Bits: Lufthansa devalues the Miles & More reward chart, Finnair adds a 2nd long haul plane from Heathrow

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News in brief:

Lufthansa devalues the Miles & More reward chart

Lufthansa is devaluing Miles & More on 9th May.  Members have not been emailed yet but there is an announcement on the M&M home page.

You can see the new reward chart here (PDF).  For comparison, the existing one is here (PDF).  The changes apply to flights on Lufthansa Group airlines and partner airlines.

The changes are fairly modest if I’m honest.  Here are a few examples:

UK to USA, Business – was 105,000 miles return, will be 112,000

UK to USA, First – was 170,000 miles return, will be 182,000

UK to SE Asia, Business – was 135,000 miles return, will be 142,000

UK to SE Asia, First – was 210,000 miles return, will be 222,000

UK to Middle East, Business – was 70,000 miles return, will be 70,000 miles return

UK to Middle East, First – was 125,000 miles return, will be 130,000 miles return

A “Round the World” flight award will increase by 10,000 miles in Business and 20,000 miles in First.  The “three region” flight award will increase by 10,000 miles in Business and 20,000 miles in First.

Whilst this changes are relatively low, this moves comes on top of a shift to revenue-based earning at Miles & More last year.  This means that most members have also been receiving fewer miles when they fly and have therefore taken a double hit.

For me – who never flies Star Alliance for cash and picks up miles via Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest transfers (60,000 points = 25,000 miles) and from the new Miles & More Mastercard (a very good 1.25 miles per £1), the impact is modest.

Given that our most common redemption is UK to Middle East, 70,000 miles return is still laughably better than 100,000 Avios off-peak / 120,000 Avios peak.  I also love doing the occasional one-way Lufthansa First Class redemption – it is the classiest F product in the air – and this will only add a few thousand miles to those trips.

If you are comparing the figures above with over schemes, remember that children under 12 get a 25% discount on redemptions as long as you book with Adria Airways, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, Germanwings, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair or SWISS.

Lufthansa Miles and More devaluation

Finnair adds a 2nd daily long haul aircraft to Heathrow – Helsinki

From the start of the Summer timetable at the end of March, Finnair is adding a 2nd daily long haul aircraft to the Heathrow – Helsinki route.

The 10.20 and 18.10 departures from Heathrow are now scheduled with A350 and A330 aircraft respectively, which means a flat bed in Business Class.  Coming back, you want the 08.00 (A350) and 16.00 (A330) from Helsinki.

These flights are bookable with Avios, which makes for a fun short break if you book into Business.  I reviewed the Finnair A350 in Business Class on a Heathrow to Helsinki flight here.

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Comments

  1. It looks like the A330 is only rostered Sunday through to Friday on the HEL-LHR-HEL afternoon flight. On a Saturday it’s operated using an A319.

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