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SUB xfer to Lifemiles for domestic United

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SUB xfer to Lifemiles for domestic United

Avianca LifeMiles is a transfer partner of Citi Thank You (1:1) Capital One (4:3), Marriott Bonvoy (3:1) and Amex MR (1:1).

 

Avianca Lifemiles program introduced domestic United legs starting at 7,500 miles for short haul trips.  United charges 12,500 miles for these trips, so using Lifemiles at 7,500 miles is a savings of 40%.

 

See here.

And here.

 

Short haul is defined as travel within one of these tiers:

 

United States 1:

Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC

 

United States 2:

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, South Dakota, Wisconsin

 

United States 3:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

 

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I recently hit a Citi Thank You SUB for 50,000 miles, and transferred 15,000 to my LifeMiles account.  The transfer happened instantly.  

 

So eventually that Citi Thank You SUB will be worth:

 

1.  $50, plus

2.  Three United round trips from Houston to  Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St Louis, Kansas City, Tulsa, Nashville, Memphis, Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Indiannapolis, Minneapolis, Little Rock, Birmingham, Milwaukee  etc.  

 

I figure I'll get at least $800 in value, and perhaps much more.

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Re: SUB xfer to Lifemiles for domestic United



Have you made any dry runs attempting to book a domestic award flight using Lifemiles on United metal? 

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Do they charge fees to use your miles? I ask that because AA does charge fees to use miles and I'm not familiar with how other airlines manage Mileage Usage.






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Re: SUB xfer to Lifemiles for domestic United


@CramEiko wrote:

Do they charge fees to use your miles? I ask that because AA does charge fees to use miles and I'm not familiar with how other airlines manage Mileage Usage.


United has a close-in booking fee if you book an award ticket less than 21 days in advance. It varies based on status tier from $75 for general members to free for Platinums and up. It's also worth noting some United routes are now 10,000 miles instead of 12,500, particularly on shuttle routes like this.

 

The available routes are typically pretty cheap bookings anyway. I can do a BOS-EWR for about $160 r/t if I'm not booking last-minute, and those are both high-demand market airports; less busy places may be even cheaper. While it's a discount, it's not really saving much unless one snags a last-minute for the discount mileage cost. However, those two things both depend on availability (price goes up when availability goes down, and when availability is low, there's rarely any saver mile redemption inventory remaining), which makes that scenario unlikely.

 

All that said, for someone who flies short routes and is happy to get 2-3cpm value out of miles, it seems a valid option.

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