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A reader from Germany contacted us via Facebook last week trying to clear up a situation which I personally would have thought is a clear cut case: Swiss First Class Lounge access in Zurich.

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Turns out it wasn’t so easy. The reader is traveling on United Airlines code shares and SWISS seems to have tweaked their lounge access rules, yet has not published any of this. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a link to a BBC article about this new fee initiative by Lufthansa that tries to add a 16 euro fee for bookings made using OTA’s such as Expedia and Opodo.

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This new charge is to take place on September 1, 2015, and include all the Lufthansa Group airlines of Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss in addition to Lufthansa itself. [click to continue…]

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Swiss first class awards will only be available for Miles&More Senator & HON Circle members starting on January 1, 2014. Miles&More made this announcement today on their web page here.

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Upgrading from business to first class is still possible for Miles&More base and FTL (Frequent Traveler) members. You can only book Swiss first class awards by phone starting on January 1, 2014. [click to continue…]

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Miles and More is not just Lufthansa’s frequent flier program, but includes the Lufthansa group of airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian and Brussels) and couple of smaller European Star Alliance carriers like LOT.

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Miles and More has extensive list of Mileage Bargains from number of European and international destinations. The booking and travel dates are sometimes quite limited, but if you can take advantage of these offers you can easily save close to 50% of the number of miles required.

It probably doesn’t make any sense to book economy awards using Miles and More miles because Lufthansa charges very extensive fuel surcharges on international awards. Sometimes these fuel surcharges can be more than a paid ticket on the same flights. Doesn’t make much sense, but does happen.

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Here’s an example of taxes/fees for a business class ticket from Atlanta to Berlin. The real taxes are about $200 and the Lufthansa “junk” fuel surcharge is $806.

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Mileage Bargains ain’t a bargain fee wise, but used correctly can save you a lot of money over business class tickets. Just don’t book economy.