Lufthansa slashes Miles & More status credits on Turkish Airlines flights

By David Flynn, November 26 2013
Lufthansa slashes Miles & More status credits on Turkish Airlines flights

Lufthansa is slashing the earning rate for Miles & More status credits on Turkish Airlines flights as the two carriers – both part of the Star Alliance family – apparently duke it out over Turkish Airlines' efforts to win travellers from the German colossus.

While Lufthansa offers status credits for its Miles & More frequent flyer scheme at a full 100% rate on other Star Alliance members, the airline has announced that for all flights on Turkish Airlines from 1 January 2014 "you will receive 25% of the award miles you earn as status miles".

That's a whopping 75% reduction in the status credits awarded on each flight.

According to the German newspaper Der Spiegel, "Turkish Airlines is sucking massive amounts of (Lufthansa) customers from Germany", leading to Lufthansa's retaliation by drastically reducing status credits on Turkish flights.

Lufthansa and its subsidiary Austrian Airlines are also axing several codeshare routes on Turkish Airlines flights as on March 29th next year.

Along with highly competitive fares, Turkish Airlines has been wooing German travellers by flying into more of Germany's 'secondary' cities such as Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Stuttgart, compared to Lufthansa's focus on the larger hubs of Frankfurt and Munich.

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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.

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

25 Apr 2013

Total posts 543

Great deal for LH to TK, at least 25% is better than 0%!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 May 2012

Total posts 371

Similar to QF relationship with most of OW.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Oct 2013

Total posts 30

Agreed - QF has also done a similar thing with MH.


04 Nov 2010

Total posts 672

driley28 and Freqtraveller: that's true except that MAS is not really a direct competitor with Qantas (as Qantas doesn't fly to KL) and Qantas introduced its low point earnings on MAS from day 1, when MAS joined OneWorld, whereas Turkish has been part of Star Alliance for years and Lufthansa is only now acting to cut Turkish points.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

Total posts 582

I was under the impression that Lufthansa's argument against engaging a gulf carrier for Star Alliance membership was their re-evaluated decision to work more closely with TK. This change in earning rates for Miles&More seems to challenge that.

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 742

That's the trouble with alliances. The more airlines you cram into the same alliance, the higher the chances that some will be direct competitors and no longer so inclined to play nice with one another. LH didn't mind TK when TK was a smallish airline focused on Turkey, but now they're acquiring global ambitions they're eating Lufthansa's lunch. Turkish has many of the advantages of a Gulf carrier (geographically at least) but none of the disadvantages (e.g. if you leave the airport you won't get stoned to death for holding hands with your wife).

I checked airfares from Berlin to Tokyo on some random dates next March and I can see why Lufthansa is concerned: Turkish is half the price of Lufthansa ($732 vs $1380) and pretty much the same flight duration.

I flew Turkish from SIN to IST a couple of months ago in biz-class on a UA award, and it was a pretty top-notch experience, especially the food. My only complaint is that I fell asleep and missed dessert. Better food than LH for sure. Also I've heard the lounge at IST is something pretty special, but unfortunately I got lost in the terminal and I never found it... 

06 Jan 2013

Total posts 9

Whatever gave you the ludicrous notion Gulf states stone people for holding hands with their spouses ?

Dubai would not be one of the top ten visited cities worldwide if this were the case.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Feb 2013

Total posts 54

As I understand it, LH are proposing to reduce the status earning, not the award earning, rate on TK.

Whilst QF offers low points earning on MH and QR, they do still offer the normal status credits.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

04 Jul 2012

Total posts 15

So any *A partner that competes directly with the LH group and not parlay with their rules (and pocketbooks) will be axed from earning status miles? Who's next , once the honeymoon is over? SQ? 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 410

the way things are going with the various alliances, you wonder if they are children. i can see the alliances as we know them today, breaking up and being a  thing of the past in 5 years.

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