LifeMiles September 2015 Buy Promotion Is On

Posted By admin on September 17th, 2015

LifeMiles Promotion Continues

LifeMiles Promotion Continues

LifeMiles, the frequent flyer program of Avianca Airlines, is currently running a promotion until September 30, 2015 to buy LifeMiles at a discounted rate. LifeMiles can also be used on Star Alliance airlines, as Avianca is a Star Alliance member.

The miles purchase starts at 1000 at a 50 percent bonus and then goes up in stages by 50, 75, 100, and 135 percent. During this promotion you can purchase up to 360,000 miles per year. You need to have an existing account to catch this offer. You cannot just open an account and buy promotional miles. As Avianca run promotions more than once every year, if you miss this time you can open an account now to buy it next time.

Do not just buy miles because they are on sale. Unlike Aeroplan, LifeMiles let you fly on all 27 Star Alliance partners without any fuel surcharges. Do your math and see if buying miles makes sense in your currency.

For example, a round-trip from Canada to Europe requires 60,000 LifeMiles in economy class and 126,000 LifeMiles in business class. To get approximately 60,000 miles, you need to buy 29,000 miles at $957 US ($1300 Canadian). To buy 126,000 miles, you will have to buy approximately 60,000 miles at $2000 US ($2650 Canadian). I searched on Expedia for November going to London from Toronto and the average fare comes to about $750 to $1000 Canadian in economy class and $2,000 to $4,000 Canadian in business class. So there is no good deal to buy LifeMiles on promotion flying from Toronto to London. But for other cities in Europe, you might get a deal paying less with LifeMiles than paying in cash.

Do your math (like above) and find out if you get a better deal using miles before buying anything. A point worth mentioning is that I find it difficult to find flights on specific dates using LifeMiles. You have to be very flexible with dates and sometimes it’s even hard to find available flights within 1 to 2 months.

I do buy LifeMiles on promotion and I plan to use them to upgrade my paid economy flights to business class on Star Alliance member flights. I believe this is an easier and efficient way to use LifeMiles, rather than searching for the whole trip in LifeMiles.

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Best Travel Rewards Programs by U.S. News & World Report

Posted By admin on August 15th, 2015

Best Flight and Hotel Loyalty Programs

Best Flight and Hotel Loyalty Programs

U.S. News & World Report recently looked at 28 airline and hotel loyalty programs and picked their 2015 best travel rewards programs. The factors used to decide the rankings are the following:

Airline Rewards Programs

Ease of Earning Free Round-Trip Flight (45%)

Additional Benefits (25%)

Network Coverage (10%)

Award Flight Availability (10%)

Number of Daily Flights (5%)

Airline Quality Rating (5%)

Hotel Rewards Programs

Ease of Earning Free Night (45%)

Additional Benefits (25%)

Geographic Coverage (15%)

Number of Hotels in Network (10%)

Property Diversity (5%)

Based on these criteria, here are the top ten airline programs:

Alaska Airlines
American
Southwest
JetBlue
Hawaiian
Virgin America
Frontier
United
Delta
Spirit

And the top ten hotel rewards programs:

Marriott
Wyndham
Best Western (tie)
Club Carlson (tie)
InterContinental
Leading Hotels
La Quinta
Starwood
Hilton
Hyatt

These rankings are on only U.S.-based airlines and hotel rewards. However, most of these hotels mentioned here also have a presence in Canada.

While the rankings might provide important insights, you should not adjust your rewards programs solely based on them. The factors determine these rankings may not have anything to do with the rewards programs you follow and you should stick to your programs based on what makes sense for you.

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Aeroplan Customer Service Wait Time Is More Than An Hour

Posted By admin on August 4th, 2015

Aeroplan One Hour

Aeroplan One Hour + Hold Time on Phone

The Aeroplan rewards program has always had complaints for various issues such as hefty fees and taxes, hard to find seats, no availability in business class, and much more. However, Aeroplan’s other big problem is their terrible customer service and I was on hold for more than an hour when I called them on July 19, 2015.

I never had to call Aeroplan before, so I had no idea that it would be a one hour ten minutes wait to talk to a rep. After holding the phone for 20 minutes, I realized that I was wasting my time and could better utilize time doing something else while keeping the phone on speaker. So I started my workout and long after I was done I had the opportunity to talk to a live person. My total wait time was about one hour 10 minutes.

I asked the rep if this kind of long wait time is only today because it’s Sunday or if it’s a daily thing. I appreciate the fact that she told me the truth and said this happens everyday and they are trying to upgrade/fix the system to reduce the long wait.

Rewards Points and Rewards Credit Cards

Posted By admin on July 26th, 2015

More Articles on Rewards Points

More Articles on Rewards Points

While I was working on the rewards credit cards chapter for my upcoming book Credit Cards Hacks: What Credit Card Companies Don’t Want you to Know, I had to go through extensive research about various rewards points and credit cards and that gave me the idea of writing more about this on Entrepreneur Journey.

Here are some of the articles I have posted recently about rewards credit cards in the past 2-3 weeks:

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Rewards Points Opportunity Still Exists

What I am thinking is to post articles mainly about credit cards on A Dawn Journal and about rewards points on Entrepreneur Journey. This would fit with these 2 sites’ themes as EJ already has a travel section that would be a perfect fit for various rewards points articles and financial site ADJ would be a place for rewards credit cards.

I encourage you to visit both sites often, as there will be more articles in the future.

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