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Lufthansa Miles & More + Credit Cards for Belgians

Ca901ddcea38854b9783781c91fc87c9?s=47 Thijs Feryn
September 21, 2013

Lufthansa Miles & More + Credit Cards for Belgians

My Miles & More talk at #travelmagic2013


Thijs Feryn

September 21, 2013


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  2. Hi, my name is Thijs

  3. I’m @ThijsFeryn on Twitter

  4. I’m an at Evangelist

  5. What’s'the'situa+on?

  6. I" speak"at" conferences

  7. I’m"an" entry"level" frequent"flyer

  8. I’m"not"a" travel"expert

  9. I"just"like"to" benefit"from"the" tricks

  10. Most'of'us'are' from'Belgium

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  16. Earn miles with partners Awards Status Earn miles on flights

    Award"&" status"miles Award"miles" only Get$perks Get" free*"flights"&" upgrades How it works
  17. Other programs

  18. Why"choose" Miles"&"More?

  19. Local partnerships

  20. Local partnerships •Car rentals •Credit cards •Hotels •Shopping •Subscriptions •...

  21. Register online, it’s free! https://www.miles-and-more.com

  22. Earning miles

  23. Earn while you fly

  24. Earn while you fly •Add frequent flyer number to your

    booking •Check the mileage accrual charts •Add extra segments to your trip (if you don’t mind) •Calculate your earnings http://meilenrechner.de •Calculate your itinerary http://www.gcmap.com •Keep an eye out for promotions http:// www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/milesandmore.html
  25. Airlines you can earn on • Adria Airways • Aegean

    • Air Astana • Air Canada • Air China • Air Dolomiti • Air India • Air Malta • ANA • Asiana • Austrian • Avianca TACA • Blue1 • Brussels Airlines • Condor • Copa Airlines • Croatia Airlines • Egyptair • Ethiopian • EVA Air • Germanwings • LOT Polish • Lufthansa • Luxair • SAS • Shenzhen • Singapore Airlines • South African • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Thai • United • US Airways
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  28. http://meilenrechner.de

  29. http://meilenrechner.de

  30. http://gcmap.com

  31. You only earn miles on revenue tickets!

  32. What about status?

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  34. 1"mile 35.000"miles"per"year"or"30" segments 100.000"miles"per"year 100.000"miles"per"year 600.000"miles"in"2"years 600.000"miles"in"2"years Miles"36"months"valid"if"you" don’t"have"the"credit"card Miles"don’t"expire

    Miles"don’t"expire Miles"don’t"expire Miles"don’t"expire Miles"don’t"expire 25%"bonus"miles 25%"bonus"miles 25%"bonus"miles 25%"bonus"miles 25%"bonus"miles 2"upgrade"vouchers 2"upgrade"vouchers 6"upgrade"vouchers 1"extra"bag 1"extra"bag 2"extra"bags 2"extra"bags 2"extra"bags Business"lounge"access Business"lounge"access Senator"&"Star"gold"lounge" access Senator"&"Star"gold"lounge" access First"class"lounge"access 50%"companion"award"discount 50%"companion"award"discount 50%"companion"award"discount
  35. Lufthansa Oil&Energy Club Employees of oil- and natural gas-producing and

    - extracting companies get free Frequent Traveller Status
  36. Star Alliance Gold benefits •Priority check-in •Airport lounge access (+

    1 guest) •Priority boarding •Extra baggage allowance (1 bag of 20 kg) •Priority baggage handling •Priority waitlist reservations •Priority airport standby
  37. Getting Star Alliance Gold status the lazy/cheap/easy way

  38. Only 20.000 status miles

  39. Once you qualified for Aegean Gold, keep saving on Miles

    & More
  40. Lounge access

  41. Frequent Traveler (= silver) status Gets your access to lounges

    at Lufthansa hubs
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  44. Senator (= gold) status Gets your access to Senator lounges

    at Lufthansa hubs and all other Star Alliance Gold lounges. You can even invite a guest
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  46. HON (= platinum) status Gets your access to first class

    lounges at Lufthansa hubs and all other Star Alliance Gold lounges. You also get access to the first class terminal in Frankfurt. You can also invite a guest
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  51. Earn while you sleep

  52. Earn points with hotel partners Earn points on stays Convert

    points to miles How it works Hotel loyalty programs
  53. Points to miles conversion Hilton Honors Starwood Preferred Guest IHG

    Rewards Club Le Club Accor Hyatt Gold Passport Miles per stay Points to miles Base points Bonus points Elite bonus 500 500 500 500 500 10/1 1/1 1/1,25 (>=20K) 5/1 2/1 2,5/1 2,5/1,1 (>=50K) 10/$ 2/$ 5/$ or 10/$ 2/€ 5/$ 5/$ 15%/25%/50% 50% 10%/50% 50%/75%/100% 15%/30%
  54. Earn while you read

  55. Earn miles on subscriptions •15.000 miles on a one year

    getAbstract Business Gold subscription •5.000 miles on a six month getAbstract Business Gold subscription •15.000 miles on a one year International Herald Tribune home delivery subscription •2.000 miles on a one year subscription of The Economist •5.000 miles on a three year subscription of The Economist
  56. Earn while you drive

  57. Earn while you drive •Get miles on car rentals •Usually

    500 per rental •Avis o ers 1000 per rental for elite members •Get more miles for exclusive cars or leasing contracts
  58. Earn while you shop

  59. Earn while you shop •1 mile/€ at Brussels Airport Skyshops

    •1 mile/€ at Chic Outlet Shopping (e.g. Maasmechelen Village) •1 mile/€ at Munich Airport Eurotrade •1 mile/€ at Lufthansa WorldShop •1 or 2 miles/€ at Vivabox
  60. The Chic Outlet Shopping trick •Outlet shopping in Maasmechelen, Munich,

    Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Dublin, Paris & London •Normally 1 mile per Euro •During sales period up to 5 miles per Euro •Pay with Miles&More credit card and get extra miles •“Collect” receipts
  61. Earn while you spend The irony ...

  62. The idea is simple: earn a number of miles per

    Euro spent with a specific credit card
  63. In the US credit cards are the main frequent flyer

  64. Crazy sign-up & minimum spend bonuses

  65. Unfortunately this is Belgium: options are limited

  66. This is what Miles&More o ers

  67. Miles&More cards Brussels Airlines Classic MasterCard Brussels Airlines Premium MasterCard

    Brussels Airlines Classic American Express Brussels Airlines Premium American Express Welcome bonus Earnings On SN tickets Miles expiration 1000 2000 1500 3000 1/€ 1/€ 1/€ 1,5/€ 1/€ 1/€ 1,5/€ 2/€ Miles don’t expire Miles don’t expire Miles don’t expire Miles don’t expire
  68. American Express Membership Rewards Earn points on AMEX program. Convert

    them to miles or other rewards. 2 points = 1 Miles&More mile
  69. AMEX Platinum Card •Platinum travel service: o ers, discounts &

    upgrades •Priority Pass •US Airways/AA Admirals Club/Delta Sky Club access •Eurostar Business Lounge access •Fine Hotels & Resorts Program •VIP airport parking •Hertz #1 Club Gold status •Hilton Honors Gold status
  70. http://travel.bart.la/ credit-cards/

  71. Spending miles

  72. Spendings miles •Redeem award miles on flight awards •Use award

    miles for flight upgrades •Spend it on other stu (merchandise, gift vouchers, hotel nights). Not advisable! •Cheapest way to fly Business & First Class
  73. Upgrade awards •Buy Economy Class ticket & upgrade to Business

    Class •Buy Business class ticket & upgrade to First Class •Not allowed on disounted tickets •Upgrade per segment •Upgrade online or via phone
  74. Within Europe Intercontinental Lufthansa Swiss Brussels Airlines Most other Star

    Alliance Partners Not on E, L, K Not on E, K, L, P, T, Z Not on E, L, K Not on E, K, L, T Not on E, G, K, L Not on E, G, K, L, T Only Y, B, C & D Only Y, B, C & D Allowed booking classes
  75. Economy to Business Business to First Within Europe North America,

    South Africa, India Central America, Carribean, South America North/Central Africa, Middle East & Caucasus South East Asia, Central Asia & Far East Hawai, Australia, New Zealand, Oceania 10.000 20.000 35.000 50.000 40.000 55.000 30.000 35.000 50.000 65.000 60.000 75.000 Upgrade chart
  76. Flight awards •Use miles to book one-way or round-trip flights

    •Limited availability •High surcharges & fees •Child awards charged at 75%. One-way awards at 50% •Senator & HON have better availability & companion awards (50% o for companion award redemption) •Check the mileage bargains •Fly Smart awards: 2 weeks before departure, up to 50% o
  77. Limited availability •Especially on popular routes •Especially on planes equipped

    with the new Business & First Class products •Preferred carrier not always available •Check out http://a380.lufthansa.com & http:// 747-8.lufthansa.com for more info on new planes/cabins
  78. Lufthansa Business Class Old New

  79. Lufthansa First Class Old New

  80. Mileage Bargains

  81. Simulation •First: 210.000 •Business: 135.000 •Economy Fly Smart: 70.000 •Economy:

    80.000 •Taxes & fees: 557,21 €
  82. 2014 program changes •Starting spring 2014 •Extra benefits for FTL,

    SEN & HON •Extra benefits for long-standing status customers •Devaluation of mileague accrual on Economy tickets
  83. Conclusion •Earning miles from Economy Class flights is a very

    slow process. •If you can a ord an occasional Business Class flight, you’ll earn a lot of miles •Let other people pay for your travel expenses •Keep an eye out for promotions •Get a miles/points credit card •Try attaining status •Enjoy the local partnerships •Further devaluations and restrictions coming up? •Only spend miles on premium cabins
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