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This website has already featured a posting on ‘lesser known’ collection options for KMiles, including restaurants.
However, while a healthy way of topping up your balance, alone, these are unlikely to earn you the major points needed for free flights or business class upgrades.
As such, this post looks at the options for collecting serious KMiles, to help you get that free flight or upgrade as soon as possible.
Yes, it’s an obvious one, but flying is Flypass’s principal method of granting points. Below, however, is a review of various methods of getting bonus points.
Getting to Flypass Permanent status carries a number of benefits. One of them is that you earn a 35% KMiles bonus on all your flights, and Diamond tier members earn a 50% bonus. While Diamond tier is probably unrealistic for many, this is another good reason to try to get to Permanent status as soon as possible.
Your economy category
Flights in economy carry different KMiles allowances (0.5 x distance, x distance or 2 x distance), depending on their status. While it obviously makes no sense to pay more for a flight just to get a few more miles, this is worth bearing in mind if only certain categories of economy flights are available (i.e. you will get more KMiles), or if there is just a few Euro difference in price between the economy categories.
Fly business class
Again, more KMiles should never be your sole motivation for flying business class, but if you do, you get 3 x the distance flown in KMiles, a decent haul wherever you fly. Occasionally, you can get some solid offers in Air Malta business class, and they will of course be alerted on this blog, so keep an eye out.
Don’t forget that you can earn KMiles when you travel with Lufthansa, Swiss and Czech Airlines. KMiles accrual rates are listed here.
Aside from flights, the next best way to earn substantial amounts of KMiles is via a credit card. I have personal experience of the BOV Flypass credit card, which is a good option, offering 1 KMiles per Euro spent. However Banif and HSBC Premier offer a similar option with 1 KMile per Euro spend.
I suggest you avoid the HSBC Advance credit card, which offers 1 KMile per €2 spent.
Credit card options and application links (I don’t make any money if you click through to them) are discussed in detail here.
The credit card warning
The key with a credit card, and I cannot emphasise this enough, is to pay it off in full every month. There is no point in earning KMiles on your credit card if you pay a fortune in interest. I simply use mine to pay for all shopping, travel, restaurants etc, then pay it off at the end of the month. that way I bag KMiles on all my spending and don’t pay any interest.
Yearly free business class upgrade
It’s also worth remembering that the BOV Flypass credit card comes with a free “one way” business class upgrade. Depending on how you use it, that’s worth up to 12,000 KMiles (this year I used mine from Heathrow to MLA, so it was effectively worth 10,000 miles).
I have already covered this in the dedicated Miles & More page, but wanted to flag people’s attention to a nice little offer from tripadvisor.in that allows you to earn 100 Miles & More points for submitting a tripadvisor review via tripadvisor.in (the Indian branch of tripadvisor).
The relevant page to click through from is here, and it’s pretty self-explanatory. Despite the offer suggesting that it expired on 31 October, it appears that expiry date is just for the 10,000 points competition and not the 100 points giveaway (I submitted a review post-31 October and my points landed fine).
Although it flies to Malta, given the lack of an obvious frequent flyer scheme, Easyjet is not really an airline covered by this blog.
Similarly, as you can’t collect Nectar points in Malta (apart from online of course), it’s not really a points programme which has much relevance to this blog.
However, combine the two and we might have something, at least for Nectar points collectors (whom I accept are most likely to be UK-based).
You can now spend your Nectar points on Easyjet flights.
Signing up to Nectar if you’re Malta-based is not entirely straightforward, but it can be done. I have covered this here.
For 500 Nectar points you get £2.50 in Easyjet vouchers, which tallies with the standard “valuation” of Nectar points at 0.5p each.
Easyjet offers some pretty good value flights to Malta if you time it right, and while a budget airline is a different world to the less-than-loveable Ryanair.
As a starting point, here’s two ways of getting 100 free nectar points:
Download the nectar toolbar (you’ll also earn 1 nectar point per 2 searches)
So, if you’re a Nectar points holder who fancies a break in Malta, it’s an option for you.
We all know (at least I hope we do) that you can earn Air Malta Flypass KMiles by flying with Air Malta, and I’d say that’s how 99% of KMiles are earned.
However, there are other options, which are covered in detail here.
As you can see, amongst other options, flights with Lufthansa, credit cards, and even meals at certain restaurants will earn you KMiles. So make sure you earn KMiles wherever you can, not just on flights. (more…)
This website already features information on the fact that Air Malta miles (KMiles) can now be redeemed on Lufthansa flights.
However, crucially, Air Malta Flypass have confirmed that these are RETURN flights, not one way only. As a result, the 60,000 KMiles fee for a return business class flight to Europe with Lufthansa is pretty good value (certainly when you compare it to the KMiles business class redemption options).
Full information on redeeming Air Malta miles with Lufthansa is available here.