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Founded Year

2011

Stage

Private Equity | Alive

Total Raised

$343.7M

Valuation

$0000 

Last Raised

$343.7M | 6 yrs ago

About LifeMiles

LifeMiles is currently the operator of the LifeMiles loyalty program. Avianca Holdings affiliated airlines as well as banks and retailers operate as commercial partners of the program. LifeMiles is one of the largest and fastest-growing loyalty programs in Latin America, with more than 6 million members and leading market positions in Colombia, Peru and Central America.

LifeMiles Headquarter Location

Avenida Calle 26 #59-15

Bogota,

Colombia

57 1 587-7700

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You can transfer Capital One miles to 15 airline and hotel partners, but redeeming miles at a fixed value might still be cheaper in some cases

Dec 8, 2020

Business Insider An icon in the shape of a person's head and shoulders. It often indicates a user profile. Log In US Edition Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Close icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification. Good Close icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification. More Button Icon Circle with three vertical dots. It indicates a way to see more nav menu items inside the site menu by triggering the side menu to open and close. Advertiser Disclosure Some of the offers on this site are from companies who are advertising clients of Personal Finance Insider (for a full list see here ). We may receive compensation when you click on such partner offers. Advertising considerations may impact where offers appear on the site but do not affect any editorial decisions, such as which products we write about and how we evaluate them. Personal Finance Insider researches a wide array of offers when making recommendations; however, we make no warranty that such information represents all available products or offers. This article is brought to you by the Personal Finance Insider team. It has not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of the issuers listed. Some of the offers you see on the page are from our partners like Citi and American Express, but our coverage is always independent. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. You have two options for using Capital One miles for travel — either redeeming at a fixed rate of 1 cent per mile toward travel purchases charged to your card, or by transferring to Capital One's airline and hotel partners for an award flight or hotel stay. Some Capital One transfer partners offer much better value than others, and a handful should be avoided because awards are expensive or hard to book. Always compare how many Capital One miles you'd have to transfer for an award to the number of miles required to erase a travel purchase. For cheap flights and hotels, you're often better off redeeming your miles at a fixed rate. It's easy to earn Capital One miles with credit cards like the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card , which has a welcome bonus that lets you Earn 100,000 bonus miles when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. Historically, Capital One miles have been fixed-value rewards, with each mile worth 1 cent toward erasing travel purchases from your statement. More recently, Capital One introduced the option to transfer your miles to a variety of airline and hotel transfer partners. The ability to transfer your Capital One miles can potentially increase their value, depending on the partner and the specific award flight or hotel stay you book. As with other transferable points programs , some Capital One partners are better than others. Before you transfer miles to a partner, always compare the number of Capital One miles you'll need to transfer for an award to the cash cost of the ticket or room. That's because you can often spend fewer miles by redeeming them at a rate of 1 cent each to offset the purchase of paid travel — and it's especially true nowadays when many routes and destinations are on sale. While it's certainly possible to get more than 1 cent per mile in value by transferring your miles and booking an award, that's not always the case. You should also account for the fact that if you use Capital One miles at a fixed rate to pay for a flight or stay, you'll also earn airline miles or hotel points from the ticket because it's like you paid cash. Capital One transfer partners — complete list You can currently transfer Capital One miles to 13 airline and two hotel partners, and most are at a rate of 2 Capital One miles to 1.5 airline miles or hotel points, with a few exceptions as noted below: Aeromexico Club Premier Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card — Earn 100,000 bonus miles when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. You'll earn 2x miles on all purchases with no limit and the annual fee is $95. Here's our Capital One Venture review . Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card  — Earn 20,000 miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. You'll also earn 1.25 miles per dollar on all purchases with no limit, and there's no annual fee . Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business — Earn 50,000 miles once you spend $4,500 on purchases within the first 3 months and 2x miles on all purchases with no cap. The annual fee is $95, waived the first year. Find out more in our review of the Capital One Spark Miles card . Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business — Earn 20,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months and unlimited 1.5x miles on all purchases, with no annual fee. Capital One miles do not expire as long as your card is open and in good standing. If you have more than one Capital One card that earns miles, you can combine your rewards, and it's even possible to transfer miles to someone else (as long as they also have a Capital one miles-earning account). The best Capital One airline transfer partners Air Canada Aeroplan Air Canada is a member of the Star Alliance, and recently (November 2020) revamped their Aeroplan award chart with several positive changes. One big improvement is that there are now no longer any carrier-based fuel surcharges. That means you can book any Star Alliance airline (including United, Lufthansa, Turkish, Singapore Airlines, and Air Canada itself) and only pay the government taxes and fees. If you are booking a partner airline, there is a partner surcharge fee of 39 Canadian dollars that is assessed. Air France-KLM Flying Blue The Flying Blue program is one of the few programs that partners with all of the major transferable currencies ( American Express Membership Rewards , Chase Ultimate Rewards , Citi ThankYou Rewards , and Capital One ). This gives you flexibility, because if you don't have enough points in a single program to transfer for an award flight, you can always top off your account from any of these programs. Flying Blue no longer publishes an award chart, but a one-way economy ticket from the US to Europe ranges from around 15,000 to 30,000 Flying Blue miles. Flying Blue also includes fuel surcharges on most of their routes, which can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a ticket, on top of the cost in miles. One good way to use your Flying Blue miles is through its monthly promo rewards, which can save 25 to 50% on the cost of an award ticket. Avianca LifeMiles Avianca is one of the largest airlines in South America and a member of the Star Alliance. That allows you to use LifeMiles to book on partners like SAS, United, and Ethiopian Airlines. Avianca LifeMiles are easy to get as well. In addition to partnering with Capital One, Citi ThankYou, American Express Membership Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy , Avianca regularly offers promotions for buying or transferring LifeMiles. You can often get a 150% bonus or more, which makes Avianca a good program to combine miles from different sources. Avianca's award chart divides the US into three separate regions based on geography. Flights within a region of the US only cost 7,500 LifeMiles, which can be a significant savings compared to booking award flights with other programs. Singapore KrisFlyer Singapore Airlines flies some routes with luxurious first-class Singapore Suites. Singapore usually opens up the most award space in Suites Class to those booking with KrisFlyer miles. Another great usage of Singapore KrisFlyer miles is to fly from the mainland US to Hawaii. Using Singapore KrisFlyer miles, you can fly to Hawaii for as little as 11,500 miles, which is up to 34% cheaper than the 17,500 miles it costs using the miles of Singapore's partner United Airlines. Good Capital One airline transfer partners Etihad Guest It is possible to find some very good deals using the Etihad Guest mileage program. Although Etihad Airways is not a member of any of the three largest airline alliances, they do have a number of partnerships with airlines around the world. Two partnerships that may offer a good reason to transfer your Capital One miles are Czech Airways (Prague to Seoul in business class for 25,610 Etihad Guest miles) and Royal Air Maroc (New York-JFK to Casablanca for 22,000 miles in economy or 44,000 miles in business class). Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Cathay Pacific belongs to the oneworld airline alliance and has a distance-based award chart, so the number of Asia Miles required for an award ticket depends on the flown distance of the flight. With the Asia Miles chart, it also costs fewer miles if you fly only Cathay Pacific than if you also fly with one of their oneworld partners. For example, you can fly from Los Angeles to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific for only 30,000 Asia Miles in economy or 70,000 in business class. JetBlue TrueBlue JetBlue offers a revenue-based frequent flyer program, which means that the cost of a ticket in TrueBlue miles is correlated to its cost in cash. The value of a TrueBlue point varies somewhat depending on the exact route and ticket, but is generally around 1.3 cents each. With the 2:1.5 transfer ratio, you'll probably end up needing the same amount of Capital One miles whether you transfer to TrueBlue and book an award ticket, or redeem your miles at a fixed rate for a paid flight. Just remember that if you book a cash ticket your flight will also earn TrueBlue miles. Qantas Frequent Flyer The Qantas award chart is distance-based, which means that you're going to have your best deals on short flights with an expensive cash price. Flights less than 600 flown miles cost only 8,000 Qantas points in economy or 16,000 points in business class. This would cover a flight from Sydney to Melbourne, for example. Capital One airline transfer partners that aren't great value Aeromexico Club Premier The Aeromexico Club Premier program uses "kilometers" instead of miles. That means that the award chart is generally inflated by 1.6x, when compared to other programs. That makes the 2:1.5 transfer ratio from Capital One especially egregious. American Express transfers to Aeromexico at a rate of 1:1.6 , meaning that you'll get more than twice as many points as you do from a similar Capital One transfer. Alitalia MilleMiglia Alitalia has one of the shakiest financial situations of any world airline, which makes the Alitalia MilleMiglia program veru unattractive. If you want to fly on Alitalia, you're better off transferring to and using the miles of one of its SkyTeam partners. Emirates Skywards Emirates did recently reduce the astronomical fuel surcharges they charge on Skywards award tickets, but the award chart is still inflated compared to that of other airlines. Emirates first-class cabins are among the best in the world, but it's still a better idea to use miles from a different airline if you want to book it. EVA Infinity MileageLands One advantage of the EVA Infinity MileageLands award chart is that it does have an attractive stopover policy on award tickets. However, you'll have to call in to book an award with a stopover. Other than that, there's not much of a reason to transfer your Capital One miles here. Finnair Plus The Finnair award chart charges 55,000 Finnair miles for a one-way economy ticket from North America to Europe. That's twice what many other airlines charge, and is indicative of the poor value you'll see with Finnair Plus miles. You'll be better off transferring your Capital One miles to another partner. Capital One hotel transfer partners With Capital One hotel transfer partners, even more so than with their airline partners, you'll want to check on the cash price before transferring your Venture miles. You may find that you're better off purchasing your stay with the hotel directly and using your Venture miles at a rate of 1 cent per mile than transferring your miles. Accor Live Limitless Rather than an award chart, Accor's loyalty program offers a flat 40 euros off your bill for 2,000 Accor reward points. Remember that Capital One transfers to Accor at a rate of 2:1, so 4,000 Capital One miles would get you 40 euros off your bill. You could also redeem the same number of Capital One miles for $40 off your bill at a rate of 1 cent per mile. Since 40 euros are currently worth more than $40, if you want to use Capital One miles to stay at an Accor hotel, transferring may be a better option. Wyndham Rewards Wyndham has three different award tiers, with hotels costing 7,500, 15,000 and 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night. Because of the 2:1.5 transfer ratio and the ability to use your Capital One miles to offset a paid stay at a rate of 1 cent per mile, those categories are equivalent to a cash price of $100, $200, or $400. It is possible, but fairly unlikely, that you will find a Wyndham hotel stay for that high of a price. How to transfer Capital One miles Transferring your Capital One miles to airline and hotel transfer partners is a pretty straightforward process. Log on to your account, and navigate to your rewards account. The option to transfer miles will open a pop-up window where you can enter your loyalty account information. You have to transfer a minimum of 1,000 Capital One miles, and then in 100-mile increments after that. Many transfers are instant, though some partners may take a few days to transfer. Be careful to find available award seats or rooms before you make the transfer, because all airline and hotel transfers are one-way and irreversible. Featured credit cards from our partners

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