PA101
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UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:16 pm

Hey everybody,

I'm hoping that someone can help mit out with this one, 'cause I'm confused...
I just need about 600 more frequent flyer miles this year to secure Premier Status for 2013 for my longtime UA Mileage Plus account. You would think, that flying LH domestically within Germany should get you mileage accrual too, but sometimes it does, sometimes it don't...

I've checked UA online and it says, no mileage accrual for LH booking classes T and L, fair enough.
However, I'm now looking into visiting a friend, and the booking class would be E (it's discounted, but not even the cheapest option, that would be booking class K). Would I get UA MP miles for that? The LH booking engine says, for that ticket in E that if you are in Miles & More, you'd get 500 miles per sector (so actually more miles than you actually fly)??? I would think that if it would earn me Miles & More miles, it also should earn me Mileage Plus miles, shouldn't it?

Thanks for your help!
 
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:39 pm

I agree that UA are sometimes less than transparent when listing the booking classes earned on their partners, but to answer your question: no.

The clue is in the statement: "All other fare classes do not accrue mileage". Basically, if it isn't listed in the table then it doesn't earn. T and L are only specifically listed because they need to differentiate between intra-Europe and long haul.
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:42 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 1):

Hey, thanks for your help!
I still don't get it, why they only award miles for certain LH booking classes...
 
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:47 pm

Quoting PA101 (Reply 2):

I know, it's a real pain!

It's not just UA, they all seem to be as bad. I have a couple of upcoming trips with AA in Q: with AA I would have got 100% earn but as a QFFF I get 0%. In reverse, I have a flight coming up with QF in K which will earn me 100% - out of interest I checked AAdvantage and it would have given me 50%.

Quite how the alliance partners work out earn between them is a complete mystery to me, so I gave up bothering about it and just make sure I check the award table before booking  



(p.s. I did check before booking the AA flights but they were SO cheap that it seemed worthwhile forgoing the FFs)
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:00 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):

Actually my first time, I run into that crap... Really beats the purpose of having just one FF-membership for one alliance...:-(
 
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:39 pm

Within Star Alliance, the actual operating carrier determines if and how many miles you earn for your flight. In the case of E class on LH, they will credit miles to your Miles & More account, however, they will not award miles to members of other frequent flyer programs. Always check the airline's web site of frequent flyer program you intend to use (United MileagePlus in this instance) to see if mileage can be earned on the carrier and class of service you intend to use. The United web site shows which classes you earn miles on for each partner airlines. E class is not shown on the LH chart. A footnote under that chart reads: "All other fare classes do not accrue mileage." Conversely, there are certain deeply discounted inventories on United that do not qualify for mileage credit in Miles & More.

http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/mark...linePartnerDetails.aspx?ItemId=298


I am a Mileage Plus member, and just completed a trip on Austrian Airlines in P - a discounted business class booking inventory. My ticket was almost $3,000 between US & Vienna, and I did not earn any credit as Austrian does not provide mileage or status credit to MileagePlus members for travel in P. However, I could have received credit to my Miles & More account. I will certainly pay more attention to this in the future.
 
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:42 pm

Quoting FlyingColors78 (Reply 5):

Thanks for your help. I now found the table chart on UAs website too.
I guess I was just too naive in the past - figuring, it'll give you miles with A, it also give you miles with B within an alliance... (thus I never got a Miles&More account)   
 
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:59 pm

Quoting FlyingColors78 (Reply 5):
Within Star Alliance, the actual operating carrier determines if and how many miles you earn for your flight.

  

Its essentially a financial transaction with LH having to buy the United miles for you. Hence they opt not to award miles on discount fares, or sometimes only partial mile credit based on fare paid.
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:50 am

Quoting PA101 (Reply 6):
I guess I was just too naive in the past - figuring, it'll give you miles with A, it also give you miles with B within an alliance... (thus I never got a Miles&More account

No, you were not naive. Things were much easier in the past, especially with UA...
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:50 pm

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 8):
Things were much easier in the past, especially with UA...



I couldn't agree more. In 2004 I got LH Business class r/t LAX to Rome for either 80 or 90k using United's Mileage Plus.

For what's it's worth, I have determined that being a member of LH's Miles and More from here in the states is too difficult to navigate upgrades and free tickets. United's web site is much easier. And, when redeeming free flights from LH (MIA-FCO), I recently had to pay large German VAT tax as well a US taxes ($521), considerably higher than when redeeming from US airlines.
So, I have essentially cashed out, but still like flying LH and Swiss. I'll fly LH but accrue UA miles to get LH free flights/upgrades.
 
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RE: UA Mileage Plus And Lufthansa Flights

Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:43 pm

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 9):
I couldn't agree more. In 2004 I got LH Business class r/t LAX to Rome for either 80 or 90k using United's Mileage Plus.

For what's it's worth, I have determined that being a member of LH's Miles and More from here in the states is too difficult to navigate upgrades and free tickets. United's web site is much easier. And, when redeeming free flights from LH (MIA-FCO), I recently had to pay large German VAT tax as well a US taxes ($521), considerably higher than when redeeming from US airlines.
So, I have essentially cashed out, but still like flying LH and Swiss. I'll fly LH but accrue UA miles to get LH free flights/upgrades.

Indeed, taxes for award tickets with Miles & More are considerably more expensive. Living in Belgium I could get the M&M credit card from SN but I think it's still better to deal with Mileage Plus.
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