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Earning Lufthansa Miles & More miles can be quite a challenge for UK residents if you do not fly on Star Alliance carriers frequently. Collecting them can be well worth the effort, however, because of the monthly mileage bargain promotions which effectively let you book business class and economy class redemptions to certain destinations for (almost) half the usual miles. Here are the details for this month’s promotion:
Miles & More Mileage Bargain Promotion May 2017
Book between 1 and 31 May 2017, travel between 1 September and 15 October 2015
Book on the dedicated offer page here
Business Class return flights for 55,000 Miles & More points (usually 105,000 miles!):
⦁ London Heathrow to Chicago, Dallas, Mumbai, Delhi
⦁ London City to Chicago, Mumbai, Delhi
⦁ Manchester to Chicago, Mumbai, Delhi
⦁ Birmingham to Chicago, Mumbai, Delhi
⦁ Edinburgh to Chicago
Here’s a dummy booking for travel in September on the Lufthansa A380 from Manchester:
Economy Class return flights for 30,000 Miles & More points (usually 60,000 miles!):
⦁ London Heathrow to Montreal, Washington – Dulles, San Jose, Tampa, Bangalore, Madras
⦁ London City to Montreal, Washington – Dulles, Tampa, Bangalore
⦁ Manchester to Montreal, Washington – Dulles, Tampa, Bangalore, Madras
⦁ Birmingham to Tampa, Bangalore
Here’s a dummy booking for travel in September from Manchester:
Economy Class return flights for 35,000 Miles & More points (usually 70,000 miles!):
⦁ London Heathrow to Mexico City
⦁ London City to Mexico City
⦁ Manchester to Mexico City
I encountered no availability issues on the dummy bookings above! The recurring mileage bargain promotion is generous, especially for those in the regions. Whereas on Avios redemptions BA would charge you extra Avios for your connecting flight to London, your feeder leg to Frankfurt or Munich is included with Miles & More! All of these redemptions incur the usual tax and surcharges. Because an economy redemption would cost you 30,000 miles plus approx 300 GBP in surcharges, I would personally only book business class mileage bargains. I’ll run a more detailed piece on the mileage bargain promotion and other decent Miles & More redemptions in the coming days, stay tuned!
Current Miles & More Promotions to boost your earning rate
Lufthansa Miles & More also runs frequent promotions that allow you to boost your earning rate. Here’s a list of current promotions:
- Earn double miles on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and SWISS flights between Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and selected US destinations (see screenshot; economy class only)
Register here first and then book by 15 May, travel by 15 September. The t&c’s require you to provide your registered Miles & More account number at the time of booking if you want the double miles. You will only earn double miles on the transatlantic legs, but not on any European feeder legs. (The promotion page is in German, so use Google translate to navigate, but the t&c’s make clear this is not restricted to Miles & More accounts registered in Germany).
- Earn at least 4,000 miles for a hotel stay booked through the Miles & More portal. Check out The Deal Daddy’s article on insideflyer.co.uk for further details.
- Earn 500 miles just for signing up to the IHG Rewards Club by 31 May. If you’re not a member, you should definitely take advantage. Simply sign up on this promotion page here (use Google Translate to navigate – it’s in German) and set your earning preference to Miles & More points instead of IHG points (nothing prevents you from switching back to collecting IHG points once your miles have credited).
- Earn 1,500 miles per rental with Hertz (and win up to 50,000 miles):
Book between 1 April and 30 June 2017, rent between 1 April and 30 September 2017
Use discount number CDP 646999 and promotional code PC 203594
For details and t&c, see here.
- Earn double miles at Jumeirah for stays of 2 nights or more + get 20% off the best available rate + complimentary breakfast:
Book and stay between 1 January and 30 May 2017
Use promotion code LH22 to book
For details and full t&c see here.
- Earn up to 4,500 bonus miles at Best Western in selected countries:
Book and stay between 16 March and 31 May 2017
Earn 500 bonus miles on each of your first three stays; earn 1,000 bonus miles each on your fourth, fifth and sixth stay
For registration, promotion details and full t&c, see here
No travel coming up over the next couple of weeks? Don’t worry, there are a number of M&M promotions allowing you to accrue M&M points with your day-to-day shopping:
- 1,500 miles for taking out the free UK M&M credit card. Taking out this card will also stop your miles from expiring. See here for details and t&c.
- 2,900 miles for taking out a one-year print only subscription to The Economist at £145. See here for details and t&c.
- 2,900 miles for taking out a one-year digital only subscription to The Economist at £145. See here for details and t&c.
- 3,800 miles for taking out a one-year print and digital subscription to The Economist at £179. See here for details and t&c. (Take this one with a pinch of salt – the current Accor promotion is more generous).
- Earn 1 mile per pound spent at Bicester Village. See here for details and t&c.
Collecting Lufthansa Miles & More can be very lucrative because the recurring mileage bargain promotion lets you book heavily discounted business class redemptions.
Because of the relatively high taxes and surcharges on economy redemptions, I personally think redeeming for business class is better value. Lufthansa Miles & More should be especially interesting for those of you outside London because your feeder leg to Frankfurt or Munich is included in the long-haul redemption price (whereas BA would charge you extra Avios to get from, say EDI to LHR, to take a long-haul connection).
Collecting Lufthansa Miles & More is also fairly straight forward for UK residents: there is a UK credit card (which stops your miles from expiring) and frequent bonus promotions mean that your earning rate becomes more attractive.