We have done more than our usual amount of Lufthansa Group coverage recently thanks to the excellent business class sale which has sub-£1000 fares to Asia and the Middle East.
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!
Whilst previously the discount was only available when you called the service centre to book, it is now automatically be applied when searching for redemptions on the Miles & More website. Click to enlarge:
As you would expect, it is only applied for participating airlines (see above). If you fly just one sector on an airline that is not listed, the discount will not be applied at all. For the booking above – London to Dubai – an alternative routing with EgyptAir did not result in the 25% savings.
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 – the new devalued reward chart from 9th May 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.