What is the difference between award miles and status miles, and what do Select miles and HON Circle miles mean? How do I earn and redeem miles and when do award miles expire? You can find the answers to your questions and everything else you need to know about Miles & More miles, here.
Award miles for doing so
Award miles are miles that can be earned and redeemed on an everyday basis or when travelling for flights, rental cars, hotel accommodation and much more. But with award miles, you cannot gain any kind of status - for that, you need status miles. In partner offers on the Miles & More website and the Miles & More app, award miles are often marked with the abbreviation -M- after the mileage amount.
How and where can I earn award miles?
Whether it’s a flight, a hotel stay or newspaper subscription - our numerous partners offer attractive ways to earn award miles. When booking, give your Miles & More service card number at the checkout or when checking in. Your award miles will be credited to your account automatically.
Where can I redeem award miles?
With our Miles & More partners, you can redeem award miles for attractive awards such as flight awards, gift cards, hotel & car rental awards, subscriptions and much more.
How long are my award miles valid?
Award miles are valid for 36 months and expire at the end of the quarter. For example, if you were to earn one mile on 1 February 2018, this would expire on 31 March 2021.
Members with Frequent Traveller, Senator or HON Circle status are not affected by mileage expiry, as their miles do not expire as long as they remain a status member. For members with a Miles & More credit card
Status miles are crucial to achieving or extending your frequent flyer status as a Frequent Traveller or a Senator, and can only be earned on flights.
How and where can I earn status miles?
Status miles can be earned with flights from practically all our airline partners: Austrian, Lufthansa, SWISS, Eurowings, Adria, Air Dolomiti, Brussels, Croatia, LOT, Luxair - as well as with all Star Alliance partners and on some LX code-share flights operated by Edelweiss.
You can find more precise information on the partner page of the airline concerned.
How do I redeem status miles?
Status miles cannot be redeemed. Status miles are collected to achieve frequent flyer status and, for this reason, cannot be redeemed for awards.
How long are status miles valid?
Status miles are calculated on the basis of a calendar year and the mileage balance is put back to zero at the start of every year.
How many status miles do I need to achieve frequent flyer status?
Frequent Traveller: you must earn at least 35,000 status miles per calendar year. The status is valid for two years. Alternatively, you can achieve Frequent Traveller status with the Silver Promotion
Senator: you must earn at least 100,000 status miles per calendar year. The status is valid for two years.
HON Circle Member: in order to qualify for the HON Circle, you do not require status miles, but HON Circle miles. Information about HON Circle miles is available further down this page.
HON Circle miles
HON Circle miles are the determining factor for achieving and extending your HON Circle status.
How and where can I earn HON Circle miles?
HON Circle miles can only be earned on Business Class and First Class flights operated by the following airlines: Austrian, Lufthansa, SWISS, Adria, Brussels, Croatia, Dolomiti, LOT, Luxair and some LX code-share flights operated by Edelweiss. HON Circle miles can also be earned with BEST fares on Eurowings flights.
Can I redeem HON Circle miles?
HON Circle miles are collected exclusively in order to achieve HON Circle status. For this reason, HON Circle miles cannot be redeemed.
How long are HON Circle miles valid?
HON Circle miles are always calculated on the basis of two calendar years and the mileage balance is put back to zero at the start of the year.
How many HON Circle miles do I need to become a HON Circle Member?
In order to achieve and maintain HON Circle status, you need to earn a minimum of 600,000 HON Circle miles in two consecutive calendar years.
Select miles reward frequent flyers who continue to fly after they have achieved their frequent flyer status. When you reach a certain number of Select miles, you can choose Select benefits from some additional benefits. As your mileage account balance increases, the range of select benefits also increases with every level reached. These Select Benefits include, for example, lounge vouchers, discount vouchers and eVouchers fur upgrades.
Where and how can I earn Select miles?
Frequent Travellers and Senators also earn one Select mile for every status mile earned on all flights with Austrian, Lufthansa, SWISS, Eurowings, Adria, Air Dolomiti, Brussels, Croatia, LOT, Luxair and on some LX code-share flights operated by Edelweiss. HON Circle members also earn Select miles on these flights - but not for every status mile earned, rather for every HON Circle mile earned.
Can I redeem Select miles?
You can select from a variety of Select benefits in exchange for your Select miles each time you reach one of the pre-determined mileage levels. Your Select miles will continue to be taken into account even after you have chosen a Select benefit. This means you will reach the next mileage level sooner. You can find a summary of your personal Select benefits in Status Management
How long are Select miles valid?
Select miles earned by Frequent Travellers and Senators are calculated based on a calendar year and the mileage balance is put back to zero at the start of every year. For HON Circle Members, Select miles are based on HON Circle miles and consequently only put back to zero after two years have elapsed.
Please note that Select benefits must be chosen within three months of becoming available in order to avoid them expiring unused. You can find more information about this in Status Management, as soon as Select benefits are available to you.
How many Select miles do I need to receive Select benefits?
Frequent Traveller: as a Frequent Traveller, you can choose your first Select benefit with 50,000 Select miles.
Select benefits for Frequent Travellers include, for example, lounge vouchers for a companion and discount vouchers.
Senator: as a Senator, you can choose your first Select benefit with 125,000 Select miles. Select benefits for Senators include, for example, eVouchers for upgrades and Frequent Traveller partner cards.
HON Circle Member: as a HON Circle Member, you can choose your first Select benefit with 650,000 HON Circle miles. Select benefits for HON Circle members include, for example, eVouchers for upgrades and an additional Senator partner card.