My favourite frequent flyer programme is Miles & More. While the programme does impose fuel surcharges, those can often be lowered if you’re strategic about which routes you book. Furthermore, Miles & More allows anyone to book Lufthansa First Class whenever you want before departure (otherwise it is only released 14 days before departure to partner airlines). Currently, you can redeem 25k Miles & More miles to fly from Canada to Europe (or Europe to Canada) round-trip.
LOT Polish Airlines frequently holds “monday sMILEs” mileage bargains whereby they publish some fantastic flight deals using Miles & More miles to/from Warsaw. For example:
- Europe one-way: 5k miles, round-trip: 7k miles
- Middle East one-way: 10k miles, round-trip: 20k miles
- Asia one-way: 20k miles, round-trip: 35k miles
- USA/Canada one-way: 20k miles, round-trip: 25k miles
The mileage bargains are only valid in Economy Class and to/from Warsaw, Poland only. The miles needed are Miles & More miles, which you can transfer SPG points to at a 1:1 ratio. If you were to transfer 20k SPG points to Miles & More, you’d have 25k Miles & More miles due to the SPG transfer bonus.
You can currently redeem 25k Miles & More miles (20k SPG points) for a round-trip flight from/to Toronto from/to Warsaw. Furthermore, the fuel surcharges and taxes/fees are very minimal when flying LOT Polish Airlines, so this is a fantastic deal. There are restrictions on which dates you can fly, all of which are listed on LOT’s website.
LOT Polish Airlines flies their new 787 Dreamliner on all long-haul routes and Economy isn’t that bad. Also, the 5k or 7k European flights are a fantastic deal which come with even less taxes of around 15-30 Euro.
Be sure to check out some of the awesome Travel Rewards Credit Cards, Hotel Rewards Credit Cards, and Point Rewards Credit Cards that are available and will earn you lots of miles and great travel benefits!