How to Earn 35,000 Bonus Miles with Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard


A little while back, I told you about the Barclaycard Arrival Plus (TM) World Elite MasterCard® and its 40,000-bonus-mile offer (here are the details). I even signed up for the card myself because it’s a great card and basically free money ($400) if you can commit to paying your credit card bills off each time.

This month (or at least this week), I’m featuring Lufthansa’s Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard®—as it right now comes with a bonus of up to 35,000 miles that can be redeemed for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS and other Star Alliance airlines including United.

I was originally going to tell you about this card last month, when it was first released. But I couldn’t, because just a couple days later the bank pulled it! I guess too many people took advantage of the generous 35,000 mile sign-up bonus. The good news is it’s back on the table (for now). Hopefully it won’t disappear too soon this time. UPDATE: As of July 1, 2014, it’s still on the table!

For an idea of what you can do with 35,000 award miles, how about this: You can redeem for a round-trip award flight to Hawaii, Europe or the Caribbean! Full disclosure: Some of the credit card companies do pay me a referral fee, but as always I wouldn’t recommend something unless I believed in it. This one is worth it.

You can read about the benefits and how it works on the card’s page but here they are in a nutshell, as of July 1, 2014:

  • 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 Complimentary Companion Ticket after first purchase, then annually thereafter
  • 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 (please see Terms and Conditions on the card page for complete details)

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  1. Is there an annual fee?

  2. We had planned to get United cards to fly Business, U S East Coast-Frankfurt-Paris-US. Since United increased their rates for partners, would I be better off getting the Lufthansa card? My wife & I also have Barclaycards & Chase Sapphire. Thanks.

  3. phil breland says:

    Reading the fine print, seems you can only redeem the 50,000 if you maintain your card ($79 /yr.) and make a purchase every 6 months . Does this mean if you cancel the card at any time, you lose all points? Seems a bit harsh as compared to non expiring miles in my Delta and United programs. The wave of the future?

  4. The Barclay card sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles can provide great value. 3 First Class awards in the newly refurbished United p.s. service from LAX/JFK to NYC with no fuel surcharges are a fantastic value for a single credit inquiry!

  5. Johnny:

    Can these points ( or miles ) be transferred directly to a united account, or can they be combined with a united account ( for a star alliance award, for example ?)

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      Hey Todd,

      Not sure how this question slipped through the cracks — I’m sure you already found out the answer. Sorry!

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