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Lufthansa Miles and More Elite Status: How You Get it and What’s in it For You

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Miles and More is the frequent flyer program of Lufthansa and the largest frequent flyer program in Europe. Miles and More is also used by 13 integrated Lufthansa partner airlines: Lufthansa Regional (Air Dolomiti, Eurowings, and Lufthansa CityLine), Lufthansa Private Jet, Adria, Austrian, Brussels, Condor Flugdienst, Croatia,  Germanwings, LOT, Luxair and Swiss.

Miles and More members can also use miles and enjoy perks with other Lufthansa partners, such as Star Alliance airlines, Air Astana, Air Malta, and Jet Airways.


  • Status miles are the miles you need to earn in order to reach the first two levels: Frequent Traveler and Senator
  • HON Circle miles are status miles you will need to accumulate in order to reach HON Circle status. HON Circle miles are earned on First and Business Class flights operated by the Miles and More integrated member airlines or the best fare on Germanwings flights

Earning Status

There are three elite levels in the Flying Blue program: Frequent Traveler, Senator, and HON Circle. Qualification requirements are as follows:

  • Frequent Traveler: 35,000 status miles or 30 scheduled flights
  • Senator: 100,000 status miles
  • HON Circle: 600,000 HON Circle miles in two consecutive calendar years


  • Senator: Two upgrade eVouchers
  • HON Circle: Six upgrade eVouchers

Flying Blue Bonus Miles

  • Frequent Traveler and above: 25% more award, status, select, and HON Circle miles

Fee Waivers

  • Frequent Traveler and above: Free bags up to 88 lbs.
  • Senator and HON Circle: An extra 44 lbs.
  • Senator and HON Circle: Waived annual fee for the Barclaycard Miles and More credit card

Airport Services

  • Frequent Traveler:
    • Business Class check-in with Miles and More airline partners
    • Exclusive service hotline
    • Waiting list third priority
  • Senator and above:
    • First class check-in, premium check-in
    • Priority baggage handling
    • Waiting list second priority
  • HON Circle:
    • Check-in at the first class terminal in Frankfurt for flights on select airlines
    • Access to the first class terminal for flights on select airlines
    • Personal assistance at Lufthansa intercontinental stations worldwide
    • Waiting list first priority
  • Priority service at ticket offices and transfer desks, preferred waitlist status, and preferred standby status

Complimentary Lounge Access

  • Frequent Traveler and above: Business Lounge
  • Senator: Senator and Star Gold Lounges
  • HON Circle: Lufthansa First Class, SWISS First, and Austrian
  • HON Circle Lounge, First Class Terminal in Frankfurt

Star Status

  • Frequent Traveler: Silver
  • Senator: Gold
  • HON Circle: Gold
The number of stars is based on the number of days for which you have been or were a Miles & More status customer

Notable Additional Rewards for Elite members

  • Senator and above:
    • Improved premium award availability
    • Companion Award on select airlines
    • Miles advance
    • Senator Premium Award
  • HON Circle:
    • Limousine and transfer services
    • Senator status for spouse/partner

Other Ways to Earn Status

None. In order to earn Miles and More status you have to fly.

Status Match/Status Challenge

While they don’t officially do status matches, they did in the past, and there is some anecdotal evidence that they might make an exception if you can prove a high volume of revenue flights.

Earning Elite Points on Partner Airlines

You can earn status and HON Circle miles by flying on most Miles and More partner airlines. Visit this page to see which partner airlines allows you to credit your status and HON Circle miles to the program.

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