As the Polish carrier was accepted as a candidate to Star Alliance, LOT Polish Airlines had decided to alter its program for frequent flyers.
LOT’s membership in the currently largest airline alliance will bring a number of benefits, including tighter co-operation with the Star Alliance member airlines. Striving to optimize benefits and convenience for the passengers who participate in our frequent flyer program, LOT Polish Airlines has decided to join the Miles & More program developed by Lufthansa, a German flag carrier, as of 1 January 2003. Qualiflyer, the current frequent flyer program, is going to remain onboard as LOT’s program without alterations until the end of 2002.
As a Star Alliance member, LOT will gain access to a global connection network comprising 729 airports in 127 countries. The membership means efficient and comprehensive assistance for the passengers travelling with the alliance member airlines across the globe. The said change in LOT’s frequent flyer program will additionally make the airline’s offer more attractive and better geared to the passengers’ needs.
After Austrian Airlines Group, Eurowings, Air One, Air Dolomiti and Luxair the Polish carrier will be the 6th carrier offering Lufthansa Miles & More as its own frequent flyer program. Today, the number of the program members stands at 6,5 million worldwide, making Miles & More the largest program of this kind in Europe. Polish becomes the standard language used for the purposes of the program.
LOT passengers participating in the Lufthansa Miles & More program will have a chance to collect and use their air miles on all the connections offered by the Star Alliance member airlines, i.e.: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Austrian Airlines, bmi British Midland, Lauda Air, Lufthansa, Mexicana, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Tyrolean Airways, United Airlines and Varig. Furthermore, the Miles & More members can earn and redeem their miles on another 19 airline partners not belonging to the Star Alliance.
The program’s appeal is enhanced by the presence of many non-airline partners, including: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Deutsche Bahn, Thomas Cook, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood, Kempinski, SRS Worldwide, Intercontinental, Radisson SAS, Shangri-La, Le Meridien, Audi, Porsche, Vodafone, Lufthansa Sky Shop, Bang & Olufsen, Siemens, Sony and many others.
Joining the Lufthansa Miles & More program, air travellers may choose between three levels of participation: Base Member, Frequent Traveller and Senator. Those participating in the program on the Frequent Traveller and Senator levels can enjoy additional status benefits, e.g. access to over 300 lounges at airports all over the world.
Until 31 December 2002, the LOT passengers participating in the Qualiflyer program are free to collect and use their miles on unchanged conditions, yet as of 1 January 2003 the program ceases to be a LOT program and miles accruals and redemptions for LOT connections will be then possible within the Miles & More program. Qualiflyer participants have been notified of LOT’s new offer and in August they will be receiving individual information concerning their possible transfer to the new program. On joining Miles & More, they will be rewarded with attractive premiums.