Miles & More, the frequent flyer scheme for the Lufthansa family of airlines, is shockingly poor value for most short-haul redemptions.
We are talking about 30,000 miles PLUS £130-ish of taxes for a return economy flight!
This compares to 9,000 Avios plus £35 of taxes for a British Airways redemption!
Lufthansa has launched a Summer sale which offer substantial savings. The downside is that you still have to pay those taxes.
Until September 30th, you will pay only 7,000 miles plus £130 tax for a Miles & More economy redemption from London to anywhere in Germany flown by Lufthansa.
Note that I only said ‘London’. This offer is NOT available from any other UK airport served by Lufthansa – and that is the only reason I would have recommended it. Anyone living in London is still better with an Avios redemption if they can get seats.
There is another snag. Lufthansa only flies direct to Frankfurt and Munich from London. All other routes have been passed to Germanwings. Unless you are willing to connect in Germany AND pay over £200 of tax, you are restricted to those two cities.
The offer is also available to / from Bologna, Genoa, Milan, Rome, Riga, Amsterdam, Gdansk, Krakow, Moscow, St Petersburg, Bilbao, Madrid, Valencia and Tallinn. It may have some value to Russia via Frankfurt if you could do that for 14,000 miles plus tax – but you need to book it as two separate flights. In general, though, this deal simply shows you how poor Miles & More is for short haul.
Note that these discounted redemptions cannot be cancelled or changed. Day trips are not permitted.
(PS. If I am being honest, Miles & More is not totally shocking value for destinations further away from London. Heathrow to Moscow, for example, is the same 30,000 miles at standard prices at Heathrow to Frankfurt. That is marginally better value if you can’t get a cheap easyJet or BA flight.)