January Mileage Bargains – Half Price Redemption Flights On Lufthansa

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I occasionally flag the monthly “Mileage Bargains” released by Lufthansa’s Miles&More loyalty scheme. For me, they’re one of the (sadly) few ways of actually getting good value from your Miles&More miles. Without them (and, to a lesser degree the FlySmart option), I do struggle to find ways of redeeming my M&M miles in a way that actually makes financial sense.


On the flip-side, by using the Mileage Bargains option you can get yourself a great deal.

What’s the problem with ordinary redemptions?

The long-standing issue with M&M redemptions is the comically high taxes and fees Lufthansa levies on loyalty flights. When you’re redeeming vast chunks of miles and yet also paying a substantial amount of cash as well, it can be very hard to find any real value in redemption flights (not least when you’ve worked hard to build up your mileage stash). This problem is made particularly acute when you look at some of the amazing “full-cash” fares you can often get with the likes of Qatar etc.

By way of random example, an ordinary redemption of a Business Class flight from London to Chicago will cost you 105,000 miles plus an eye-watering €644.68 in taxes/fees:


And how is this resolved by the Mileage Bargains option?

The Mileage Bargains option let’s you redeem your Lufthansa Miles&More loyalty miles at around half the usual rates, and sometimes better than that. So, while you still end up paying the same high levels of taxes and fees, you pay a lot less in miles, making the overall package much more reasonable.

However, the key value with Lufthansa’s Mileage Bargains is in the Lufthansa Business Class redemptions. While you will have to pay a fairly hefty tax/fee supplement, you will get great value for your miles – making the overall flight cost (in both miles and cash) good, and potentially excellent, value.

Mileage Bargains also offer an extended range of Economy Class options, but given the taxes and fees, even at the heavily reduced mileage rates you will struggle to get good value. As noted above, my general view is that pretty much the only way to get genuinely good value for redemption of Miles&More miles is via Business Class redemptions via Mileage Bargains or Fly Smart.

Another great thing about Mileage Bargains is that, because they are allocated to flights where there is not anticipated to be massive demand, availability is generally very good. Availability if of course a major headache with reward flights (as any Avios redeemer will know all too well).

Taking the Chicago Business Class example above, Chicago is fairly regularly included as a Mileage Bargains option at just 55,000 miles. While 105,000 miles + €644 is of debatable value, 55,000 miles + €644 is a good deal

So why a post about Mileage Bargains this month?

I’m writing this post about Mileage Bargains not just as a general reminder, but also because the booking process is now slicker. Lufthansa have updated the Mileage Bargains site with several helpful filters, to allow you to narrow down the options available to you based on your requirements:


As you can see, you can choose your departure airport, and with Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London (City/Heathrow) and Manchester all regularly featured, this is a solid redemption option for everyone in the UK, not just those London-based.

So what’s available in January?

January’s UK mileage bargains have just been released, and while there’s only six options in Business Class, the available destinations are impressive, as follows:

  • Washington (Dulles) for 55,000 miles instead of 105,000
  • Dallas (Fort Worth for 55,000 miles instead of 105,000
  • Shanghai for 70,000 miles instead of 135,000
  • Hong Kong for 70,000 miles instead of 135,000
  • Seoul for 70,000 miles instead of 135,000
  • Osaka for 70,000 miles instead of 135,000

Note however the difference between the booking and travel window, as is always the case with Mileage Bargains. You need to book the flights by 31 January 2017, for travel between 1 May and 15 June 2017.

Is Lufthansa Business Class any good?

Lufthansa Business Class is a good quality hard product. While not up there (in my view at least) with the Etihads, Qatars and Singapore Airlines, it’s still pleasant and efficiently run. You can read our full review of it here.

You can read our comprehensive guide to booking Mileage Bargains, here.


  1. Craig Sowerby says

    It’s worth mentioning that these mileage bargains are completely non-refundable, unlike normal mileage rewards. They are still a great deal – there are even Lufthansa planes kicking around that allow J passengers to select F seats – but you need to be 100% sure about your travel plans.

        • Joe Deeney says

          Ah, saves me checking the details – cheers. Economy only probably makes it a bit pointless really with the current cash fares (often from UK) being so low these days.

          • Craig Sowerby says

            And positioning to WAW on very short notice might not be cheap either. But I’m definitely going to keep an eye on the LOT deals going forward.

        • Pangolin says

          Craig, it’s not just limited to Poles, I know someone based in Germany who always flies TATL and to Asia via LO/WAW for this very reason.

          Of course, if you wanted to do a TATL from the UK, then doing it via WAW and then doubling back on yourself may look less appealing but for Asia it could still make sense.

          BTW, I’ve seen LO mileage bargains in business class too but it’s usually economy.

          • Craig Sowerby says

            Of course. I meant that you don’t seem to get any connecting flights included (unlike Lufthansa) so you have to position yourself to WAW. Which on short notice makes it substantially more relevant for somebody based in Poland.

            In general, LOT is a decent reward option for the lower surcharges. Since most of my Star Alliance travel is booked with Lifemiles, this is rarely an issue for me however.

  2. Pangolin says

    With LO you can also find the bargains via the mileage calculator. I checked it before Christmas and saw that the miles matrix gave some WAW-ICN RTs at 40K instead of the usual 80K. Interestingly, the YQ was very low on these. Much lower than the 80K equivalents in fact. Similar deals are available to PEK.

    This is a post from a Polish FF forum which proves it – you don’t need to read Polish, just look at the screen grab.


    LO is easily the best in M&M (and I think Europe) for YQ but the best in *A is NZ, which drops it completely.

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