Back in June Barclay’s offered a limited time increase on the bonus for The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® which brought a lot of attention to the Miles & More program. At the time, I considered jumping on the offer but the timing just wasn’t right for me. The offer is back for 50,000 miles awarded in two parts: 20,000 after 1st purchase and the remaining 30,000 after spending $5,000 within the 1st 90 days of card membership.
There are some real gems in the Miles & More program that make this an offer to consider. Just keep in mind that Lufthansa does add fuel surcharges to award flights but you can avoid the surcharges by booking flights on US Airways, United, or LOT Polish.
Domestic 1st Class:
As a member of the Star Alliance, Miles & More awards can be redeemed for flights on United Airlines. A domestic economy ticket on United will run you the typical 25,000 miles for a round trip or 12,000 for a one-way. The real steal (at least for those who prefer 1st class/business class redemption’s) is the domestic 1st class awards on United which only require 35,000 miles round trip or 17,000 for a one-way.
After spending the required $5,000 on your card you will walk away with a total of 55,000 miles. As you can see in the chart above, a round trip economy redemption to Europe can be had for 50,000 miles. However, if you are flexible this sign up bonus could become a lot more valuable. You can find options to Europe for 55,000 miles in business class (instead of 105,000) through Mileage Bargains.
It’s Not from Chase, Amex, or Citi:
It is nice to have some good options from an issuer besides the typical players. With Chase and Amex holding such a large section of the hotel & airline loyalty market, it can be tough to apply for cards without them all being at one bank. I prefer not to apply for more than one card per bank at a time.
Generous Stopover and Open-Jaw Rules:
A stopover is just that, a stop in a city other than your destination for more than 24 hours (otherwise it is just a layover). Maybe you are headed to Munich but want to stop in Paris for a few days, Munich would be your destination but Paris would be the stopover. An open-jaw would be flying in to one airport but departing out of another.
Unlike most programs, Lufthansa will allow you not just one but two stopovers and two open-jaws on a round trip redemption, with a few restrictions.
- Stopovers are only allowed on round trips crossing 2 or more regions.
- Only one stopover per direction on roundtrip awards only
- Stopovers must be in a different region than your departure
- Must be booked over the phone
If used right this can be a great offer with a lot of value. Even if you wanted to just use it for a couple domestic round trips, it would be well worth it. This offer is available until December 15th so you have plenty of time to work it into your next app-o-rama!
Details of the offer:
- Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase
- Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
- Cardholders receive a companion ticket after 1st purchase & annually.
- Enjoy 2 award miles per $1 on Miles & More integrated airline ticket purchases
- Earn 1 award mile per $1 spent everywhere else
- No Foreign Transaction Fees
- $79 Annual Fee NOT waived