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Update: AwardWallet members have reported that Miles & More mileage pooling is restricted to members in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Please let us know in the comments if you are able to find a publicly available page that explains the eligibility rules for pooling. (Thank you!)
Lufthansa has added family pooling of miles, and several new features to its Miles & More loyalty program to celebrate its 25th birthday. Lufthansa has not confirmed the exact date that the new pooling will come into effect, although it has indicated that it will happen in May this year. The new program is tailored to families and allows the pooling of miles for two adults and up to five children. According to the Miles and More website, the pooling is only valid for award miles and not status miles.
There are other changes coming to the Miles and More program apart from pooling miles, these include:
- Kids who join Lufthansa’s JetFriends Club will receive a 2,000-mile bonus, and their miles will remain valid until they are 18
- Lufthansa is to start offering more local tailored promotions, with members being able to rate the promos so that they can be further improved
- Miles and More will be holding a drawing to give away 25,000 miles to ten of its members.
The key change with Miles and More is the family pooling which makes it easier to accrue miles for your next award. For instance, a family of seven flying New York to Frankfurt in the lowest Business class fare would pick up 26,957 miles.
A lesser known, but potentially far more lucrative option within Star Alliance is EgyptAir, which allows the pooling of both status and award miles. The same family of seven taking the above flights would leave the main account holder just over 3,000 miles shy of Star Alliance Silver, while if the family returned via the same route, the main account holder would be just 6,000 miles shy of Gold status with one trip!
Source: Mommy Points
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