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Miles & More devaluation coming in May

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Lufthansa has given advance notice of a modest Miles & More devaluation coming on 9th May.

Full details are on the Miles & More website here.  To quote:

“The mileage amount on intercontinental flights will increase for return trips in Business Class by a total of 7,000 miles, and 12,000 miles in First Class.

On flights within a continent – with the exception of Europe – the mileage amount for return trips will increase by a total of 5,000 miles. For example, you can fly from Toronto to Los Angeles in Economy Class for 35,000 miles.

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

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

The new reward chart is here, valid for bookings made from 9th May.  The old (current) reward chart is here.

Miles and More devaluation

Whether this impacts you depends on the routes you redeem.  I only ever use Miles & More miles to get to the Middle East or United States.  Looking at those two:

Business Class flights to the Middle East are UNCHANGED at 70,000 miles return.  This makes them a steal compared to 100,000 Avios off-peak and 120,000 Avios peak.

First Class to the Middle East goes up very modestly from 125,000 miles to 130,000 miles return

Business Class to North America goes up from 105,000 miles to 112,000 miles return.  This still represents very good value for US West Coast trips, but less so for the East Coast.

First Class to North America goes up to 182,000 miles return, from 170,000.  Remember that Lufthansa First Class, if you can get that, is arguably the classiest in the sky and the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt is something worth trying if you can.

Miles & More miles were always a joke when used for European redemptions (35,000 miles for an Economy return from London to Frankfurt plus a lot of taxes) and nothing changes there!

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Comments

  1. Bits Question: I will be flying BA first class in May. Can anyone tell me: can you eat at any time or do you only get served food at the same time as the other cabins? and do you get a sleep suit when travelling on a long haul day flight?. Thanks

    • You can ask for a sleep suit on a day flight.

    • You can eat whenever you like – although sometimes they attempt to encourage you to eat at a time that suits them!

      • This. My wife had almost finished her book and wanted to wait 20-30mins. They served starters to everyone else then did us and we had a much shorter gap between starter and main than the others.

        But you can choose to sleep first eat later if you want.

  2. illuminatus says:

    OT re Amex Platinum Card Insurance – I am the main card holder, am I correct that my 10-yo son is fully insured for accidents and similar if he travels with a group (ie not with me) on a ski trip?

    • Shoestring says:

      no

      you need to look carefully at the policy for yourself – nobody here is qualified to tell you the answer or take responsibility if they give you the wrong answer

      and the costs of a broken leg/ arm etc can be very high – other stuff such as longer term hospitalization/ repatriation/ injuring other people can be horrendously high – so your son does need proper hazardous sports insurance

  3. OT: was trying to transfer money to a Canadian account via Revolut but it says my account number (Canada) is wrong. Is there any extra digits I should add somewhere?
    Also anyone with other company for big value exchange rates for CAD?
    Thanks in advance

  4. What’s the best use of 10K M&M points. Got them through that Hilton promo

  5. OT — how many Amex cards can one apply within one month? Is there any limit on that?

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