For those of you who are members of Miles & More (MM) and are scheduled to fly in Economy class aboard an A380 between now and January 31, you’ll want to pay attention!
Since October 29, and running through January 31, ‘MM’ members can register for a special Airbus/Lufthansa promo that will give you twice the award miles that you normally would earn on your ticket. The promo states that you’ll earn miles based on your crediting rate for your fare class. The multiplier does not apply to your ‘Executive bonus’ that you earn if you are a Frequent Traveler, Senator, or HON Circle member. You’ll still get your Executive Bonus but those miles do not get the 2x multiplier that this promo offers.
It’s a good deal considering that if you’re flying aboard an A380 you’re flying a fairly long way so the miles credit will be substantial! As of now, LH sends the A380 from Frankfurt to Bangkok, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Delhi, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Singapore.
The deal applies to bookings made by December 31, 2017. You must register in order to qualify and it covers flights taken through January 31. The promo limits your participation to 8 A380 segments during the bonus period.
Simply visit the LH Promo webpage for the deal to enroll. You’ll be asked to log into your MM account so have that info ready.
I’m not sure if the credit will apply if you have already flown aboard an A380 since October 29 and haven’t registered for this, but you should still register since miles won’t be credited until 8 weeks after you complete your flight. You might catch a break and get the miles for flights you’ve already taken.
I normally don’t speculate on rumors but one caught my attention today thanks to FlyerTalk’s ‘NewbieRunner’, who pointed out a thread written by a ‘HON Circle’ member suggesting that Lufthansa may be set to relax their upgrade rules as far as moving to First Class is concerned.
Back in 2012, Lufthansa stopped the practice of allowing Miles & More members to use their E-Vouchers to upgrade from discount ‘Z’ Business Class fares to First Class seats on long haul flights. Passengers could only upgrade to first if they had booked full fare business class tickets. This was also the time that Lufthansa unveiled ‘P’ fares, that were ‘deep discount’ business class fares. They too were ineligible for upgrades.
Interestingly enough, SWISS, the only other LH Group airline that offers long haul First Class seats has always allowed discounted Business Class fares to be upgradeable to First.
Now it appears that the policy may be revised to once again allow discount Lufthansa Business Class fares to be eligible for upgrades to First. According the aforementioned thread, it may be that a Lufthansa staffer inadvertently told this ‘HON’ that this change is coming.
The timing of this ‘leak’ may be reasonable since Miles & More is set to announce wide ranging changes to the terms of the program, including a likely shift to a revenue based model as far as earning status is concerned. This widely expected shift would simply be in line with what the rest of the industry has already done, or is in the process of transitioning to.
If this comes to pass it will be a very positive development. My only concern is what will be taken away or changed that will make this positive development seem trivial. Lately, most program changes have taken away more than they have given as far as benefits are concerned.
Expect an announcement from Miles & More in the coming weeks regarding program changes for 2018.
Swiss has announced that it will be closing the Senator and Business Class Lounges located in Zurich’s Terminal A.
The closing is scheduled for August 27, and will last through April 2018.
According to SWISS, once the renovations are complete the Lounges will reflect the styling and concept of the Lounges that are located in Terminal E. In addition, more seating will be installed and workstations will be updated with modern amenities. So it will be worth the wait!
For now, passengers can use the Lounges located in Terminal B and E. Star Alliance Gold members, along with Miles & More Senators and those traveling in Lufthansa Group Business Class can also use the Aspire Lounge and ‘Coffee To Fly’.
Miles & More Frequent Travelers and Star Alliance Business Class passengers can use the SWISS Lounges, but cannot access the Aspire or Coffee To Fly lounge options.
Finally, a promo I actually qualify for with upcoming travel….
Miles & More has announced a small promo that will award members up to 2,000 award miles for flights taken between August 1 and October 31, 2017.
If you have flights scheduled during this time frame, you’ll earn an extra 500 miles for 2 flights and 2,000 bonus miles if you have 4 flights during the promo period. Like I said, it’s not much, but it’s something. You can’t earn more miles if you have more than 4 segments scheduled during the promo. 4 flights are the maximum that are eligible for the bonus miles.
The credit can be earned on flights operated by Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels, SWISS, Eurowings, Croatia and Luxair. Fare class doesn’t matter (award tickets do not qualify). Multiple segments within an itinerary count as individual flights (i.e. flying ORD to JNB via ZRH counts as 2 flights).
The only catch is that you have to register by August 17 in order to be eligible, and it appears to be a targeted offer being made by email. There’s no link that I can provide that would take you to the registration page, so check your email/spam folders for the offer.
Lufthansa Miles & More is running a Worldshop promotion between now and October 31 which will award its winner 1,000,000 miles.
Entry is easy…..
Simply purchase an item, any item, from the inflight WorldShop Catalog during your flight and you are automatically entered to win. Just make sure to give the cabin crew your Miles & More card so that they can register your purchase and entry you into the contest.
Not traveling on Lufthansa during the contest period?
That’s no problem. You can still enter the contest by sending and email to email@example.com by 31 October 2017. All you need to do is write ‘Million Miles’ in the subject field and enter your Miles & More number in the body of the email.
The winner will be selected on November 1 and notified via email.