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Free Miles & More (Star Alliance) Silver status for oil, gas and energy sector employees

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Lufthansa – because of its global network which penetrates a lot of major oil and gas producing countries – has, for a while, been making a play for the business of energy sector workers.

Running flights from Frankfurt to Aberdeen is part of this strategy, allowing easy onward connections – and if you are starting your journey in Aberdeen, connecting in Germany is no more painful than connecting in London.

The Lufthansa Oil & Energy Club offers several valuable benefits to employees in the sector. Most valuable is immediate promotion to Miles & More Frequent Traveller (Silver) status, which gets you lounge access whenever you fly Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, LOT, Croatia, Luxair, Brussels or Adria. The card also gets you the generic Star Alliance Silver benefits – see here – although those don’t amount to much.

The full list of Oil & Energy Club benefits is:

Miles & More Frequent Traveller status, giving lounge access whenever you fly Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, LOT, Croatia, Luxair, Brussels or Adria

Europcar discounts at Frankfurt and Munich airports

Use of a day room at Frankfurt or Munich on stopovers of 6 hours or more

Free food and drink vouchers for use in Frankfurt Airport

2,000 Miles & More miles with your first flight

So, if you work for Shell or someone similar – and Lufthansa DO vet applications for this scheme – then it is a very decent deal.

You can sign up via this website.

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 (25)

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  • Wes Guest says:

    I’m an Oil and ~Gas worker and tried signing up to this a while back but was told i wasn’t eligable as had no flights booked on any of there oil routes.

    I am part of the flying blue petrolium club though but their lounge isnt in CDG, its at the pullman hotel a short bus ride away and is nothing more then a hotel room with a couple extra sofas instead of a bed

  • abc says:

    FT status only gives you access to Lufthansa lounges, so in particular you don’t have lounge access in Aberdeen, though if course it’s still nice in particular when connecting in Frankfurt and also Heathrow has one in the new T2.

  • Planeflyer says:

    LH don’t pay for LH Silver members to get into 3rd party lounges, so really there are very few lounges available outside major LH family hubs, inc ABZ. That aside, M&M is an awful program unless you’re paying full J. Compared to BA, you will need to take a LOT more fights to get a comparable award ticket, especially given the high taxes on Euopean tickets.

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