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Regular readers will know that each month the frequent flyer scheme for Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss etc – Miles & More – offers Mileage Bargains.  I cover them once in awhile – sometimes there are some interesting destinations included, sometimes they are not so interesting.

These Mileage Bargains are essentially heavily discounted award tickets in Economy and Business Class to certain destinations. Because of the relatively high taxes and surcharges on Economy redemptions, I will only look at Business Class options from the UK. Miles & More long-haul redemptions include your feeder leg to Frankfurt or Munich.

This month, the list is excellent. The stand-out bargains are Los Angeles for only 55,000 miles and Rio for 70,000 miles RETURN in Business Class!

Miles & More Mileage Bargains Promotion April 2018

Book between 3 and 30 April 2018, travel between 1 August and 15 September 2018

Book on the dedicated offer page here

Business Class return flights for 70,000 Miles & More points (usually 135,000 points!):

  • London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro, Nanjing, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong
  • Manchester to Rio de Janeiro, Nanjing, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong
  • Birmingham to Rio de Janeiro, Nanjing, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong
  • Edinburgh to Rio de Janeiro, Nanjing, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Business Class return flights for 55,000 Miles & More points (usually 105,000 points!):

  • London Heathrow to LA, New York-Newark, Detroit, Dallas, Delhi, Mumbai
  • Manchester to LA, New York-Newark, Detroit, Delhi, Mumbai
  • Birmingham to LA, New York-Newark, Detroit, Dallas, Delhi, Mumbai

Business Class return flights for 40,000 Miles & More points (usually 70,000 points!):

  • London Heathrow to Dubai
  • Manchester to Dubai

Bottom Line

There are some interesting destinations up for grabs this month. I’d argue that the stand-out bargains are 55,000 miles to LA because such high-demand destinations are hardly ever discounted. 40,000 miles to Dubai and 70,000 miles to Rio are also intriguing. Yes, you will still pay a ludicrous 4xx-5xx GBP in taxes and surcharges.

If you’d rather not spend 500+ GBP on taxes and surcharges, check out this post here for ideas on how to save cash on Miles & More redemptions.


  1. Lesley says

    Thanks guys for this heads up. Unfortunately it’s just outside the dates I want to travel but I’ll have a look anyway. Is the availability for these flights best searched on United? Do these offers cover the Star alliance partners as well?

    • Joe Deeney says

      I’m afraid I’m not really much of an expert on M+M, but I’m sure someone more knowledgeable will be along shortly. My general view is that there’s no way I’d transfer Starpoints to any programme that has hefty surcharges, unless I just needed to top off an account for a specific good-value award.

  2. T D says

    The fact that you can only just about squeeze out value with M&M on Lufthansa via half price mileage sales really does show what poor value the standard offering is.

    It’s rather like BA and the fact that (long-haul at least, outside RFS) getting value outside of the Amex Companion Voucher is an ongoing struggle.

    • Joe Deeney says

      I agree – by the time you take taxes and fees into account, you’re still looking at £1000+ in ‘value’ even at 50% off (if you value the Miles at ~1p each), which isn’t bad for a long haul Business Class, but it’s not special these days. Same with BA, even with the 241, as you say.

    • Pangolin says

      Yes, the Lufty mileage bargains are the only worthwhile thing in M&M and even with that you have to pay a fortune in YQ surcharges.

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