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Confirmed – 30,000 SPG points for domestic first class tickets on United Airlines

by on Mon February 6, 2012 • No Comment
Lufthansa 35000 mile award

Lufthansa 35000 mile dometic first class award

Here’s a fun deal in award travel that takes advantage of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express…

We were playing around with the search feature at while building’s guide to best award travel values and found that Lufthansa offers domestic first/business class rewards for just 35,000 miles round trip in the United States (see Lufthansa’s mile calculator here).

At first we were skeptical…and thought it only applied to domestic flights within Germany. But, a phone call to Lufthansa confirmed —

  • You can redeem for flights anywhere within the U.S. (i.e. New York to Los Angeles) for 35,000 miles
  • That compares to 50,000 miles if you used United miles to book the ticket.
  • And no, you don’t have to be a resident of Germany to qualify.
  • The taxes aren’t over the top either, about $10, just as if you booked using standard United miles.

So….how can you get a stash of Lufthansa miles to take advantage of this?

Use your Starwood points earned via the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.

Starwood points transfer 1:1 into Lufthansa Miles and More miles. And, you get a bonus of 5,000 miles for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer. So….you only need 30,000 Starwood points to receive 35,000 Lufthansa miles.

This is a particularly good deal if you like to fly expensive routes like the New York to West Coast PS flights on United, where business class can sell for over $2,000. 30,000 miles for that is a 7% return on your points, an outstanding deal!

Booking is easy, there is not a lot of waiting on hold with the Lufthansa U.S. call center, and change fees are much more lenient than U.S. airlines — it’s just $60 for a change or refund. Availability is the same you’d see at the ‘saver’ award level on

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