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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 Average 0.0111
International Non-zero Average 0.0142
Overall Non-zero Average $0.0127
Award Availability 20.93%
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
Exceptional >$0.06 0
Great $0.04-0.06 1
Good $0.03-0.04 1
Respectable $0.02-0.03 1
Acceptable $0.01-0.02 5
Terrible <$0.01 10
No Availability 68

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.