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Miles & More, the frequent flyer scheme for Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, etc, has many unappealing features compared to other loyalty schemes: high taxes and surcharges on redemptions, a nasty expiry policy and no household accounts/mileage pooling (read this post for why collecting can still be worthwhile though).
Miles & More has now announced that mileage pooling will be introduced on the eve of the scheme’s 25th anniversary in May. According to the press release (German only), up to two adults and five children will be able to pool their miles. We don’t know much more beyond that as of now.
Although this is by no means as generous as the BA Executive Club Household Accounts, where you can pool miles with extended family, this is a genuine enhancement to Miles & More:
- You should be able to redeem miles for worthwhile awards much quicker now. Remember that you currently only need 55k Miles & More points for a business class return flight to LA.
- Third-party promotions will become more appealing. For example, if you have already bagged the 13,000 bonus miles available to new users of the M&M hotel booking platform, you can now use your partner’s (and perhaps children’s) account to trigger the bonus again – and pool the miles.