Lufthansa Award Chart Devaluation Coming in May 2019

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Lufthansa has announced an award-chart devaluation that will come into effect May 9, 2019. The changes are widespread and affect flights operated by Lufthansa and Star Alliance partners. While the devaluation is a negative change, it is not as severe as some other devaluations we have seen.

LH First Class Terminal

 

Key Changes

When you compare the current award chart and the new chart, the devaluation affects a wide variety of routes across the world.

Between North America and Europe

  • First class round-trip fares go from 170,000 to 182,000 miles.
  • Business class round-trip fares go from 105,000 to 112,000 miles.

Within North America on United Airlines

  • Economy class round-trip fares go from 30,000 to 35,000 miles.
  • Business class round-trip fares go from 55,000 to 60,000 miles.

Europe to Central Asia & Far East

  • First class round-trip fares go from 210,000 to 222,000 miles.
  • Business class round-trip fares go from 135,000 to 142,000 miles.

North America to South America

  • Economy class round-trip fares go from 105,000 to 112,000 miles.
  • Business class round-trip fares go from 170,000 to 182,000 miles.

Lufthansa Transfer Partners

Unfortunately Lufthansa has no major credit card transfer partners in the US. The only flexible points you can transfer to Lufthansa are Marriott Bonvoy points. Points transfer at a ratio of 3:1, and Marriott has a built-in bonus; whenever you transfer in increments 60,000 points, you will receive a 5,000-mile bonus for a total of 25,000 miles.

Remember Lufthansa allows family pooling of miles, which is a great way for families who may not travel a lot to significantly boost their mileage balance.

Our Take

We are always disappointed with a devaluation. Fortunately, Lufthansa has given its customers advance notice. So if you were after a specific Lufthansa award, make sure to book before May 9, 2019, to lock in the current, cheaper pricing.

Source: One Mile At A Time

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  • Terrible another airline devaluation

  • Another airline devaluation. Just goes to show you should never build up currency (miles) in an airline (or anywhere for that matter).

  • Gary Timoshenko says:

    They charge so much taxes on award tickets that I have always found Miles and More pretty useless. Is there anyway to redeem their miles without paying huge taxes?

  • This is not very good. Points should be used.

  • That’s lifee in the hacker loop.

  • This is why you don’t let your points sit around unused…

  • Another devaluation! When the miles programas will give us good news?

  • Fly and use miles soon. Thanks for the heads up.

  • I have also a Miles and More credit card to avoid the expiration of miles that I would like to close.
    So I hope to redeem some miles before these changes.

  • Could have been worse, but it’s still a bummer. If at least they would get rid of those nasty international surcharges on LH & LX flights, an elevation of miles level would be justified.

  • ugh… another program devaluation.

  • Devaluations are the name of the game unfortunately…

    It now becomes a question of who next, and when?

  • This is really bad news if you reside in Israel. We could use the European chart when flying from here. The only Lufthansa perk left is gone.

  • Wow, quite the devaluation. I can see a lot of people switching from them if possible to use IAG instead.

  • It appears this is the trend currently. Programs being devalued over and over, sigh even more reasons to earn and burn don’t wait! spend those points.

  • Lufthansa not only makes it pretty near impossible for leisure travellers to earn significant miles, but now make it more expensive to spend them. Thank god I chose a different FFP!!

  • In the “good old days” airlines used to give well advance notice (say UA gave almost a year for devaluation in 2016) so that their members wont be suffered too much.
    Nowadays more and more airlines/ffp play nasty for just announcing any changes with effective dates within at most two months (some are just within weeks like SQ)!
    What a shame! I have strong thought that, if they kept go on like that, there would be rules or laws to regulate them in the future like banks.

  • That’s definitely a rough devaluation.

  • Haven’t flown them yet, but I agree with Jess that it would be better to bank miles with United.

  • It seems that the IAG program is the best European one at this moment.

  • Their fees are so horrid, I have no idea why anyone would bank miles there other than for status.

  • That’s a rough devaluation.

  • Always disappointing to see a devaluation. I have heard great things about their First Class and it would still be fun to try but maybe not worth it. This is typical and not surprising

  • It’s been a fairly useless program for me for years, so I’m not surprised.

  • What about domestic DE destinations? Are they affected?

  • It could have been worse. But if you take two steps back, it’s unfortunate that we have had to start to rate them based on how bad they are.

  • I misspoke, should have saidde-valuing the KrisFlyer chart for Star Alliance awards.

  • Miles and More would be a much more attractive frequent flyer scheme if they did not have the 3 year hard expiry for miles.

  • I know I should not care much, but every time I come across a devaluation I feel cheated by the airline. You “promised” me something and now you say “not really.”

  • Oh my god, is this the new norm ? Airlines kept devaluing their award schemes.

  • Devaluation seems to be the order of the day. It is extremely rare to see the opposite in any program, meaning miles are rarely if ever worth more than they used to be.

  • There’s also a Krisflyer Star Alliance devaluation now too.

  • I’m assuming this devaluation is also with the heavy surcharges that Lufthansa chargers.

  • Sad news for Lufthansa frequent flyers. Still a quality airliner though.

  • So the program is going from bad to worse. It is already so difficult to keep the points gotten from credit card and use them for anything worthwile. Thanks for the head-up though.

  • lorem ipsum says:

    Is there an AW review of the Miles and More credit card? After Marriott took a hatchet to accumulating points via the AmEx SPG (now Marriott Bonvoy) card, I stopped using it for non-bonused spend and cancelled it. Is the Barclay’s M&M card a suitable replacement for those wanting to earn Lufthansa miles?

    • We don’t sorry. To be honest, I would recommend collecting miles in another Star Alliance program like United or Singapore KrisFlyer over collecting Lufthansa miles. Much easier to accumulate and better award rates, plus you can collect flexible points which transfer to both programs and eliminate the need for co-brand airline cards altogether.

      • lorem ipsum says:

        I agree that UA MileagePlus and SQ KrisFlyer are better programs. For me, the only reason to collect M&M is to fly LH F, which is unlikely for me because I typically book more than two weeks out.

  • Devaluation just seems to be the trend of the future, quite sad about this

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    Great company. My only wish is that they would become more restrictive on what constitutes a “service animal”.

  • Percentage-wise, a relatively minor hit. Certainly could have been worse, ans we’ve definitely seen more egregious changes without notice from other airlines. Kind of a double whammy today though, as I was just reading this morning Singapore plans to ‘de-value’ the KrisFlyer award chart in the near future also.

  • I can’t plan such short notice for their award availability, too bad it’s getting harder now as well. One day Lufthansa….one day.

  • Nenad Pasic says:

    It would be interesting to see how much miles and points from various airline and hotel programs devaluated over the past 5, 10, 15, 20 years.
    It seems like that every year miles and points are harder to earn and it takes more of it to get a reward seat or a hotel room.

  • It always hurts when they devalue…. Points game slowly dying for most

  • Bill from Maine says:

    As devaluations go, this one isn’t as bad as what others have done. You didn’t mention this in the article, but Barclay’s currently has 2 credit card offers available at 50K and 60K bonus miles for $5K spending in a 90 day period. The particulars of each offer are on freefrequentflyermiles.com.
    Thank you for explaining family pooling. That’s something I didn’t know of but will come in very handy.

  • An expected devaluation that will soon be coming to Avios and more programmes. European collectors have got it hard now.

  • Bummer. One of my main routes is Lufthansa. Could be worse, I guess.

  • Changes are moderate but their chart was already at the steep end in terms of miles alongside taxes

  • Unfortunately, even though the devaluation isn’t severe, it’s already a worse award chart that other programs for US-based flyers. I mean, 35,000 rt on United within the US? In economy? No thanks. I do have some Lufthansa miles, but it’s not my primary star alliance program.

  • Never flown Lufthansa; guess I never will anyways….too bad for the German loyal flyers.

  • The main sweet spot still remains, if a bit more expensive… no surcharge rewards on UA domestic.

  • So we should use miles before May 9, 2019

  • Well that sucks, one of the cheapest providers to EU out of PIT and great food. Crappy leg room though

    • LH is actually pretty expensive from DEN to EU, plus on all the trips with them we have done in last several years they were late anywhere from 4 hours up, pretty disappointing for a German company.

  • I wonder if their devaluation will have any ripple effect on their partners.
    We usually use United points on Lufthansa flighs from US to Germany.

  • Good thing the few miles I had expired I guess.

  • Changes like this are a good reminder to earn and burn.

  • Expecting more devaluations to come for Avios collectors too plus potentially other programmes

  • This makes me sad since I’ve enjoyed Lufthansa flying in the past!

  • Didn’t LH devalue their award chart not too long ago?
    It’s quite disappointing they are making it even worse now.

  • …and that is why I never credited LH flights to LH.

  • Sad to see another airline program racing to the bottom…

  • It could have been worse.
    Nevertheless, if I manage to do a booking before the de-valuation it’s even better!

  • …bad luck for the loyal Germany-based flyers.

  • Sad to see this but this is also reason why I stopped to have miles&more as primary FF program.