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Edit – this deal is already dead! I am now waiting to see what response I get from IHT.

Ok, let’s start with the disclaimer. You do this entirely at your own risk and should not do it unless you are prepared to fight for your prize!

Take a look here –

Usually, the International Herald Tribune offers 15,000 miles in Miles & More for a 6 month subscription, costing £173. The link above offers 150,000. This is worth at least £1,500 in flights, although you need to redeem long haul with M&M because the taxes make short haul redemptions a stupid choice.

The offer is probably a typo. However, it is restricted to just 4 counties, including the UK, whilst the usual 15k offer (which is still available via a different link) is available to more. And the 15k offer asks for your Miles and More number – this link does not. However, the order confirmation does say ‘Special Miles & More offer’ on it!

The link above does NOT require you to pay now. You are billed later. So, technically, you could easily refuse to pay if they refuse to honour the miles. Do a print out of the offer screen (on a PC, press CTRL and PrScrn then open MS Word, right click, Paste and your screenshot will be pasted into a document you can then save.)

The chance of this being honoured is slim, but then the upside is fantastic if they do. I make no recommendations either way!

The link will almost certainly be pulled in a few hours, assuming it is an error (which it must be, because if it isn’t they will be selling about 500,000 subscriptions in the next few weeks!) so you need to act quickly.

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Star Alliance miles from UK credit cards (June 2024)

None of the Star Alliance airlines currently have a UK credit card.

There is, however, still a way to earn Star Alliance miles from a UK credit card

The route is via Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty points convert to over 40 airlines at the rate of 3:1.

The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is via the official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. It comes with 20,000 points for signing up and 2 points for every £1 you spend. At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 airline miles per £1 spent on the card.

There is a preferential conversion rate to United Airlines – which is a Star Alliance member – of 2 : 1 if you convert 60,000 Bonvoy points at once.

The Star Alliance members which are Marriott Bonvoy transfer partners are: Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Singapore Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines.

You can apply here.

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Comments (7)

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  • simon says:

    Down to 10k already!

  • Geoggy says:

    been corrected to 10k already :O(

    • Raffles says:

      Doh! Looks like it was pulled literally within a minute or two of the post going up!

  • PhilH says:

    Luckily I signed up last night. It was very strange. No T&C’s seemed to be available and the email I received stated that the subscription would start in a few days’ time and that someone would be in touch regarding it. Bizarre!

  • Aoife says:

    Very strange alright. I think its very unlikely they’ll honour it really, but hey, heres hoping!

  • PhilH says:

    Just had an email from IHT. They are not honouring the deal. They have offered 15k miles rather than the normal 10k. Obviously not such a good deal any more.

    • Raffles says:

      I agree. I will be rejecting at 15,000 – although if I actually wanted the newspapers it would be worthwhile.

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