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Avianca LifeMiles Value 03.09.18

Avianca LifeMiles Value – Light

Avianca LifeMiles are a relatively low-value mileage program, with some surprising upside. Because availability is generally poor, especially among Star Alliance partners, and US gateways few and far between, we’re doing a “light” reckoning here. This basically means that we generate the same metrics as our full-scale evaluations, but with a much more limited data set. It’s used for smaller airlines/programs that we don’t want to ignore, but don’t have the time to give our full attention to. With this in mind, we’re assigning an ACRV of $0.0040 to each Avianca LifeMile.

US Domestic Value$0.0009
International Value$0.0071
Combined ACRV$0.0040
US Domestic Non-zero Average0.0111
International Non-zero Average0.0142
Overall Non-zero Average$0.0127
Award Availability20.93%
Average Fees$38.48

The large spread between the ACRV and the non-zero average has everything to do with availability. When award seats are available, one can generally redeem for decent value. However, finding flights appears to be a bit of a needle-in-the-haystack endeavor.

Avianca LifeMiles Value Distribution 03.09.18

Average for the month was $0.0059, with a standard deviation of $0.0098. The means that, theoretically 68% of redemptions will occur between 0 and $0.0157. That’s actually quite a large range.

Redemption Count
No Availability68

If Avianca’s LifeMiles program could just get their availability under wraps, they might have something decent going on. Our best for the month came from a business class award seat between Atlanta and Lima, offered for 33,030 miles + $62.95 in fees. The lowest price cash alternative was $1,431.00, providing a great redemption value of 4.14¢/mile.

Our advice would be to consider Avianca a “back-burner” mileage program, generally only useful to those looking to travel between the US and South America. Domestically, despite being a Star Alliance partner with United, availability was dismal enough to call worthless.

For more information about how we value airline/hotel and other award currencies, please visit our valuation method and changelog pages.