How to Earn and Use Lufthansa Miles: Part 8 – How to Avoid High Fuel Surcharges

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How to Earn and Use Lufthansa Miles: Part 8 – How to Avoid High Fuel Surcharges

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The 50,000 Lufthansa miles sign-up bonus on the Lufthansa card will end on June 30, 2014.  Because I’ve gotten emails about how to use Lufthansa miles, I’ve updated my guide on using Lufthansa miles.

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You Do NOT Pay Fuel Surcharges on United Airlines Flights to the Caribbean

How to Earn and Use Lufthansa Miles:

How to Avoid High Fuel Surcharges

You pay fuel surcharges when you use Lufthansa miles to fly on Lufthansa flights and most of their partner airlines.  But there are ways to avoid paying fuel surcharges.

Click on the updated How to Avoid High Fuel Surcharges to learn more!

Bottom Line

When you fly on Lufthansa and many of their partner airlines, you’ll pay fuel surcharges.  But you can pay NO or LOW fuel surcharges on Lufthansa flights.

You can get 50,000 Lufthansa miles from the Lufthansa card if you apply by June 30, 2014.

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They are cheaters!

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ECONOMY, ROUND TRIP

Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt – Venice – Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro: 80 000 miles + 93 EUR

ECONOMY, ROUND TRIP

Venice – Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt – Venice: 80 000 miles + 493 EUR

ECONOMY, ROUND TRIP

Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro: 80 000 miles + 106 EUR

ECONOMY, ROUND TRIP

Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt: 80 000 miles + 506 EUR

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ECONOMY, ROUND TRIP

Venice – Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt – Venice: 80 000 miles + 493 EUR

ECONOMY, ONE WAY

Venice – Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro: 40 000 miles + 241 EUR

ECONOMY, ONE WAY

Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt – Venice: 40 000 miles + 52 EUR

ECONOMY, ROUND TRIP

Frakfurt – Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt: 80 000 miles + 506 EUR

ECONOMY, ONE WAY

Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro: 40 000 miles + 281 EUR

ECONOMY, ONE WAY

Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt: 40 000 miles + 24 EUR

I called Lufthansa the other day to redeem an award ticket (domestic US on United). Without my saying anything about it, she three separate times commented on how nice it is that there are no fuel surcharges, and she said how she feels so bad and winces every time she has to tell someone what the charges are on redemptions to Europe. She also said, incorrectly I believe, that it was a matter of German government regulation not in their control. I think she was conflating German taxes (which do add up also) and fuel surcharges, which the airline does control.

I told her that’s why I usually redeem for Western Hemisphere tickets. I guess she must have had an earful from other customers recently. I think it’s important for people who get this credit card to be sure they know what kinds of things they plan to do with the miles and what level of surcharge is acceptable to them. I found the nominal NZ charge quite acceptable on a Melbourne-Fiji redemption I’ll be flying in another month.

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@DaveS – Thanks for the update. Have a great time in Fiji!