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|
|US Domestic Non-zero Average||0.0111|
|International Non-zero Average||0.0142|
|Overall Non-zero Average||$0.0127|
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.
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.
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.