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Bits: who won the 250,000 Qmiles?, Miles & More moves to revenue-based earning today

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News in brief:

And the winners are ….

Two weeks ago we ran an amazing competition with Qatar Airways.

Two lucky winners would win 250,000 Qmiles each in Qatar Privilege Club – the biggest mileage giveaway we’ve ever run.

We can now announce the two lucky winners, who should have been contacted by Qatar Airways by now, are:

Samantha P.

Michael S.

Enjoy spending your Qmiles!  Thank you to the team at Qatar Airways for providing such a great prize.

(If you a Samantha P or a Michael S and have not been contacted by Qatar Airways, it isn’t you, sorry!  After our recent New York competition, we had five Nick G’s get in touch who thought it was them but who hadn’t had an email ……)

Miles & More moves to revenue-based earning from today

In what may be a model for BA’s upcoming Avios revamp, Lufthansa’s Miles & More scheme moves to revenue-based mileage earning for tickets issued from today.  Existing bookings are not impacted.

In theory, it is meant to be simpler and to reward those who buy more expensive tickets.

(Regular readers will know that I disagree with this model.  The majority of people who ‘buy’ higher priced tickets are spending their employers money, not their own.  In many cases the employer will have a route deal which forces the flyer to use Star Alliance irrespective.  People who are obliged to fly Lufthansa irrespective of their genuine loyalty to the airline get more miles, whilst leisure travellers and small business owners – who genuinely have a free choice in who they fly with – get less.)

This is the chart (click to enlarge):

Miles & More changes to earning

The € value used is ‘base fare plus airline-levied YQ surcharges’ which means they will exclude Air Passenger Duty (for UK departures) and airport fees before calculating what you earn.  This could lead to cheap one-way tickets from Heathrow earning under 50 miles!

Codeshares will be based on the operating airline and not the marketing airline.

Except:

“The new system applies to all tickets sold by Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings or Brussels Airlines. If you book via a direct sales channel of Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings or Brussels Airlines, i.e. the website, miles will be awarded based on the new system. If you book via a third-party sales channel, i.e. a travel agent or online travel agency, you will be able to tell by the ticket number whether your award miles will be calculated according to the new system. If the first three digits of your ticket number are 220 (Lufthansa), 724 (SWISS), 257 (Austrian Airlines) or 082 (Brussels Airlines) or Eurowings, the new system applies to your flight – if not, the award miles are calculated according to the old system. The one exception are tickets purchased through a tour operator. Here award miles are allocated according to the booking class, irrespective of the ticket number. In rare cases where no fare information is available, Miles & More reserves the right to continue to award miles according to the booking-class-based system.”

So …. the chart above is what you get, except when you don’t.  If you want to earn miles under the old system, you still can!  Simply use a third party booking agent or a Star partner such as LOT or United which can also issue Lufthansa tickets.

More confusingly, status, select and HON Circle miles will continue to be awarded under the current system.

For readers who earn the bulk of their miles from non-flying methods such as credit card spend, there is unlikely to be much difference to their earning.  Lufthansa claims that the new system is neutral in terms of miles awarded, which implies that those buying cheaper tickets (with their own money) will be worse off.

There is a Q&A and some more information on the Miles & More website here.

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Comments

  1. OT – does anyone know whether I will be able to claim a refund for a pre-paid in PE? I redeemed the flight with Avios but now need to cancel. Conscious I will ‘lose’ £35 but wondered whether I’d be able to get the £46 (!) I paid to reserve the seat. It would lessen the pain somewhat however it doesn’t appear to be reflected on my cancellation options….

  2. OT – opened my BAEC app today and have a picture of a birthday cake…… it is my birthday today. I’ve heard of a birthday bonus but in the 3 years I’ve had a BAEC account I’ve never been offered anything. Do they still offer birthday bonuses?

    Also, as of yesterday I’m now bronze, first for me. Do I get anything for that?

    TIA

    • Tom Cook says:

      25% more avios, free seat selection 7 days before flying, business class check in.

      The benefits are listed in the tiers and benefits page on the BA website.

  3. Tetly1967 says:

    OT – Radisson Rewards promotion just released – up to 120000 Radisson reward points if you book 20 nights between 12 March and 15 April and stay between 12 March and 30 June

  4. Andy S says:

    OT – Accor points to Iberia

    How long should it take for points to appear? I managed to transfer 1400 points that were about to expire and Accor says it went through, but my iberia account is still empty. (as is Accor account) Does it normally take a few days or have they got lost ?

  5. OT: re Hilton sale which seems to be live, I can’t see any blackout dates mentioned in between April and December. Tried 2 different hotels in Singapore and Thailand for early April and it kept saying the dates do not qualify. Was also asking for 60,000 points when, till this morning, the rate was 58,000.

    • Cate ⛱️ says:

      I have two reservations at Helsinki airport booked at their winter sale price. Down now by £30 each night.

  6. Cate ⛱️ says:

    OT but last night I was going through the Hilton website pricing up some stays and I came across an ‘Amex rate’ which was a rate for people who booked with an amex card. I’ve not come across this before, anyone have any intel on this?

    • Cuchlainn says:

      Cate,
      Only refers to US Amex issued cards – Google hiltonhoteloffers.com .

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