Miles and More is currently running 2 promotions with one of their plan partners that gives the opportunity to get valuable miles either for free, or for taking advantage of a subscription service. But note, you can’t do both!
German newspaper ‘F.A.Z’ or Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for short is a daily paper that is offering the deals. The easy and free path is to opt for the 999 miles which requires you to sign up for a free account to access digital content. With this promo, the sooner you sign up, the more of the 999 miles you’ll earn. In order to earn all 999 miles you need to sign up by December 8. If you sign up between December 9 and 22, you’ll only get 899 miles and if you wait to subscribe between December 23 and 31 you’ll only get 599 miles.
The way to to get these miles:
- First, make sure you are logged into you Miles & More account and then access this link.
- Once on the promo page, make sure your Miles & More account is set to ‘Germany’ as your location since the offer is only available via the German portal for MM (you can still have English as the language).
- Click on the ‘Subscribe Now’ Button in the promo and that will take you the rest of the way to enroll into the program. With the subscription, you’ll get a 2 week trial to FAZ’s digital content without any further commitment required and you’ll get the 999 miles shortly thereafter.
Now for the 60,000 mile deal:
To get this deal you have to sign up for a year-long subscription to FAZ and have it delivered. The monthly rate is €69.90 so over the course of the 12 months you’ll shell out about €840. What you’ll get in return however is 60,000 miles which can be quite valuable since you can book a roundtrip Business Class ticket for 55,000 miles under the Meilenschnaeppchen program. Keep in mind you’ll most likely need to have a German mailing address for the subscription. What I’ve done in the past is to send it to a friend as a gift, or perhaps have it sent to a Senior Citizen center, Nursing Home, or some other place that could benefit from your generosity.
When you do the math, your cost per mile under the FAZ promo is only 1.4 cents. Even when you add the taxes/fees to redeem the ticket ($966 for Business / $370 for Economy) you are still well ahead. Consider that with taxes and cost of the subscription your Business Class ticket would only be about $1700-1900. For Economy Meilenschneppchen deals, you can get a roundtrip ticket for only 30,000 miles, so with the FAZ deal you would get enough miles for 2 roundtrip tickets for only $1500-1700 (1 x 840 for FAZ + 2 x $370 for the fees for an economy award ticket).
However, you can only choose one of these promotions since FAZ limits you to taking advantage of only one deal every six months, and both of these offers expire at year’s end.
Either way, neither is a bad deal it’s just a matter of do you want the free and easy 999 miles, or put out a bit of effort to get the 60,000 miles.
To keep up with the latest promos for quick and easy miles, please visit the Miles & More forum on FlyerTalk regularly. Deals come up several times a week!
For those of you who take advantage of LUFTHANSA’s Miles & More program, don’t forget to check the October Mileage Bargains for award travel.
There are 136 opportunities for Business Class award travel between the USA and destinations throughout Europe, Russia and the Mid-East. The beauty of these special offers is that you’ll only need 55,000 miles instead of the normal 105,000 miles that are usually required for Business Class redemptions from the USA. A 48% discount is never a bad thing when it comes to travel! 🙂
Economy Class redemptions are available as well with savings of 50% from the typical redemption schedule. Instead of 60,000 miles, you can redeem round-trip economy tickets for only 30,000 miles.
Yes there are taxes to consider when booking award travel through Miles & More, but even with taxes in the $600 neighborhood for Economy Class bookings or approximately $900 for Business Class bookings these are not bad deals. Business Class especially is attractive when you consider the value of the ticket if you had to buy it.
The current offerings expire on October 31 and cover travel for February 2015. March travel offers will be available on November 1. In addition to all the offers for travel starting in the USA, there are pages and pages of great deals for travel originating from countries world wide, just select them from the ‘FLIGHTS FROM:’ tab on the main page.
There aren’t too many Frequent Flyer Programs that regularly discount their redemption schedule by 50% and it is one of the many reasons that I will be leaving United Mileage Plus and focusing my efforts on Miles & More and Senator status for 2015. More on that later!
Each month, Miles & More creates a large inventory of deeply discounted award travel for members and consolidates them on their Meilenschnäppchen website. For those of you with a bit of flexibility and not picky about destinations, you can find some great deals with this program.
The attractive part of the Meilenschnäppchen program is the fact that you can save upwards of 50% of your valuable miles. For example, a typical Business Class award booking between the USA and Europe will cost 105,000 miles. Under a Meilenschnäppchen offer, the rate comes down to 55,000 miles. For an economy ticket that normal takes 60,000 miles, you can book a ticket for only 30,000 miles.
Most of the June offers require that you book travel by June 30 and that travel takes place in October. Just remember that as the month goes on, the deals will start to disappear as Lufthansa limits the amount of these deeply discounted deals. However, there are literally 100’s of possibilities still available!
If you find yourself short of miles, you may want to consider applying for the Barclay Premier Miles & More World MasterCard. Currently there is a special promo taking place until the end of June that will award new accounts up to 50,000 miles (20,000 after first use, and 30,000 more after spending $5,000 on the card during the account’s first 90 days). With this current deal, you would have enough miles for a Business Class ticket fairly quickly!
Normally you don’t see me writing much about credit card offers and how to manipulate or maximize every little feature that they offer. I leave that to the blogosphere at large to take care of these things.
However there is one offer that I wanted to remind you of since it expires soon. For those of you who have been sitting on the fence regarding Barclay’s Premier Miles & More World MasterCard, please be aware that the deal to earn up to 50,000 miles for your ‘M&M’ account will come to an end at the end of June.
If you missed Barclay’s initial announcement regarding the limited time offer, here are the details:
This deal actually dovetails perfectly into Lufthansa’s Meilenschnaeppchen program where each month new deals are offered where you can book travel through your Miles & More account for only 50% of the required miles. For example, a Business Class ticket redemption between the USA and Europe generally ‘costs’ 105,000 miles. Via Meilenschnaeppchen, you can find specials for Business Class tickets for only 55,000 miles (plus taxes, etc).
When you consider how easy it is to earn the 50,000 miles via the Premier Miles & More World MasterCard, you automatically will earn enough miles for a Business Class ticket through Meilenschnaeppchen:
20,000 miles after first use of card + 30,000 miles after spending $5000 + 1 mile per dollar on the $5000 you put on the card to reach the spending threshold = 55,000 miles (aka Business Class Ticket!).
To me this is an absolute no-brainer!
As far as other redemption options from Miles & More, there are other attractive ways to use your miles. For example, roundtrip economy class tickets for travel originating in the USA have the following redemption schedule:
Within the USA: 25,000 Miles.
Within North American: 30,000 Miles.
To Europe: 50,000 Miles.
To South America: 60,000 Miles.
To Asia or Australia: 80,000 Miles.
As I stated earlier, I typically do not write much about credit card offers as a normal part of LufthansaFlyer’s content but when I see a deal that I think is GENUINELY a good one, and one that I take advantage of myself, I will let you know about it. This is one of them!
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