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Amex Transfer Bonus: Get 15% More Lifemiles = Cheaper Star Alliance Awards!

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Written by Charlie

If you want to book business or first class with Lufthansa, you probably want to check out this Amex transfer bonus with Lifemiles! Find out the details here!

I have this in my account but many times, these transfer offers can be targeted with various percentages so make sure you check your American Express account.

Amex Transfer Bonus: Get 15% More Lifemiles

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Avianca’s Lifemiles is a favorite of many reward travelers thanks to a friendly award chart and no fuel surcharges (unlike programs like Aeroplan or Aegean). Their award rates for many regions are also cheaper than United awards and with this transfer bonus, they get even better!

For example, an award ticket from the US to Europe is 63,000 miles one way in business. With this transfer bonus, it would only take 55,000 Membership Reward points to make that lie-flat award happen.

Here are some examples of other Star Alliance partners (for flights to eastern Europe) for flying Lufthansa business class:

  • United Airlines – 70,000 miles and no fuel surcharges
  • Aeroplan – 57,500 miles and fuel surcharges
  • Aegean – 45,000 miles and fuel surcharges

As you can see, this Lifemiles option with the transfer bonus is pretty good! If Lufthansa First Class is what you are after, you can book that for 87,000 miles (or 76,000 Membership Reward points with this promo). As I note before, make sure the route you want is available with Lifemiles before you transfer since they don’t always show Lufthansa availability the right way.

To look for this transfer bonus, sign-in to Membership Rewards and look at the transfer partners. If you have it, you will see the transfer promo listed. This transfer bonus runs until April 1, 2019.

Notes to be Aware of: Make sure you verify with the Lifemiles site for availability before you transfer! People often complain about the Avianca call center and there are also many times that Lifemiles will not see availability that is readily available with both United and Aeroplan. Make sure the flights you want are there before you transfer!

Also, Travel Summary noted a couple of months ago that his transfer never happened. The good part is that Lifemiles transfers had been offline for a bit during their update so it should work better now.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.