Lufthansa is the largest European airline, carrying more passengers than any other. It operates flights to 18 domestic destinations and 197 international destinations in 78 countries.
By the time you finish this post, you will know tons of ways to earn Lufthansa Miles & More miles so you can redeem them for travel…and more!
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Earn Points With the Lufthansa Credit Card
1. Enroll in Miles & More
At first, you can print out a temporary card. The regular plastic card will be mailed as soon as you have earned 1 award mile with Lufthansa or another Miles & More partner.
2. Lufthansa Miles & More Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus
The Barclaycard Miles & More® World Elite MasterCard® is affiliated with Lufthansa. Click on the link to learn about the card’s sign-up offer and apply.
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review|
|Lufthansa Miles & More||Barclaycard Miles & More® World Elite MasterCard®|
3. Card Bonus Categories
Use the Barclaycard Miles & More® World Elite MasterCard® to earn 2x miles for purchases from integrated airline partners. All other purchases are worth 1 mile per $1 spent.
Just like with other airline credit cards, the more you use the Barclaycard Miles & More® World Elite MasterCard®, the more miles you will earn. Build up your Miles & More balance quickly by using it for both monthly and unexpected expenses!
4. Book Lufthansa Flights
There are 4 types of miles earned by flying Lufthansa and its partner airlines: Award Miles, Status Miles, Executive Bonus Miles, and HON Circle Miles.
In this section, we are going to focus on Award Miles, but we’ll cover all the types of miles later on.
Earn fixed mileage Award Miles for European flights based on each booking class. For international flights, mileage is determined by the booking class and miles traveled.
The table below shows how many Award Miles you can earn for flights within Germany. Find a complete list of miles earned for all Lufthansa flights here.
|Class||Class Letter||Bonus Miles|
|Economy Class||B, Y||1,000 miles|
|H, M, U||500 miles|
|Q, S, V, W||250 miles|
|K, L, T||125 miles|
|Business Class||C, D, J||1,500 miles|
5. Elite Status Bonuses
Status miles determine your Elite Status level: Member, Frequent Traveller, Senator, and HON Circle Member. Each status is valid for 2 years.
Earn status miles on scheduled flights operated by Adria Airways, Air Dolomiti, the Austrian Airlines Group, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings (including Germanwings flights), LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional, Luxair, SWISS and all Star Alliance partners.
Depending on your booking class, you can receive up to 3x the number of status miles on worldwide flights in business or first class.
(There is an exception for flights operated by Turkish Airlines, for which you will receive 25% of earned award miles as status miles in all classes.)
Executive Bonus Miles
Frequent Travellers, Senators, and HON Circle Members earn a 25% Executive Bonus with the following airlines:
|Adria Airways||Air Canada||Air Dolomiti|
|Austrian Airlines Group||Brussels Airlines||Croatia Airlines|
|LH Private Jet||LOT Polish Airlines||Luxair|
HON Circle Miles
There is only one way to reach HON Circle Member status: by collecting 600,000 HON Circle Miles within 2 consecutive calendar years.
Miles & More members earn HON Circle Miles for first class, business class, and Germanwings “BEST” fares on Miles & More flights with fully integrated partner airlines.
Miles & More Selections are extra perks you earn for flying Lufthansa and the airlines below:
Earn one Select Mile for each Status Mile earned, calculated on a yearly basis (at which time it resets to zero). Reach specific mileage levels to choose a “select benefit!”
|Status||Qualify for Select Award||Example of a Select Award|
|Frequent Traveller||50,000 Select Miles||Silver Hilton Honors status|
|Senator||125,000 Select Miles||Gold Hilton Honors status (25% bonus on Honors points!)|
|HON Circle*||650,000 (Circle Miles)||Frequent Traveller Partner Card|
*HON Circle Members get Select Miles based on HON Circle Miles instead of Status Miles.
Choose Select Awards in your personal status lounge under “Miles & More Selections,” or call the Service Center.
Earn Miles With Other Credit Cards
6. Convert SPG Starpoints (Best Option)
The Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program also gives you the option of transferring Starpoints to Miles & More miles at a ratio of 1:1. Plus, for every 20k SPG points that you transfer to Miles & More, you get a 5k bonus!
Use the following cards to earn Starpoints and then convert them:
|CREDIT CARD||CARD INFO|
|Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express|
|Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express|
7. IHG Rewards Club
IHG Rewards points can be converted to Miles & More miles at a ratio of 10,000:2,000 as long as you choose Miles & More as your earning option.
The following credit card helps you earn IHG Rewards Club points faster:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review|
|IHG Rewards Club Loyalty Program||Chase IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card|
8. Hilton Honors Points Transfers
Hilton Honors points transfer to Miles & More with a conversion rate of 10,000 points to 1,000 miles. These credit cards can help you accrue Hilton Honors points based on purchases:
|CREDIT CARD||CARD INFO|
|Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express|
|Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express|
9. Flights With Lufthansa and Airline PartnersTravel With Partners To Earn Miles & More Miles
The airlines in the following table are Lufthansa partners. See the legend underneath the table to find out which types of miles each airline offers.
|Adria Airways *+||A, S, HON, 25||Avianca Brasil +||A, S||Luxair *||A, S, HON, 25|
|Aegean Airlines +||A, S||Brussels Airlines *+||A, S, HON, 25||SAS +||A, S|
|Air Astana x||A||Condor*||A||Shenzhen Airlines +||A, S|
|Air Canada+||A, S, 25||Copa Airlines +||A, S||Singapore Airlines +||A, S|
|Air China +||A, S||Croatia Airlines *+||A, S, HON, 25||South African Airways +||A, S|
|Air Dolomiti*||A, S, HON, 25||EgyptAir +||A, S||Swiss International Air Lines *+||A, S, HON, 25|
|Air India +||A, S||Ethiopian Airlines +||A, S||TAM (moved to Oneworld)||A|
|Air Malta x||A||Eurowings*|
|A, S, HON, 25||TAP Portugal +||A, S|
|Air New Zealand +||A, S||EVA Air +||A ,S||THAI +||A, S|
|ANA +||A, S||Jet Airways x||A||Turkish Airlines +||A, S|
|Asiana Airlines +||A, S||LOT Polish Airlines *+||A, S, HON, 25||United +||A, S, 25|
|Austrian Airlines *+||A, S, HON, 25||Lufthansa*||A, S, HON, 25|
|Avianca+||A, S||Lufthansa Private Jet *+||A, S, HON, 25|
A = Award Miles
S = Status Miles
HON = HON Circle Miles
25 = 25% Executive Bonus
*Miles and More airlines
10. Miles & More Hotel Partners
Here are some of the Miles & More partner hotels. Some of the hotels include more than one hotel brand. Click on a listing for further details.
This is just a sample of the participating hotels; you can find a complete list here.
|Accor Hotels||Varies||Leonardo Hotels||500 miles/ stay|
|Hilton Honors||1 mile/$1||Marriott International||Min. 1 mile/$1|
|Hyatt Gold Passport||500 miles/ stay||Moxy Hotels®||1 mile/$1|
|Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts||1 mile/$1||Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.||Up to 500 miles/stay|
|Langham Hospitality Group||1,500/stay||Wyndham Rewards||500 miles/ stay|
11. Miles & More Hotel Portal
Book directly through the Miles & More hotel booking portal to earn at least 1,000 miles per night (and often a lot more!) with partner hotels. Over 100,000 hotels in portal. Search for availability by destination or hotel.
12. Car Rental Partners
Book a car rental with one of the following agencies and earn 500-2,000 miles. (Avis bases earnings on Euros.)
|Car Rental Agency||Earned Miles/Rental||Car Rental Agency||Earned Miles|
|Avis||3 mi/Euro, min 500 miles||Europcar||500 miles|
|Avis Prestige||2,000 miles||Hertz||500 miles|
|Avis Van||500 miles||Hertz Trucks||500 miles|
|Budget||500 miles||Sixt||500 miles|
13. getAbstract Business Gold Subscription
Earn 15,000 Miles & More award miles for a one-year Gold subscription, or 5,000 miles with a 6-month subscription. Sign up here!
14. Subscribe to The Economist
New subscribers to The Economist can earn up to 3,500 award miles.
Include your Miles & More membership number when signing up. Once payment has been received, the miles will be credited to your account!
The following subscriptions are available:
|Subscription Package||Duration||Earned Award Miles|
|Print + Digital Package||1 year||3,500 award miles|
|Print Option||1 year||2,500 award miles|
|Digital||1 year||2,500 award miles|
15. Miles & More Newsletter
Sign up for the Miles & More newsletter and get 500 awards miles! It takes about 4 weeks for miles to appear on your account.
16. Special Offers/Current Promotions
Check in with Lufthansa Special Offers to earn more points than ever! For example, a current Flex Fare deal offers 50% more award miles
17. International Shopping Opportunities
Most Miles & More shopping opportunities require members to live in Europe, such as the Lufthansa Shopping Portal.
But if you frequently travel to Europe, you can earn miles per Euros spent at Heathrow Rewards, Lufthansa WorldShop, and other Miles & More partner retailers.
Even though Lufthansa is a Germany-based airline, there are plenty of opportunities to earn points for U.S. Miles & More members. We hope you have found these tips helpful as you get ready to build up your Miles & More balance!
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Table of Contents
- Earn Points With the Lufthansa Credit Card
- Earn Miles With Other Credit Cards
- 6. Convert SPG Starpoints (Best Option)
- 7. IHG Rewards Club
- 8. Hilton Honors Points Transfers
- 9. Flights With Lufthansa and Airline PartnersTravel With Partners To Earn Miles & More Miles
- 10. Miles & More Hotel Partners
- 11. Miles & More Hotel Portal
- 12. Car Rental Partners
- 13. getAbstract Business Gold Subscription
- 14. Subscribe to The Economist
- 15. Miles & More Newsletter
- 16. Special Offers/Current Promotions
- 17. International Shopping Opportunities