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Read how SPG Amex Biz 35k = Lufthansa First Class

Lufthansa First Class Frankfurt to Dallas

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Yep – it’s true.

The SPG Amex Biz 35k has a limited time increased sign up bonus ( it runs until 11/1/2017). I don’t have the card, never have, but it presents an incredible way to fly Lufthansa First Class so I thought I’d lay it out for those interested. The long and short – SPG transfers to airline programs 20k:25k. Yes, every 20k SPG points you move to a participating airline program yields you 25k airline miles. The way to get into Lufthansa First? Simply transfer 40k SPG into Asiana. Those 50k Asiana Club Miles will put your butt squarely in a Lufthansa First Class seat. THAT is how you can easily get into Lufthansa First Class with just one card sign up: The SPG Amex Biz.

SPG to Airline: 20k: 25k

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Asiana is a partner.

FYI transfers from SPG do take a few days.

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Asiana award chart from USA: 100k r/t to Europe.

You will get hit with a few hundred in taxes, fees, surcharges…Some data points are showing long transfer times ( maybe 2 weeks ) so if you’re thinking of redeeming with Lufthansa you may want to move them over ahead of when you’d need the miles. Lufthansa typically releases inventory within 2 weeks of departure – this would obviously make it difficult to secure with a longer than usual transfer time.

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Since I don’t have the card, or any Amex affiliation at this point, I thought I’d help out AYP and use his Referral Link. He’ll get 7500 points when you’re approved.

  • 25k points after $6k spend in 3 months
  • 10k points after anothe r$4k spend in 6 months
  • waived annual fee.

You can read through his entire explanation of card benefits, etc here.

Long and short…it’s a very easy way to earn enough points to fly in one of the World’s BEST 1st Class products. Read my reviews if you don’t believe me 😉

Not a bad return on 1 card sign up.

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My experiences in Lufthansa First

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Some Caviar with our bubbly? Yes, please 😉
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based including Hyatt, Southwest, United, IHG, and Marriott.

Welcome Offer

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

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Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travel℠
  • 3x on dining, including eligible delivery services for takeout & dining out
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travel℠
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel℠ and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver ( primary ), purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 14 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in Chase Travel℠ for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver is my favorite
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024
  • $95 Annual Fee

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex®  and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

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  • Daisy October 5, 2017

    I took for me around month for miles to post in Asiana.

    • Miles October 5, 2017

      Daisy – that is ridics

  • Jeremiah October 5, 2017

    Latest DPs on Flyertalk show the SPG>OZ transfer time on the order of two weeks or more. And LH F will basically only be available to book two weeks out when they release space to partners, unless they’ve changed something recently.

    Don’t get me wrong I looooove Starpoints, but selling the signup bonus as an easy OW JH F trip isn’t entirely the whole story.

    • Miles October 5, 2017

      Good to know on transfer time. I’ll pop that in the post.

  • Harry October 5, 2017

    It is great but nothing like as good as the old LH 747 First Class on the Upper Deck where you had a seat and a bed all in a very select small wholly separate cabin.

  • AccountinYourPoints October 5, 2017

    You are THE MAN! And thanks for reminding me of this possibility! I’ll definitely be considering this as a use for the signup bonus…

    – AYP

    • Miles October 5, 2017

      Ya dude! No problemo

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