Lufthansa Airlines Overview and Information

Lufthansa is a German airline with their main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. Their points program is called Miles & More.

Good Things About Lufthansa

Top Airline– Lufthansa is usually ranked in the top ten airlines every single year. Their business and first class are really great as well. 

Awards to Asia or Australia/New Zealand– Business class awards can be very cheap to these places if you don’t transit through a third region.


Bad Things About Lufthansa

Fuel Surcharges– Lufthansa has very high fuel surcharges for award tickets. For flights leaving the U.S., it costs about $400 in fuel surcharges for Lufthansa economy and about $1,000 for business or first class.

Third Region Rule– If you transit through a third region on a Star Alliance award, it can be quite expensive. Other airlines have this rule, but Lufthansa has much smaller “region” definitions than other airlines and has no exceptions. (e.g. American has slightly broader regions with many exceptions to their third region rule)

Business Class with No Direct Aisle Access- Most of Lufthansa’s business class cabins are arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration, which is no longer competitive when most airlines have already switched to a 1-2-1 configuration with much more privacy and direct aisle access. 


Lufthansa Airline Information

Airlines Lufthansa Owns: Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, SWISS International, Edelweiss Airlines, Air Dolomiti, Aerologic, and SunExpress. 

Elite Status: Lufthansa has three elite levels: Frequent Traveller (35,000 points or 30 flights in a calendar year), Senator (100,000 points in a calendar year), and HON Circle (600,000 points in two consecutive years). Here is a list of benefits

Fleet: Aircraft, Age, and Future Deliveries

Seat Maps by Plane: SeatGuru

North American Routes from Frankfurt: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Cancun, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, New York (JFK and EWR), Orlando, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. (IAD).

  • First Class is on the following routes: Boston, Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Mexico City, New York-JFK, Newark (EWR), San Francisco, and Washington D.C. (IAD). Frankfurt does have an amazing first class lounge and welcome lounge (business class also has access to Welcome lounge)

North American Routes from Munich: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, New York (JFK and EWR), San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. (IAD).

  • First Class is on the following routes: Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York-JFK and San Francisco.

Planes with First Class– First Class is on the 747-800, A330-300, A340-600 and A380. It is not on the A350 or the 747-400. 

Points Expiration: 36 months from the date earned and points are forfeited at the end of the following quarter. There is no way to extend your points.

Website– Lufthansa.com and Miles & More (Award Program)

More Information: Wikipedia