Lifemiles has decided to compete with Avios suddenly. The loyalty program has introduced improved redemption rates for short journey within the US as well as Asia.
The changes are already live and you can see the redemption rates in the Online Booking Tool.
The program has redefined the US into 3 zones.
For a flight from San Francisco to Jackson Hole it prices out at 7,500 one-way compared to a 12,500 miles redemption with United.
Even if you cross from one zone to the next it would still be cheaper than using United miles for San Francisco to Chicago for instance (10,000 vs 12,500) miles:
However the trick with the Lifemiles tool is to use it for ‘hidden city ticketing’. You can actually get a flight from San Francisco to Washington DC but you are booking a San Francisco to Jackson Hole trip (that connects in DC). You may ‘miss your connection’ and stay in Washington D.C.. This flight still prices out at 7,500 miles (if it is available!).
Here is the pricing for a Business Class award (double the mileage):
Note that you can’t do that every day – airlines are tracking this based on your frequent flyer number. So at least add different frequent flyer programs from more exotic programs before your flight (even though this is an award ticket).
With the current Lifemiles Bonus promotion 7,500 miles wil cost you between $105.00 and $132.00 depending on how many you buy.
For Lifemiles it is good enough to have 60% of miles in your account – you can always buy the 40% for a fair price.
So while more expensive than the cheapest domestic redemption of just 2,500 miles between certain city pairs with JetAirways on United this one is much mire flexible since it allows for connecting flights – JetAirways does not.
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