I’m trying to hold back the tears in my eyes, I really am. I can’t believe tomorrow is coming so quickly, I honestly never expected Lufthansa to announce a revenue-based Miles & More so quickly after Air France did.. I mean even British Airways hasn’t announced anything revenue-based… yet. I had the biggest hope that Lufthansa would be the last major airline in Europe to make this awful change and destroy their frequent flyer programme.. but that didn’t happen.
In December, Lufthansa’s Christmas present to us loyal Miles & More status card holders was an *amazing* announcement that starting on 12 March 2018, Miles & More would begin awarding miles based on the ticket price and not the booking class/distance flown. In reality, Lufthansa was generous as all travel ticketed starting tomorrow will earn based on revenue. That means you can theoretically book flights for a year out today, and still earn miles based on the current system of booking class/distance flown.
A revenue-based frequent flyer programme is no longer a frequent flyer programme, but rather a frequent spending programme. This change is only an improvement for the top 10% that spend more money than they need to on tickets – which is why they will be more rewarded now.
- Miles & More Members without status will earn 4 miles per Euro spent on the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges
- Miles & More Status Members (Frequent Travellers, Senators, HON Circle Members) will earn:
- 6 miles per Euro spent on the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges for flights on Lufthansa, SWISS International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada, LOT Polish Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Adria, and Air Dolomiti
- 5 miles per Euro spent on the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges for flights on Eurowings, Brussels Airlines, or “another Miles & More partner airline”
The new revenue-based system will apply for every ticket booked via a Lufthansa Group booking channel. Miles & More specifies that if your ticket is booked via a travel agent or online travel agency, you will know which system (revenue-based or traditional) is used to calculate your miles once you receive your ticket number.
While I love Lufthansa, I’ve been very much disappointed with them the past few months. Miles & More claims this new way to award miles will significantly benefit members as the current system has been “incomprehensible” and “not liked” by many members. I don’t ever remember being asked my opinion on the subject as a loyal Senator member for over ten years.
Tomorrow is a dark day, and I will spend it reflecting on how amazing Miles & More has been over the past years… because tomorrow, it dies.
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