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TPG reader Maria had this question for me:
“Can I transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Lufthansa? They have an incredible deal with flights to Europe in business class for 55,000 miles.”
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Amex points do not transfer to Lufthansa. However, you can book Lufthansa flights by transferring points to one of the three Star Alliance transfer partners.
The one that I likely use is Air Canada Aeroplan, which offers 1:1 transfers. You can book most awards online and you’ll be able to see fuel charges in advance, and the points transfer instantly. Another option is to transfer to the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer program, but you do have to call to book awards, and that process can be tedious. The last option is All Nippon Airways (ANA), which can be a great option, but only allows you to book round-trip awards and won’t let you change travel after you begin. So each program has its pros and cons.
In order to book Lufthansa flights with miles from a Star Alliance partner, there generally has to be saver level award space. However, ANA could cost you even fewer miles depending on the route, so do some research to see which program offers the best deal.
Your final option is to book through American Express Pay With Points, but you’ll only get about one cent per point in value. Plus, booking a business class trip could cost you several hundred-thousand Membership Rewards points, so , so transfer partners are generally the better bet, and I recommend trying to work through one of the existing Star Alliance airlines.
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