Did you know Lufthansa offers a 25% mileage discount for children?

We have done more than our usual amount of Miles & More, the Lufthansa Group programme, coverage recently.  We’ve had:

a 50% bonus on transfers from Heathrow Rewards (still running until 31st August)

500 free miles for downloading the app

500 miles for signing up to their newsletter and

6,000+ miles for a hotel booking

I therefore thought it was worth a reminder about one of the odder quirks of the Miles & More scheme, which can make their redemptions better value than you think.  They offer a 25% discount on the miles required when you redeem for a child.

This only applies to flights on Adria Airways, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, Germanwings, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair and SWISS, but that is enough to be going on with!

Lufthansa A380

The reasons I never knew about this for years, despite pricing up Lufthansa redemptions with the kids online, is that the discount is only available when you call the service centre to book. Heaven knows why, but Miles & More is not known for its state-of-the-art IT.

For a family, this makes Miles & More redemptions more attractive. A child, by the way, is defined as someone aged 2-11.

Let’s take a Miles & More business class redemption from the UK to the Middle East:

British Airways wants 120,000 Avios return on a peak date, so 480,000 Avios for a family of four assuming no Amex 2-4-1 vouchers

Lufthansa, with a change of plane in Frankfurt, only wants 70,000 miles return – their reward chart is here – so you are already ahead.  The discount on the two child tickets means that the total required is only 245,000 M&M miles rather than the 280,000 you might initially expect.

Just one of those little things that you might not have known, but which might come in handy.

PS.  Miles & More also offers a generous discount for its top tier Senator (Gold) and HON Circle (the equivalent of BA’s Gold Guest List) members.  These members get a 50% discount on a mileage redemption for a companion when two people travel together.  Whilst not as generous as the British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher, this 50% discount is automatic and can be used as many times as you want each year.

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  1. Flyingbee says:

    I had no idea about the 50% discount for SEN with two people travelling together. I’m expecting to reach SEN within the next couple of months and that status will last until end 2020. I was considering changing back to flying BA and OW after securing SEN but I will be more likely to stick with LH and star to collect the miles for a big long haul redemption in business class for my family of four (not sure how easy it is to get four business class seats on a flight though)!

    • You don’t need to fly whilst a SEN, only book, so you’d be able to make a booking with the companion discount in 2020 whilst SEN for travel in 2021.