Miles & More has begun to unveil what some of the changes will be to the program beginning later this year. So far, it’s nothing to panic about and actually may be acceptable to most.
In the first phase, M&M is focusing on Intra-Europe award travel. Specifically, it appears that ticket surcharges will decrease substantially and the amount of miles required to redeem a ticket will go up modestly.
Beginning with bookings made on September 15, 2016 or later, ‘Intra-Europe’ redemption surcharges will decrease from €40 to only €5 for Economy Class and for Business Class the fee will go down from €43 to €20. This will apply to flights operated by LH Group Airlines. As far as miles are concerned, Economy and Business Class ticket redemptions will increase by 5000 miles (roundtrip booking).
In reality this is a fairly ‘passenger friendly’ deal. I’m sure most of us would be willing to spend 5k more miles instead of €20 to €35 more in fees. For you dissenters, keep in mind it could have been much worse!
Expect changes to be announced for Intercontinental travel in the near future.
H/T: VFT’s Miles & More Forum
Check your email this morning!
SWISS has launched a promo that will award double miles for segments flown between Switzerland and SWISS’ gateways in North America. The promo had been launched a few days ago, but not everyone got the email at the same time!
You must register for the promotion by July 31 by using the link provided in your email. I tried to recreate the link separately but I had no success. I think you must use the link in the email!
The promo applies ONLY to Economy Class bookings.
You will earn 2x the AWARD miles that you would normally earn for your specific fare class.
Flights must be operated by SWISS. There is an exception for Edelweiss LX8002 which flies between Zurich and Las Vegas.
Connecting flights do not count. Only the transatlantic segments of a larger itinerary will earn the bonus award miles.
Travel must take place between August 10 and December 10, 2015 in order to earn the bonus miles.
There is a limit of 8 segments (4 Roundtrips, etc.) that will earn the bonus.
Available to Miles & More members worldwide.
At this point I do not know if a promo will come later today for travel originating in the USA. The email that included this promo was intended for LX’s European market and arrived in my inbox at 9:45p Eastern, which means it will be waiting for Europeans when they wake up. Hopefully their will be an email waiting for US based LX passengers in the morning. However, even if you are US/North America based, you can take advantage of the promo if you have flights that will depart Switzerland for North America.
If you didn’t see your Miles & More monthly newsletter/email last week, you missed a decent deal coming from SIXT Car Rentals.
Between now and August 31, 2015 when you rent from SIXT in the USA you will be credited with 1500 Miles & More miles instead of the standard 500 mile award. In addition, you’ll receive a free GPS unit for your vehicle if the car does not have it as standard equipment. Another bonus is that SIXT is also discounting the daily rate by 15% as part of this promo.
This is a targeted offer and the only link that provides this discount is the one that you will find in your newsletter. I’ve tried finding the link on the Miles & More website as well as Sixt’s website, but to no avail. You’ll need to dig out that email!
For those of you unfamiliar with SIXT, they are a German based car rental company that has expanded to the USA. They have a modest presence in the states and are typically in larger cities, near their airports. I’ve used them several times this year and have had a good experience each time.
What sets them apart from car rental agencies that we are used to is that Sixt offers high end vehicles from Mercedes, Audi and BMW for prices that are similar to what other agencies charge for standard ‘fleet car’ type rentals. This was the primary reason for me to change car rental loyalties to Sixt. For those of you accustomed to driving nicer Euro cars, SIXT makes for a great alternative…..trust me!
For example, I’ll typically rent a BMW 5 or Mercedes E class and will wind up paying just $40-$75/day. Sometimes you have to ‘stalk’ the rate and may need to lock it in at higher rates ($100-$150) when you first book a car, but I find that about 7-10 days before the rental is to start, I can rebook at a much lower rate.
So check your email and take advantage of the attractive deal!
ACCOR is currently holding a promotion in conjunction with Mile & More that awards program members with 1500 miles for qualified stays between now and February 28.
To qualify for this promotion you must be a Miles & More member as well as an Accor Le Club member. To register your Miles & More account with your LeClub account, please use this link. Additionally, you need to make sure that Miles & More is your preferred award partner on you Le Club account profile.
If you are not a Le Club member, you can sign up here.
As I mentioned earlier, the promotion applies to qualified stays and a “qualified” stay is defined differently based on what type of ACCOR property you stay at:
Sofitel, Pullman and MGallery Hotels: A qualified stay is one night.
Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure and Adagio: A qualified stay is two nights.
ibis and ibis Styles: A qualified stay is four nights.
Based on the terms and conditions, there do not seem to be limitations as to the amount of stays that are eligible for the bonus miles. Miles will post automatically to your Miles & More account approximately 2 weeks after each qualifying stay.
If you need to top off your Miles & More account, you can get 20% more miles between now and December 31 when you buy miles.
You can purchase up to 12,000 miles for your account or give them as a gift to other Miles & More account holders. These kind of sales come in handy when you need to add miles to your account in order to have enough miles to redeem for tickets or upgrades.
With this sale, the more miles you buy the lower the “Cost Per Mile” (CPM). CPM for this sale range from 3.5 cents(€) to 2.01 cents(€) depending on how many miles you buy. On a CPM basis, this is actually quite a good deal!
Here is the bonus and pricing matrix:
Please remember that these miles do not apply towards elite status and are for award travel redemption only. The offer is open to anyone regardless of country of residence.
To take advantage of this offer, please visit the Miles & More Mile Sale webpage.