Lufthansa’s Miles & More Program to Go Revenue-Based in 2018

Dec 11, 2017

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Lufthansa’s Miles & More program is joining many of its European and US frequent flyer counterparts by switching to a revenue-based system. As of March 12, 2018, Miles & More will migrate to the new system, with members earning 4 miles per euro spent on base fares and carrier-imposed surcharges.

For flights booked on or after March 12, 2018, you’ll earn miles based on how much your ticket cost, not based on the distance flown. The base level will start at 4 miles per euro, with the potential for multipliers based on level of status. The earning structure will apply to all Lufthansa Group operations — Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss.

Here’s how the earning breaks down, based on with which carrier you’re flying:

  • All elites will earn a 25% bonus — or 5 miles per euro spent — on Eurowings and Brusssels Airlines flights, as well as other Miles & More partners.
  • All elites will earn a 50% bonus — or 6 miles per euro spent — on Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, United, Air Canada, LOT Polish, Croatia Airlines, Adria Airways and Air Dolomitti flights.

All elite members, regardless of tier, earn the same mileage. This is a different concept from what we’re used to seeing with other revenue-based programs. For example, Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue switched to a revenue-based system in November, but its Platinum members earn 8 miles per euro spent; Gold members earn 7 miles per euro spent; and Silver members earn 6 miles per euro spent.

While we know that Miles & More will be going revenue-based, we don’t have any details if the program will be changing any further, such as redemption levels or perks. The program has long been known as an underwhelming one for Star Alliance bookings. If you’re looking to earn miles and redeem for maximum value, consider crediting Star Alliance flights to Singapore’s KrisFlyer program.

The fact of Miles & More going revenue-based isn’t that surprising — it’s a trend in the industry. For most, it’s a devaluation, but not for everyone. For lower spenders, or those who fly primarily in economy, a revenue-based earning structure is generally bad news, but for flyers in premium cabins, the revenue-based structure could be good news.

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