Today is the day. Today, Lufthansa German Airlines has destroyed Miles & More, “Europe’s Leading Frequent Flyer Programme”. Effective today, tickets purchased from Lufthansa, Austrian, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, and Eurowings now earn miles based on the ticket price and not the distance flown/booking class.
Miles & More members without status will earn 4 miles per Euro spent on the base fare + carrier-imposed surcharges, while Frequent Travellers, Senators, and HON Circle Members will earn 6 miles per Euro spent on the base fare + carrier-imposed surcharges on Lufthansa, SWISS International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada, LOT Polish Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Adria, and Air Dolomiti – for flights on other partner airlines, 5 miles per Euro spent.
Lufthansa has essentially duplicated what the American carriers have done. However, at least American carriers had a purpose – they were awarding 100% of the miles flown on ALL fares. The Lufthansa Group has long been awarding miles based on the ticket cost already – based on the booking class. The least expensive tickets only earned 125 miles for European flights and only 25% of the miles flown outside of Europe.
A frequent flyer programme that awards miles based on the ticket price is NO LONGER a frequent flyer programme but rather a frequent spending programme. If miles are not earned based on the flight and booking class, what purpose is there of the programme to be a frequent flyer programme? Now, only Status, Select, and HON Circle Miles are applied under the old system while Award Miles are calculated under the new “spending” system. The only passengers who benefit are the top 10% (or less) who spend an unnecessary amount of money on tickets.
For now, other aspects of Miles & More remain the same, however I wouldn’t be surprised if Carsten & Co. decide to further destroy the new “spending” programme.
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