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Barclaycard Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World Mastercard 50,000-Mile Bonus Is Back

by on October 17, 2013 · 20 comments

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Miles & More Premier World MasterCard

The Barclaycard Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World Mastercard usually only comes with a sign-up bonus of 20,000-30,000 miles, but Barclaycard just launched a new bonus offer on the card where you can earn a combined total of 50,000 award miles – 20,000 miles with first purchase or balance transfer and an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 on a purchase within the first 90 days.

 

Here are the details on the card:

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 90 days after account opening
  • Cardholders receive a companion ticket annually.
  • Enjoy 2 award miles per $1 on Miles & More integrated airline ticket purchases
  • Earn 1 award mile per $1 spent everywhere else
  • No mileage expiration with monthly qualifying purchases
  • 0% Intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months after account opening, after that a variable APR currently 15.99% to 24.99% depending upon your creditworthiness
  • $79 annual fee

While 50,000 miles isn’t earth-shattering, this is as high as the sign-up bonus on this card gets, and it is usually only around for a limited time, so if you’ve been thinking about getting in on this card, now is the time to do it.

Should You Apply?

One good reason to apply for this card is that it is a Barclay’s product, so if you’re all applied-out on American Express, Chase and Citi cards for the moment, it might be time to look at another issuer and another airline program.

Miles & More is the award program not only of Lufthansa, but also of SWISS and Austrian airlines. Finding premium award space on these airlines in advance (they tend to open up a lot more just a few days out) can be notoriously difficult using partner miles like US Airways or United, especially on SWISS and with Lufthansa First Class unless you have a Miles & More account since the program holds back award space for its own frequent flyers. So if you’re thinking about awards to Europe, it could be a good idea to bank some of these miles simply for that award space availability.

Lufthansa (and SWISS and Austrian) is part of Star Alliance, so you can use these miles on any of 27 partner airlines, including United and US Airways, and flying domestically is actually one of the sweet spots in the award chart since domestic flights are 25,000 in Economy, 35,000 in Business and 50,000 in First roundtrip, so you could potentially score some business class tickets for a real discount at that 35,000-mile level, and if you complete the minimum spending requirement, you will have more than enough miles for 3 one-way business class award tickets domestically.

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50,000 miles is also enough for an economy class roundtrip ticket originating in the US to Europe on Lufthansa, SWISS or Austrian for US-based members – other carriers will be 60,000, and remember, you can book one-way awards with Miles & More.

Lufthansa Miles & More is a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest, so you could always use some of these points to top up your account for a specific award, and remember, when you transfer in increments of 20,000 points, you get a 5,000-mile bonus – 25% more miles.

This card also entitles you to a companion ticket. According to the card terms, “Cardmembers will receive an Economy Class Companion Ticket upon the first use of your new Account for a Purchase or Balance Transfer and on your Account opening anniversary every year you are a Cardmember.” This companion ticket is good only for economy travel from the US to Europe/Middle East/Africa and Far East and must be booked in H class (not full-fare economy, but not the most discounted either) or higher on Lufthansa-operated flights only, so you will be paying more for the first ticket, but getting the second one for free.

Like other companion tickets, taxes and fees must be paid for the revenue ticket as well as the companion ticket – the companion portion is only the airfare. While most people buy the cheapest fares, with Lufthansa, you only earn 50% of the mileage on these, so this program isn’t for anyone who wants to get full mileage on the cheapest fares. However, if you do pay for refundable or high-fare classes the companion ticket could be a decent value in some cases.

That’s the quick rundown on the card for those of you who might be in the market for a new mileage program to diversify your points portfolio. For more information on it as well as an example of how a companion ticket prices out, check out this post.

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  • Jay

    Is Barclays hard to get approved for if it’s the first card with them ?

  • Steve

    With a Lufthansa companion ticket, will the second ticket get stuck with large fees or surcharges, or just taxes like with the Delta Amex Plat BOGOs?

  • AEG

    @c7d85f4ccaf7f39aab1e438c985cdd7b:disqus It shouldn’t be any more difficult than other cards are.

  • AEG

    @c7d85f4ccaf7f39aab1e438c985cdd7b:disqus

  • AEG

    That’s suppose to be @ Jay…

  • Mr. Cool

    “and if you complete the minimum spending requirement, you will have more than enough miles for 3 one-way business class award tickets domestically.”…how? you chart shows 35k/bidness award. 25k/eco award…50k is only enough for an eco round trip?

  • sm

    not necessary buy most likely yes. i had experiences in the past. they declined me saying “not enough credit used”

  • raycifer10

    Business RT is 35k, so 17.5k one way X 3 = 52.5k. After spend, you get 55k miles.

  • thepointsguy

    Correct! M&M allows one ways for half the price of RT, unlike other Star alliance programs like US Airways and ANA

  • thepointsguy

    In my experience Barclays is a little more tough if you have a bunch of other recent inquiries.. But if you have good credit and no other cards w them you should be fine

  • BobChi

    Beware: Horrific “fuel surcharges” on many routes. You need to know how to be quite selective in use of these miles in order to get value from them. And know that miles expire after three years whether there is program activity or not, unless you hold onto the card and make a purchase each billing cycle, paying the annual fees along the way. It may be a good card for some, if you have a plan for how you’ll use the miles, but these factors, combined with the stiff $5,000 initial spend requirement, keep me out of the market for this one for now.

  • Rob philip

    Barclays is weird. I have the USAir card with them, the second I’ve had. The first actually overlapped with the second before I canceled it. Applied for a new overlapping personal card six months later and they said “sorry, only one at at time”. Applied for a business card a month later – “sorry, too many new credit cards in the last while”. I have waited a few months and will kick at that cat again soonish, since USAirways miles seem to be something that will be usable in the medium term.. :)

  • Andrew

    Doesn’t M&M have a tough mile expiration policy?

  • sm

    I’m literally having fun with them. I opened the arrival and got 40k. I closed it and after 2 months applied again for the arrival
    again I was approved for 10k line of credit and got another 40k points. I closed the second one this week and
    I’ll wait about a month and do the miles and more. With the first arrival I did qn application for the miles and more so this one would be my second liftansa. Anyway its great cash. I love this game tons. Yum

  • thepointsguy

    You have at least 36 months to redeem mileage. Per the M&M policy page: “Any mileage not redeemed within 36 months of the date of accrual (date of flight, start of hotel stay, time of car rental) will expire at the end of that quarter”

  • Keith Sanders

    I have 3 Barclay’s products, with the first one coming years ago. Never had any problems or issues. Recently applied for the Arrival World MC and approved instantly w high balance. I think that card is a better overall product than this one. 2X on every purchase, points can be used against any airline purchase.

  • Brian L.

    If you’ve had the card for 3 months AND use it once a month/billing cycle, the miles don’t expire.

  • Rob philip

    The thing with Barclays is that they are very inconsistent. I did re-apply for the business mastercard today and for my trouble I was (1) declined and (2) given a lecture by the lady at the reconsideration line about applying for cards and canceling them. It was interesting as she listed all the cards I’d opened and closed over the last 24 months and suggested that that was behaviour that disturbed them.

    Just them, it turns out, as I applied for and was approved for 3 other awards cards today, all three automatically.

  • John K.

    you are on your best way to screw up your credit history.

  • Rob philip

    My credit history is fine, thanks. Only Barclays, notoriously weird, have ever objected. Credit score above 800 and other banks fall over themselves to give me cards. I’ve abandoned Barclay’s and now only have their Lufthansa card which is gradually filling up my Lufthansa mileage account. As well I’ve put a hold on the new credit cards game for a year or so, after playing for two years. I have more than enough Chase/United/etc. points to last me for a few years, and have better things to do with my time. :)

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