We are about five months into 2015 and I’ve already managed to rack up 100k status miles with Miles & More which extends my Star Alliance Gold status for at least two further years. As of now, my Lufthansa Miles & More Senator status has been extended, and the nice thing is that with Miles & More, status lasts for at least two years – which means that you don’t have to re-qualify every year – just every other year, if you want. 2015 was actually my ‘second’ year in the Senator status, which means that I had to re-qualify this year or I would be downgraded to Frequent Traveller (Star Alliance Silver status).
So… how did I re-qualify? What’s the best way to qualify/re-qualify for any Miles & More status? With cheap United First Class fares within the United States. Why? Because some United Airlines First Class fares credit as 300% to Miles & More. So technically with the 25% executive bonus, it is 325% miles credited.
I checked my mileage account today and it seems like my last United flight that pushed me over the 100k mark, has just posted and my status has been automatically extended.. now I just need to make HON Circle 😉 (Which requires 600k HON Circle miles in two years – which can be gained in First/Business class only on select Lufthansa partners).
And since all I did was fly First Class to re-qualify, my flight statistics have been somewhat skewed… in a good way 😀
So, what routes did I fly? Here’s a map, keep in mind that several of these routes were flown multiple times. For example, I already flew SEA-SFO and SFO-SEA seven times and SEA-IAH much more, since they are both United hubs.
All in all it was a total of ~32k ‘actual’ miles flown. 25% of 32k + 32k * 3 = a little over ~100k.
As far as Miles & More goes, I really like the frequent flyer programme. It has been my primary programme since 2009 and I fly with the Lufthansa Group and Miles & More integrated partners all the time which makes it obvious for me to use Miles & More. Most Business and First class fares on United credit with 2x and 3x, respectively, so for my flying Miles & More is a perfect choice for me. On top of that, Lufthansa’s five star service, both on the air and the ground, is excellent which make Lufthansa one of the top airlines in the world.