Program overview 

Miles&More is the frequent flyer program of Lufthansa Group, which includes SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings, LOT Polish Airlines and Condor.

The best way to use your miles is award travel. Miles&More offers 3 types of miles: Award Miles (you can use them for award tickets), Status Miles (these miles determine your status) and HON Circle Miles (these miles help you to achieve HON highest Lufthansa status). However, the lack of credit and hotel partners makes it difficult to use Miles&More. 


Star Alliance

Program website 

Approximate miles value 

1.2 cents per mile 

Miles validity 

36 months 

Program accrual

Based on the distance flown + frequent flyer status + airline

Limit on amount of miles you can purchase 

This program does not allow you to purchase miles

Waitlist option

Not for awards, for upgrades only

Courtesy Hold for award reservation

Allowed for up to 5 days 

Do you need to open an account to check availability?


Stopover option 

Not allowed for one way. 1 stopover in each direction is allowed for a round trip

Family account


Upgrade option


Online booking 


Airline partners 

Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Air Astana, Air Malta, Cathay Pacific, LATAM

Credit card partners

No transfer partners

Hotel partners 

Radisson Rewards (10:1, 4-6 weeks transfer)

Co-Branded credit card in the US 

Miles & More World Elite Mastercard

Point/Miles Conversion Chart


  • Mileage pooling 
  • First Class award space for Lufthansa 
  • First Class SWISS awards are only available through this program and only available for elite members (it is not available through any other program)
  • Senator status (Star Alliance Gold) is valid for 2 years once earned
  • Better upgrade and award availability for elite members
  • Good website and highly competent customer service


  • No credit transfer partners, only a co-branded credit card
  • High fuel surcharges
  • Miles cannot be purchased
  • You need at least 7,000 miles to search for award availability
  • High mileage requirements to make status
  • Expensive upgrade costs

Excellent for   

  • Lufthansa First Class from the US to Europe for 91,000 miles one way.
  • United Airlines Business Class from the US to Australia or New Zealand for 71,000 miles one way.
  • Air India or United Airlines Business Class from the US to India for 96,000 miles. 

Insider Tip 

  • Miles&More offers the best availability for Lufthansa Group operated flights, especially First Class. 
  • Travelers based close to Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels airports would do very well combining this program with the Home Base Stopover Strategy combined with building status with Miles&More. Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles may be a more attractive program for Star Alliance flyers in Central, Eastern or Southern Europe who are not based close to those hubs due to its lower status thresholds, high frequency of flights and quality service.
  • Given the Senator 2 year status membership, consider redeeming your miles in the first year of membership and pay for flights (or use credit card “buy travel for points” programs) in the second year of membership to ensure continuous senator status.
  • If building status with Miles&More, consider buying E class Premium Economy tickets and upgrading them to business using Aeroplan miles (AmEx transfer partner) or United Mileage Plus (Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner) while still accruing miles for the flight into Miles&More account for the premium economy ticket purchased. Only 15,000 each way from those programs will get you an upgrade and you do not need to use the harder to get Miles&More miles.

Do you use this program? Share your experience and tips in the comments below. Your thoughts would be very valuable to us!



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