Lufthansa slashes Miles & More status credits on Turkish Airlines flights

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.

Also read: How to get Star Alliance Gold 'VIP' status with just one flight

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

10 comments

  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    27 Nov, 2013 12:30 am

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

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  • driley28

    driley28

    27 Nov, 2013 01:28 am

    Similar to QF relationship with most of OW.

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  • Freqtraveller

    Freqtraveller

    27 Nov, 2013 10:07 am

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

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  • Al Glidden

    AlG

    27 Nov, 2013 10:15 am

    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.

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  • Peter Loh

    PeterLoh

    27 Nov, 2013 10:34 am

    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.

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    27 Nov, 2013 01:24 pm

    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... 

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  • Sasboy

    Sasboy

    14 Jan, 2019 11:33 am

    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.
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  • MartinS

    MartinS

    27 Nov, 2013 11:25 pm

    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.

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  • Guy Betsy

    Guy Betsy

    28 Nov, 2013 10:04 pm

    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? 

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  • crosscourt

    crosscourt

    8 Dec, 2013 09:40 pm

    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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