A 50,000 Lufthansa Miles & More World MasterCard bonus offer has returned, and I've added it to the Best Travel Credit Cards page.
Here are the offer details:
- 20,000 Miles & More miles after first purchase
- Additional 30,000 Miles & More miles after spending $5000 in the first 90 days
- $89 annual fee is NOT waived
- Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on tickets purchased directly from the Lufthansa group
- Earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases
- Annual Companion Ticket (Note: this in general is NOT a good deal and not a reason to get the card: see my analysis in Lufthansa Miles & More Companion Ticket Worth It?)
My husband and I have each previously had the Miles & More card with the 50K bonus offer, and supplemented our Miles & More miles with Starwood Starpoints transfers (see SPG Airline Partners: Transfer Starwood Points to Miles) in order to book Lufthansa First Class.
To me, the ability to book Lufthansa First Class in advance is the best reason to get the card and earn 50K Miles & More miles (note you'll need 85,000 Miles & More miles each way between the U.S. and Europe, so an additional 30,000 miles after completing the required $5000 minimum spend to earn the 50K bonus). Keep in mind that Miles & More does charge fuel surcharges, so expect to pay about $275 when departing Frankfurt for the U.S. in first class. We think that's a small price to pay to enjoy Lufthansa First Class, and in the case of Frankfurt departures, the dedicated Lufthansa First Class Terminal.
That said, you could redeem Miles & More miles for domestic U.S. awards on United Airlines with no fuel surcharges:
- Economy: 25,000 Miles & More miles roundtrip
- Business: 35,000 Miles & More miles roundtrip
- First: 50,000 Miles & More miles roundtrip
Can I Earn the Bonus Again for the Lufthansa Miles & More Card?
Per the offer terms, no: “This offer is available to new cardmembers only.” That said, my husband was able to earn the bonus again for a second card, after about a 2 year hiatus of not having the card. There are no guarantees, however, so YMMV.
How Can I Get the $89 Annual Fee Waived?
The $89 annual fee is NOT waived the first year, EXCEPT for Miles & More Senator and HON Circle members, for as long as they remain their Senator or HON Circle elite status.
Can I Book SWISS First Class Awards with Lufthansa Miles & More Miles?
No, unfortunately SWISS First Class awards can only be reserved by top tier Miles & More frequent flyer elites, no matter how many Miles & More miles you have. You can however reserve SWISS Business Class awards with Miles & More miles, although these can also be available in advance with other Star Alliance miles, depending on route and award availability.
Isn't There a Discount for Kids' Award Tickets?
Yes: As I mentioned in 50,000 Miles Lufthansa Miles & More Card Worth It, a nice benefit for families is that awards on Lufthansa Group airlines for kids 2-11 are 75% of adult prices. Note that only Lufthansa Group airlines are eligible, specifically Adria Airways, Austrian Airlines Group, Air Dolomiti, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair and SWISS. You don't get the discount if using Miles&More miles to book awards on other Star Alliance airlines, such as United, Singapore, Asiana, etc.
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