I just received an email from Lufthansa saying that I have until December 15th to apply for the 50,000 Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard®.
I’ve been thinking about adding the Lufthansa card to my wallet while the bonus is at 50,000 because… I love flying Lufthansa premium cabin flights, of course. And since I’ve mainly used United miles in the past for those premium flights, I’ll be needing a new way to supplement my desire to fly LH premium cabin flights. If you didn’t know, there’s a devaluation on United miles going into effect in Feb., making it really really expensive to book partner flights in business and first class.
There are going to be fees and surcharges when using the Miles & More award miles to fly premier Lufthansa flights, but they are worth it, in my opinion. It’s 85,000 Miles & More award miles (plus fees) to fly Lufthansa First one-way, or 170,000 miles for a round-trip ticket. Hefty, but adding 55,000 miles (after minimum spending requirement) from the Lufthansa Premier card is a great starting point.
You can also top off your Lufthansa Miles & More account with SPG points earned on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. You will get a 5,000 bonus for every 20,000 transferred, so you have options. Awesome sauce.
Here’s the Lufthansa award chart so you can check it out. And if premium cabin flights aren’t your thing, you can even travel domestically on United/US Airways for 25,000 points round-trip in economy or 35,000 in business/first. You would get two round-trip tickets with the 50,000 points sign-up bonus from the Lufthansa Premier card.
You will earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase, and the additional 30,000 miles after you spend $5,000 in 3 months. You can see the full bullet points for the offer below:
- 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
The news that the offer is ending on December 15th, 2013 is coming from Lufthansa and not my affiliate channel, but these offers usually coincide. Of course, I have no way of guaranteeing that.
If you don’t already have a Barclays card, I would check out the Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases and it’s $440 in travel offer, especially if you don’t think you will be traveling on Lufthansa.
If you currently have a Barclays card and want to apply for the Lufthansa card, it helps if you have some spending on your previous card. Check out my sick deals page if you’re wanting to add in some other offers too.
The 50,000 offer on the Lufthansa card is the highest offer I’ve seen on the card. Barclays has been getting more aggressive in the rewards card space, and has raised the offer to 50,000 a couple of times in the last few months, so if the timing isn’t right for you to apply now, don’t rush it. The 50,000 offer will most likely be back in a couple of months or so.
My link is below if you’re thinking about applying. Thanks for the support if you choose to apply through the blog! And as always, feel free to comment below or shoot me an email if you have any questions.
— Geoff Whitmore