14 Best Ways to Earn Lots of Lufthansa Miles & More Miles [2021]

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Lufthansa is the largest European airline, carrying more passengers than any other. It operates flights to 19 domestic destinations in Germany and 205 international destinations in 78 countries.

It also has the largest European frequent flyer program called Miles & More. In addition to being partners with other Miles & More airlines, Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance.

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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1. Enroll in Miles & More

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When you join Lufthansa Miles & More, you are automatically assigned Member status. That means you can begin earning miles right away! Image Credit: Lufthansa

Enroll in the free Lufthansa Miles & More loyalty program to get started earning miles right away, with or without an affiliated credit card.

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 Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard® is affiliated with Lufthansa. Generally, there’s a decent welcome bonus of around 50,000 Miles & More miles.

3. Card Bonus Categories

Use the Lufthansa Miles & More card to earn 2 miles per $1 for purchases from integrated airline partners (AirDolomiti, Austrian Airlines Group, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, and SWISS). All other purchases earn 1 mile per $1 spent.

Just like with other airline credit cards, the more you use the Miles & More card, the more miles you will earn. Build up your Miles & More balance quickly by using it for both monthly and unexpected expenses!

Earn Miles Through Travel

4. Book Lufthansa and Airline Partner Flights

There are 4 types of miles earned by flying Lufthansa and its partner airlines:

  1. Award Miles
  2. Status Miles
  3. Executive Bonus Miles
  4. HON Circle Miles

In this section, we are going to focus on Award Miles, but we’ll cover all of the types of miles later on.

Mileage for flights booked directly with Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Eurowings, and Brussels Airlines are now based on ticket price: 4 miles per €1.

Elite status holders receive a 25% (Senator) or 50% (HON Circle) bonus on Austrian Airways, Lufthansa, SWISS, Air Canada, Air Dolomiti, All Nippon Airways, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, or United Airlines.

Elite status holders receive a 25% bonus (Senator or HON Circle) on Aegean Airlines, Air Astana, Air China, Air India, Air Malta, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Cathay Pacific, Condor, Copa Airlines, Egyptair, EVA Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Eurowings, LATAM, Luxair, Olympic Air, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, and all other partner airlines not listed here.

Tickets booked through travel agents can also have this formula applied. Look to see if your ticket number starts with the following: 220 (Lufthansa), 724 (SWISS), 257 (Austrian Airlines), 082 (Brussels Airlines), or if it is from Eurowings.

Bookings through other airlines or third-party channels where the ticket number starts with other numbers earn based on fare class and flight distance.

Bookings through third-party channels or flying other airlines are earned based on the ticket number.

You’ll 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 miles you can earn for flights within Germany. See a complete list of miles earned for all Lufthansa flights.

Germany Domestic Flights

Travel ClassBooking ClassMiles
Business ClassC, D, J1,500
Business ClassZ1,000
Business ClassP500
Economy ClassB, Y1,000
Economy ClassH, M, U500
Economy ClassQ, S, V, W250
Economy ClassK, L, T125

International European Flights

Travel ClassBooking ClassMiles
Business ClassC, D, J2,000
Business ClassZ1,250
Business ClassP750
Economy ClassB, M, Y1,250
Economy ClassH, Q, U, V750
Economy ClassS, W500
Economy ClassK, L, T125

Worldwide Flights

Travel ClassBooking ClassMiles
First ClassA, F3x distance; at least 1,500 miles
Business ClassC, D, J2 x distance; at least 1,000 miles
Business ClassZ1.5x distance; at least 750 miles
Business ClassP1x distance; at least 500 miles
Premium Economy ClassE, G1.5x distance; at least 750 miles
Premium Economy ClassN1x distance; at least 500 miles
Economy ClassB, Y1.5 x distance; at least 750 miles
Economy ClassH, M, U1x distance; at least 500 miles
Economy ClassQ, S, V, W0.5x distance; at least 250 miles
Economy ClassK, L, T0.25x distance; at least 250 miles

Hot Tip: Looking to figure out a cost-effective way to earn Lufthansa miles? Consider short-haul international European flights. These are usually cheap tickets that can get you closer to earning miles!

5. Elite Status Bonuses

Miles and More Elite Status Tiers
Miles & More Elite Status tiers. Image Credit: Miles & More

Status Miles

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, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, Germanwings, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Private Jet, 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.

HON Circle Miles

There is only 1 way to reach HON Circle Member status — 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. Simply put, you need to take a lot of paid premium cabin travel to even have a chance at qualifying for HON Circle. 

Select Miles

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Fly these airlines to earn Select Miles based on Status Miles. When you accumulate enough Select Miles, you get to choose a Select Benefit! Image Credit: Miles & More

Miles & More Selections are extra perks you earn for flying Lufthansa and the following airlines: Adria Airways, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, and SWISS.

Earn 1 Select Mile for each Status Mile earned, calculated yearly (at which time it resets to 0). Reach specific mileage levels to choose a Select Award!

StatusQualify for Select Award Example of a Select Award
Frequent Traveller50,000 Select MilesBusiness Lounge voucher
Senator125,000 Select Miles2 Upgrade eVouchers
HON Circle*650,000 (Circle Miles)Additional Senator 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.

6. Travel 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.

AirlineMilesAirlineMiles AirlineMiles
Aegean Airlines +A, SCathay PacificA, 25Olympic AirA, 25
Air Astana +ACondor*ASAS +A, S
Air Canada +A, S, 25Copa Airlines +A, SShenzhen Airlines +A, S
Air China +A, SCroatia Airlines *+A, S, HON, 25Singapore Airlines +A, S
Air Dolomiti *A, S, HON, 25EgyptAir +A, SSouth African Airways +A, S
Air India +A, SEthiopian Airlines +A, SSwiss International Air Lines *+A, S, HON, 25
Air MaltaAEurowings *A, S, HON, 25TAP Portugal +A, S
Air New Zealand +A, SEVA Air +A, STHAI +A, S
ANA +A, SLATAMA, 25Thai SmileA
Asiana Airlines +A, SLOT Polish Airlines *+A, S, HON, 25Turkish Airlines +A, S, 25
Austrian Airlines *+A, S, HON, 25Lufthansa*A, S, HON, 25United +A, S, 25
Avianca +A, SLufthansa Private Jet *+A, S, HON, 25
Brussels Airlines *+A, S, HON, 25Luxair *A, S, HON, 25

A = Award Miles
S = Status Miles
HON = HON Circle Miles
25 = 25% Executive Bonus
*Miles & More airlines
+Star Alliance

7. Miles & More Hotel Partners

Here are some of the Miles & More partner hotels; some of the hotels include more than 1 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.

Althoff COLLECTION500 miles per stayLeonardo Hotels 500 miles per stay
Best WesternUp to 1,000 miles per stayMarriott BonvoyUp to 2 miles per $1
Hyatt500 miles per stayRocco Forte Hotels500 miles per stay
IHGUp to 2 miles per $1WorldHotels500 miles per stay
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts1 mile per $1Wyndham500 miles per stay

8. Miles & More Hotel Portal

Miles & More Hotel Booking Portal
Earn extra miles for booking hotel stays directly through the Miles & More hotel portal. Image Credit: Points.com

Book directly through the Miles & More hotel booking portal to earn at least 1,000 miles per night (and often a lot more!) with over 300,000 partner hotels.

9. Car Rental Partners

Miles & More Car Rental
Image Credit: Miles & More

If you book a car rental with one of the following agencies, you can earn 500 to 2,000 miles. You can find a comprehensive list here.

Car Rental AgencyEarned Miles/RentalCar Rental AgencyEarned Miles/Rental
Alamo500 milesHertz Trucks500 miles
Avis3 miles per €1 (minimum 500 miles)National Car Rental500 miles
Avis Prestige2,000 milesSIXT500 miles
Avis Van500 milesSIXT Luxury Cars2,000 miles
Budget500 milesSIXT New Cars10,000 miles upon contract conclusion
Enterprise500 milesSIXT Ride3 miles per €1
Europcar500 milesThrifty500 miles
Hertz500 miles

10. Miscellaneous Travel Partners

Outside of booking flights and accommodations, Miles & More also partners with several travel or lifestyle companies to offer miles on travel-related purchases like tour bookings.

Travel PartnerEarning StructureTravel PartnerEarning Structure
ASMALLWORLDUp to 250,000 milesHEINEMANN Duty Free1 mile per €1 spent
Enaviga2 miles per €1 spentkreuzfahrten.de1 mile per €1 spent
GetYourGuide4 miles per €1 spentMunich Airport1 mile per €1 spent

One of the most intriguing offers is from ASMALLWORLD, a social networking service geared towards North American and European travelers who want to meet other travelers.

You can earn 250,000 Miles & More miles by subscribing to the Prestige tier, which costs €5,200! This is an interesting value proposition because you will receive elite status at many hotel brands and car rental agencies, in addition to admission to many nightlife venues and airport lounges.

Even if you set up a subscription to ASMALLWORLD and never utilize the perks, you’ll essentially be buying Miles & More miles for 2.4 cents per mile. And while we peg the value of Miles & More miles to be around 1.3 cents per mile according to our points and miles valuations, there are situations where it makes sense to buy these miles.

For example, if you want to fly Lufthansa first class using miles without having to wait until 2 weeks before departure, you’ll need to accrue Miles & More miles.

Special Offers

11. Subscribe to “The Economist”

New subscribers to “The Economist” can earn up to 4,000 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 PackageDurationEarned Award Miles
Print + Digital Package1 year4,000 award miles
Digital1 year3,000 award miles

12. Miles & More App

Sign up for the Miles & More app and get 500 miles! Miles post after logging into the app for the first time.

13. Special Offers and Current Promotions

Miles & More All Offers
Image Credit: Miles & More

Check in with Lufthansa Special Offers to earn more points than ever!

14. 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.

Shopping PartnerEarning StructureShopping PartnerEarning Structure
Bicester Village1 mile per €1 spentLa Vallée Village1 mile per €1 spent
The Bicester Village Shopping Collection1 mile per €1 spentLas Rozas Village1 mile per €1 spent
Fidenza Village1 mile per €1 spentLufthansa WorldShop1 mile per €1 spent
Heathrow RewardsTransfer at a 1:1 ratioMaasmechelen Village1 mile per €1 spent
Ingolstadt Village1 mile per €1 spentSuzhou Village1 mile per €1 spent
Kildare Village1 mile per €1 spentWertheim Village1 mile per €1 spent
La Roca Village1 mile per €1 spent

Bottom Line: Although it may seem difficult to earn Miles & More miles due to the lack of transfer partners, there are still lots of great ways to earn these miles very quickly! 

Final Thoughts

Even though Lufthansa is a German airline, there are plenty of opportunities to earn points for U.S.-based Miles & More members. We hope you have found these tips helpful as you get ready to build up your Miles & More balance.

Once you’ve earned all those miles, you’re gonna want to use them! Be sure to check out our piece on the best ways to redeem your Miles & More Miles for maximum value!

Frequently asked questions

What is the best way to earn Lufthansa miles?

The fastest way to earn Lufthansa Miles & More miles is with the Lufthansa Miles & More card.

In addition to a sign-up bonus, you earn 2 miles per $1 for purchases from integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases!

Is the Lufthansa Miles & More loyalty program free?

Yes, Lufthansa Miles & More is a free loyalty program open to all travelers. Enroll in Miles & More here.

How do I earn Miles & More Status Miles?

Earn Miles & More Status Miles with just about every flight on Lufthansa and its partner airlines. With 35,000 Status Miles, you become a Frequent Traveller; with 100,000 Status Miles you become a Senator.

Elite status tiers mean more perks and more miles!

Can I earn Lufthansa miles on United Airlines?

Yes. Enter your Lufthansa Miles & More membership number when booking a United Airlines flight or show it at check-in to receive Lufthansa miles.

On United, you can earn Award Miles, Status Miles, and a 25% bonus (for Frequent Travellers, Senators, and HON Circle Members).

How do I access the Lufthansa earn mileage calculator?

What hotels are in the Miles & More loyalty program?

There are tons of hotel partners in the Miles & More loyalty program; access a complete hotel partner list here.

Which credit cards earn Lufthansa Miles & More miles?

The Lufthansa Miles & More card helps you earn miles quickly and provides other benefits, too. Currently, there’s no other way to transfer hotel or transferable points to Miles & More.

When do Mile & More miles expire?

Miles in the Lufthansa Miles & More program expire after 3 years. There’s no way to extend your miles unless you have elite status or the Lufthansa Miles & More card.

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  1. Please note that your points 5 and 6 are no longer correct when booking via the official airline booking channels (Lufthansa, Swiss, …). Premiummiles now depend on the ticket price. And the Executive Bonus has changed as well. The rules for Status and HON-Circle Miels have not changed!


    • @Alex – thank for you the updated information, and for stating it much more clearly than the Lufthansa website. We have updated the post.


  2. For the first time I have access to your site: very interesting. Congratulations!
    For what concerns Miles and More, despite having for some years the status of Senator, I feel a degradation of the quality of the service.
    For example: I recently saw myself rejecting credit for referring miles to an Avianca’s flight GRU-BOG.
    Reason: Avianca does not offer miles for this flight! But no information in this sense was available at the time of purchasing the ticket!
    And even more intriguing: the miles were credited to my partner, who was traveling with me on the same flight and fare class!!


  3. JOSE ESCOBAR February 25, 2019

    Abstract promotion ended Dec 31, 2018.


  4. You can no longer transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to Miles and More. They have suspended all hotel transfer points for the time being while they are investigating German law regarding points and revenue.


  5. Hi,

    I like your site, thank you.
    Would you be able to help me out with simplicity? If I use my credit card for daily normal purchases, how many points do I acquire and what is the formula? Is it as simple as $1 (USD) = 1 Lufthansa (Barclays) point?
    And can I use these types of points for any fare I book via Lufthansa (lh.com)?


    • Hi Hector,

      Yes, it’s usually 1 point per dollar. You can’t use these points to book any fare. You need to book a fare with “availability”, which the airline releases into their online system. So, just because there are 100 seats on a plane doesn’t mean there will be 100 seats you can use points on. There may only be 10-15 seats for example. Thanks for reading.


  6. I just lost over 317,000 miles with Lufthansa at the end of December 2020. The company says they cannot reinstate those miles even if I get the Miles and More credit card. Most American loyalty programs give you a grace period.


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