which have 1 to 3 years of mileage expiration policy and which can be extended to another 1 to 3 years by earning and/or redeeming the miles. I have listed few of them below:
So the next time you have your miles expiring with one of the participating airlines above you can bank on MILESLIFE.
As someone who would collect miles and points in various airlines and hotel reward programs it is inevitable that there are times when your miles/points are expiring and you want to extend it if possible. One of popular currency is Avianca Lifemiles. Lifemiles keeps having promotion every 3 months or so where you can buy miles cheaply for as low as 1.375 cents/mile when you buy 50k+ miles. But what if you have miles in your account but no travel plans and then the time comes when the miles are about to expire?
The easiest way to extend the life of your expiring miles is to purchase miles at the cost of US $33 + tax per 1000 miles or to transfer small chunk of miles (Starting at 1000 miles) to friend or family account at a cost of US $15 + tax per 1000 miles. There is another option though where it does not have to cost you any money and that is by donating your miles.
Most of the programs requires you to donate minimum of 1000 miles or more to participating charitable organization, but Lifemiles allows you to donate 1 mile and extend the life of your miles by ~24 months. You can go to the homepage here and go to "Donate Miles" as shown below or you can go to the Donate Miles link here.
So next time you are close to expiration of your Lifemiles just donate 1 mile and extend the life for 24 more months without buying or transferring any miles. If you are interested in subtle tips and value on lifemiles check out this flyertalk thread.
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