Airline travelers have the chance to receive rewards such as upgraded flights or access to airport lounges upon completion of NFT collections.

Lufthansa, a major European airline conglomerate, has introduced its non-fungible token (NFT) loyalty initiative on the Polygon Network. This program empowers passengers to transform their journeys into NFTs, enabling them to unlock incentives like mileage benefits and business lounge passes.

On August 31st, Lufthansa unveiled the Uptrip mobile app, a collaborative effort involving Lufthansa Innovation Hub, the airline group's digital innovation division, and Miles & More, the airlines' frequent flyer scheme.

As per the announcement, passengers can utilize the app to scan their boarding passes and exchange them for NFT trading cards. Within the app, users are required to link their cryptocurrency wallets to create and transfer their Uptrip NFTs. When travelers successfully complete specific NFT collections, they become eligible for rewards like flight upgrades, access to airport lounges, elevated frequent flyer status, or award miles.

Kristian Weymar, an executive at Lufthansa Innovation Hub, stated in the announcement that while Web3 is in its nascent phase and users are inquisitive, they still exhibit some hesitation. Weymar emphasized that this project aims to make Web3 more accessible to their clientele.

Christopher Siegloch, the head of program development at Miles & More, mentioned significant interest in Uptrip. The announcement highlighted that there have been over 20,000 registrations and the minting of 200,000 NFT trading cards.

Lufthansa had previously expressed an interest in integrating Web3 technologies into its operations earlier in the year. Johannes Walter of Lufthansa Group shared with Cointelegraph on May 12th that decentralization and tokenization would open doors to novel business models.

Meanwhile, other players in the airline sector have also revealed intentions to incorporate Web3 into their operations. In 2022, Emirates, the largest airline in the United Arab Emirates, disclosed plans to accept Bitcoin payments and launch NFTs.