Lufthansa Miles&More has contacted their Senator frequent flyers and offered them their customary paid extension for one year, which was reduced from 2000 Euro to 1400 Euro.
Member whose account is registered in Greater China have received a complimentary extension of their status for one year, according to our own data and reports from readers.
Miles&More has always offered those members who didn’t requalify for their Senator to extend for a cash payment of 2000 Euro. The extension is always for one year and includes one eVoucher.
It was really easy to qualify or requalify for Senator status in the past few years as the airline has offered many double miles promotions and complimentary extensions of the status.
Those who still didn’t make it have now received a solicitation to extend their status for a one-time payment of 1400 Euro (down from the previous 2000 Euro):
The offer reads that due to the pandemic travel has been severely restricted in recent years and despite various offers the account in question wasn’t able to obtain sufficient status miles to requalify for Senator status, it will therefore expire on February 28, 2023.
It then offers the paid extension, highlighting the discount from the usual 2000 EUR to 1400 EUR.
Does this offer make sense?
It’s really a matter of how the account holder uses this membership and why he didn’t obtain Senator anymore in the first place. If you frequently fly throughout Germany and Europe by purchasing tickets in Economy Class and lower fare classes, it could be very difficult, if not impossible, to reach Senator by regular qualification. Even if you have two flights per week or more. It would definitely make sense to purchase the extension in such a case. Furthermore, the Senator Credit Card will remain free of charge.
You might also be able to apply this purchase to your tax deductions under the right circumstances. Lufthansa will have to supply a receipt so talk to your accountant about this to make sure.
Lufthansa extends accounts registered in Greater China for free!
On a very positive note, I found that my own account (registered in Hong Kong) was extended on a complimentary basis. I didn’t get any mailer about this, but when I logged in today, I found a notification sent on January 18th that advises of another year of Senator status and that a new Senator credit card is on the way:
It doesn’t mention anything about a complimentary extension. The notice also refers to 2 vouchers being credited to my account, which didn’t happen (and I wouldn’t expect for free renewals).
The expiration of my status, however, is already reflected on the membership card:
That’s a nice surprise. I “moved” with all my loyalty accounts to Hong Kong last year in the hopes that these Greater China extensions would come to fruition, as was apparently the case due to their continued lockdowns. Definitely a nice surprise! I had less than 2,000 status miles last year.
Lufthansa Miles&More has sent out renewal offers for expiring Senator tier members on a paid basis and also appeared to have implemented another round of free status renewals for members registered in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Macau).
Several airlines, such as United and American offered this for a few years now, and their pricing isn’t flat but rather based on the account activity. The rates to retain a higher tier level are often quite ridiculous and exceed US$2000. Have you received any of these offers from Lufthansa, and would you pay 1400 Euro to retain Senator for an additional year?