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Can you imagine how nice it would be if frequent flyer programs such as United MileagePlus or American Airlines AAdvantage allowed you to pool your miles with your spouse and children so that you could easily combine miles to book the awards you want faster? Oh to dream. However, this isn’t entirely the thing of dreams as some programs such as JetBlue, British Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Hilton and more actually do allow the free family-pooling of miles and points. At least one program even allows you to pool miles that count towards earning elite status for one of the parents!
Lufthansa to Introduce Family Pooling
Another Star Alliance Airline is joining the list of programs that allow for the pooling of a family’s frequent flyer miles! As part of their 25th anniversary celebration, Lufthansa Miles & More is adding a family pooling feature to their frequent flyer program beginning in May 2018. Programs that make family-friendly tweaks will always get a thumbs up from me!
With Miles & More family pooling, up to two adults and up to five children can pool their award miles together and earn their desired awards faster. Miles earned together can be redeemed in equal measure by either adult for awards available in the Miles & More programme, such as for flights or brand-new luggage from the Lufthansa WorldShop.
This will only apply to award miles and not status miles. Note that your child has to be at least two years old to join Miles & More, though perhaps that requirement will change when family pooling begins in May. Also note that in this program children 2 – 11 receive a 25% discount on the number of miles required for a standard award on flights operated by Adria Airways, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, Germanwings, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair and SWISS.
Children who join JetFriends earn 2,000 bonus miles
While we are on the topic of children and the Lufthansa Miles & More program, you will probably want to register your kiddos for the Lufthansa Miles & More JetFriends club member for a number of reasons, including that kids who are registered for JetFriends will not have their miles expire until they are over 18 years old and there is a 2,000 mile bonus for registering with JetFriends! Since Lufthansa Miles & More will allow for family pooling as of May, those 2,000 bonus miles may become even more useful!
The US-based airlines and frequent flyer programs are unfortunately often a bit behind the international programs when it comes to family-friendly onboard amenities and frequent flyer program rules, but progress is still progress. I’m happy to see that another airline award program is making it easier for families to earn and use miles as of May!
Does your family make use of one of the programs that allow for family pooling of miles?
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