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We don’t cover Avianca all that much at TPG — the airline’s LifeMiles frequent-flyer program does offer some solid redemption opportunities, but call center issues make changing or redepositing a canceled award challenging at best. We’ve heard from airline insiders that a fix is underway, but until then all but the most advanced points and miles gurus might want to redeem from other Star Alliance programs, instead — despite Avianca’s frequent (and fantastic) mileage sales.

Given the improvements that the LifeMiles team is working on behind the scenes, it’s notable that Starwood Preferred Guest has just added Avianca as its 36th transfer partner — you can convert your Starpoints to LifeMiles at a 1:1 ratio, plus you’ll receive the usual 5,000-mile bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer. One of the best redemption opportunities is for Lufthansa first class — New York to Europe will run you 87,000 miles, with no fuel surcharges. This new SPG transfer option appears to be available now.

H/T: Dan’s Deals

Will you be transferring Starpoints to Avianca?

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
  • Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
15.74%-19.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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