The Lufthansa Miles & More scheme is certainly not perfect, but it does have some good reasons to use it. As I covered in an article about my trip to the Middle East over Christmas 2020, Miles & More offers good value on this route.
One of the odder quirks of the Miles & More scheme, which can make their redemptions better value than you think, is that they offer a 25% discount on the miles required when you redeem for a child.
A child is defined as someone aged 2-11.
This only applies to flights on Adria Airways, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair and SWISS, but that is enough to be going on with.
The discount is automatically applied when searching for redemptions on the Miles & More website. Click to enlarge:
It is only applied for participating airlines. 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, one way – an alternative routing with EgyptAir did not result in the 25% saving.
For a family, this makes Miles & More redemptions attractive.
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 or SWISS, with a change of plane in Europe, only wants 70,000 miles return – the reward chart is here (PDF) – so you are already ahead. The discount on the two child tickets means that the total required is only 245,000 Miles & More miles rather than the 280,000 you might initially expect.
Unfortunately, if this sounded attractive to you, the UK Lufthansa Miles & More payment card closed to new applicants two years ago. Unless a replacement appears, your options for earning Miles & More miles from routes other than Star Alliance flights are slim – they have virtually no transfer partners, either from financial or hotel programmes.