Hurry, the Lufthansa 50k Bonus Mile Offer Expires June 30, 2014


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The 50k mile bonus offer is back on the Lufthansa card mentioned in this post until 6/30/14.

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchases or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first use of the account and annually after each account anniversary
  • No Foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance member airlines and on other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee. Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details


The The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard is offering an incredible 50,000 bonus Miles & More miles after spending $5k in the first three months. I just learned that the offer is scheduled to end June 30, 2014.

As a reminder, Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance, so its miles can be used for almost exactly the same flights as United or US Airways miles.

In some situations Lufthansa miles are far more valuable than United miles. If you want to fly:

  • economy class to Europe
  • domestic first class
  • domestic economy
  • first class to Hawaii
  • Swiss First Class
  • Lufthansa First Class if you want to book more than 15 days in advance
  • business class to Australia

… you are better off using Lufthansa miles. If you want to fly:

  • economy class to Southern South America
  • economy class to Hawaii
  • economy class to the Caribbean
  • business class to the Caribbean
  • economy class to Central America
  • business class to Central America
  • economy class to Australia

… United and Lufthansa miles are equally useful. For most other itineraries, United miles are better.

If you are looking to apply for a Barclaycard in the next six weeks, I think the Lufthansa card is the best one, edging out the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® with 40,000 miles after spending $3k in the first three months and the US Airways Premier World MasterCard® with 30,000 US Airways miles after first purchase.

If you know you want the Lufthansa card now, don’t necessarily wait until December 15. The fine print says the offer is scheduled to end December 15, but could be puled any time.

I got my Lufthansa card after calling reconsideration. After meeting the minimum spending requirement, I was offered 15k bonus miles for another easy spending challenge. I haven’t spent the 72,000 miles sitting in my account yet, but I’ve priced out dozens of awards, so I know my options.

Who already has their Lufthansa card? For what are you planning to redeem the miles?


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  1. My wife applied (well, I applied for her) last night. I’ll be able to apply for it at the beginning of December, using the 95 days rule, so hopefully it’s still around. We need return flights from Switzerland in May so I’m hoping to use it for a flight on Lufthansa or Swiss.

  2. I redeemed 30k for a round-trip between Australia and Fiji nested into a larger Australia trip for next year. It’s a way to avoid using more AA miles which I usually find more valuable.

    • Great use. I too, think of these miles as a way to substitute for and save more valuable miles in a lot of cases.

  3. The deal sounds great but I am always hesitant to pay ANY annual fees. How can I get the Senator/HON level so I get the annual fee waived?

    • Fly a lot to get that status. Paying no annual fees doesn’t seem like an important goal. If card A has a sign up bonus of $750 and an annual fee of $79 and card B has a sign up bonus of $500 and no annual fee, I say take card A and consider the sign up bonus $671.

  4. I’m planning to apply before Dec 15, but my wife might have to wait until later.

    What is the standard offer for the Lufthansa card?

  5. Does the offer end of December 15 mean one has to apply by then or meet the minimum spend by then? I assume the former but would hate to get burned. I used this offer and want to do the same for my wife now that I’ve met my spending minimum. Thanks!


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