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With no qualifying activity, Lufthansa Miles & More miles expire after 36 months. That said, there are a few ways to keep your miles from expiring:
- If you hold elite status within the Miles & More program
- You have an eligible co-branded credit card, you have been a Miles & More Credit Card holder for at least three months, and each month you need to make a minimum of one purchase (that is not returned or refunded) which is eligible for miles with your Miles & More Credit Card. (short answer: you have to have and use your credit card)
If you don't hold elite status with Miles & More the only way to extend the validity of your miles indefinitely is to hold one of the many Miles & More co-branded credit cards and meet the spend requirements.
What are the Co-Branded Credit Card Options with Miles & More?
Luckily, Miles & More has a huge range of options for co-branded credit cards, with options for residents of most European countries, and plenty of other countries including China, Japan, India and the United States.
How to Build up a Balance of Miles with Miles & More
If you have a mileage balance that might be expiring and you're looking to bolster it in plans for a redemption, you can transfer Starpoints to Miles & More at a ratio is 1:1 with the standard bonus of 5,000 miles if you transfer 20,000 Starpoints. Do remember that transferring points into miles this way will not extend the life of your miles.
Although Miles & More is primarily a European-based reward program, it still has a very strong exposure in the US market, and for those who are regular travelers to Europe from the US, there are plenty of options to earn miles with the program.
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