Lufthansa’s Miles & More program is running a promotion for travel between select destinations in the US and Europe. The promotion is valid for awards booked through October 31, 2013, and for travel between October 8 and November 16, 2013. Through this promotion roundtrip economy class costs just 30,000 miles, and roundtrip business class costs 55,000 miles.
You can find the full list of eligible markets here. The major restriction seems to be that travel is valid primarily for travel from Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, and Philadelphia. There are dozens of eligible destinations in Europe, so they’re less restrictive there.
The catch with redeeming through Miles & More is that they impose huge fuel surcharges on redemptions, typically about $800 roundtrip for business class. So between the fuel surcharges and taxes expect to pay about $1,000 roundtrip in business class.
Generally I tend to think the best use of Miles & More miles is for travel in Lufthansa or Swiss first class given that they’re largely off limits to those with miles in partner programs. But if you have around 55,000 miles through the recent sign-up bonus on Lufthansa’s co-branded credit in the US, this certainly isn’t a bad use of miles.
(Tip of the hat to Points to be Made)