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Lufthansa Miles & More Card Review: A sign on bonus, help for status, and not much more

Pros
  • A big sign on bonus. You can earn up to 50,000 miles pretty quickly with the card, and that can get you free travel fast. But Lufthansa charges hundreds of dollars in fees when you use miles for tickets to Europe, so your best bet with these miles is to book United flights within the U.S., which have very small fees.
  • Convert your miles to status miles. Once per year, you will have the ability to convert award miles you’ve earned with the card to status miles at a 5:1 ratio. You can convert between 5,000 and 25,000 award miles in total. If you’re a little bit short on reaching the status that you would like, this is an easy way to do it.

  • Lounge access passes. Every year, you will receive two certificates to enter the Lufthansa Business Class Lounges. There’s nothing fancy about them, but you’ll find free drinks, some light hot food, and salty snacks.

Cons
  • $89 annual fee. This isn’t an overly high annual fee, but it isn’t waived the first year. With many credit card options available, you’ll have one year without an annual fee to see if the benefits of the card are worth it for you. In this case, you’ll need to decide before you apply. The annual fee is waived for Senator and HON Circle members.

  • Relatively low earning rates. You’ll earn 1 mile per dollar spent on most purchases and 2 miles per dollar spend on Miles & More ticket purchases. There are other cards available that are more competitive for spending on providing you don’t think you’ll get enough value out of the pros of this card to justify paying the annual fee.

  • A nearly useless companion ticket. The card advertises an annual companion ticket  you can use for Lufthansa flights, but the fare that you need to pay to use it is so high you’re often better off just buying two of the cheapest available Economy tickets.
Overall Rating
1/5 Stars   
Key Features
  • Introductory bonus miles
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Receive two complimentary Lufthansa Business Lounge vouchers annually
  • Convert award miles earned on purchases into status miles. Once each year you can convert 5,000 to 25,000 award miles at a 5 to 1 ratio. For example, 5,000 award miles converts to 1,000 status miles
  • Receive a discount code for 15% off hotel and car rental redemptions at milesandmore.com/hotelandcar
  • Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first purchase and payment of the annual fee and annually thereafter
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa,Star Alliance member airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, and other partners
  • $89 Annual Fee.
  • Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details
 

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

Annual Fee

Yes

Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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