如何避免哥倫比亞航空AV里程 (Avianca Lifemiles) 過期?

AV 里程快過期了怎麼辦?

AV里程Lifemiles在2018年4月15日做了一次重要調整。Lifemiles過期的舊規則為:只要賬戶有活動,那麼就可以延長賬戶里的里程有效期24個月,這和我們熟悉的很多主流里程計劃是一樣的。我們知道,很多里程計劃都只需要賬戶有活動,那麼就可以延期。其中賬戶活動對於Aeroplan可以延期12個月,對於UA、AA可以延期18個月,對BA則可以延期高達36個月。Lifemiles的新規則主要做了三點改變:首先把24個月有效期縮短到12個月;其次只有里程入賬才能延期里程,里程兌換不能延長有效期;第三隻有特點條件的里程入賬才能延期里程。那麼到底什麼樣的里程入賬才能延長有效期呢?本文來和大家一起討論一下。

首先告訴大家一個辦法怎麼看自己AV Lifemiles有效期。官網是沒法看到自己里程的有效期的,必須下載Avianca的官方App才可以。注意,Avianca和Lifemiles都有官方App,Lifemiles的里程計劃App看不到過期日期,必須下載Avianca的航司App才可以。我自己打開Avianca App後發現我的Lifemiles里程將於2019年12月過期,見下圖:

這裡強調一下,一般來說,AV Lifemiles 里程有效期為12個月!我們仔細閱讀了Lifemiles官網里程過期規則的全文並進行分析,有興趣的讀者建議和我們一起仔細閱讀一下原文:

  1. 只有里程入賬才能延期里程12個月,里程兌換並不能延長里程有效期。不過有2個例外,一是AV的高級會員的里程,二是Lifemiles聯名信用卡持有者的里程,這兩種情況可以享有24個月里程過期政策。原文:

    Any miles accrual transaction in a member´s account in the Program extends the validity of the miles in the account of such member for a term of twelve (12) months from the date of such accrual of miles. Other transactions that may affect the balance of miles in a member』s account, including redemption transactions, will have no effect on them and will not extend the validity of the miles in such account.This general rule will have the following exceptions that extend the validity of such miles in the account of such member for twenty-four (24) months from the date of such accrual: (i) any accrual of miles in a member´s account with an Elite Status at the time of the accrual; (ii) any accrual of miles derived from a cobranded credit or debit cards under the LifeMiles brand.

  2. 給朋友轉點(會收費)可以延長里程有效期,而以下里程入賬不能延長里程過期時間:一是Lifemiles給的生日Bonus或者別的Bonus點數,二是別家常旅客項目的分數向Lifemiles的分數轉移,三是如果一個人有2個Lifemiles賬戶,合併賬戶產生的點數。原文:

    Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following accrual activities do not extend the validity of the miles in the member´s account: 1) the birthday bonus or any other miles bonus that may be given by the LifeMiles Program and LifeMiles LTD so establishes.; 2) the migration of points or miles from other loyalty programs to the LifeMiles Program made as a consequence of the union of both loyalty programs or the migration of one member from another loyalty program to the LifeMiles Program; and 3) the merger of accounts of the LifeMiles Program, including those derived from a member´s duplicate accounts. In the case of the transfer of miles from a member´s account to another, the activity in the account of the transferring member will extend the validity of the miles that are kept in its account for twelve (12) months or twenty-four (24) months if it has an Elite Status, from the date of the transaction.

    看到這裡,大家肯定要問,TYP和MR轉點到底可以延長有效期嗎?我們替大家實際測試了一下,各轉了1000 TYP和MR進入Lifemiles,第二天打開AV App,里程有效期順利延長了一年!因此MR和TYP轉點都是可以延長有效期12個月的!可能需要等到第二天才刷新過期日期,大家轉點完之後先別著急,記得第二天再打開app確認一下就好。

  3. 只要里程延長了12個月(或者24個月),那整個賬戶內的所有里程都會延長12個月(或者24個月),所以Lifemiles信用卡持卡人只要2年刷一次卡就可以讓里程不過期了。原文:

    When an accrual transaction is made in a member´s account, the entire miles in the account of such member will receive the greater validity between the validity of the existing miles in the account before the accrual transaction or twelve (12) months (or twenty-four (24) months in the cases that apply in accordance with the previous paragraph a. above) from the referred accrual transaction.

  4. 2018年4月15日以前入賬的里程依然有24個月有效期,2018年4月15日以後入賬的里程才遵從上述規則。原文:

    The miles accrued in the member´s account before April 15th, 2018 will continue to have the same validity which they had under the expiration policy in effect as of April 14th, 2018. However, its extension from April 15th , 2018 will be governed by what is established in the present Miles Expiration Policy.

既然MR和TYP轉點都可以延長Lifemiles的里程,那就非常方便拉!大家只需要在分數快過期的時候轉1000 MR或者TYP進Lifemiles就可以了。

MR和TYP轉點可以延長里程過期日期這件事,目前也不確定是他們政策就設計成這樣了還是只是IT bug而已。不過即使哪天轉點延期行不通了,也不用着急,這裡給大家列出幾個其他建議:

  1. 買分:AV Lifemiles經常有折扣不錯價格低至1.375c/p的賣分活動,里程快要過期的時候買點分數吧。
  2. 坐星盟飛機:坐UA或者別家星盟飛機(CA AC NH OZ SQ BR等等)的時候,不妨去登機口把一段航班的常旅客號改成你的AV Lifemiles號。
  3. 申卡:AV Lifemiles聯名信用卡AV信用卡有兩張:AV VidaAV Vuela,都是很不錯的信用卡,不過據說AV信用卡審批的時候經常抽風,很多信用分數不錯的同學莫名其妙申請不過。不過一旦拿到信用卡,就再也不怕Lifemiles過期了。
  4. 轉分:給自己的家人的AV Lifemiles轉一些里程也可以避免里程過期(有一定手續費)。

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