Even with surcharges, there are excellent deals in here…

As airfare continues to dive lower, the borderline extortionate surcharges and rates many airlines charge for “free” flights using points have become harder to justify. Why use 100,000 points and $500 in cash when you can just book the ticket outright, and earn miles, for just $750! Lufthansa is responding to this trend with monthly 40-50% off sales for flights using points, and the offers are becoming increasingly tempting. With great deals to the USA, Asia, Middle East, Africa and beyond, here’s how to make the most of this new Lufthansa promo…

Cost Hedging

Lufthansa adds some serious cash surcharges to many of these flights, which cut into the great value saved using points. Sigh. While this may be a turn off for many, sales such as this one are still an excellent way to hedge costs on travel routes which are hardly ever discounted. Take for example: Tokyo. Japan is hardly ever on sale in business class, whereas Bangkok often is. Using this deal for a city such as Tokyo, you’ll pay around 70,000 miles and €500 in fuel surcharges for round trip business class, but you’ll still save $1000’s versus cash costs. Just do a comparison search before booking anything, especially for East Coast U.S. destinations which are often heavily discounted for fall travel.

The Offers

These offers represent a significant discount of 45% or more, versus the normal amount of miles you’d need. Lufthansa offers a dedicated page where you can look the points offers up yourself, but we’ve compiled a list of a few which represent exceptionally good value. Do note: many of these deals work in both directions, so you can start from Asia, America, The Middle East and or Europe and you don’t just have to begin or end in Germany.

Here are a few standout offers, all round trip and working in either direction, like…

70,000 – Business Class Between Europe And Tokyo or Osaka.

55,000 – Business Class Between Montreal And Europe.

55,000 – Business Class Between U.S. Cities And Germany, Amsterdam, Athens, Paris.

40,000 – Business Class Between European Cities And Saudi Arabia.

The Dates

These deals must be booked by September 30th, for travel from January 1st, 2019 thru February 15th, 2019. Travel before or after that date range won’t count – but new offers are added each and every month. Basically, if this doesn’t do it for you – check back this time next month for offers for travel later into 2018.

How To Book

Simply head to the dedicated mileage deals page, find something that works for you and begin a search. Frustratingly, you must have enough miles in your account to be able to search. If you don’t have enough miles, you’ll need to find someone who does have enough, or use United.com to look for seats on Lufthansa flights between the two cities. Foolish process, no doubt. You can create Lufthansa Miles & More miles by converting Marriott Rewards points, or by spending on a Lufthansa credit card in the U.S., Europe and other markets.