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Award Redemption Please Help w/LH First Class

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Gferris37, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. Gferris37

    Gferris37 New Member

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    Hello All,

    My mother has 162,753 miles available for transfer (I’ve accounted for bonus miles and the 3:1 ratio) from her Marriott/Ritz card to her Miles & More account.

    We are looking for 3 First Class tickets from either BOS/IAD to FRA and then 3 Business Class tickets (no FC on the A320) on to MLA under the same reservation for sometime in July 2019.

    We also need 3 return tickets, under the same reservation, for Business Class, from MLA to MUC/FRA to BOS (IAD is not an option on the return). FC is not an option due to our preferred times and LH’s timetable.

    While we have flown LH before, we don’t have M & M accounts; this is why I need some help with the following questions please. Thank you very much for anything you can contribute.
    1. Can one M & M account holder book three tickets for three different people? Or can an M & M member only book for him/herself?
    2. Since I don’t believe we have enough for 3 First Class tickets, can we purchase round trip Business Class (credit card) and then use our miles to upgrade to First on just the outbound segment? Or, must you book with miles to upgrade with miles? Does this require less miles?
      1. Note: We are willing to credit card purchase Business tickets as we have done in the past, but would like to use our miles to treat ourselves to First.
    3. If #2 is indeed possible, do First Class ticket terms apply or do Business terms apply once upgraded; i.e. baggage allowance, FCT/lounges in FRA, etc... ?
    4. Is there anything else we should know before we transfer all of our points and attempt this?

    Thank you all so very much! It is greatly appreciated! :)
  2. Tiffany

    Tiffany One Mile At A Time

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    1) Yep!

    2) One-way bookings are allowed; you might want to look at one-way awards, and then paid tickets ex-Europe

    3) Yes, a first class ticket is a first class ticket, regardless of if you pay with money or miles

    4) Upgrades are complicated, and you're fairly unlikely to find three first class awards (or upgrades) until right before departure. Call M&M and put things on hold before transferring any points.