Limited Time Offer! 50,000 Miles for Lufthansa Miles & More World MasterCard: Enough for Free Flights to Europe, Hawaii or Other Top Destinations

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

Ear­lier this year, the Bar­clays Lufthansa Premier Wold MasterCard offered a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus for a lim­ited time and this was an extremely pop­u­lar card. Then it went down to just 30,000 miles. But now the 50,000 mile offer is back!  (Though the offer can be dis­con­tin­ued at any time), The card comes with 20,000 bonus miles after the first pur­chase and an addi­tional 30,000 bonus miles after spend­ing $5,000 within 3 months of account opening. If you think it might be difficult to complete the spending requirement in 3 months, see my different ways to accomplish this.

We haven’t signed up for this card yet since just a couple months ago I signed up for the Bar­clay­card Arrival World Mas­ter­card, a solid choice of $440 of travel credit for just $1,000 spend­ing.  However before this year ends I am  def­i­nitely going to apply for the 50,000 mile Lufthansa offer from Bar­clays to earn more free flights.

50,000 Lufthansa Miles is enough to reach many des­ti­na­tions imme­di­ately so this is a great card to consider.

Destinations with Lufthansa Miles & More

Des­ti­na­tions with Lufthansa Miles & More

Lufthansa Pre­mier Miles & More World Mas­ter­Card Details

Appli­ca­tion link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first pur­chase 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
  • With 50,000 award miles you can redeem for a round-trip award flight to Hawaii, Europe or the Caribbean!
  • Card­hold­ers receive a Com­pan­ion Ticket annually
  • Enjoy 2 award miles per $1 on Miles & More inte­grated air­line ticket pur­chases and 1 award mile per $1 spent every­where else
  • No mileage expi­ra­tion with monthly qual­i­fy­ing purchases
  • No for­eign trans­ac­tion fees
  • Intro­duc­tory APR for Pur­chases: 0% for 12 billing cycles*
  • Intro­duc­tory APR for Bal­ance Trans­fers: 0% for 12 billing cycles*
  • Reg­u­lar APR: 15.99% or 24.99%* (Variable)
  • Annual Fee: $79
  • Credit Needed: Excel­lent Credit

Overview of the Lufthansa Miles & More Program

The Lufthansa Miles & More pro­gram is the fre­quent flyer pro­gram of many Europe-based airlines: Lufthansa, Aus­trian Air­lines, LOT Pol­ish Air­lines, Swiss Air Lines, Adria Air­ways, Croa­tia Air­lines, Lux­air, Brus­sels Air­lines, and Ger­man­wings. The Lufthansa miles can be used on the full net­work of Star Alliance part­ners as well.The Lufthansa Miles & More pro­gram may not be for every­one as they do impose fuel sur­charges on some of the Star Alliance car­ri­ers when trav­el­ing to Europe or across con­ti­nents, but there are cer­tainly many sweet spots in the Lufthansa Miles & More award chart.

You can take a look at the complete Lufthansa Miles & More award chart.

Of par­tic­u­lar value are:

  • 35,000 Miles Round-Trip in First Class on United within the con­ti­nen­tal US (other air­lines will charge 50,000 miles for this award).
  • 50,000 Miles Round-Trip in Econ­omy from the US to Europe (other air­lines will charge 60,000 miles for this award).

35,000 Miles Round-Trip in First Class on United Within the Con­ti­nen­tal US

The main attrac­tion to the Lufthansa Miles & More Mas­ter­Card for me is the 35,000 mile round-trip award in busi­ness class domes­ti­cally. Since United Air­lines is a part­ner, I can redeem my Lufthansa Miles for busi­ness class flights on United’s pre­mium ser­vice routes.  The 35,000 miles will actu­ally get me into Busi­ness­First, which comes with a flat bed and supe­rior service.

50,000 Miles Round-Trip in Econ­omy from the US to Europe 

50,000 miles for a round-trip in Econ­omy class from the US to Europe is sig­nif­i­cantly below the stan­dard mar­ket pric­ing of the usual 60,000 miles charged by United Air­lines, Amer­i­can Air­lines and US Air­ways. So if you do have a trip to Europe you’re plan­ning, using Lufthansa Miles may very well save you 10,000 miles. At this point, this is pretty much the only card that offers enough miles to redeem for a round-trip to Europe dur­ing peak season.

Of course, the one draw­back is the poten­tial fuel sur­charges charged on some Star Alliance part­ners. How­ever, if you fly US Air­ways, there are no fuel sur­charges and US Air­ways will fly it’s high-class Envoy Suites to Europe. Addi­tion­ally, fuel sur­charges on LOT Pol­ish are only about $120.

Bottom line:

  • Bar­clays Lufthansa Pre­mier Miles & More World Mas­ter­Card is offer­ing a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus after a $5,000 min­i­mum spend­ing requirement.
  • A round-trip in first class within the con­ti­nen­tal US on United Air­lines only costs 35,000 Lufthansa Miles and this is 15,000 miles cheaper than with most other pro­grams. This makes pos­si­ble fly­ing in flat-bed Busi­ness­First on United Air­lines from coast to coast for just 35,000 miles.
  • With Lufthansa Miles & More, 50,000 miles is enough for a round-trip to Europe in Econ­omy class. Although fuel sur­charges are charged on some air­lines, there are pos­si­bil­i­ties to avoid fuel sur­charges and fly to many des­ti­na­tions within Europe with these miles.

Appli­ca­tion link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard

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