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How to cash out of small quantities of Lufthansa Miles & More miles

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Here is one of those odd little quirks that few people know about.

It may be that you have a small number of Lufthansa Miles & More miles languishing.  Unlike British Airways, there is very little that the average flyer can do with a small amount of Miles & More miles – there is no cash and miles option, unlike Avios, and European redemptions are laughably expensive.

How to use small amounts of Lufthansa miles

A short haul European flight that would cost 9,000 Avios points plus £35 in taxes will cost you a shocking 30,000 Miles & More miles plus over £100 in taxes! Even a domestic return economy flight inside Germany would cost 25,000 miles plus a lot of taxes.

How to cash out small amounts of Miles & More miles via Heathrow Rewards

You can, though, cash out Miles & More miles via the Heathrow Rewards shopping programme (you need to log-in and go to the redemption page to see this offer).

You need to redeem a minimum of 7,500 Miles & More miles, which gets you a £20 shopping voucher valid at Heathrow.  Each addition 1,875 miles gets you an additional £5 voucher.

Is this a great deal?  No, of course not.  Is it a useful way of disposing of a small quantity of Miles & More miles, especially ones which are close to their expiry date?  Yes.

(PS.  I am not saying that Miles & More miles are totally useless.  There are good long-haul deals in there, especially as Miles & More members can access redemption seats that are blocked to other Star Alliance airlines.    However, if you only have a small number of them and don’t see yourself getting to a large number before they expire, you could have a problem and this could be the answer!)