Germany’s Lufthansa board of directors has approved a complete takeover of Brussels Airlines which will completely integrate the Belgian carrier into the Lufthansa Group.
Brussels Airlines that uses Lufthansa’s Miles&More (sometimes called Miles&Less read more here) has introduced new program called LOOP for awarding those flying in short-haul.
You can get status related Miles&More benefits, but you must choose between earning miles or LOOPs.
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.
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.
American Airlines & British Airways Up To 115,000 Bonus Miles/Avios For Transatlantic Travel May 7 – August 7, 2015
American Airlines and British Airways have both launched up to 115,000 miles/Avios campaign for transatlantic travel between May 7 – August 7, 2015.
The offer is valid for travel between United States, Canada or Mexico and Europe on American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, OpenSkies and US Airways marketed and operated flights.
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.
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.
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.
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.