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Only recently Lufthansa‘s Miles & More frequent flyer scheme expanded its online booking tool for award travel by adding the ability to book redemption tickets on 5 additional Star Alliance airlines. Last month, Miles & More added online award booking for Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, ANA and Eva Air. (Traditionally, you could only redeem for a few airlines online – mostly those using Miles & More as their loyalty programme – and you had to call your local service centre to make award bookings on other airlines).
Here’s an overview of the airlines you can currently book award tickets with directly through the website:
Miles & More has now announced on this site that you can henceforth also book redemptions online for travel on these airlines:
Do note that last sentence: it appears that the online booking tool will be expanded to include even more airlines later on this month.
Bottom line – why is this good news?
It is simply more convenient to book online. You will no longer need to call your local service centre to book M&M redemptions on these airlines.
It is also good news for those that believe that Lufthansa’s surcharges on redemption tickets are ludicrous and devalue the scheme massively. Air New Zealand, Avianca and SAS all impose minimal surcharges on award travel, and you will now be able to spot the difference right away on the online booking tool.
Regular readers will have noticed that I write about the Miles & More frequent flyer scheme quite a bit. I’m generally quite taken by Lufthansa‘s premium cabins and do believe that the Miles & More scheme can offer genuine value. Check out my post on some good redemptions here and the latest batch of Mileage Bargains here, if you are looking for inspiration on what to do with your Miles & More points.