Another 50,000 Mile Increased Sign-Up Offer Available

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The Ink Plus isn’t the only card offering a temporarily increased sign-up bonus these days.  The Premier Miles & More World MasterCard is also in on the 4th quarter increased offer action with a total of 50,000 sign-up bonus miles possible.  You can use these miles to fly on Lufthansa, SWISS, etc. or any Star Alliance partners, such as United.

This increased offer seems to come around a few times per year, and then drops back down again.  This means if you were looking for another credit card option to book Star Alliance award flights, then now is the time to pay attention to this offer while it is temporarily higher than ‘normal’.

Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard®: 20,000 miles after first use and paying the $79 annual fee; 30,000 additional miles after $5,000 in purchases in the first 90 days.

This card does come with a $79 annual fee that is not waived the first year.  Before I tell you how to use these miles, I want to offer a few reminders.  First, if you are newer to miles and points you will most likely do better with other Barclaycard offers such as the The US Airways Premier World MasterCard® that awards 40,000 US Airways miles after first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee or the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World MasterCard that awards 40,000 points you can use as $440 toward travel after $3,000 in purchases in the first three months.  Both have lower spending thresholds and award points that are more straight-forward to redeem for most people.

I do not consider the Premier Miles and More a “starter” credit card in the world of miles and points, but it can be a decent intermediate option for those that already have many of the more straight-forward cards like the two just mentioned.

How I Would Use 50,000 Miles and More Miles:

Personally my biggest attraction to this card would be using the miles to fly on Star Alliance partner, United.  Doing this will help you avoid the massive taxes/fees that can come from flying on Lufthansa.  Of particular interest might be using the miles to fly domestically in the United States on United for 25,000 miles round trip in economy or 35,000 miles in domestic first class (coded as business class in I) on a two cabin plane.   In fact, I list this as one of my favorite airline award chart sweet spots.

Lufthansa 50000

That means that the 50,000 mile sign-up bonus is enough for two domestic coach tickets in the US on partner United (40,000 miles each if you want to fly to Hawaii).  Or, you could save up your miles until you hit 70,000 miles and splurge on two first class domestic round trip tickets coded as business in the United States.  Do keep in mind that Miles and More expire after 36 months from the date they are issued.

United domestic first class seat on the 787

United domestic first class seat on the 787

This Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard® 50,000 mile offer is not for everyone, but there are some good strategic uses of these miles that might make sense for your family, even for domestic travel in the United States.


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  1. Best use is the one I just did—-60K miles for rt on United to Buenos Aires.The LH US desk is very easy to talk to on the phone and they have plenty of UA seats open. They also fly direct to Rio and Sao Paulo. No fees and 2 free bags. (both Brazil and Argentina hit Americans for $120 visa fee tho.)

    M&M miles expire in exactly 3 years from obtaining them with no way to extend them. But basically you get a very expensive rt to EZE or Brazil for $79 and some spend.

  2. I would most likely use this for domestic Star Alliance award since I don’t fly Lufthansa normally.

    I just got a targeted email for 65,000 mile virgin card btw.

    • I agree. The “fuel surcharges” on Lufthansa can be horrendous. The points are good for redeeming on partners that do not impose them or where they are modest, and there are several.

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