Potentially only a few more days for the Barclays Lufthansa Miles & More World MasterCard increased sign-up bonus

Link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard®

Back in early May I wrote about the increased sign-up bonus on the Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard. In the past the sign-up bonus on the card was just 20,000 miles, though at the moment it’s 20,000 miles after the first purchase plus an additional 30,000 miles after spending $5,000 within 90 days. That’s a total of 50,000 miles, which is a pretty great sign-up bonus nowadays. It’s worth noting that there is a $79 annual fee on the card, which isn’t waived for the first year.

Anyway, while I haven’t received official word, an email that was sent out by Lufthansa a couple of weeks ago about the increased sign-up bonus suggested that it would end on June 30. I can’t guarantee whether that will or won’t be the case, but figure it’s at least worth mentioning the card again, as June 30 is this Sunday. A lot of people (including me!) like to plan out their credit card applications, so I don’t want to just post a day or two out if/when I receive official word of the offer changing.

As a refresher, this card is especially valuable under three circumstances:

For travel within the US

Lufthansa charges just 25,000 miles for a roundtrip domestic US coach award, or 35,000 miles for a roundtrip domestic US business class award. They even offer one-way awards at half the cost of a roundtrip.

While 25,000 miles is the standard roundtrip coach award cost, the 35,000 miles for a domestic business class award is among the lowest premium cabin redemption rates for any airline. Lufthansa will charge the business class price for United domestic three cabin business class or United domestic two cabin first class, both of which book into the “I” (business class) award fare bucket. Unfortunately US Airways first class awards book into “O,” which is the first class award fare bucket and wouldn’t be eligible for those rates. So after you’ve completed the minimum spend you’d have more than enough miles for either four United one-way domestic coach tickets or three one-way domestic business class tickets.

For travel in Swiss first class

Swiss, which is part of the Lufthansa family, does not release any first class award space to their partner airlines. None whatsoever, not even day of departure. So literally the only way to book Swiss first class on miles is through Miles & More, through which they ironically release a fair bit of award space, often multiple seats per flight.

Swiss_First_Class_Award_Space

And Swiss does have one of the world’s best first class products, in my opinion, with amazing in-flight catering. So if you haven’t yet flown Swiss first class and want to use miles, Miles & More is your only option for doing so. They charge 85,000 miles for a one-way first class award between the US and Europe, plus taxes and fuel surcharges.

For travel in Lufthansa first class

Nowadays Lufthansa only releases first class award space to Star Alliance partners at most 15 days out, and even within that time frame they’re stingier than ever before. Sadly even for cabins that are half empty a couple of days out they’re often still not releasing space. The only way to snag Lufthansa first class before then is to redeem through Miles & More. Much like for travel on Swiss, a one-way first class ticket between the US and Europe costs 85,000 Miles & More miles, plus taxes and fuel surcharges.

This sign-up bonus gets you a good ways towards that, and given that you can transfer in points from Starwood it might not be too expensive to make up the difference.

Bottom line

This is a very good sign-up bonus, especially given that the card is issued by Barclays, and you can often earn bonuses on their cards multiple times. Here’s to hoping the increased sign-up bonus lasts beyond June 30…

Link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard®

(In the interest of full disclosure I earn a referral bonus for anyone that’s approved through the above link — thanks for your support!)

Comments

  1. Lantean says

    Is Swiss F really forth it for 85k points plus a lot of $$? That’s some crazy redemption if you ask me…

  2. jamie says

    The domestic first redemption sounds great. Our home airport is ORD. I’m assuming that we would have access to two cabin first from ORD to the west coast. Do you know how good of a product that is? It’s such a reasonable increase in miles over coach, I’m assuming it would be well worth it. Thanks!

  3. lucky says

    @ Lantean — Well it’s a product that’s otherwise completely unattainable. Is it worth regularly spending 85,000 points for one-way? Probably not. But if you’d like to try a new product or are flying for a special occasion it can be well worth it. Keep in mind you can also typically earn the sign-up bonuses on Barclays cards multiple times, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get the needed miles.

  4. lucky says

    @ jamie — Indeed, all two cabin first class and three cabin business class on United would qualify. On some routes to the west coast United just has standard domestic first class, with wider seats, more legroom, and better service/food. On some flights, though, they have internationally onfigured aircraft, and those feature flat beds, which you could also redeem for at the same rates.

  5. Lantean says

    I guess it’s worth on the west coast flights… but from NYC it’s only about 6-7 hours… not worth it during the night. on the way back it’s a little better… 8 hours of daytime flight i guess may be valuable to some.

  6. Robert Hanson says

    Hmmm Who would spend more points, {and maybe even fuel surcharges}, for readily available vs hardly ever available? Go when I want to go vs go when they are willing to let me go? I’ll have to think that one over. :D

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