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Slightly mad deal: get 30 Lufthansa Miles & More miles per €1 spent at Booking.com

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Lufthansa is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Miles & More frequent flyer programme.

It has been running a number of promotions linked to this, but none have generated any real interest. And then, with no external promotion at all as far as I can see, it turns out there is an exceptionally generous hotel booking deal.

You will earn 30 Miles & More miles per €1 you spend with Booking.com in December. You can stay at any point in the future.

Full details of the offer are on this page of the Miles & More website.

There is minimal small print:

  • the offer is valid on all bookings you make in December
  • you can stay whenever you want
  • you can earn the bonus on multiple bookings
  • miles will be awarded up to 64 days after your stay

There is only one key rule, which you don’t see until you click through to the Booking.com website. You are capped at earning 150,000 Miles & More miles under this offer which is equivalent to a €5,000 spend.

Nothing stops a big spender splitting an expensive booking into two parts, of course, with your partner booking some days and you booking the rest.

I also suspect, although it isn’t clear, that you may only earn on the ‘base’ price before taxes (VAT, in the case of UK bookings) although this isn’t mentioned anywhere.

What are Miles & More miles worth?

I’m happy to put a 1p value on Miles & More miles. This would mean that you’d be getting (at 30 miles per €1) a 35% rebate on the cost of your hotel.

If Booking.com doesn’t pay out on the VAT element, this would reduce depending on the tax rate in the country in which you are staying.

Miles & More miles can be spent across all airlines in Star Alliance, including Lufthansa, SWISS, United, Turkish, Singapore Airlines etc etc.

In general, because of the way the Lufthansa redemption chart works:

  • short-haul redemptions (eg UK to Germany) are poor value compared to using Avios
  • long-haul redemptions are good value, with sweet spots including UK to the Middle East

Premium cabin availability across Lufthansa Group airlines has been far worse than it was pre-pandemic, however. There is no concept of ‘guaranteed’ seats as you get with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.

Children get a 25% mileage discount with Miles & More which is a valuable discount.

Lufthansa First Class is relatively easy to book on those routes that still have it, especially as it is not made available to partner programmes (eg United MileagePlus) for their members until the last minute.

Note that Miles & More miles have a hard three year expiry. Unless you have elite status with Miles & More, your miles will disappear after three years irrespective of how many you earn in the meantime.

Note that it is hard to top-up a Miles & More balance. It is no longer a transfer partner with the major hotel loyalty schemes and has never been an American Express or HSBC transfer partner in the UK. You can now buy miles again after a long hiatus.

Lufthansa First Class

Third party booking site caveats also apply

Booking with Booking.com also means you have to remember a few things:

  • you won’t earn hotel loyalty points if you stay with a branded chain, because this is a ‘third party’ booking
  • you won’t receive any elite status benefits you may have with the chain you booked, because this is a ‘third party’ booking
  • whilst pricing should match the official rate that the hotel is advertising directly, the Booking.com price may be undercut by any ‘member rate’ offered by the hotel you are booking

The net result of all this is that this deal will work best if you are booking an independent hotel or one where you don’t have elite status and/or do not want their loyalty points.

Conclusion

Despite all of the above, this could be a stonking deal in the right circumstances.

Crazy though it sounds, if you wanted a one-way Lufthansa First Class flight anywhere it would almost certainly be cheaper to book a hotel via Booking.com than it would be to buy the ticket outright! Obviously this is not an apples to apples comparison but it does highlight the value here.

My wife is still thinking about going away for New Year, and if it turns out that we end up at an independent property then I will taking a very serious look at this.

You can find out more on the Miles & More website.


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Comments (63)

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  • Thomas says:

    For me the sweet spot as an aviation geek are by far the 65k upgrade to first, to include FRA and their first class terminal, lounge, ar ride to plane. And upgrade to SQ to First and try their suite in First class! With 3 years to research and book, both should be doable!

  • Osagie says:

    Regarding the 3 year hard expiry date there’s a workaround for families. With the Miles & More family pool the miles of children under 18 don’t expire, and once they turn 18 they are valid for another 3 years (unless extended in the normal way). This worked out pretty well for me in the recent Bundle&Go deal where I bought miles and credited to my children”s accounts. Flying Blue has a similar no expiry of miles rule for children

    • Rob says:

      Family pool not available to UK residents.

      • Jonathan says:

        One of the drawbacks to the M&M program, different rules for where you live

      • Osagie says:

        Yes, but it’s easy to change your country online and it’s rare these days that you will receive anything in the post, and you can worst case always use a friend or relative’s address.

    • Mr. AC says:

      How carefully do M&M check if you’re actually a resident somewhere else (in one of the countries where this is available)?

  • kevin says:

    Thanks Rob. I’m just about to book hotels this morning for a few upcoming trips. There aren’t any amazing offers with the usual Marriot/Hitlon Hotels I have Gold status with via Amex Plat. Boys trips, so looking for cheap and cheerful so probably an IHG property, Holiday Inn/Ibis. I enjoy Lufthansa and would love a long haul 747 in the future.

  • Aston100 says:

    This is genuinely such a good offer.
    So long as the points post correctly and the scheme doesn’t suddenly change before I am ready to book flights with points.

    If it was on Avios, it might qualify as one of the best deals of the year.

    • Kathy M says:

      Although no where near as good, booking.com via the BA shopping web site has gained me lots of AVIOS over the years.

  • Paul says:

    I’m going to see if I can join the party; annoyingly I have a large pre-paid Booking.com reservation on my expensive trip next year but I’ll see what I can do to accumulate a few miles.

    It’s a bit of a ‘mare as I’ll have to split the bookings between two of us as we are UK based and can’t use M&M pooling but overall the points on offer are too good to miss.

  • HampshireHog says:

    Tempting, but I’ve twice had a handful of M&M’s go past their sell buy date as I couldn’t find any use for them.

  • mena says:

    does family pool and adding children help to keep the miles from expiring on emirates?

  • Kathy M says:

    Warning re booking.com scam
    Whilst I am sure all HFP readers are far too clever to fall for it, there is a scam attached to booking.com currently going around. You get a very convincing looking e mail apparently from booking.com telling you they have been unable to verify the credit card you used for a specific booking and asking you to upload your details again!
    Apparently it is the hotel’s IT They manage to hack into, and of course small independent hotels have limited protection.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      They didn’t hack in – those small independent hotels in question had weak/reused passwords and criminals simply logged in with those and sent fraudulent messages

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