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Lufthansa’s Miles & More moves to revenue-based miles earning from today

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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.

Comments (76)

  • RK says:

    O/T – the other day someone mentioned a 20% discount on HEX

    Unfortunately I lost the code, something like TAJHOTELS20?

    Can I be reminded of it
    TIA

  • Rob says:

    We saw this, Anika wrote an article and …. I failed to notice the closing date and scheduled it too late, so it was pulled very late one night. Not surprised by the names, which explains why we geographically restrict our competitions.

    However …. the way it was written implied that there were two prizes FULL STOP. Not two prizes per day. If we’d known it was two prizes per day we would have run it as soon as we saw it.

    • Alex says:

      Interesting! Thanks for the ‘behind-the-scenes’ insight. Yes, there were lots of prizes apparently but who would know…

  • Trent says:

    One of my friends in University won 250,000 miles in this competition. He is absolutely delighted… he apparently saw it on Instagram and entered and now he’s Qmiles rich!

    • Alex says:

      Cool! do you know where he is planning to go now with these miles?

      • Trent says:

        He was asking my advice, I said to use it for Business Class and not to waste them on Economy Class flights. He’s going to run his destinations by me once he gets around it, but he has a Masters degree to finish first, so I can’t see him jetting off anytime soon. We’re all quite jealous as you can imagine!

  • Jamie says:

    Off topic Raddison Rewards offer emailed as part of the rebranding. Book 2 nights get 5k bonus points, 5 nights 15k, 10 nights 50k and 20 nights 100k points – stay by 30 June.

    • Rob says:

      Thanks. On the home page but I haven’t received it. Existing bookings do not count so I need to look at whether I should rebook a Stockholm stay coming up. Knowing my luck the price will have gone up.

  • Steve says:

    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….

  • Tilly says:

    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.

  • 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

  • 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 ?

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