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Miles & More extends expiry protection for ex-payment card holders

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The current Lufthansa Miles & More Global Traveller payment cards closed on 4th April 2021.

One of the key benefits of holding this card, and paying the £79 annual fee, was that it stopped your Miles & More miles from expiring.

Lufthansa has an unforgiving expiry policy with your miles disappearing three years after being earned, irrespective of activity. The only way to stop it was to have Miles & More elite status or to hold a Miles & More payment card, which hasn’t been possible in the UK for the last 16 months.

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Lufthansa has just given you another three months grace. If ex-cardholders check their Miles & More statements, they will see that they were credited with 1 mile yesterday, ostensibly marked ‘credit card spend’. This tells the Miles & More computer not to expire any miles this quarter.

This has only pushed back the problem, of course. Your miles will now start to expire on 31st December unless another extension is imposed.

As we covered last week, Cornercard has dropped plans to launch a new Lufthansa payment card in the UK. It did say that the airline is now talking to new issuers so we may yet see something turn up. I imagine that if Lufthansa had thrown in towel completely it would start letting miles expire.


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In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

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Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

American Express Business Platinum

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American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

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Comments (46)

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  • JerrySignfield says:

    Applied on the day of the original article, still waiting a response!

    Phoned them on their dedicated line and emailed their KYC email, no response, this is all rather rubbish, the person on the phone said may take up to 10 days I told them its been over a month, no clue!

  • James Ward says:

    Seems like it’s possible to double-dip by topping up with a Curve card, linked to another points earning card. My top-up for £500 went through no problem.

  • Carlos says:

    How long does it take for the first 1,500 bonus points to arrive?

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Application still showing as manual review as name or DOB doesn’t match. They’ve had it over a week. Is there just 1 person checking applications?

    • Jonathan says:

      I put mine through around midnight, and I was a little surprised when it got approved less than a few minutes later, not immediately though.
      I got my card within about 3-4working days (just a quick FYI to all those querying card delivery timescales, that’s when I got mine

  • Willers Julie says:

    I subscribed a week or so before that and entered the HFP code. It didn’t work and when I tried again a few minutes later the promo box was gone but the application went in fine. No promo box so no bonus.

    • Rob says:

      We can probably fix that. Drop us a note when you get the first 1,500.

      • Willers Julie says:

        Thank you so much Rob. FYI the card arrived and good to use within a couple of days & no prob with any transactions.

  • DaveP says:

    Has anybody received the card 1500 Avios (and HfP bonus) yet after spending the required £500??

  • Londonsteve says:

    I applied on the Sunday, the last day for the HfP bonus offer. My application took 2 days to be approved which included having to re-upload a scan of my passport and doing the face capture thing again. It was approved a few minutes thereafter and a couple of days later I had my card.

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