December 11, 2017
Lufthansa’s Frequent Flyer Program is Going Revenue Based in 2018
Lufthansa Group just announced that its frequent flyer program, Miles & More, will be switching to a revenue based model on Mach 12, 2018. This switch effects all flights booked through a Lufthansa Group airline-Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels, and Eurowings. Miles & More currently awards miles based on the booking class and the distance of the flight. The new structure will award miles based on the price of the flight plus any additional fees that customers pay.
- Miles & More members will earn 4 miles per euro spent on Lufthansa Group and partner airlines
- Frequent Travelers, Senator, and HON Circle members will earn 5 miles per euro spent on Eurowings, Brussels, and other partner airlines
- Frequent Travelers, Senator, and HON Circle members will earn 6 miles per euro spent on Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, United, Air Canada, LOT Polish, Croatian, Adria, and Air Dolomiti
The above chart only applies to Lufthansa Group and partner flights booked through a Lufthansa Group channel. Flights booked through a non-Lufthansa Group airline receive miles based on the current award system (fare class and distance flown). Flights booked through a travel agent receive miles based on a number of factors. Lufthansa has an interactive graphic which can tell you the exact multiplier for flights booked through travel agents.
These changes effect the way flyers earn award miles. There are no changes to elite benefits or the way miles are redeemed. Air France announce a similar switch to a revenue based earning model for its Flying Blue frequent flyer program last month. While revenue models are generally less generous that distance based models, Miles & More and Flying Blue already awarded only a fraction of miles based on distance flown if your ticket was in a low fare class. Practically speaking, this shouldn’t be a huge change.
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