Buying frequent flyer miles (direct)

In my previous post, I mentioned how it is important to consider credit card sign up and renewal bonuses to complement your miles earning strategy through credit card spend. What if this isn’t enough? Are there any other avenues to further boost your repository of miles? Once again, there are indeed other ways in which you can “buy” miles. Since I am a mega Singapore Airlines fan, and more likely to fly with Singapore Airlines and its Star Alliance partners, I will be focusing on how you can purchase frequent flyer miles that can be redeemed for flights on members of Star Alliance.

If you haven’t already heard of Avianca’s Lifemiles programme, it is not too late. Lifemiles is Avianca’s frequent flyer programme that frequently offers massive sales for their frequent flyer miles, which can be redeemed on flights operated by Star Alliance members. Here are the most recent sales offered by Lifemiles:

March 2017: 125%

February 2017: 135%

December 2016: 140%

November 2016: 140%

September 2016: 140%

May 2016: 135%

The percentages indicate the maximum number of bonus miles that you will are entitled to over and above the miles you have purchased, and the actual bonus is usually tiered. In other words, the more you purchase, the higher your bonus.

You should note that you can only purchase a maximum of 200000LMs a year, before any applicable bonuses. So, in the case of the sale in December 2016 with a 140% bonus, purchasing 200000LMs will give you a total of 480000LMs! Also, since purchases made on the Lifemiles website count towards airline spending, using your DBS Altitude card will earn you 3 mpd.

Previously, it was impossible to obtain award sectors on SQ flights operated by aircraft with the newest cabin products. However, I have recently noticed that flights between Singapore and Tokyo (Haneda), which are currently being operated by B777-300ERs with the newest cabin products, are available for award redemption on the Lifemiles website. Let’s hope more of such routes with SQ’s newest products will appear on the Lifemiles website.

So, what you should do is to just open a Lifemiles account, which is entirely free of charge! Just sit and wait for the sales, and you can decide for yourself if you need to treat yourself to a well-deserved holiday in First or Business class.

If you travel more frequently with One World partners, you can opt to sign up with AAdvantage, the frequent flyer programme of American Airlines. But I shall elaborate more on this in another post.

Up next: Earning miles through miscellaneous payments.