My Miles & More miles are expiring soon — what now?
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While most frequent flyer programmes have been extending the validity of their respective currency quite generously throughout the current pandemic, Miles & More isn’t. A lack of flight options leads to the unwanted situation for many of having miles in your account without any flight redemption options.
If you have Miles & More miles in your account, it might be worthwhile to check the expiry date — they expire within 36 months of earning them. The programme will also send you an automated email a couple of weeks before the actual expiry date.
In case you find yourself with a bunch of miles due to expire soon but no travel plans, you have a couple of options. Let’s take a look at what you can do to keep them from going to waste.
Booking future travel
With some travel markets planning to open up again soon, it might be worthwhile to pre-book a flight with miles anticipating the possibility to travel. With travel restrictions possibly being lifted on 17 May, planning a summer getaway is becoming a solid possibility.
As a reminder, Miles & More miles are most valuable on short-haul flight redemptions, so perhaps you can use your soon-to-expire miles for that dream summer trip to a European destination.
Keep in mind that if you book a flight with expired miles, even though the flight might be refundable, you will lose the miles that have a past expiry date at the moment of cancellation.
Miles & More offers you the option to book a rental car or hotel with miles. In case you are travelling without flying, in the U.K., for example, this might be an option worth considering. Booking a rental car is possible through Sixt, Avis, Hertz, Budget and Europcar through their own respective portals.
Hotel bookings can be made through a Best Western gift card or via the hotel portal provided by Points.com.
Be aware that the value on these portals fluctuates greatly, so remember to always check revenue prices for any given hotel room before booking to see if it’s worth it. We currently value Miles & More at 1.1p per mile.
Shop ’til you drop
Spend your miles in the Lufthansa WorldShop, gift cards or at an outlet village. Like most times with shop-for-miles offers, you won’t get great value. That said, it could still be a good option if your miles are due to expire. Better something than nothing.
With Miles & More, there are three ways to spend miles on shopping:
This shopping portal is offering merchandise and travel-related products for a value of around 0.3p per mile. Cash&Mile combo options are offered, and products ship to the U.K. for €34.95 (around £30) or 5,250 miles. A valid option if you have a lot of miles to burn, but there is far greater value to be had for these miles.
Gift cards by Cadooz
This third-party supplier gives out gift cards for a value of around 0.3p per mile. This is a little more flexible, as you can save these gift cards for a later purchase at your favourite retailers like Amazon, John Lewis or M&S. Still, this option only offers around 25% of the average value you would get when booking a flight.
Miles & More offers gift cards for several outlet villages, such as Bicester Village. Miles can be used for shopping credit starting at 7,500 miles for £21, getting you a value of around 0.3p per mile. These gift cards are available at the information point within the shopping village, so bring your Miles & More membership card!
Miles & More also offers you the option to donate your miles to set charitable causes, like education, food or healthcare.
Most Miles & More cobranded cards allow you to extend the validity of all of your miles as long as you keep the card. Unfortunately, the Miles & More Global Traveler Cards that used to be offered in the U.K. are no longer available. If you are located outside the U.K. or have the possibility to apply for a cobranded credit card in another market, review this list of international co-branded Miles & More credit cards.
Purchase mileage validity
Finally, you can choose to purchase time in extending the validity of your expiring miles. Purchasing time through Loylogic will give you an additional 36 months of validity, which could be enough time to be able to plan a true redemption for maximum value. The price to do this will vary.
As long as travel is still heavily restricted, the best way to keep your miles alive is by extending their validity through a credit card. If that’s not possible, the next best alternative is to hope for the best and book a nice trip well in advance, getting the best value for your hard-earned miles. Ultimately, if it comes to it, you can consider purchasing more time or redeeming them at a poor value through shopping portals.
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