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New and Improved US Bank Avianca/Taca LifeMiles 40,000-mile offer 

Technically speaking, it is not new. This offer has been available for about 2 weeks, but somehow it fell through the cracks up until now. Sorry about that.

Now there’s an easy way to earn LifeMiles with your day-to-day purchases and later redeem them for your favorite reward travel with the LifeMiles Visa Signature® credit card.

Apply today and receive 20,000 Bonus LifeMiles with your first purchase and also receive an additional 20,000 Bonus LifeMiles2 when you spend $3,000 with your card within the first 120 days of account opening.

LifeMiles Visa Signature® Cardmembers also receive:

  • Double miles on Avianca purchases3 
  • 1 LifeMile per $1 spent in net purchases everywhere else Visa cards are accepted4 
  • No preset spending limit5 
  • 6,000 Annual Renewal Bonus LifeMiles6 
  • Excess Baggage Redemption Discount7 
  • $0 Introductory Annual Fee the First Year, thereafter $75 

Offer expires April 30, 2014 so apply for your card today!

Avianka has a very interesting program, and many bloggers believe they are the best program in Star alliance). I wouldn’t go that far, but some features of LifeMiles are improbably hackable. I won’t go into every juicy detail here, but you will find them easily if you google Avianca tricks or something like that. Their most juicy tricks work best for flights to Asia. There are three most important things to remember about Avianca rules.

1. Guam is the part of the US.

2. Russia (including the regions that are in Asia) is the part of Europe.

3. One-way travel is allowed for 50% of miles.

Knowing all that means that you can fly between the US and Asia for 25,000 in business each way. And if you don’t have enough miles, they will allow you to buy them for about 1.3 cents per point.

Improved Virgin Atlantic Card 50,000-mile Offer

The new offer still has the old bonus, but it adds a $100 Global Entry credit. However, Virgin Atlantic has never interested me due to their fuel surcharges. I’ve used Virgin miles to transfer them to Hilton HHonors. That, however, has become less lucrative since Virgin changed the transfer ration from 1:2 to 1:1.5. Still, if you don’t have Global Entry, that’s a no brainer. It offsets the annual fee and gives you free 75,000 HHonors points.

You’ll find the links to these cards in my Free Flights section.

100K Citibank Quantas Bonus for Australians 

Gary Leff from the View From The Wing has an interesting post today about this new bonus for Australian residents. This is what he has to say about that.

  • Big credit card bonuses are no longer strictly a U.S. phenomenon. While bonuses outside the U.S. tend not to be as large, and vary tremendously by market, this is the first time I’ve seen a 100,000 mile offer outside the U.S.

So have I. But I’ve also seen other interesting credit card bonuses from Canada and the UK over the last year. Does it mean It’s time to update my book again? I’ve always warned my readers — because I have no desire to sell my books to people who can’t benefit from it — that the ability to travel for free is almost exclusively the US phenomenon. Now, however, it seems like maybe, perhaps, possibly that notion is obsolete. So much for Chris Elliott’s doomsday scenario.

My today’s post on Frugal Travel Guy, United Airlines–the Basics is on. Check it out.

Photo Credit: By: Robert Scoble

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