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New Avianca Amex Cards: Sign up for the waitlist to get 10k bonus miles on a new card sign-up

Avianca and Cardless are gearing up to launch what appears to be two new Avianca LifeMiles American Express cards.

They’re promising an extra 10,000 miles if you sign up for their “waitlist” and later apply and are approved for the card. Most LifeMiles members in the U.S. appear to have gotten this email. While the emails were sent out to existing LifeMiles members, anyone can join the waitlist here.

My take on the new cards

We don’t yet have any information on what the new cards will offer.

I’ve personally used LifeMiles for business class tickets to between the United States and Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia. The program transfers with most major transferable points currencies and doesn’t pass along carrier-imposed fuel surcharges on many partners. It’s probably my most-used Star Alliance program. However, I don’t seek to accumulate LifeMiles primarily because they expire without activity in 12 months.

The short expiration window means that, even given a generous credit card welcome bonus, I’ll probably pass on most Avianca LifeMiles credit cards—I don’t want to pay an annual fee on a card that’s not offering me ongoing value and I don’t want to accumulate miles that will expire when I could be accumulating Chase Ultimate Rewards® or Citi ThankYou® Points.

If they launch a card with no annual fee that lets me keep my miles alive with no cost, I’d pick one up. I’d say that there’s less than a 25% chance that will happen.

This is a developing story and we’ll update this post when we get more information about the card launch.

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  • Aaron Hurd

    Aaron Hurd is a credit card, travel rewards, and loyalty program expert. Over the past 15 years, he has authored over a thousand expert contributions published by leading outlets including WSJ, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, NerdWallet, The Points Guy, Bankrate, CNET, and many others. He has also served in consulting roles for many of these same outlets, designing content strategy, hiring teams of teams of editors and contributors, developing thought-leadership pieces, and ghost-editing for senior editors. Aaron is well-known in the miles and points community and regularly presents about travel rewards at conferences like the Chicago Seminars and Minnebar. Aaron has enjoyed the game of optimizing credit card rewards since getting his first credit card shortly after he turned 18. He started learning about credit cards and travel rewards from the (now defunct) FatWallet Finance forums and FlyerTalk. He holds more than 40 open credit cards and has first-hand experience with almost every major credit card product.

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