Sometimes with all of the published offers with credit card applications, some of the more behind the scenes cards and offers can get lost in the noise. So, I want to highlight some of these cards as credit cards to consider. I definitely think they should be strongly considered and I will tell you why in each post.
Credit Card to Consider: Lufthansa’s Miles and More Card with 50,000 Miles
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Application Link – Barclay’s Premier Miles and More World Mastercard – 20,000 miles after first purchase and additional 30,000 miles after spending $5,000 in 90 days
This card is typically at 20,000 miles but it has its moments when it pops up to 50,000 miles. For most people, the intended purpose of these miles will actually not be the best use for them. However, for people that seeking to travel domestically and may have already burned through the United cards, this card can be a compelling choice at the current offering. Here are some of the highpoints of the card:
- Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer
- Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
- Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first use of the account and annually after each account anniversary
- 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 member airlines and other partners
- $79 Annual Fee
Contrary to what you may think, you do not need to use these miles on just Lufthansa or the airlines in the Miles and More family. You can use them on any Star Alliance partner! The problem comes that the Miles and More program will leverage fuel surcharges on your award ticket unless you fly on a partner that does not have fuel surcharges. There are not many of them, but if you are interested in traveling to Europe, you can do it on LOT Polish (via Warsaw) or United. If you reside in and depart from the US, economy to Europe is only 50,000 miles (10,000 fewer miles than United charges). Here is the Miles and More award chart.
When it comes to domestic travel, this card can be a big help as well. You can fly anywhere that United flies, on United, with these miles. It will cost 25,000 miles round-trip to travel on United within the US in economy and 35,000 miles to travel on United in First Class (within the US). The price for first class (business class) is actually quite a bit lower than United would charge you for those same flights, plus, you can keep your United miles for other destinations.
I would put the value on this offer (if only used in the above examples) at a decent amount – worth at least more $600 depending on the flights you choose. That makes this a fairly good offer and one you should consider! However, if you plan on applying for one of the other Barclay cards, I would think long about which one will serve you the best right now. Barclay tends to be more stingy now with their approvals and may not approve you if you apply for too many of their cards within a short amount of time.
What I Like
This card has a healthy sign-up bonus. I like that you get some of the miles after your first purchase. Given that it is Barclay, you should see those first 20,000 miles appear in your account within 4-5 days after making your purchase.
Another think I like about this offer is that it will allow you to use these miles for domestic awards on United which can keep your United miles free for the international destinations. If you redeem your miles from this card for travel to Europe on Lufthansa or one of the Miles and More family members, you will find yourself paying large surcharges. If you use United miles to book those same flights, you will find that you pay a lot less. So, this is another example of using a European mileage program for travel within America and the American program for travel to Europe!
What I Don’t Like
That this card is from Barclay is good and bad. Good because it will not take a valuable application and open account from American Express or Chase which has better offers. Bad because Barclay has been tightening the belt when it comes to approving applications. So, as I mentioned above, if you were thinking of applying for a different Barclay card – like the Barclaycard Arrival – you may want to consider which card will give you more of the immediate value.
I also do not like that Miles and More leverages such high fuel surcharges. However, that is a function of that program and not the card, so it is really not a negative against this bonus offer. Just figure out which uses you could have for this card that would give you the best bang for your buck.
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