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Lufthansa announced a few months ago that it will begin codesharing with Cathay Pacific. Lufthansa would place their flight number on some of Cathay’s flights to Oceania and Cathay would place their flight number on Lufthansa, Austrian, and SWISS flights to Europe.
Back in the days, most of codesharing success and practices were usually done between airlines within the same alliance. Well, like most other airlines, Lufthansa has began to codeshare outside of the Star Alliance – with Cathay Pacific (a member of oneworld) and Etihad Airways (who has their own alliance), essentially proving that airline alliances are a thing of the past. Lufthansa is a founding member of the Star Alliance, but they’ve decided to expand their “reach” beyond the alliance and partner with other airlines.
When airlines codeshare, usually frequent flyer benefits of both airlines are extended to passengers. In this case, even though Lufthansa and Cathay are in different alliances, you can now earn Miles & More miles for Cathay Pacific flights as the airlines have begun to codeshare. However, since Cathay Pacific is not in the Star Alliance, you will not earn Miles & More status miles – only award miles.
Important: because Cathay is just a partner airline and not a Star Alliance airline, you can only earn Miles & More miles for Cathay Pacific flights between:
- Hong Kong – Auckland
- Hong Kong – Cairns
- Hong Kong – Melbourne
- Hong Kong – Sydney
Miles can be earned in both directions of travel. Essentially this list covers the Cathay Pacific flights which Lufthansa is codesharing and placing their flight number on. The number of miles earned depends on the booking class of your ticket.
Codesharing allows airlines to provide flyers numerous benefits including through-checking baggage to the final destination, assigning seats, providing a greater level of flight availability, etc. I’m very happy that Lufthansa has begun to codeshare with Cathay Pacific and Etihad Airways, this only brings a greater level of benefits to passengers and frequent flyers.
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