Lufthansa “Enhances” Miles & More-Program

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Lufthansa is making changes to its Miles & More program starting on January 1, 2014, that will negatively affect the number of miles earned on discount economy fares.

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Miles & More is not just the frequent flier program of Lufthansa but also Swiss, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, LOT, Adria, Air Dolomiti & Luxair.

You can read more about these “enhancements” on Miles & More’s website here.

Reduced Mileage Earning In Economy

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Please note the following changes to the mileage award for flights from 1 January 2014

Within Germany / Domestic flights:
– For flights in booking classes Q, S, V and W you will receive 250 miles.
– For flights in booking classes E and T you will receive 125 miles.

Cross-border European flights:
– For flights in booking classes S and W you will receive 500 miles.
– For flights in booking class T you will receive 125 miles.

Flights to / from / between non-European locations:
– For flights in booking classes Q, S, V and W you will receive 50% of the distance miles or at least 250 miles.
– For flights in booking classes E, K, L and T you will receive 25% of the distance miles or at least 250 miles.

Flying on Lufthansa on economy tickets is getting ugly. Why would I even allow mileage to be part of consideration during the flight purchase process if I would earn paltry 125 miles for each European segment or 25% of the miles flown for long-haul flights?

Lufthansa announced that they will offer additional benefits for FTL, Senator and HON members that is based on their status and number of flights taken.

Unlikely most of their competitors, Lufthansa still doesn’t have lifetime program. Now, Lufthansa will award “status stars” for long time members.

Conclusion

If you are economy class flier, why would you bother with Miles & More at all?

Just get Star Alliance Gold status via Turkish (read more here) or Aegan (read more here) and enjoy the benefits if flying on Lufthansa.

The number of miles earned on short-haul flights within Europe was rather paltry to begin with, although with some minimums, that it would have taken a really long time to get enough miles for reasonable long-haul award.

Lufthansa also collects and keeps very high fuel surcharges that they “charge on award tickets as well. These surcharges likely cover the “cost” of the award seat or reimbursement for the partner airline award space.

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