Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa frequent flyers get shared earn & burn

By David Flynn, March 28 2017
Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa frequent flyers get shared earn & burn

Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa will allow members of their respective frequent flyer schemes to earn and redeem points across both airlines as part of an overnight 'co-operation agreement' signed between the unlikely allies.

The 'earn and burn' proposition for Asia Miles and Miles & More will however be limited to codeshare flights.

For Cathay Pacific, this will mean Lufthansa flights between Frankfurt and Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Dresden, Hannover, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Oslo and Stuttgart; Swiss flights between Zurich and Berlin, Brussels, Florence, Geneva, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Venice; and Austrian Airlines flights between Vienna and Frankfurt, Zurich and Düsseldorf.

Those flights will provide the opportunity to earn Asia Miles as well as Marco Polo Club status points, and redeem those Asia Miles for a seat on the Lufthansa flight.

From Lufthansa's side of the deal, the German airline will share Cathay's flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Auckland – with the option to earn and redeem via Miles and More.

Sadly, clocking up Miles & More 'Status Miles’ on those codeshare LH/CX flights isn't part of the deal, as this is restricted to Star Alliance members.

Also missing from the hookup are other perks often associated with reciprocal arrangements of frequent flyer schemes, such as lounge access, priority checkin and priority boarding for top-tier members.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1247

What strange bedfellows.


12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1501

Well if they already have codeshare flights then why not? For me is more strange that they do have codeshare flights.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2016

Total posts 108

Notice in the image how Cathay has a 747 rendering and Lufthansa has a 777 rendering... wrong way around, lol.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1247

Keenly spotted!

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

01 Jun 2016

Total posts 12

I'm pretty sure that's not a rendering... it's a picture of their cargo airliners together, presumably from a previous press release or something when they decided to cooperate in their cargo branches. CX operates 747Fs and LH operates 777Fs.

10 Aug 2015

Total posts 125

No Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide. Does any one now why this is


Air China - Phoenix Miles

20 Dec 2012

Total posts 105

Via Singapore.        

31 Mar 2017

Total posts 1

I travelled by qantas airways on4th,5th,11th,12th,and 29th march.I want toadd miles to my account.How can I do that?

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