-programs for me:
there is no option: You redeem your miles for a free flight (and this is really free, no taxes, fees or whatever - any seat open for sale, no matter what the price is, can also be occupied by an Award flight).
My mum's few miles at LH
were spent for a Economy Class flight within Europe last year shortly before they expired.
My own miles I at LH
used to redeem for upgrades from Economy to Business Class for intercontinental flights; meanwhile I (at big intervals) redeem points directly for intercontinental Business Class flights (I was able to fly IAD
on short notice a few weeks ago when I had to return home in the middle of a vacation). Fortunately my LH
-miles do not expire ...
I also try to redeem miles directly for intercontinental Business Class flights, but this tends to be more difficult than on LH
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !