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Double award miles at Lufthansa on some flights

Lufthansa offers double award miles, sponsored by Airbus, if you fly between October 29, 2017 and January 31, 2018 on board a Lufthansa Airbus 380 in economy class.

This promotion is only valid for Airbus A380 flights from/to Frankfurt to/from Bangkok, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Delhi, San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore in economy class operated by Lufthansa within the travel period from October 29, 2017 until January 31, 2018. See below for the terms and conditions.

Under this promotion, you will not earn double miles on feeder services or connecting flights, and no Executive Bonus, HON Circle miles or select miles. To participate in the promotion, you must register first and then book your flights by December 31, 2017.

A reader notes that passengers will only earn double award miles, not double status miles. This can be expected. The status miles you will earn depend on the booking class (and your status), which basically means that it mainly depends on the price of the ticket. Thus, the more you pay, the more status miles you will earn.

The reader also writes that he has emailed a request to Miles & More - Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program - for clarification and sent us his correspondence with Miles & More.

First, he asks whether the Lufthansa offer pertains to both economy and premium economy class. This is relevant as the airline clearly distinguishes economy from premium economy in the booking process.

The Miles & More team carefully avoids to answer this question and only writes that travelers will earn double award miles in economy class. As they do not mention premium economy, it seems reasonable to assume that the double award miles offer only pertains to economy and not to premium economy class. When asked Miles & More confirmed that this assumption is correct.

Second, the reader also notes in Lufthansa’s advertisement that under this promotion no 25% Executive Bonus will be earned. Therefore, he asks the Miles & More team whether this implies that travelers in fact earn only 75% extra miles rather than double miles.

It appears that the text in the advertisement (”no Executive Bonus, HON Circle miles or select miles will be earned”) is incorrect. Senators (gold card holders) do earn the 25% executive bonus miles on top of the award and status miles.

LufthansaWhat the advertisement meant to say, is that the bonus is not taken into consideration for additional miles that you earn as part of the promotion. In other words, the bonus miles will not be doubled. It would have been better if the text in the advertisement had been edited more carefully.

Terms and conditions of the promotion

This promotion is only valid for Airbus A380 flights from/to Frankfurt to/from Bangkok, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Delhi, San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore in Economy Class operated by Lufthansa within the travel period from 29 October 2017 until 31 January 2018. Under this promotion, no multiple miles will be awarded on feeder services or connecting flights, and no Executive Bonus, HON Circle miles or Select miles will be earned. To participate in the promotion, you must register first and then book your flights by 31 December 2017. The additional award miles will be credited to your mileage account within eight weeks after the flight. Only bookings for which your Miles & More service card number was entered during the booking can be taken into consideration. This offer is not transferable and is not valid in connection with other Miles & More promotions. This offer is valid for a maximum of 8 flight segments.

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