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Germanwings is a low-cost airline affiliate of Lufthansa based in Cologne, Germany, offering service from Cologne (CGN), Berlin (TXL), Stuttgart (STR), Dusseldorf (DUS), Hamburg (HAM), Paris (CDG) and London (LHR).

Lufthansa is in the process of transitioning many of its intra-German and European flights, with the exception of those from its Frankfurt and Munich hubs, to Germanwings. By the end of 2014, Germanwings will offer service to over 100 destinations throughout Germany and central Europe.

Germanwings Transition Timeline
Transition Timeline
Airport Start Completion
Berlin (TXL) November 2013 March 2014
Hamburg (HAM) December 2013 April 2014
Dusseldorf (DUS) March 2014 December 2014

Earning miles

Earn MileagePlus® miles on all qualifying Germanwings flights when booked through United or your travel agent, except as noted in the chart below. You'll earn miles according to the booking class that you purchase.

To receive mileage credit, present your MileagePlus number when you make reservations.

Website:  www.germanwings.com

Mileage Accrual Chart

(For flights on or after October 27, 2013)

Mileage Accrual Chart (For flights on or after October 27, 2013)
Eligible Germanwings fare classes1
Fare category Purchased fare class Base miles*
Best Fares D, J 125%
Smart Fares I, C, H, Q, V, W, S, G, K, L, T, X, Y, B, M, N, E, F, O, R 100%

All other fare classes do not accrue mileage. United Airlines and Germanwings reserve the right to change the eligible fare classes at any time without notice. Flights booked through germanwings.com do not accrue mileage.

Mileage accrual is subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program and, as provided therein, mileage will be credited in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MileagePlus Program in effect at the time of travel, not at the time air travel is purchased, booked or reserved, and accordingly miles may not be awarded for some tickets or miles may be awarded in an amount fewer than shown. The award miles accrued on codeshare flights are based on the operating carrier and their equivalent fare class. This could result in differences between the purchased booking class and the booking class flown, which determines the number of base and Premier qualifying miles and Premier qualifying segments earned. MileagePlus award miles earned may vary depending on the Premier status of the customer.

1For information on Premier qualification on partner airlines, please see the Premier Status Qualification Requirements page.

*Premier members earn a minimum of 500 base miles on all eligible purchased fare classes

Premier benefits

Premier Gold, Premier Platinum and Premier 1K® members receive priority check-in and priority boarding with their MileagePlus card, where available.

Using miles

  • See our award chart to find out how many miles you'll need, depending on class of service and region of travel.
  • You can use miles to fly one-way or roundtrip.

You can book award travel on Germanwings through united.com. Please note: Service charges may apply for booking or changing award reservations, depending on ticketing and travel dates and MileagePlus status. Award tickets cannot be issued at the airport. Call 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) to reach the United Customer Contact Center within the U.S. and Canada, or view more contact and language options.