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Lufthansa Card’s 50,000 Mile Bonus Means Roundtrip to Europe for $160

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Update July 1, 2014:

The current offer on the Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard® is 20,000 miles after first purchase and payment of $79 annual fee.

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer
  • Earn up to 15,000 award miles with balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) within 30 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Annual Companion Ticket after first purchase
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance airlines and other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee, waived for SEN and HON Circle Members

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The Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard® is now offering 50,000 bonus Lufthansa miles after spending $5k in the first three months.

This limited time offer makes the Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard® one of the best credit cards on the market with enough bonus miles for a roundtrip award to Europe.

Lufthansa charges only 50,000 miles roundtrip for an economy award between the United States and Europe (for Americans starting the roundtrip in America) according to its award chart.

This is a fantastic deal for year round award travel to Europe since most airlines charge 60,000 miles for the same trip.

The only problem is that Lufthansa collects fuel surcharges on award tickets.

The good news is that fuel surcharges on LOT Polish Airlines are very small, so you can fly from the United States to Europe roundtrip on LOT for the cost of opening one credit card, meeting its minimum spending requirement, and paying only $160 out of pocket!

  • Where does LOT fly?
  • How can you search its award space?
  • How can you book LOT award space for 25k miles each way?
  • How big are fuel surcharges on LOT?

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Easiest Way to Get on a Dreamliner to Europe in Business

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LOT, a Polish airline that is a member of the Star Alliance, flies several Boeing 787 Dreamliners to North America with incredible award space in business class.

The Dreamliner is a technical marvel, a plane I am dying to get on.

LOT’s business class on the Dreamliner is up to international standards–a fully flat bed with a big TV monitor at each seat.

LOT flies to three North American destinations, all with the Dreamliner.

New York (JFK) <-> Warsaw (WAW)

Chicago (ORD) <-> Warsaw

Toronto (YYZ) <-> Warsaw

Space is incredible for two people in business class along all three routes, even for this August. Green and blue dates on the calendar mean there is space in business class that day on a Dreamliner for two people.

New York to Warsaw

Green and blue dates both have space in business.

Warsaw to New York

Chicago to Warsaw

Warsaw to Chicago

Toronto to Warsaw

Warsaw to Toronto

Getting to New York, Chicago or Toronto

Most of us will be booking this LOT Dreamliner space with United or US Airways miles. That means we can add on any Star Alliance flights to the award.

Getting to JFK might be the hardest. United only flies to JFK from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington-Dulles. US Airways flies in from Charlotte, Phoenix, and Philadelphia.

If you don’t live at one of those cities, you can fly into Newark, where United flies from dozens of cities, but moving from Newark to JFK might be difficult, time consuming, and expensive. But if you don’t mind the land travel, this is a valid routing on both US Airways and United awards.

Chicago is easy to get to, since it is a United hub, and United has incredible award availability in economy and domestic first class, which you are eligible to fly on an international business class itinerary.

Don’t forget about the Toronto flight. Toronto might not be hard to get to from your home airport in the US, since it is an Air Canada hub. Air Canada serves Toronto from numerous US cities, big and small.

Not Interested in Warsaw?

Since my visit to Krakow and Warsaw, Poland in summer 2012 to watch the Euro Cup, Poland is one of favorite countries.

Hotel Guide: Krakow, Poland

Success Story: Europe with Points

But if you’re not interested, LOT connects to everywhere else in Europe and their intra-Europe space is excellent.

Booking the Award

To book the award, identify the transatlantic business class space, then the necessary domestic space to get to the LOT flight, then the intra-Europe space you want.

If you are booking with United miles, you can do that online for 50k miles each way or 100k roundtrip plus taxes. If you are having trouble booking online, hold one segment online then call 800-UNITED-1 to finish the booking and avoid the phone fee as outlined in How to Avoid the Phone Fee on Award Bookings.

If you are booking with US Airways miles, you need to book by phone by calling 800-622-1015 after identifying the award space on united.com. Oneway or roundtrip will cost 100k miles plus $50 plus taxes to book with US Airways miles.

Don’t forget to add a free oneway onto your award!

Master Thread: Free Oneways on United Awards

Master Thread: Free Oneways on US Airways Awards

Or if you don’t want to spend the time, hire my Award Booking Service for only $99 per person.

Getting the Miles

You can get 30k US Airways miles on first purchase with the Barclay’s US Airways MasterCard, but the card has an $89 annual fee the first year. You can also get the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express with a 25k bonus that transfers 1:1 to dozens of airlines with 5k bonus miles for every 20k points transferred.

Application Link: Barclay’s US Airways MasterCard

Application Link: Starwood Preferred Guest American Express

Recap

A lot of us want to get on the new Dreamliner airplane in business class, and a lot of us want to go to Europe this summer. Why not do both at the same time flying LOT to Poland with United or US Airways miles? You can quickly pick up the miles you need with a few credit card sign ups and be on your way.