How to cash out of small quantities of Miles & More miles

Here is one of those odd little quirks that few people know about.

It may be that you have a small number of Miles & More miles languishing.  Unlike BA, there is very little that the average flyer can do with a small amount of Miles & More miles – there is no cash and miles option, unlike Avios, and European redemptions are laughably expensive.

A short haul European flight that would cost 9,000 Avios points plus £27 in taxes will cost you a shocking 30,000 Miles & More miles plus over £100 in taxes! Even a domestic return economy flight inside Germany would cost 25,000 miles plus a lot of taxes.

You can, though, cash out Miles & More miles via the BAA WorldPoints shopping programme (you need to log-in and go to the redemption page to see this offer).  You need to redeem a minimum of 7,500 M&M miles, which gets you a £20 shopping voucher valid at Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Southampton airport.  Each addition 1,875 miles gets you an additional £5 voucher.

Is this a great deal?  No, of course not.  Is it a useful way of disposing of a small quantity of Miles & More miles, especially ones which are close to their expiry date?  Yes.

(PS.  I am not saying that Miles & More miles are totally useless.  There are good long-haul deals in there, especially as M&M members can access redemption seats that are blocked to other Star Alliance airlines.  They also give Senator (Gold) members an on-going 50% discount on a second redemption seat when two people travel together.  However, if you only have a small number of them and don’t see yourself getting to a large number before they expire, you could have a problem and this could be the answer!)

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Comments

  1. Good point! Thank you.

    Presumably, once converted into Worldpoints, they can be transferred into BA Avios, VS Miles, BD miles etc.

    A poor rate of exchange but one way of (a) reducing M&M miles balance and (b) adding a bit extra to other FF schemes.

    • No, AFAIK that is not how it works. Your miles seem to convert directly into BAA shopping vouchers, not WP’s, so no option to convert them into other programmes.

  2. Any way of cashing out a small amount of Mileage Plus? It seems like you need to be a North American member to use them for hotels and cars now.

    • If you have at least 10,000 Mileage Plus, you can convert them via points.com if you sign up for that. Rates are poor but better than nothing. Typical rates for 10k Milage Plus – 2125 Aeroplan, 2196 AA, 4250 Priority Club, 1797 Virgin America. 3294 US Airways Dividend Miles.

  3. David Murray says:

    Don’t forget that M&M miles can also be spent at the Lufthansa Worldshop, either online or at MUC or FRA. Each mile gets 0.004 EUR off purchases, which include Rimowa / Tumi luggage, etc. I burned ~8k or so this way.