Avianca’s LifeMiles program allows you to redeem miles for Amazon purchases. Reader Edwin redeemed 80,000 miles for $500 in Amazon purchases after learning that Avianca would be filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Avianca has previously stated that “LifeMiles is a separate business from airline partner Avianca, remains well capitalized and is insulated from Avianca’s reorganization process”. Despite this reassurance from Avianca Edwin was notified that the payment of Avianca miles was declined and Amazon charged a credit card on file.
0.625¢ per mile isn’t a great redemption, but I can understand why somebody might make it depending on their unique circumstances. It’s possible that this decline has nothing to do with Avianca filing for bankruptcy, but it certainly isn’t good news. I didn’t even know this was an option with LifeMiles.