Do you know how to transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles? No? It’s easy! Like my other guides, I will show you the step-by-step process. This is why you should follow me on Twitter/Facebook or subscribe via email to my blog. I will handhold thee hand! 🤗
Why transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles?
1. Avianca has really good value awards when redeemed with partner airlines. For example, EVA Airways Royal Laurel Business class from Los Angeles to Taipei for only 64k LifeMiles or 33K LifeMiles in economy!
2. American Express often has bonus offers if you transfer American Express Membership Rewards(MR) points to Avianca LifeMiles(LM). Recently, American Express offered 4% bonus, so a 1000 MR = 1,150 LM !
Step-by-Step Transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles
Before you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Avianca LifeMiles, you actually need to link both accounts. This step is not required by Chase Ultimate Rewards so I’m not sure why Amex requires this.
1. Log on to your Amex credit card account on AmericanExpress.com first (on desktop). Then on the main navigation, click “More” then in the dropdown click “Rewards”.
2. Choose “Transfer Points”.
3. Click on the blue “View All” button.
4. You will get choices of airline transfer partners. Choose Avianca LifeMiles.
5. You will be shown the Avianca LifeMiles account link page. As you can see, Amex recently offered a 15% bonus offer for each 1000 transfer of American Express Membership Rewards points to Avianca LifeMiles. Now, check and make sure the legal name on your credit card account matches completely with the legal name you used on Avianca LifeMiles account. If you used different version of your name, maybe abbreviated or something, account linkage will be denied. And it takes 24 hours to find that out! That’s not a good idea if you seen an award space you would like to book quickly. Trust me I spoke from experience.
6. Enter your linked American Express credit card information and your Avianca LifeMiles number. If you don’t currently have an Avianca LifeMiles account, go ahead to LifeMiles.com to create one. Don’t go to Avianca.com. I did, and I got lost lol. Then click “Link Account” button.
7. You will get the following message. Linking is not instant so you will have to wait 24 hours. I think either this is done manually by Avianca or nightly batch processing.
8. To check the status of your American Express Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles account linking, you can check the main “Transfer Points to a Loyalty Program” page. Once 24 hours has passed and account linking is successful, the “Transfer Points” link will appear. Click on it.
9. I suggest you do a “transfer test” first by transferring the minimum amount required (1000pts) to see if it works as planned before transferring several thousands of points over. Also I recommend doing this if you’re ready to book an Award on Avianca. Why? So that the miles don’t just sit in your Avianca Lifemiles account and you end up forgetting about them. Enter your credit card security info, click the terms and conditions checkbox and then hit the blue button.
10. That’s it! You will get a message saying the transfer takes 48 hours to complete but go to your LifeMiles account. Log out if you’re currently logged in. Then log back in and you will see your newly transferred points listed in your LifeMiles account!
In the next article, I will show you step-by-step how to use your brand new LifeMiles balance to book a partner award flight on LifeMiles.com. Stay tuned!
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