Lufthansa Miles & More will soon offer a feature that many other programs already have for years: Pooling your miles with family members for redemption purposes through a ‘Family Account’ structure.
The practice will allow members to use miles from multiple accounts for one single award which makes it more worthwhile to actually collect miles, even with families traveling together.
Lufthansa Miles & More has a mileage expiration policy of 36 months and the earning rates are often dismal, especially on special fare tickets. This leads to many people not even bothering to collect miles as the small amounts they’d collect over the course of three years wouldn’t amount to much, let alone a worthwhile award by redeeming miles.
You can access the Miles & More website here where Lufthansa makes some announcements regarding the 25th anniversary of their frequent flyer program.
7 March 2018 – 25 years of Miles & More: Europe’s leading frequent flyer and awards programme will become even more attractive for its members and partners during its anniversary year. In May, Miles & More will launch mileage pooling and enable its members to earn award miles together. …
With mileage pooling, Miles & More is launching an offer tailored in particular to families. Up to two adults and up to five children can pool their award miles together and earn their desired awards more quickly. Miles earned together can be redeemed in equal measure by either adult for awards available in the Miles & More programme, such as for flights or brand-new luggage from the Lufthansa WorldShop.
“We are giving our members the opportunity to experience the Miles & More programme together,” says Harald Deprosse, managing director of Miles & More GmbH. “The extended range of applications increases the appeal of the programme for our members.”
The offer applies for award miles. Status miles cannot be pooled.
Whilst there is no firm date set, based on this announcement one can expect this mileage pooling functionality to be available in late May at the latest.
What does Mileage Pooling mean?
Other airlines such as British Airways Executive Club allow the pooling of miles under a so called ‘Family Account” for a long time already. At the same time with BAEC the participants aren’t limited to parents and minor children but pretty much anyone you want to add to the account. I used that sometimes if I had friends traveling on oneWorld who weren’t interested in collecting any miles by themselves.
The miles will be credited to each individual account but the link between the accounts allows to withdraw simultaneously for one award booking and the cumulative sum of miles in all accounts serviced as the total available balance for an award redemption.
It’s good that Miles&More is going to offer this finally as people with small benefits in their accounts can really profit from it. I don’t think this will blow up in any negative way for Lufthansa like it did for BMI Diamond Club where people were able to game the system with these family accounts in many ways.
The way that Lufthansa is going to set this up sounds very similar to British Airways and it’s a quick, easy and clean process for all accounts involved.