One of the most useful tools for searching Star Alliance award space is the ANA award search tool, which most accurately displays Star Alliance award availability in my experience.
Just this morning I noticed a pretty nice improvement whereby it’s now possible to search for award availability seven days at a time.
As always just enter your preferred dates and routes.
After that in the past you would click “Flight Search,” though now they added a “7-Day Availability” search option.
On the next page you’ll be asked to enter your preferred cabin and to confirm your dates and route.
The next page displays a really handy matrix which displays all award availability on nonstop flights for the city pair.
What makes this especially useful is that both the Aeroplan and United websites don’t accurately display Lufthansa first class award space anymore. Lufthansa only releases first class award space to Star Alliance partners within two weeks of departure, so now you can use the ANA tool to search a week at a time for Lufthansa first class award availability. That’s not to say there’s going to be all that much space, but at least you can verify it quickly. 😉